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White House says Trump won arbitration order against Stormy Daniels


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has won an arbitration proceeding against adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday, a day after Daniels sued Trump for the right to speak about the "intimate relationship" she claims they had. [Source]

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French ex-president Sarkozy in custody in campaign funding probe: source

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was being held in police custody on Tuesday for questioning by magistrates looking into allegations of Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign, an official in the French judiciary said.


In New Year's greeting to Iranians, Trump slams Tehran government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump sent greetings on Monday to Iranians celebrating the New Year's holiday known as Nowruz, but used the message to attack Iran's government, particularly its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.


Xi warns Taiwan will face 'punishment of history' for separatism

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping warned self-ruled Taiwan on Tuesday that it will face the "punishment of history" for any attempt at separatism, offering his strongest warning yet to the island claimed by China as its sacred territory.

Whistleblower: Company tested Trump slogans in 2014

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie says the company tested Trump slogans such as "drain the swamp" and "deep state" as early as 2014, before Trump announced a presidential run.


Exclusive: U.S. advancing toward first Guantanamo repatriation under Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is advancing toward the first transfer of a prisoner from the Guantanamo Bay detention center under U.S. President Donald Trump, the U.S. military told Reuters on Monday, a move that would repatriate the detainee to Saudi Arabia.

John Dean: Trump is Nixon on steroids

John Dean, who served as White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon during Watergate, said President Trump has already exceeded everything Nixon did and is engaged in a "public obstruction of justice."


Australian court rejects part of News Corp defense against Geoffrey Rush defamation suit

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court on Tuesday threw out part of News Corp's defense against a defamation lawsuit by Geoffrey Rush, a win for the Oscar-winning actor who objected to a series of newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct.

Trump heralds Clinton Foundation program in opioid speech

President Donald Trump, who as a candidate used the Clinton Foundation to slam his opponent Hillary Clinton, heralded an opioid program backed by the Clinton family foundation on Monday in New Hampshire.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s High-Tech Dirty Tricksters

Undercover video shows the president’s digital consultants acting like thugs.


Australian court rejects part of News Corp defence against Geoffrey Rush defamation suit

SYDNEY, March 20 (Reuters) - An Australian court on Tuesday threw out part of News Corp's defence against a defamation lawsuit by Geoffrey Rush, a win for the Oscar-winning actor who objected to a series of newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct.

The special counsel's team gives Trump's lawyers more details on what they want to talk to the President about

As President Donald Trump's reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller grows more irate by the day, attorneys on both sides sat down last week in a rare face-to-face discussion about the topics investigators could inquire of the President. It was the first in-person meeting after several weeks of informal discussions between the two sides, according to two sources familiar with the talks.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Considers Reshuffling Legal Team as He Takes On Mueller More Aggressively

President Trump has discussed firing one lawyer, and another has considered quitting. A third, who has pushed theories on television that the F.B.I. framed the president, was hired.


Extortion case against Boston officials faces dismissal after ruling

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday declined to reconsider a ruling that prosecutors said could lead to the dismissal of charges against two members of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's administration who are accused of extorting a music festival production company.

Trump attorney taunts Stormy Daniels

Michael Cohen, a longtime attorney and confidant of President Donald Trump, joked about the ongoing litigation he and the President have with Stormy Daniels, suggesting he might use winnings from the case to take a long trip.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: The Wrong People Are Criticizing Donald Trump

In the wake of Andrew McCabe’s firing, and the president’s gloating tweets, Republicans once again could take action to protect democracy — but they refuse.


Driving With Assad: Syria’s President Tours a Destroyed Suburb

As his soldiers wage a brutal offensive near Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad takes a leisurely drive into the heart of the civil war.

United States Economy

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump and Trade and Zombies

Coming soon: a battle of bad ideas that refuse to die.

Why McConnell hasn't said anything on Trump's Mueller attacks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has long believed he does not need to respond in real time or react to every controversial tweet or other action by President Donald Trump, according to people close to the senator.


Palestinian President attacks Hamas, calls U.S. ambassador 'son of a dog'

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called the U.S. ambassador to Israel a "son of a dog" because of his support for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.

WaPo: Trump lawyers trying to get ahead of Mueller interview

Lawyers for President Donald Trump recently provided the special counsel's office with documents in an attempt to limit the scope of an interview between Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Cambridge Analytica, Trump, Cynthia Nixon: Your Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Nobody truly leaves the Trump show

There's a sentence in Olivia Nuzzi's terrific profile of Hope Hicks in New York magazine that tells you absolutely everything you need to know about not only President Donald Trump but also the group of people who orbit him.

Nix, Alexander

Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians

A British TV station sent a reporter to pose as a prospective client, and secretly filmed Cambridge Analytica’s chief executive offering to engage in dirty tricks.


As U.S. opioid crisis grows, Trump calls for death penalty for dealers

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump spelled out in new detail several steps he favors to fight a U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse, including the execution of drug dealers, a proposal that has gained little support from drug abuse and judicial experts.


G20 pushes for free trade as U.S. vows to defend national interest

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders sought on Monday to endorse free trade amid concerns over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium, while the United States said it could not sacrifice its national interests to make the system work.


Austin on edge: Police fear serial bomber behind Texas blasts

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Police in Texas fear a serial bomber planted four powerful explosive devices that have killed two people and injured four others this month, raising fears in the state capital Austin of another attack.


On eve of Trump-Saudi meeting, Riyadh calls Iran nuclear deal flawed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a "flawed agreement" on Monday, on the eve of a meeting between the Saudi crown prince and U.S. President Donald Trump who have both been highly critical of Iran.


Trump administration preparing list of possible biofuels tweaks: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture Department are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to winnow down proposals to lower the cost of the nation's biofuels policy to oil refiners, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Trump pushes death penalty for some drug dealers

President Donald Trump officially proposed imposing the death penalty for certain drug dealers on Monday.


Trump adds Washington lawyer diGenova to legal team in Russia probe

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is beefing up his legal team with a lawyer who accuses the FBI and U.S. Justice Department of trying to frame Trump with false charges of colluding with Russia during the 2016 election campaign, possibly signaling a more aggressive drive to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Opinion: A weekend of issues in the Trump presidency

We were lulled into submission early Friday night. All week President Donald Trump had raised the possibility there would be major personnel changes in the White House: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had already been fired by tweet earlier in the week, but the rumors -- egged on by Trump himself -- were swirling that there would be other "You're Fireds."


Trump says he is working to lower prescription drug prices

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump promised to bring down prescription drug prices on Monday, saying U.S. citizens pay far more than people in other countries do for the same product.


Palestinian President threatens to end Gaza reconciliation with Hamas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for a bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, and threatened to end reconciliation efforts with his bitter rivals.


Britain wins fresh EU, NATO support over nerve attack

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister won further support from the European Union and NATO on Monday over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent as he denounced Moscow's denials of involvement as "increasingly absurd".

Trump to hire lawyer who pushed a theory that DOJ framed him

President Donald Trump will hire an attorney to join his personal legal team who has alleged the President is being framed by a group of FBI and Justice Department officials, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

Trump lawyer pushed conspiracy theory

President Donald Trump has hired Joseph diGenova, who has alleged the President is being framed by a group of FBI and Justice Department officials, to join his personal legal team. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.


G20 financial leaders seek 'free trade' pledge amid U.S. tariffs concern

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders were seeking on Monday to clearly endorse free trade and renounce protectionism amid concern that U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and looming actions against China could trigger a trade war that would hurt global growth.


Trump not moving to fire Mueller but is frustrated: White House

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is not moving to fire U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller but is frustrated by the length of the ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the White House said on Monday.


Serial bomber suspected in deadly Austin explosions: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A serial bomber is suspected of planting four bombs detonated this month around Austin, Texas, that have killed two people and injured four others and unnerved residents of the Texas capital.


Palestinian President Abbas blames Hamas for bomb attack on PM convoy in Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for the March 13 bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, saying it was a "despicable and sinful act."


Exploiting women for prostitution a crime against humanity: pope

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis branded exploitation of women for prostitution a "crime against humanity" on Monday and asked forgiveness from society for Catholic men who use prostitutes.


UK wins Brexit transition deal in return for Irish vow

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union agreed on Monday to a transition period to avoid a "cliff edge" Brexit next year -- though only after London accepted a potential solution for the border with the Irish Republic that may face stiff opposition at home.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Trump to Visit New Hampshire to Present Opioid Plan

The plan calls for reducing the supply of illicit drugs with better interdiction and tougher penalties, reducing opioid prescriptions and overall demand, and expanding access to treatment.

Trump, Donald J

Trump to Hire Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President

The lawyer, Joseph E. diGenova, will serve as an aggressive player on the president’s legal team.

Man banned from Facebook for giving data to firm that worked for Trump's campaign is willing to speak to FBI

Trump has a unique opportunity to help Yemen

The Middle East today is poised between multiple wars fueling extremism and a burgeoning younger generation looking for a new start.


Trump's pick for U.N. migrant job says he is not anti-Islam

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States' nominee to lead the United Nations migration agency denied on Monday that he was anti-Islam while acknowledging a controversy over some of his social media posts and retweets in the past.

Analysis: Trump does next best thing to firing Mueller

Firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be "the beginning of the end of (Donald Trump's) presidency," predicted South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.


Large U.S. retailers urge Trump not to hit China with tariffs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several large U.S. retail companies, including Wal-Mart Inc, Target Corp, Best Buy Co Inc and Macy's Inc, on Monday sent President Donald Trump a letter urging him not to impose massive tariffs on goods imported from China.


Putin savors record win, securing six more years at Russia's helm

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin basked in his biggest ever election victory on Monday, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.

Trump tweets 'WITCH HUNT' following his attacks on Mueller

President Donald Trump on Monday continued his Twitter attack on special counsel Robert Mueller, calling the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election a "witch hunt."


EU agrees Brexit transition, UK renews Irish border vow

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain agreed to a potentially unpalatable deal to avoid a "hard border" for Northern Ireland on Monday to win agreement from the European Union that it would retain most EU benefits for nearly two years after Brexit.


REFILE-Large retailers urge Trump against China tariffs

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - Several large retail companies, including Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and Macy's, are making a direct appeal to President Donald Trump not to impose massive tariffs on goods imported from China, in a letter sent to the White House on Monday.


Trip wire may have set off latest bomb in Austin, wounding two

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two men on bicycles were wounded after a bomb exploded, possibly detonated by a trip wire, police said on Monday, as authorities continued to investigate three parcel bombs that killed two people earlier this month in the Texas capital.

Clapper on tweets: Trump is his own worst enemy

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says President Trump's tweets are the best barometer of the President's thoughts and that they make him his own worst enemy.


Collateral damage: How Trump threw Canada's refugee system into turmoil

TORONTO (Reuters) - Buffered by three oceans and the United States to the south, Canada has for decades had the luxury of being able to pick and choose its newcomers. So few asylum seekers crossed the U.S. border illegally over the years that Canada didn’t consistently track the numbers.


Amid Brexit deal talk, EU summons envoys, media

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU Brexit negotiators summoned national envoys and journalists at short notice on Monday as speculation mounted among diplomats of an interim deal to grant Britain a transition -- though some urged caution.

Trump, Donald J

‘You Will Not Destroy America’: A Trump Battle Is No Longer One-Sided

The president and former law enforcement and intelligence officials are trading Twitter insults, turning a conflict that would have once stayed private into a public brawl.


Putin savors big victory after winning six more years at Russia's helm

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin basked in a landslide re-election victory on Monday, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.


China forms new economic team as President Xi kicks off second term

BEIJING (Reuters) - China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt build-up that may pose systemic risks to the world's second-largest economy.


Trip wire may have set off bomb in Austin, wounding two men: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two men on bicycles were wounded in an explosion of a bomb that may have been detonated by a trip wire, police said on Monday in the Texas capital, where earlier this month three parcel bombs killed two people.


Japan court rejects lawsuit against construction of nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) - A court in northern Japan on Monday rejected a lawsuit to halt construction of a nuclear plant, said the company building the facility, Electric Power Development Co (J-Power).


China elects new economic team as President Xi kicks off second term

BEIJING (Reuters) - China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt to reduce systemic risks to the world's second-largest economy.

Trump's weekend of assaults on Mueller's probe pushed DC closer to the major crisis of governance that may unfold if he fires the special counsel


Explosion in Austin wounds two men, FBI on scene

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - An explosion in Austin on Sunday wounded two men, thought to be in their 20s, authorities said, as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents rushed to the scene in the Texas capital, where earlier this month three parcel bombs killed two people.

Village is a shrine to China's President

Visitors from across China are flocking to see President Xi Jinping's home village.

Republican Party

How Top Republicans Reacted, or Didn’t, to Trump’s Tweets on Mueller

Some leading Republicans warned the president against firing the special counsel, but many had no response.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump: The Un-American President

He has damaged the American brand.


White House lawyer says Trump is not considering firing Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House lawyer Ty Cobb said on Sunday that President Donald Trump was not considering or discussing firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Efforts to protect the special counsel are stalled in Congress as Trump poses serious threat to Russia probe

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels

Ignoring the advice of aides over how to deal with the special counsel was the decision of a president who ultimately trusts only his own instincts.


Trump to unveil opioid plan seeking death penalty for drug dealers: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Monday to combat the opioid addiction crisis that includes seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging Congress to toughen sentencing laws for drug traffickers, White House officials said on Sunday.


Forty-five U.S. trade groups urge Trump to avoid tariffs against China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty-five U.S. trade associations representing some of the largest companies in the country are urging President Donald Trump not to impose tariffs on China, warning it would be "particularly harmful" to the U.S. economy and consumers.

Facebook under fire over how data got into hands of a firm with Trump ties

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic want answers after Facebook's latest controversy involving the 2016 election.

International Trade and World Market

‘World Upside Down’: As Trump Pushes Tariffs, Latin America Links Up

The Trump administration’s protectionist policies are prompting governments from Chile to Canada to forge closer ties with one another, and to seek more trade with China and Europe.

Kidnapping and Hostages

‘We Are Here for Your Students’: Boko Haram Abduction of More Girls Pressures Nigeria’s President

The attack on the Dapchi school, in which gunmen gathered up 110 girls, has left parents asking how the government could let a mass kidnapping happen, again.


Putin wins another six years at Russia's helm in landslide victory

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.


Putin says 'nonsense' to think Russia would poison spy in Britain

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday it was nonsense to think that Moscow would have poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who are critically ill in a British hospital.

Facebook probes employee's links to data firm that has ties to Trump


Burundi to hold referendum on extending presidential terms in May

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday set May 17 as the date for a referendum that could extend his rule for at least a decade.

Trump may face challengers in 2020 primary

Here are the stories our DC insiders are talking about in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast, where you get a glimpse of tomorrow's headlines today.


U.S. tariffs, China trade tensions overshadow G20 finance meeting

Buenos Aires (Reuters) - Worries about the potential for a U.S.-China trade war and frustration over U.S. President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs threatened to dominate a gathering of finance leaders this week amid strengthening growth.

Republicans warn Trump

Key Republicans on Sunday warned President Donald Trump not to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller.


Syria's Assad visits army in eastern Ghouta as rebels in talks

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited Syrian soldiers who appear close to defeating the last major opposition foothold near Damascus and met some of the many thousands of people uprooted during the government offensive.


Mexico leftist says he would try to halt energy auctions if president-elect

MEXICO CITY, March 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist presidential front-runner said on Sunday that if he wins the July election, he will ask President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop at least two energy auctions scheduled to take place before the new president takes office.

Opinion: Trump's 'great day for democracy' smacks of dictatorship

If the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe on Friday night felt like something you'd see in a third-world dictatorship, you aren't alone.


Peru president says he used offshore firm to legally avoid U.S. taxes: audio

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski told a congressional investigative committee that he used a company in the British Virgin Islands to legally avoid paying U.S. taxes, according to audio heard by Reuters on Sunday.

Analysis: Trump looks like he's planning to fire Mueller

If President Donald Trump isn't planning to fire special counsel Bob Mueller, he sure is doing a good job of faking it.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans

While President Trump had largely sought to avoid alienating the special counsel in recent months, he has shifted his tone in the past two days.

Gowdy to Trump lawyer: If your client is innocent, act like it

Outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy on Sunday bristled at President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd calling for the Justice Department to end the special counsel probe.


Republicans to Trump: Let Mueller do his job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican senators warned President Donald Trump on Sunday not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and said the president must let federal investigators looking into Russian meddling in the U.S. election do their jobs.

Bernstein: Trump determined to stop Mueller

CNN's Carl Bernstein says that people close to President Trump are saying that he is determined to shut down Robert Mueller's investigation.

Sen. Paul vows to filibuster Trump nominees

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he would take all necessary steps to oppose President Donald Trump's nominees for secretary of state and CIA director.

GOP senator says if Trump fires the special prosecutor, it will be 'the beginning of the end of his presidency'

Sen. Lindsey Graham gave a stern warning Sunday to President Donald Trump against firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump's opioid plan may include death for drug dealers

President Donald Trump will roll out new plans to tackle the country's opioid epidemic on Monday in New Hampshire, a senior administration official tells CNN. The plan will likely include stiffer penalties for high intensity drug traffickers, including the possibility of the death penalty.

The President lashed out at the special counsel's team, seeming to suggest it has a partisan bias

President Donald Trump started his Sunday morning by lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller's team, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI Director James Comey.


Republican senator expects Trump to pull out of Iran deal: CBS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May.

Africa's only female president to resign

The president of Mauritius will resign this week over claims she used a credit card provided to her by an NGO for personal expenses, her lawyer said.


Rebels in Syria's eastern Ghouta discussing ceasefire with U.N.: statement

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The main rebel group in the southern pocket of Syria's opposition-held eastern Ghouta told Reuters on Sunday it was negotiating with a United Nations delegation about a ceasefire, aid and the evacuation of urgent medical cases.

Trump spending spree may lead to higher interest rates


Britain accuses Russia of secretly stockpiling deadly nerve agent used in attack

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Sunday that Russia has been stockpiling the deadly nerve agent used to poison a Russian former double agent in England and has been investigating how such weapons can be used in assassinations.

Journalist: The real reason Trump wanted McCabe fired

Investigative journalist Michael Isikoff discusses Trump's reaction to the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.


Israeli military says carried out Gaza operation against attack tunnel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces operating on the Gaza border on Sunday foiled an attempt by the Hamas militant group to rebuild an attack tunnel, the Israeli military said.

Politics and Government

Presidential Vote in Russia Sure to Give Putin 6 More Years

Vladimir V. Putin’s popularity, and firm grip, will assure him a fourth term. The size of the turnout will be seen as the strength of Mr. Putin’s mandate.

'SNL' spoofs Trump camp firings

John Goodman and Bill Hader made appearances on "Saturday Night Live" to poke fun at notable firings from the Trump administration.


Maduro challenger shakes up Venezuela's presidential vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - At each other's throats for two decades, militants of Venezuela's socialist state and opposition seldom agree on anything. Yet mention the name of presidential candidate Henri Falcon, and both are liable to spit.


Now North Korean diplomat heads to Finland amid new diplomatic flurry

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible U.S.-North Korean summit.


China propaganda kicks into overdrive as 'helmsman' Xi re-anointed president

BEIJING (Reuters) - With pictures of ecstatic citizens standing in applause, tearful legislators and even a social media game, China's propaganda drive has kicked into high gear following Xi Jinping's unanimous reappointment as president.

Opinion: Trouble for Trump if Mueller meets Stormy

Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, has a talent for stirring the publicity pot relating to his controversial porn star client. He dropped his latest morsels Friday during a drive-by of CNN and MSNBC's morning shows. In an interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," he said six additional women had come forward alleging sexual relationships with President Donald Trump and that his office was in the "early stages of vetting those stories." Avenatti also claimed two of the women have nondisclosure agreements.


Vatican 'Lettergate' scandal comes to a head as text released

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican "Lettergate" scandal came to a head on Saturday when the Holy See, under pressure from the media and conservatives, released a full text by former Pope Benedict that before was cited only selectively.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians

Cambridge Analytica, a company that developed technology to target voters, has denied having connections to Russia. But evidence suggests otherwise.


Putin on track for commanding win as Russians head to polls

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, Russia (Reuters) - Russians began voting in a presidential election on Sunday set to give Vladimir Putin a commanding victory that could only be blemished if large numbers do not bother taking part because the result is so predictable.

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility

The president’s latest made-up statement renewed the question: When does he know the things he says are false and when is he simply misinformed?


Former FBI No.2 McCabe fired; says Trump administration targeted him

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI's former No. 2 official Andrew McCabe on Friday, prompting McCabe to say he was targeted for being a witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Mueller Wants Trump’s Business Records. What’s the Russia Connection?

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents related to Russia. The company has a three-decade relationship with Moscow.


Trump critics attack firing of FBI's McCabe as political move

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats and other Trump administration critics on Saturday attacked the firing of No. 2 FBI official Andrew McCabe as a politically motivated and vindictive move, while some Republicans praised U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for decisive action.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017)

Opinion: Don’t Run From Trump

The Republican Party has gotten where it is because of the president, not in spite of him.

Crime and Criminals

Opinion: Chris Hayes: What ‘Law and Order’ Means to Trump

It is about the preservation of a certain social order, not the rule of law.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe, Fired F.B.I. Deputy, Is Said to Have Kept Memos on Trump

The memos could corroborate the testimony of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director who said President Trump had pressured him to shut down an investigation.

Fox News Channel

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump, Flush With Power

The president wants to bring the Fox cast into the White House, fully merging with the source of his ideas, tweets and gratification.

McCabe has memos documenting talks with Trump

Much like fired FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote memos documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump before he was fired Friday, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN.

Former CIA chief calls Trump 'a disgraced demagogue' after McCabe firing

Former CIA Director John Brennan responded Saturday to President Donald Trump's tweet about the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, calling the President "a disgraced demagogue."


Sweden, North Korea talks end, may help pave way for Trump-Kim encounter

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - North Korean and Swedish foreign ministers ended three days of talks on Saturday on the security situation on the Korean peninsula which may help prepare the way for a planned meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.


Florida school says it was aware of bridge cracks before fatal collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a newly built pedestrian bridge collapsed, killing six people, but concluded that a crack in the bridge was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday.

United States Politics and Government

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Rule-Cutting E.P.A. Chief, Plots His Political Future

Mr. Pruitt may be using his position as an environmental deregulation czar to position himself to run for office in Oklahoma — or perhaps the presidency.


Trump consultants harvested data from 50 million Facebook users: reports

(Reuters) - Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users in developing techniques to support President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, the New York Times and London's Observer reported on Saturday.

Attorney John Dowd told CNN he's speaking for himself, but earlier said he was speaking for the President

President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd is calling for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling.

Facebook suspends firm with Trump ties

Facebook has announced it is suspending Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's campaign, over concerns about violations of the social media site's policies.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Lawyer Says Special Counsel Inquiry Should Be Ended

The lawyer, John Dowd, said he was speaking on behalf of President Trump, only to backtrack shortly afterward and say he was speaking only for himself.

#MeToo Movement

President of Steven Cohen’s Investment Firm Quits Amid Gender Bias Lawsuit

Douglas Haynes stepped down as president of the $11 billion investment firm, a month after being named as a defendant in a gender discrimination lawsuit.

Presidential Election of 2016

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign.


Thousands more Syrians flee their homes as two battles rage

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians streamed out of their towns to escape battles in the north and south of Syria on Saturday, where two different offensives have prompted an exodus in recent days.

Trump rewards loyalty and shows his power over GOP

Last summer when Sen. Dean Heller was considering bucking President Donald Trump on health care, the president issued a not-so-subtle threat to the vulnerable Nevada Republican.

Trump celebrates McCabe firing on Twitter

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement, ending the career of an official who had risen to serve as second-in-command at the bureau.


Powerball jackpot climbs to $455 million for Saturday drawing

(Reuters) - An estimated $455 million Powerball jackpot is up for grabs on Saturday evening, one of the biggest in the multi-state U.S. lottery's history, after 19 straight drawings failed to produce a grand prize winner.

O.J. Simpson has strong opinions about Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick

O.J. Simpson is sharing his thoughts on some of the nation's most controversial figures.


Russia expels 23 British diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia expelled 23 British diplomats on Saturday in a retaliatory move over British accusations that the Kremlin orchestrated a nerve toxin attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England.


New European sanctions would affect nuclear deal: Iran official

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Any new European sanctions against Iran will have a direct effect on the nuclear deal struck between world powers and Tehran, Iran’s deputy foreign minister said Friday, according to state media.

The former FBI deputy director says his firing is part of Trump's war on the FBI and Mueller's Russia probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement, ending the career of an official who rose to serve as second-in-command at the bureau.


Facebook suspends data analytics firm that worked for Trump campaign

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday said it was suspending political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, after finding data privacy policies had been violated.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump’s F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions

Lack of candor is a fireable offense at the F.B.I., but Mr. McCabe’s last-minute dismissal from the agency was carried out against a highly politicized backdrop.


China's parliament re-elects Xi Jinping as president

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country's president.

Trump attorney joins Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Attorneys defending President Donald Trump and the company of his personal legal counsel, Michael Cohen, have filed to move the lawsuit against their clients by porn star Stormy Daniels to federal court and are claiming she could owe as much as $20 million for violating a nondisclosure agreement.

Latin America

How Trump Can Make the Most of the Summit of the Americas

Before the president’s trip to Lima, the administration should take a close look at why U.S. credibility in Latin America is at historic lows.


Trump lawyer seeks $20 million damages from Stormy Daniels: filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A law firm representing U.S. President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views the self-ruled island as a wayward province.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Trump’s Lawyers Claim Stormy Daniels Violated Confidentiality Agreement at Least 20 Times

In a court filing, the president weighs in for the first time directly on a case in which a porn actress was paid $130,000 to stay silent about an affair she claims she had with him.

How Melania is handling Daniels news

CNN's Randi Kaye takes a look at how first lady Melania Trump keeps a low profile after porn star Stomy Daniels' claims of an alleged sexual encounter with President Trump.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Tariffs Set Off Storm of Lobbying

Corporations and foreign leaders are pressing to meet with White House officials and hiring lawyers and lobbyists to push for exemptions that could be worth billions of dollars in trade.

Pro-Trump group hires Carl Higbie, who shared N-word laden post on Facebook in 2014

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.

Trump settles in as reality TV producer in chief: 'I like conflict'

Midway through the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump had an idea. Wouldn't it be fun, he told an associate, to revive his hit NBC reality show "The Apprentice" inside the White House, using his own staffers as the contestants and the West Wing as his board room? The idea, conveyed to CNN by two people familiar with the conversation, was quickly squelched by aides.

Central Intelligence Agency

Spies, Not Diplomats, Take Lead Role in Planning Trump’s North Korea Meeting

The C.I.A.’s emergence as the primary player speaks to the influence of Mike Pompeo, the agency’s director, who has been nominated to replace Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson.


Next to exit Trump White House? Odds favor McMaster, online bookie says

(Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the Trump administration, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting website said which put the odds against him staying at 3/2.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill; China 'strongly dissatisfied'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.


Trump's back-to-back visitors unlikely to solve Gulf dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will beat a path to U.S. President Donald Trump's door in the next few weeks for back-to-back visits that are unlikely to solve a long-running dispute among America's Gulf allies.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer says some alleged incidents took place during Trump presidency

The lawyer representing the adult film star Stormy Daniels alleges that some of the accusations she's making against President Donald Trump occurred while Trump was in office.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, a move certain to anger China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.

Kudlow, Lawrence A

Trump, the Television President, Expands His Cast

The choice of Larry Kudlow as chief economic adviser, a position with real influence over Americans, crosses a threshold in an administration that has already blurred the line between it and the media.


Corn-state senators seek Trump meeting as U.S. biofuel changes loom

(Reuters) - A group of senators from U.S. corn states have asked President Donald Trump for a meeting about the nation's biofuels law, amid expectations the administration will soon act to lower the regulation's costs to the oil refining industry.

Fact Check

Fact Check: How Trump Has Split With His Administration on Russian Meddling

The administration has been far tougher on Russia than the president himself, whose pattern of diversion has steadily increased since he took office.

Source: Trump enjoying staff speculation

President Donald Trump fuels speculation of more White House turnover as he aims to get closer to having the cabinet that he wants. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.


Exclusive: European powers propose new Iran sanctions to meet Trump ultimatum

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

What's next for the movement against gun violence

A generation of students raised in the shadow of gun violence is sending a loud and united message to lawmakers: Enough is enough.

United States Politics and Government

Despite Speculation, Trump’s Cabinet Remains Intact

Two embattled cabinet secretaries — Ben Carson and David Shulkin — remained in their jobs Friday. The absence of any formal announcements suggested an effort to tamp down the anxiety in the West Wing.

Panelists erupt over Trump-Stormy Daniels saga

Trump Advisory Board member Paris Dennard and Republican strategist Rick Wilson clash while discussing Stormy Daniels and President Trump.

Analysis: Trump's staffing upheavals come in spurts

Things seem to happen in spurts. Reince Priebus resigned on July 28, but the cards really started to fall a week and a half earlier.


London court rules UK spy behind Trump dossier must give evidence in U.S. libel trial

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a "dossier" of allegations linking U.S. President Donald Trump to Russia, must give a deposition in a U.S. libel case, lawyers for the Russian businessman involved said on Friday.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Was Elected to Govern Without These People

The duty of the president’s team is not to second guess him or the outcome of the last election.

Trump is creating a dangerous echo chamber

Just as Trump urged, Tarkanian drops Senate challenge to run for House seat

Danny Tarkanian is dropping his bid to unseat Nevada Sen. Dean Heller in the Republican primary and running for a House seat instead.


EU starts retaliation process against U.S. tariffs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called for industry views on Friday on a list of U.S. products it will subject to import tariffs, the first step towards measures to counter planned U.S. taxes on European steel and aluminum.


Seoul aims for more talks about talks with North Korea this month

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a summit and that the South Korean president may meet Donald Trump before the U.S. president's planned meeting with the North Korean leader.


BRIEF-Nike Vice President Jayme Martin Exits Co - WSJ


United States Economy

Most Americans Produce Services, Not Stuff. Trump Ignores That in Talking About Trade.

The president’s outlook on service workers could have real economic consequences.


South Africa hits fallen Zuma with arms deal corruption charges

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Former South African president Jacob Zuma is to face corruption charges over a $2.5 billion arms deal, prosecutors said, as a years-old scandal returned to haunt him within weeks of his fall from power.


Porn actress Stormy Daniels physically threatened over Trump: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels was physically threatened and warned to remain silent about her relationship with President Donald Trump, her lawyer told MSNBC and CNN on Friday.


Trump asked South Korea officials to show flexibility in trade talks: Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked South Korean officials to show flexibility in trade negotiations with the United States in a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the Blue House said in a statement on Friday.


South Africa's Zuma to be charged with corruption over arms deal

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted for corruption relating to a 30 billion rand ($2.5 billion) arms deal in the late 1990s, chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said on Friday.

The President's personal lawyer and the White House deny allegations of an affair between Daniels and Trump

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star suing President Donald Trump, claimed Friday that she has faced physical threats.

Analysis: Trump's very public embarrassment of H.R. McMaster

President Donald Trump has apparently grown sick of H.R. McMaster and is preparing to jettison his national security adviser in the not-too-distant future. That news was first broken by The Washington Post on Thursday night but subsequently confirmed by CNN. It appears to now be a matter of when, not if, McMaster will leave.


Is $71 as good as it gets for oil bulls this year?

LONDON (Reuters) - On the surface, things look good for oil producers. Global oil demand is set to grow at its fastest pace in three years and OPEC's discipline in sticking to output cuts has been unprecedented.


Trump's tariffs head for a legal minefield

GENEVA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's announcement last week of a 25 percent tariff on U.S. imports of steel and 10 percent on aluminum caused a global outcry.


New head of scandal-hit Kobe Steel may seek mergers for some business units

(Reuters) - Kobe Steel's new president on Friday said he may seek mergers or alliances outside the company for one or more of its business divisions, as he battles to repair damage from a data fraud scandal that roiled Japanese industry.

California Today

California Today: California Today: A Case Against Cuts to Public Pensions

Friday: Joan Baez on retirement, a former reporter now homeless and the death of a retail mecca


South Korea aims for high-level talks about talks with North

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will seek high-level talks with North Korea this month as preparations for a summit began on Friday, the presidential chief of staff said, while officials in the South expressed interest in a separate summit with the United States.


Russia to expel UK diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens

ASTANA/LONDON (Reuters) - Russia is set to expel British diplomats in retaliation for Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to kick out 23 Russians as relations with London crash to a post-Cold War low due to an attack with military-grade nerve agent on English soil.


ASEAN, Australia reject protectionism amid fears of Trump trade war

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia reject protectionism, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Singapore counterpart said on Friday, amid fears about a possible trade war sparked by U.S. plans to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Kimmel, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Pitches for Stormy Daniels’s Legal Fund

Kimmel said, “Now you can give money to a porn star — just like the president of the United States.”

Stormy Daniels' lawyer alleges there are 6 more women with similar stories

The lawyer representing the porn star Stormy Daniels says six additional women have come forward with similar experiences to that of his client as of Thursday evening -- some who he says also claim to have nondisclosure agreements.

The latest bombshell: Mueller has subpoenaed Trump Organization records, including some about Russia

If President Vladimir Putin's aim was to become the most incendiary, corrosive influence on American politics, he succeeded spectacularly.


Nike brand president resigns; company probes workplace complaints

(Reuters) - Nike Inc's namesake brand President Trevor Edwards has resigned and will retire in August, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday.


Trump has decided to remove his national security adviser: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, but the move is not expected to be made immediately, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.


Florida foot bridge collapse leaves four people dead

MIAMI (Reuters) - A newly erected pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday, killing four people, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Downey said.


South Korea gears up for summit, report shows North Korea testing reactor

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean officials began preparations on Friday for a summit next month with North Korea aimed at reducing tensions on the peninsula, as a report showed the North had probably begun testing a nuclear reactor as recently as late February.


U.S. hints at shift on Russia with sanctions and condemnation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - By imposing new sanctions on Russia and condemning a suspected Russian chemical attack in Britain, Washington has hinted at a tougher stance toward Moscow despite President Donald Trump's stated desire for better ties.


Stormy Daniels Interview to Air on ‘60 Minutes’ This Month

Last week, Anderson Cooper interviewed Stephanie Clifford, who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump.

Anderson Cooper: Hard to fact-check Trump's fairy tale

CNN's Anderson Cooper looks at President Trump's claims of a US trade deficit with Canada, despite a recent economic report with Trump's signature on it that says the opposite.

Opinion: Why is Trump like a pussycat when it comes to calling out Putin?

Things move fast in President Trump's Washington. You can hardly keep up with the news. Unless, that is, you are waiting for Trump to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government. Then it requires a great deal of patience. And the world has taken notice.

The push for a replacement comes after months of tension between Trump and his national security adviser, sources say