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United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: John Bolton Is Right About the U.N.

A never-ending scandal disguised as an everlasting hope.

Fact checking Trump's tweets

CNN's Jake Tapper and take a look at a series of tweets President Trump posted after the firing of ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

John Bolton, China, Uber: Your Friday Evening Briefing

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

United States International Relations

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: When Republicans Rejected John Bolton

He was feared for twisting intelligence to back his bellicosity and for trying to remove anyone who objected.

Computers and the Internet

Elon Musk Joins #DeleteFacebook With a Barrage of Tweets

Mr. Musk deleted the Facebook pages of two of his companies, SpaceX and Tesla. He and the Facebook C.E.O., Mark Zuckerberg, have, er, not always gotten along.


Bank of America pays $42 million fine in New York 'masking' probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp will pay a $42 million fine and admitted wrongdoing to settle claims by New York's attorney general that it fraudulently routed clients' stock trades to outside firms, including one run by swindler Bernard Madoff.


McCain presses Trump CIA nominee over her record on interrogations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain on Friday pressed President Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, for information about her ties to the agency's past use of harsh interrogation techniques, underscoring challenges she faces winning confirmation.

John Bolton, Stocks, France: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: John Bolton Has ‘No Moderating Tendencies’

Welcome to the new Trump team — not the same as the old team.

Bolton, John R

Editorial: Yes, John Bolton Really Is That Dangerous

There are few people more likely to lead the country into war, in more than one place.

John Bolton on: North Korea, Russia, bombing Iran and Iraq War

John Bolton said on Thursday that his past policy statements are "behind me" and that, after taking over next month as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, "The important thing is what the President says and the advice I give him."

United States International Relations

Trump’s Appointment of John Bolton Raises Concern in Asia

“We will have to see if Bolton opens his mouth and launches his verbal attacks against the North,” said one South Korean analyst, fearing that talks with Kim Jong-un would be derailed.

United States Politics and Government

How the Left and the Right Reacted to John Bolton as National Security Adviser

News that Mr. Bolton will become President Trump’s third national security adviser was met with immediate acclaim and criticism. We rounded some of it up for you.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

McMaster to Resign as National Security Adviser, and Will Be Replaced by John Bolton

Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster struggled to impose order on a fractious national security team and a president resistant to his sort of military discipline.

United States International Relations

Man in the News: John Bolton, an Undiplomatic Voice for American Might

If President Trump wanted a national security adviser who would match his confrontational approach to the world, then Mr. Bolton fits the bill.

Trump replaces H.R. McMaster with John Bolton as national security adviser

President Donald Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster has agreed to resign, a White House official announced on Thursday.

Facebook, John Dowd, Syria: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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


Nature With Chirps, but No Tweets

Rachel Lee Hovnanian’s immersion room replicates a quiet forest. Can it cure New Yorkers’ nature-deficit disorder?


No repeat championship for Johnson at WGC Match Play

(Reuters) - Defending champion Dustin Johnson has no chance of advancing to the knockout phase of the WGC-Match Play after suffering a second straight defeat in Austin, Texas on Thursday.

More anti-Muslim, conspiratorial tweets emerge from Trump's pick for top UN migration job

Ken Isaacs, the Trump administration pick to head the international organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide, once wrote on Twitter that Austria and Switzerland should consider building a wall in the Alps to keep refugees out.

Cosby, Bill

Bill Cosby Wants Judge Replaced Because of His Wife’s Advocacy

Mr. Cosby, nearing a retrial on sexual assault charges, says the judge must recuse himself because his wife is an advocate for assault victims. Legal experts disagree.

John Dowd steps down as President Trump ramps up his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

United States Politics and Government

John Dowd Resigns as Trump’s Lead Lawyer in Special Counsel Inquiry

Mr. Dowd’s departure is the latest change among President Trump’s legal team as the president has begun directly attacking the special counsel in public.


Johnson, McIlroy lose on first day of Match Play

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy suffered surprise defeats on Wednesday as the WGC-Dell Match Play got off to a typically unpredictable start in Texas.

President Trump tweets typos ... again

Why is President Trump tweeting about castrated sheep? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a flurry of typos.

Opinion: I ditched Facebook in 2013, and it's been fine

You can ditch Facebook. It's OK. You will survive. And not only will you get through it, but your life will get better.

Customs, Etiquette and Manners

Thanks for Not Sharing! My Fine Dining Isn’t Your Fork Orgy

A writer examines the trend of small plates at restaurants, and why it leaves him hungry for the old ways.

Carson says wife picked pricey furniture

HUD Secretary Ben Carson cites "dangerous" old furniture and his wife to explain a $31,000 dining set. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.


France targets sexual harassment with on-the-spot fines

PARIS (Reuters) - France will announce a series of measures against sexual violence on Wednesday, including on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment on the street and extended deadlines for filing rape complaints.

John Oliver's parody book about Pence's gay bunny is sold out

John Oliver's parody book about Vice President Mike Pence's family pet has sold out.

McCain: US presidents don't congratulate dictators after sham elections

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin for winning reelection earlier this month, provoking a strong rebuke from GOP Sen. John McCain.


Johnson faces dangerous group at WGC-Dell Match Play

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson opens his WGC-Dell Match Play title defense in Texas on Wednesday in a dangerous group that includes fellow American Kevin Kisner, Canadian Adam Hadwin and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

Travel and Vacations

The Caribbean Now: Smaller Crowds, Quieter Shores as St. John Slowly Recovers

Evenings can be lively in Cruz Bay and the beaches are still inviting. But major resorts are closed and cleanup efforts continue.


How to Enjoy Fine Dining on a Fast Food Budget

Go on, treat yourself. We talked to financial and food experts alike for their tips to dine out on a dime.

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."

Pulse shooter's wife to FBI: 'I wish I had been more truthful'

The wife of the man who killed dozens of people at an Orlando nightclub in 2016 told FBI investigators she knew beforehand that he was going to do something violent.

John Oliver trolls Pence with a gay bunny book

Late-night host John Oliver trolls VP Mike Pence by releasing a children's book about his version of Marlon Bundo, Pence's family pet. The book released before a Pence family book about a day in the life of their rabbit. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

John Oliver trolls Pence with gay bunny book

Rabbits are multiplying in the childrens' book section.

Meghan McCain shares a photo of her dad

Meghan McCain tweeted a photo of her father Sunday, showing her and the Republican senator from Arizona together amid his absence from Capitol Hill.

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."


Saudi Aramco seeks majority stake in Indian refinery: Economic Times

(Reuters) - Oil giant Saudi Aramco is looking to buy a majority stake in a proposed refinery and petrochemical complex valued at 3 trillion rupees ($46.10 billion) in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, local daily Economic Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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.


Russian denials of British attack 'increasingly absurd': Johnson

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister stepped up London's criticism of Moscow on Monday over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in England, calling Russian denials of responsibility "increasingly absurd".


Singapore fines Standard Chartered entities $4.9 million for money laundering breaches

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's central bank imposed penalties of S$5.2 million ($3.95 million) on Standard Chartered Bank (SCBC) and S$1.2 million on Standard Chartered Trust (Singapore) (SCTS) for breaching money laundering rules and terrorism financing safeguards.

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.

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.

Opinion: John Bolton's mustache is more qualified than he is

News outlets have reported that President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster. Trump is supposedly waiting to announce the decision until he can find a good next posting for McMaster, who remains an active-duty Army general.


Johnson & Johnson says offered $2.1 billion for LifeScan diabetes unit

(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson has been offered about $2.1 billion for its LifeScan Inc unit, which makes blood glucose monitoring products, by private investment firm Platinum Equity, the healthcare company said on Friday.


Donald Trump Jr.'s wife files for divorce in New York

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The wife of Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, has filed for divorce in New York, according to court records.

John Bolton reportedly a possible replacement

President Donald Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Divorce, Separations and Annulments

Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr.’s Wife, Files for Divorce

The president’s daughter-in-law filed for an uncontested divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.

Trump pick for UN migration job shared tweets warning of creeping Sharia

The Trump administration's pick to head the United Nations organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide regularly pushed anti-Muslim sentiment, including claims that Muslims were trying to impose Sharia law in the US.

Fines (Penalties)

Op-Ed Contributor: A Billionaire and a Nurse Shouldn’t Pay the Same Fine for Speeding

A flat fine threatens poor people with financial ruin, but it lets rich people off easy. Real justice requires punishment that is equally felt.

French baker slapped with fine -- for working too darn much

The French take their bread very, very seriously. In fact, there are whole sets of laws that govern which type of bread can be called what, and when and how often bakeries can stay open.

Ex-ESPN head John Skipper says he resigned over cocaine extortion plot

Nobel winner's wife found dead in landfill

A Nobel Prize-winning professor's wife, who was said to be suffering from Parkinson's disease, was found dead at an Illinois landfill.

Cocaine and Crack Cocaine

Cocaine and Extortion: John Skipper Explains Why He Abruptly Left ESPN

“I had placed the company in an untenable position and as a result, I should resign,” the former president of ESPN told The Hollywood Reporter.


UK's Johnson says corrupt Putin allies may be targeted

LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign minister Boris Johnson suggested on Thursday that corrupt Russians who owe their wealth to their ties with President Vladimir Putin could be targeted by British police in retaliation for a nerve attack on a Russian ex-spy.

Body of Nobel winner's wife found in landfill

A Nobel Prize-winning professor's wife who was said to be suffering from Parkinson's disease was found dead at an Illinois landfill on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.


Nobel prize winner hospitalized, wife found deceased in Illinois

(Reuters) - A Japanese Nobel-winning chemist was discovered wandering in rural Northern Illinois and his wife found dead nearby, some nine hours after they had been reported missing from their home 200 miles away, police said on Wednesday.

Orlando, Fla, Shooting (2016)

Key Question in Pulse Trial for Orlando Gunman’s Wife: How Much Did She Know?

Prosecutors said Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, helped him choose his target for murder and martyrdom. Her lawyers said she could not have known his plans.


BRIEF-Ball Corp CEO John Hayes' Total Compensation For 2017 Was $12.9 Mln

* BALL CORP CEO JOHN HAYES' TOTAL COMPENSATION FOR 2017 WAS $12.9 MILLION VERSUS $11.2 MILLION IN 2016 ‍​- SEC FILING Source text: ( Further company coverage:

Curry on his wife: She's ruthless

John King: It's possible Saccone can win but unlikely

CNN's John King has analyzed the numbers and says that while it's possible Republican Rick Saccone could still pull off a win in Pennsylvania, it's unlikely.


Japan PM Abe denies involvement by him, wife in discount land sale

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday remained steadfast that he and his wife were not involved in a discount land-sale deal that has seen the opposition call for the resignation of key ally and Finance Minister Taro Aso.


U.S. biofuels sector blasts EPA settlement with bankrupt Philadelphia refinery

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to grant a bankrupt Philadelphia refiner relief from biofuel laws drew criticism on Tuesday from the country's biofuels sector and its allies, who said it sets a bad precedent.

United States Politics and Government

John McEntee, Trump Aide, Is Forced Out Over Security Issue, but Joins Re-election Campaign

Mr. McEntee, who was President Trump’s personal assistant, was forced out after his security clearance was revoked, but he will join the campaign as a senior adviser.


Biofuel credits see-saw after Philadelphia refiner settlement

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Renewable fuel credits for 2018 rebounded from an earlier drop on Tuesday, fluctuating after a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted a bankrupt Philadelphia refiner significant relief from its biofuel obligations.


Golf: Garcia delivers thoughts on Masters while wife gives birth

(Reuters) - Winning a Masters did not change Sergio Garcia but the Spaniard was poised to have his life turned upside down on Tuesday as he discussed his Green Jacket defense while in a Texas hospital awaiting the birth of his first child.


Biofuel credits continue free fall in wake of refiner settlement: traders

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Renewable fuel credits for 2018 continued their sharp decline on Tuesday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted a bankrupt Philadelphia refiner significant relief from its biofuel obligations.


Man City defeat cannot define Stoke's season, says Lambert

(Reuters) - Stoke City cannot let Monday's 2-0 Premier League defeat by runaway leaders Manchester City define their season and must seek a response when they play Everton this weekend, manager Paul Lambert has said.


UPDATE 3-Bankrupt Philadelphia refiner settles biofuel obligation with EPA -court filing

NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted a bankrupt Philadelphia oil refining company a reprieve from complying with the nation's renewable fuel laws, according to a settlement agreement filed on Monday.

Domestic Violence

Op-Ed Contributor: Should an Abused Wife Be Charged in Her Husband’s Crime?

The link between domestic violence and mass shootings raises questions about what legal responsibility we load on abuse victims.


Editorial Notebook: Being the Mayor’s Wife Shouldn’t Be a Paying Job

It’s fine for Mr. de Blasio to value the counsel of his wife, but it’s wrong for him to think she should be paid.


BRIEF-Gilead Sciences Says John Mchutchison Appointed Chief Scientific Officer



References to Japan PM, wife and finance minister removed from documents related to suspected scandal

TOKYO (Reuters) - References to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his wife and Finance Minister Taro Aso were removed from documents related to a suspected cronyism scandal, according to the documents seen by Reuters.

Johnson: Trump must keep pressure on NK ahead of talks

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said Sunday that President Donald Trump must continue to ratchet up pressure on North Korea to denuclearize, even as the two countries prepare to meet for talks.


Golf: Wallace pips Johnston in play-off to win Indian Open title

(Reuters) - Briton Matt Wallace beat compatriot Andrew Johnston in the first hole of their play-off to win his second European Tour title at the Indian Open on Sunday.


Reckitt CEO stands by Mead Johnson deal, despite Pfizer option

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) - Reckitt Benckiser has no regrets about its $17 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson last year, its chief executive said, even though there are concerns it may now be too stretched to buy Pfizer's coveted consumer health business.

Espionage and Intelligence Services

British Investigators Visit Graves of Russian Ex-Spy’s Wife and Son

Days after Sergei V. Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious in Salisbury, England, chemical weapons specialists erected a tent around his son’s grave.


BRIEF-Perrigo - John Hendrickson's 2017 Total Compensation $8.3 Million Versus $5.8 Million In 2016


Deputy's Facebook tiff with ex-wife results in jail time

Petty Facebook drama can be uncomfortable and a little tacky but generally speaking, no one's really worried about going to jail over it.

War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Op-Ed Contributors: John McCain and Angelina Jolie: America Should Lead in Saving the Rohingya

A campaign of atrocities long inflicted by the Burmese military has sent 680,000 people fleeing slaughter, rape and razed villages in recent months.

John McCain is 'doing fine,' his wife tweets

Cindy McCain tweeted Thursday to let the public know that her husband, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, is "doing fine" and not going anywhere.


UPDATE 3-UK's John Lewis Partnership expects profit squeeze from competition

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) - The John Lewis Partnership expects further pressure on profits in 2018 after a 22 percent drop last year as a result of persistent competition on the British high street.

The evolution of the office 'work wife'


Refiners, traders brace for fuel-market volatility ahead of sulfur caps

HOUSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global executives and traders are bracing for higher volatility in fuel markets as they expect refiners to process more light crude oil in the lead-up to new rules aimed at slashing the use of dirty high-sulfur fuel oil in global shipping.


U.S. destroyer McCain collision which killed 10 sailors caused by 'sudden turn': Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A U.S. guided missile destroyer's deadly collision with an oil tanker near Singapore in 2017 was caused by "a sudden turn" made by the warship that put it in the path of the commercial vessel, said a report by the Singapore government on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-U.S. refinery workers head to Washington to urge biofuels reform

WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - A delegation of workers from U.S. oil refining companies that oppose the nation's biofuels policy will converge on Washington on Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to find a way to lessen the regulation's costs without hurting corn farmers and makers of the alternative fuels.


U.S. refinery workers head to Washington to urge biofuels reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A delegation of workers from U.S. oil refining companies that oppose the nation's biofuels policy will converge on Washington on Wednesday to try to convince lawmakers to find a way to lessen the regulation's costs without hurting corn farmers.


Review: In ‘Time No Line,’ John Kelly Revisits Decades of Diary Entries

Time runs in circles in Mr. Kelly’s autobiographical memory play at La MaMa.


Mexico's Alfa CFO fined for insider trading

MEXICO CITY, March 2 (Reuters) - The chief financial officer of Mexican conglomerate Alfa was fined 195,018 pesos ($10,349) in January for breaking insider trading laws, government data showed. Ramon Alberto Leal Chapa was fined on January 11 for "making trades with privileged information" in 2011, according to publicly available data on the website of Mexican banking and securities regulator CNBV.

Domestic Violence

John Kelly Acknowledges He Mishandled Accusations About Rob Porter

Mr. Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, backed up the F.B.I. director’s statement that information about Mr. Porter had been delivered to the White House last March.


Bosnian war victims despair at court fines over reparations claims

TUZLA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Bahira was 14 when she was repeatedly raped by Bosnian Serb soldiers who attacked her Muslim village early in Bosnia's 1990s war. She barely escaped execution, and has spent the past two decades trying to overcome her trauma.


SAIC, Infineon form JV to make electric car power modules in China

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Chinese car maker SAIC Motor Corp Ltd and German chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG agreed to set up a joint venture to make power modules for the Chinese electric vehicle market, the companies said on Friday.

Hariri, Saad

Confined on His Last Trip to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon’s Leader Returns on Better Terms

The Saudi news media showed Prime Minister Saad Hariri smiling and conferring with King Salman. There was no mention of the unpleasantness of the previous visit.

John Kelly jokes about his job: God punished me

Chief of staff John Kelly joked about his job at the White House at an event at the Department of Homeland Security, joking "I did something wrong and God punished me."

Actors and Actresses

How John Boyega Went From ‘Star Wars’ Stormtrooper to Sci-Fi Producer

The 25-year-old actor is among a new wave of British actors, many from African backgrounds, who are shaking up the movie industry.


Wife of ex-president of Honduras arrested on graft charges: officials

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Police arrested the wife of former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo on Wednesday on corruption charges including siphoning funds from social works programs for the poor, officials said.

Meghan McCain: I'm naive to have thought Trump would stop attacking my dad

Cindy and Meghan McCain spoke out Wednesday against President Donald Trump's remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, calling his remarks about Sen. John McCain "incredibly hurtful."


Pizza Hut replaces Papa John's as NFL's sponsor

(Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc's Pizza Hut on Wednesday said it will be the new official pizza sponsor of the National Football League, after Papa John's International Inc ended an eight-year relationship.

Bars and Nightclubs

John Zorn’s Club the Stone Begins a New Life on the Other Side of Town

After 13 years in the East Village, the saxophonist is embracing better acoustics (and fewer aromatics) at the New School.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: Steven Pinker Wants You to Know Humanity Is Doing Fine. Just Don’t Ask About Individual Humans.

In “Enlightenment Now,” the psychologist continues his argument that conditions are improving for the species as a whole.

Papa John's ending its NFL sponsorship


Johnson takes aim at Mexico City repeat

(Reuters) - Reigning champion Dustin Johnson is favorite to win a fifth World Golf Championship (WGC) title this week in Mexico City where the world number one will stare down a strong field featuring six of the world's top 10 golfers.


Review: An Afrofuturist Mr. Rogers Rules ‘The Brobot Johnson Experience’

Darian Dauchan’s one-android performance piece uses rap, dance and colored lights to find “the connection between species.”


Pregnant UK duchess Kate meets midwife who helped deliver baby Charlotte

LONDON (Reuters) - Kate, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, met the midwife who helped deliver her daughter when the heavily pregnant royal visited London's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) on Tuesday to become the charity's patron.

Johnnie Walker is being replaced by Jane (on some bottles)


Roger Goodell Expected to Fine Jerry Jones Millions of Dollars

The Dallas Cowboys owner had aggressively challenged the commissioner’s new contract and the treatment of the star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Kevin Smith tweets he had 'massive heart attack'

Kevin Smith says he's lucky to be alive right now.

Trump, Donald J

Feature: How Long Can John Kelly Hang On?

Last year, Democrats and Republicans alike agreed that if anyone could bring order to the Trump administration, it was the retired four-star Marine general. Were they wrong?

John Oliver pitches himself for Italian PM

On HBO's "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver broke down the Italian election and pitched himself as a potential candidate.

Officer responded to school shooting knowing son and wife were inside

Police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich recounts calling his wife and son, who were in the school on the day of the Florida school shooting, after helping to rescue victims.


Trump calls meeting on biofuels policy blamed by bankrupt refiner

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has called a meeting early next week with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a Pennsylvania refiner blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

Trump blasts McCain over health care vote

President Donald Trump calls out Sen. John McCain for voting "no" on the "skinny repeal" of Obamacare.


Sunday Routine: How John Leguizamo, Actor, Spends His Sundays

Mr. Leguizamo hits the stage much earlier than he thinks is natural, so he gives himself plenty of time before and after his show to warm up and unwind.


Exclusive: Trump calls meeting on biofuels policy after refiner bankruptcy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has called a meeting early next week with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a Pennsylvania refiner blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy, according to four sources familiar with the matter.


Exclusive: Trump calls meeting on biofuels policy blamed by bankrupt refiner

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has called a cabinet-level meeting early next week to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a Pennsylvania refiner blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Carrie Underwood's husband says marriage is fine

The professional hockey player slid into his Instagram comments this week after a fan expressed concern about him and his country superstar singer wife.


BRIEF-John Bilbrey Retires As Chairman Of Hershey Co Board



Mavericks owner fined $600,000 for tanking comments

(Reuters) - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for public statements detrimental to the NBA, it was announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Wednesday.


Cruz urges biofuels policy revamp at rally for bankrupt U.S. refiner

Philadelphia (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump's administration to push for an overhaul of the nation's biofuels policy, during a rally at a Pennsylvania oil refinery that blames its bankruptcy on the controversial regulation.


Senator Cruz heads to bankrupt PA refinery for rally against biofuels policy

Philadelphia (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will speak at a rally against the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on Wednesday hosted by bankrupt refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc - a company that blames the controversial biofuels policy for its financial demise.


Kremlin says Russian defense sector 'fine', accuses U.S. of unfair competition

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that "everything is fine" in the Russian defense sector, responding to an assertion by the U.S. State Department that sanctions had cost Russia $3 billion in lost defense contracts.

Figure Skating

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir: Armed With 21 Suitcases and Olympic Insight

Twenty years after Tara Lipinski's gold medal, Ms. Lipinski and her analyst partner, Johnny Weir, look back at their figure skating careers and how they continued to find success off the ice.

Trump tweets denial of woman's claim he kissed her without consent

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied the account of a woman who alleges he kissed her on the mouth without her consent.


ING says cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has an account with it

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch financial services company ING on Tuesday confirmed that Bitfinex, one of the largest exchanges for trading in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, has a bank account with it in the Netherlands.


BRIEF-American Midstream Enters Definitive Agreement To Sell Refined Products Terminals



Spain's Balearic Islands to fine Airbnb 300,000 euros for illegal rentals

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Balearic Islands is fining flat-sharing and rental service Airbnb 300,000 euros ($370,140) for advertising unregistered homes in Mallorca on its web site, the regional government said on Tuesday.


Refiner goes belly-up after big payouts to Carlyle Group

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Throughout 2016 and 2017, a rail terminal built to accept crude oil for the largest East Coast refinery often sat idle, with few trains showing up to unload.

Analysis: What Trump's Russia tweets mean

In seeking to honor President Donald Trump's holiday wishes, let's reflect here on what's been going on lately in his telltale Twitter feed.

It's been a wild Presidents' Day weekend of Trump tweets

Even by his standards, President Donald Trump's weekend tweetstorm was epic, covering a range of topics from NASCAR to Iran to Oprah Winfrey's most recent CBS "60 Minutes" segment.

Tillerson: Trump tweets don't change policy

In an interview with "60 Minutes," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Trump's tweets have led him to ask if policy has changed.


Student survivors of Florida shooting slam Trump over FBI tweets

PARKLAND, Fla (Reuters) - Student survivors of the deadliest-ever shooting at a U.S. high school reacted angrily on Sunday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the FBI may have been too distracted with a Russia probe to follow leads that could have prevented the massacre.

The President tweets that the special counsel's indictments show that Russian meddling had no effect on the outcome of the election

The White House continues to vehemently deny collusion with Russia a day after multiple indictments of Russian nationals and entities were announced by the Justice Department in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Fashion and Apparel

Step Inside Johnny Weir’s Hotel Room at the Olympics

Weir, the NBC figure skating announcer, brought 13 suitcases to South Korea. So many shoes. Oh, and the jackets! “Everything has meaning,” he said. “It isn’t just a sparkly jacket.”


Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine of up to $125 million

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian court threatened Facebook on Friday with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third-party websites.


UPDATE 1-Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine of up to $125 mln

BRUSSELS, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A Belgian court threatened Facebook on Friday with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third-party websites.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Six Decades of Jasper Johns at the Broad

Friday: An eagerly awaited exhibitions opens in Los Angeles, frustration mounts over inaction on guns, and Lunar New Year celebrations get underway.


While ‘Last Week Tonight’ Was Away, John Oliver Was Busy

Mr. Oliver talks about the new season of his topical HBO comedy series and a challenging interview of Dustin Hoffman that he conducted.

Ex-wife's photos raise questions about McGahn's role in Porter scandal

The FBI obtained photos of the bruised face of Colbie Holderness seven days after President Donald Trump's inauguration last year, according to emails obtained by CNN, raising questions about what information White House counsel Don McGahn had at his disposal regarding her ex-husband, Rob Porter.

Obama tweets: 'We are not powerless'

In the wake of the Florida high school shooting, former President Barack Obama is calling for legislative action on gun control, saying it's "long overdue."


Olympics-Alpine skiing-Gut feeling fine after getting close-up with photographer

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Switzerland's Lara Gut crashed into a photographer after a spectacular wipeout in the women's giant slalom on Thursday but neither of them were hurt and the speed specialist said she would be fine for the super-G in two days' time.

Inspector general: VA secretary's chief of staff altered email for wife's expenses

The chief of staff for Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin altered an email and made false statements to a department ethics official that led to taxpayers covering expenses for Shulkin's wife on an official trip to Europe last summer, the agency's inspector general said in a report released Wednesday.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

Boris Johnson Warns Against a Brexit Do-Over

The foreign secretary, often mentioned as potential prime minister, offered Brexit opponents some reassuring words, but no real concessions.


White House says it opposes McCain-Coons bipartisan immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday it opposed a bipartisan immigration measure proposed by Senators John McCain and Chris Coons, saying it would boost illegal immigration and fail to fix other immigration practices opposed by President Donald Trump.

Trump stands by John Kelly -- for now

White House chief of staff John Kelly, facing a growing swell of internal strife, attempted Wednesday to bring a spiraling crisis under control even as morale has plummeted among West Wing aides who feel misled and leaderless.

VA secretary's chief of staff altered email for wife's expenses, report says

The chief of staff for Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin altered an email and made false statements to a department ethics official that led to taxpayers covering expenses for Shulkin's wife on an official trip to Europe last summer, the agency's inspector general said in a report released Wednesday.

The Rob Porter scandal has undermined the credibility of top officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly

Mnuchin's wife Louise Linton: 'I was so stupid. I wish I could take it back'

Louise Linton may be the most honest person in Washington. Ask her if she's ready to leave town after a rocky start and she'll say no -- she's just finished decorating her house.

Retired Marine: John Kelly should resign


Trump Jr.'s wife hospitalized after suspicious powder scare: police

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vanessa Trump, the daughter-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, and two other people were taken to a New York hospital on Monday after she opened a piece of mail containing an unidentified white powder that was later determined to be non-hazardous, officials said.


Obama unveils official portraits, jokes about wife's 'hotness'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama joked about his ears and gray hair and praised his wife Michelle Obama's "hotness" at the unveiling of the couple's official portraits at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Monday.

Donald Trump Jr.'s wife opens letter containing suspicious substance

President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law opened a letter containing an unknown substance that was addressed to the President's son, the New York Police Department said.


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Obama: Thanks for capturing wife's hotness

President Obama jokingly thanked artist Amy Sherald for capturing his wife's "beauty, grace, intelligence, charm and hotness" in her official portrait unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

Fmr. DHS Sec. Johnson on his friend John Kelly

On State of the Union, Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson discusses the Rob Porter scandal, John Kelly, the Democratic memo and North Korea.


Johnson in hunt for another win, tied with Potter at Pebble

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson stayed on track for a second successive victory on the PGA Tour but was joined in the lead by journeyman Ted Potter, Jr. after the third round at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California on Saturday.

Trump tweets argument that he's been victimized by the Obama administration

President Donald Trump is promoting a conservative argument that he's been "victimized" by the Obama administration through its allegedly flawed application for a surveillance warrant on a former campaign foreign policy adviser.

Meghan McCain sees 'a lot of gray' with Trump voters

Meghan McCain told CNN's Van Jones that she's no fan of President Donald Trump but she sees "a lot of gray zone" when it comes to his supporters and argues their views should not be dismissed.

Meghan McCain: If my dad could do it again ...

Meghan McCain reflects on the outcome of her father's 2008 presidential campaign, saying it wouldn't be worth it for him to say "incendiary comments" that might have produced a different outcome.


UK's Johnson says to raise detained Reuters reporters with Suu Kyi

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister said he would raise the case of two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar with the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Sunday, referring to a report they authored on violence against minority Rohingya Muslims.


McIlroy has putting meltdown as Johnson takes Pebble Beach lead

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy four-putted from six feet while Dustin Johnson avoided any similar mishaps to move into the halfway lead at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California on Friday.

John Kelly discussed resigning

The White House is denying chief of staff John Kelly has offered to resign.

John Kelly, Winter Games, Flu: Your Friday Evening Briefing

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

Analysis: John Kelly couldn't have handled this any worse

When John Kelly was hired as Donald Trump's second chief of staff, he made very clear that his focus would be not on managing the President but on managing the White House staff.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: John Prine Comes Home, and 10 More New Songs

Listen to the week's most notable new songs from 2 Chainz, Haley Heynderickx, Bill Frisell and more.

President tweets he has signed the bipartisan bill passed by Congress to end a brief government shutdown

United States Politics and Government

Unwelcome Attention for John Kelly, the Man Enlisted to Bring Calm

President Trump is calling the chief of staff he pushed out, Reince Priebus, to complain about John Kelly, the chief of staff who took Mr. Priebus’s place.

John Kelly sends staff email condemning domestic violence

White House chief of staff John Kelly sent a lengthy memo to White House staffers Thursday night addressing the allegations made against former White House staffer Rob Porter.

Ex-wife: He asked me to downplay abuse

Jennie Willoughby, Rob Porter's ex-wife, says Porter asked her to 'downplay' blog post describing abuse.

Porter's ex-wife worried about Hope Hicks

One of Rob Porter's former wives, Jennie Willoughby, speaks with CNN's Anderson Cooper about the alleged abuse.

Opinion: Why men like John Kelly do nothing when abuse allegations surface

Advocates who speak out against domestic violence debate the value of photos of bruises and strangulation marks on victims of intimate partner abuse. Why do victims need proof? Shouldn't victims' words be believed? But it's hard to look away from the photo of Rob Porter's former wife released to the media, and the yellow-purple bruise that blackens her eye.


Golf: Johnson two shots behind leaders at Pebble Beach

(Reuters) - World number one and twice winner Dustin Johnson birdied five of his first 11 holes to sit two strokes behind the opening-round leaders on Thursday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the Monterey Peninsula in California.


After SC train crash, wife of conductor sues Amtrak, CSX Corp

(Reuters) - The widow of an Amtrak train conductor killed this week in a South Carolina collision filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Amtrak and CSX Corp, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Captured ISIS fighters provide clues to remains of Jihadi John victims

Information about the possible location of the remains of US hostages killed by ISIS in Syria has been provided in recent days by two ISIS fighters captured in eastern Syria in early January, according to multiple US officials.

Omarosa says she was 'haunted by tweets every single day'

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the "Apprentice" star turned White House aide, dished on her time in the Trump administration and her former boss' penchant for Twitter.

Porter's ex-wife details alleged abuse

Rob Porter, a top White House aide with regular access to President Donald Trump abruptly resigned amid abuse allegations from two ex-wives, who each detailed to CNN what they said were years of consistent abuse from Porter, including incidents of physical violence. Porter denied the allegations in a statement issued in the wake of his resignation.


India's antitrust watchdog fines Google for abusing dominant position

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's antitrust watchdog on Thursday imposed a 1.36 billion rupees ($21.17 million) fine on Google for "search bias" and abuse of its dominant position, in the latest regulatory setback for the world's most popular internet search engine.


Snowboarding: Unlucky Jacobellis says medals don’t define her

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Lindsey Jacobellis, once dubbed the unluckiest Olympian, was quick to dismiss any idea that an Olympic gold – the one major accolade the American does not possess – would define her career.

Porter's ex-wife describes him as abusive and angry

Rob Porter's second wife, Jennie Willoughby, explains why she thinks people might find recent allegations of domestic abuse against Porter hard to believe. Willoughby spoke about her relationship with Porter in an interview with the Washington Post.

Meghan McCain: Trump's done attacking my dad


Jasper Johns Still Doesn’t Want to Explain His Art

Mr. Johns, who is now 87 and widely regarded as America’s foremost living artist, has a new retrospective at the Broad called “Something Resembling Truth.”

Books and Literature

Fiction: A Young Wife Toys With Adultery

In Molly McCloskey’s novel “Straying,” a feckless American marries into an Irish family, then looks for love elsewhere.

United States Economy

Ignore the Stock Market. The Economy Looks Fine.

Economic data and the bond market are painting a more optimistic picture than the Dow Jones average.


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Trump rejects McCain's bipartisan immigration plan

The White House is dismissing an immigration deal brokered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers as a non-starter just hours before it is expected to be formally introduced in the Senate.

Opinion: The Nunes memo -- wife or mother-in-law?

In 1930, Professor Edward G. Boring, the first historian of modern psychology, wrote a paper that called attention to the concept of the ambiguous illusion -- "My Wife and My Mother-In-Law."


BBC journalist ordered to leave Indonesia's Papua over tweets

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A BBC journalist on a reporting trip to cover a health and malnutrition crisis in Indonesia's easternmost area of Papua was forced to leave the province after the country's military said tweets she sent on her trip had "hurt soldiers' feelings".


Infineon CEO sees no spin-offs, IPOs for units: Euro am Sonntag

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German chipmaker Infineon sees no need to spin off or list any of its units, its chief executive told a German weekly when asked whether that would be a possible way of raking in cash.

Memo controversy is 'doing Putin's job,' McCain says

Sen. John McCain blasted President Donald Trump on Friday for approving the release of the highly controversial GOP-Nunes memo, saying "if we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin's job for him."


U.S. seeks 'substantial' fines in Fiat Chrysler emissions case: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is seeking "substantial" civil fines from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV after the government filed suit accusing the company of illegally using software that led to excess emissions in 104,000 U.S. diesel vehicles sold since 2014, a person briefed on the matter said Friday.


U.S. seeks 'substantial' fines in Fiat Chrysler emissions case -source

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is seeking "substantial" civil fines from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV after the government filed suit accusing the company of illegally using software that led to excess emissions in 104,000 U.S. diesel vehicles sold since 2014, a person briefed on the matter said Friday.

McCain's son on his dad: 'He's a tough old bastard'

Sen. John McCain is one "tough old bastard," according to his son, Jack, who said the Arizona Republican is doing well despite battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.

NFL stars reads mean tweets

Former and current NFL stars read out mean tweets about themselves ahead of Super Bowl weekend on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"


Opinion: I’m the Wife of a Former N.F.L. Player. Football Destroyed His Mind.

He chose the sport, but he did not choose brain damage.

How Palm Springs' modernist villas redefined glamour

In May 1947, Frank Sinatra showed up at Emerson Stewart Williams' office in Palm Springs, California, and asked for a Georgian-style vacation home. As the late architect recounted to Vanity Fair more than 50 years later, the singer's only other stipulation was that it was finished by Christmas.


Texas executes man for murdering daughters in killings wife heard on phone

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A man who killed his two young daughters at his Dallas apartment in 2001 while the girls' mother listened on the phone and heard the fatal gunshots and her children's screams, was executed in Texas on Thursday, prisons officials said.

'Weasels and liars never hold the field,' Comey tweets

Former FBI Director James Comey took to Twitter to weigh in as rumors swirl around the FBI's reported opposition to a secret memo's potential declassification.


Actor Robert Wagner named 'person of interest' in wife Natalie Wood's drowning: CBS

(Reuters) - Los Angeles County homicide detectives have named actor Robert Wagner a "person of interest" in the probe of the unexplained 1981 drowning of his wife, actress Natalie Wood, saying he was the last person with her before she vanished off Southern California.