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Four senior UK politicians urge regulator to block Murdoch-Sky deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Four high-profile British lawmakers have called for Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox to be blocked from buying Sky , saying the mogul will be able to influence its news output despite promises to the contrary.

Analysis: 3 things revealed by Trump's tweet that he could knock out Biden

On Thursday morning at 6:19 a.m. ET, the President of the United States tweeted this: "Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn't know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don't threaten people Joe!"

Why Trump's tariffs on China are a big deal

United States Politics and Government

Trump Threatens Biden, Saying He ‘Would Go Down Fast and Hard’ if They Fought

Mr. Trump said Mr. Biden “would go down fast and hard” if the two men fought. Mr. Biden had said that, if he was in high school, he would “beat the hell” out of Mr. Trump for disrespecting women.

Stormy Daniels' attorney says Trump lawyers behave like thugs

The attorney for Stormy Daniels accused President Donald Trump's legal team Thursday of "engaging in thuggish behavior."


Congress scrambles to pass funding bill before Friday deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress was racing on Thursday to approve a massive spending bill and send it to President Donald Trump for enactment before a midnight Friday government shutdown deadline, in a move that would significantly boost defense and non-military funding through Sept. 30.


House Freedom Caucus rejects $1.3 trillion U.S. spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans' conservative Freedom Caucus said on Thursday it would not vote for the $1.3 trillion government spending bill before Congress, citing the measure's "massive price tag," the group said in statement.


Thousands to march in U.S. gun protests, but will they vote?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As hundreds of thousands of young people protest for stricter gun laws at "March For Our Lives" demonstrations across the United States on Saturday, the Democratic Party and nonpartisan groups plan to register first-time voters.


After Florida massacre, pockets of NRA country weigh gun law reform

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Reuters) - Vermont, a mostly rural New England state with a passion for hunting, has a reputation as a pro-gun stronghold, but the rising specter of school gun violence has shaken that longstanding political tradition.

International Trade and World Market

Trump Says Getting Tough on Chinese Trade Will Empower U.S. He Risks the Opposite.

By alienating allies, the United States could undermine the potential for collective action among countries nursing shared grievances with China.

Jake Tapper: Trump nastier to me than to Putin

CNN's Jake Tapper recounts Donald Trump's frustration over White House leaks and outlines the President's infrequent criticism of Vladimir Putin.

Noah, Trevor (1984- )

Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Attacks Facebook and Urges Users to ‘Be Vigilant’

Noah said Facebook needed “to be held accountable” for a data leak that compromised millions of users’ personal information.

Anderson Cooper to Trump: Where is Putin's nickname?

CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses US President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump attorney will appeal judge's decision in Summer Zervos defamation case

President Donald Trump's attorney plans to appeal a New York Supreme Court judge's decision to allow a defamation lawsuit against the President to go forward.

Analysis: The peril lurking in Trump's deepening legal mire

Robert Mueller's Russia investigation looms larger for President Donald Trump every day, but when it comes to legal jeopardy, the President has far more to worry about than just the special counsel.


Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president's disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin's help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond.


Measure to limit Palestinian aid over 'martyr payments' due to pass U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to sharply reduce the annual $300 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it take steps to stop making what lawmakers described as payments that reward violent crime is set to be passed by the U.S. Congress this week as part of a major spending bill unveiled on Wednesday.


Congress unveils $1.3 trillion spending bill as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress late on Wednesday unveiled a $1.3 trillion bill to fund the government through September, which includes an additional $80 billion in national defense spending but fails to fund some of President Donald Trump's immigration initiatives.


MOVES-Twitter, Google security executives to leave companies

March 21 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc's chief security officer Michael Coates said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that he will be leaving the microblogging site.


Republican concedes to Democrat in close U.S. House race in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican candidate in a close U.S. House of Representatives special election on March 13 in Pennsylvania conceded to his Democratic opponent on Wednesday, cementing a Democratic upset in a long-time Republican area that President Donald Trump handily won in 2016.


Trump set for China tariff announcement on Thursday, trade war fears grow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce tariffs on Chinese imports on Thursday, a White House official said, in a move aimed at curbing theft of U.S. technology and likely to trigger retaliation from Beijing and stoke fears of a global trade war.


EPA chief's security detail joined him on first-class flights, agency tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's private security detail accompanied him on first-class flights, the agency confirmed on Wednesday to U.S. House Democrats, who requested details on his travels amid growing scrutiny of Cabinet members' spending.

President Trump tweets typos ... again

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

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Who’s Worse — Trump Lawyers or Their Client?

Here’s help making sense of the president’s legal team.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Suggests Putin May Have Compromising Information on Trump

John O. Brennan said Russia may have compromising information on President Trump, setting off furious speculation about whether the former spy chief was basing that assertion on inside information.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Why Is Trump So Afraid of Russia?

Nary a bad word about Vladimir Putin can the U.S. president find.

Social Media

Users Abandon Facebook After Cambridge Analytica Findings

Patrons of the social network are deleting their profiles in protest over reports that the company allowed a political data firm to harvest private information.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Plans to Slap Stiff Tariffs and Investment Restrictions on China

The president, denouncing China’s trade practices, will announce a range of stiff penalties on Chinese imports and investment, sparking concerns of a trade war.

4 things Mueller wants to hear from Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has so far discussed with President Donald Trump's lawyers four main topics they want to talk about with the President.

United States International Relations

Trump, Defending Call With Putin, Attacks ‘Crazed’ Media and His Predecessors

The president argued that the conversation in which he congratulated President Vladimir V. Putin could help relations with Russia and, in turn, national security interests.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s Talk Worries Me, Like the Talk Before the Iraq War

His cavalier approach reminds me of Cheney’s 15 years ago.

Analyst says Trump should worry about Zervos case

Donald Trump's attorney says he intends to appeal a judge's decision to allow the defamation lawsuit against Trump to go forward. The suit was filed by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos and alleges Trump defamed her after she publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2007. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Trump's calls should be secret, but congratulating Putin is like praising boots when they crush ants

The revelation that President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his, um, hard fought re-election has set off a firestorm of criticism -- from a Twitter scolding by Sen. John McCain on the right to reproach by foreign policy experts connected to former Vice-President Joe Biden on the left.

Lawmaker slams Trump on Senate floor

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) says President Donald Trump's decision to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election win was "foolhardy" and weakened the United States.

New York's primary is shaping up to be a blockbuster

"Only in New York, kids, only in New York."

United States International Relations

Over 20 People Were at the Table When Trump Met the Saudis. None Were Women.

Photos from Tuesday’s meeting show that the dynamics at the table remained relatively unchanged — even amid White House staff shake-ups — and male.


Senate passes bill to penalize websites for sex trafficking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at penalizing website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking, chipping away at a bedrock legal shield for the technology industry.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

While Putin Meddles, Trump Congratulates Him

Punishing Russia for election interference is not a partisan issue.


Deere & Co fears hit from Trump tariffs, retaliation: CEO

GRANADERO BAIGORRIA, Argentina (Reuters) - U.S. tractor maker Deere & Co is bracing for a negative financial impact from U.S. tariffs on steel imports and worries that retaliatory tariffs on American agricultural exports could follow, Chief Executive Samuel Allen told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.


Trump supports massive U.S. funding bill as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, in talks with congressional leaders on Wednesday, backed a $1.3 trillion spending bill meant to avert a U.S. government shutdown, even though it is expected to exclude some of his specific immigration-related funding requests.


U.S. lawmakers want China's Confucius Institutes to register as foreign agents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday they want China's Confucius Institute cultural centers in the United States to register as foreign agents, and to require all U.S. universities to disclose major gifts from foreign sources.

Inside the Trump campaign's ties with Cambridge Analytica

Top Trump campaign brass spent the summer of 2016 grappling with how to build a digital operation for the general election and came upon a possible solution: Cambridge Analytica.

Analysis: It's not just that Trump was told DO NOT CONGRATULATE, it's that everyone else was too

The fact that President Donald Trump either didn't read or ignored a warning in his briefing papers not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on a phone call between the two men Tuesday is a sexy story. But, it is not the real story here.


Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Russia's Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president's disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin's help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond.


House panel passes bill handing Federal Reserve control over 'Volcker Rule'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to name the Federal Reserve as the primary regulator for the "Volcker Rule," which bars banks from speculative trading.

Biden: I'd 'beat the hell' out of Trump if in school

Former Vice President Joe Biden said he disliked Donald Trump's comments about women so much that he would have "beat the hell" out of him if they were still in high school.

Analysis: We keep learning more about what Trump allies did to get him elected

The Russia investigation, the Cambridge Analytica developments and a triptych of lawsuits concerning the President's pre-presidential relationships with and treatment of women don't have anything specifically to do with one other -- other than all of them were part of the effort to elect Trump.


As shutdown looms, Congress crafts massive funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More money for border security and fighting Russian election hacking was expected to be included in a $1.3 trillion U.S. government spending bill taking shape in Congress on Wednesday, along with gun legislation and a fix to a "grain glitch" in last year's sweeping tax law overhaul.


U.S. makes contingency plans in case Iran nuclear talks fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has had constructive talks about the Iran nuclear deal with Britain, France and Germany but is making contingency plans should they fail, the lead U.S. negotiator said on Wednesday.


Inability to audit U.S. elections a 'national security concern': Homeland chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Not having a verifiable way to audit election results in some states represents a "national security concern," the Trump administration's homeland security chief said on Wednesday, looking ahead to U.S. midterm elections in November.


Federal prosecutors told to seek death penalty in drug cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors on Wednesday to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases whenever it is "appropriate," saying the Justice Department must boost efforts to counter America's epidemic of opioid abuse.


Trump on Twitter (March 21): Austin bombing, Mueller

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.


Doping-Two key points blocking Russian reinstatement, says WADA chief

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Russia's progress towards being declared compliant with international anti-doping standards has become bogged down over two key points, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday.


House Speaker Ryan invites French President Macron to address Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker Paul Ryan has invited French President Emmanuel Macron to address Congress when he visits Washington in April, Ryan's office said on Wednesday.


House lawmaker urges banks to push Senate on further rule-easing: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. House of Representatives member has privately urged banks to push Senate Democrats to agree to further easing of rules in a bid to end a stalemate over the first rewrite of regulations since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, sources said on Tuesday.


Newman concedes in Democratic Illinois congressional primary

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman to win a nationally watched congressional primary in Illinois that pitted a long-serving centrist incumbent against the party's liberal wing.

Why Trump's tax cuts could backfire

Trump is furious over leak of warning he got about Putin

White House chief of staff John Kelly is furious about the quick leak of a warning to President Donald Trump to not congratulate his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for his re-election, a White House official said.


Scotland's female leaders tell Twitter: Clamp down on online abuse of women

EDINBURGH, March 21 (Reuters) - Scotland's three most powerful female politicians have called on Twitter to do more to stop online abuse and harassment of women.


China intellectual property filings soar, hard to judge if it plays fair -UN

* U.N. says China could take top spot from U.S. in three years

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Criticizes Mueller, Again, as a Former C.I.A. Director Suggests Russia ‘May Have Something’ on the President

John O. Brennan, a former C.I.A. director, speculated that the Russians “may have something on him personally,” referring to Mr. Trump.

Trump keeps up attacks on Mueller

President Donald Trump called out special counsel Robert Mueller in a series of typo-ridden tweets Wednesday morning, continuing his recent aggressive attacks on the Russia probe.


Trump, Saudi leader discuss Houthi 'threat' in Yemen: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting on Tuesday, including Houthi rebel and Iranian activity and the humanitarian crisis, the White House said.


Record U.S. oil offshore lease sale to test Trump energy push

(Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department will hold the largest lease sale in American history in the offshore Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, in a major test of the oil industry’s appetite for federal acreage being offered by the Trump administration.

What happens if Trump fires Mueller?

When President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973, he failed to drive a stake through the heart of his investigation. Propelled by appointment of a new prosecutor, congressional fortitude and public outrage, the Watergate probe continued.


U.S. spending bill to boost border security, election safeguards: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress' massive federal government spending deal includes additional funding to boost border security, protect the upcoming elections in November and rebuild aging infrastructure, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Wednesday.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Criticizes Trump Administration for Its High Turnover

Kimmel said, “Trump goes through cabinet members like he goes through cheeseburgers and Aqua Net: fast.”


U.S. judge to question Big Oil on climate change

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Five of the world's biggest energy producers will be questioned by a federal judge on Wednesday about climate change science, part of a lawsuit that accuses the companies of misleading the public for years about their role in global warming.

Donald Trump, Snowstorm, Austin: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

Presidential Election of 2016

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Hacked the Media Right Before Our Eyes

It was television, not Facebook, that made him president.

Late night hosts roast Trump's call

Late night hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, joke about Donald Trump's congratulatory call to Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Democratic Rep. Lipinski wins Illinois congressional primary: AP

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman to win a nationally watched congressional primary in Illinois, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.


Democratic Rep. Lipinski defeats challenger Newman in Illinois congressional primary: AP

(Reuters) - Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman in Illinois, election results on Wednesday showed, in a nationally watched primary battle that pitted a veteran lawmaker against liberal activists who said his conservative views were out of step with the party.

Analysis: Why Trump won't call Putin's win a 'sham'


Despite warning signs, Trump says Republicans can keep House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite signs that Democrats are in a strong position, U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to beat expectations and keep the House of Representatives in Republican control in the mid-term elections in November.

Navarro rips Trump's 'appalling' call

CNN political commentator Ana Navarro criticizes President Trump's congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin after he was elected to another six-year term as Russia's president.

Trump says Saccone 'didn't quite make it'

President Donald Trump said Rick Saccone lost the Pennsylvania special election while speaking at a Republican fundraiser event, despite the fact that he has not yet conceded the race.

Opinion: Trump's new conspiracy-theory lawyer fits right in

In the space of a day, President Donald Trump's legal troubles have taken a series of hairpin turns for the worse.


Trump, deemed 'not above the law,' faces legal storm

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump faced legal challenges from women on two fronts on Tuesday as a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Apprentice TV show contestant moved forward and a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Trump sued to undo a confidentiality agreement.

Aides advised Trump in capital letters: DO NOT CONGRATULATE Putin, Washington Post reports

US President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election despite the warnings from multiple national security advisers and briefing materials that said "DO NOT CONGRATULATE," The Washington Post reported Tuesday evening.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Editorial: Trump’s Bluster on the Opioid Epidemic

In a speech this week, the president laid out a plan to address the crisis that was at turns thin on details and alarming in content.

Analysis: Trump is being sued by an 'Apprentice,' a porn star and a Playboy model

If you have been trying to keep up with the various legal battles brewing around President Donald Trump over his pre-presidential treatment of and relationships with women, today was especially busy. And that's saying something.


Trump praises U.S. military sales to Saudi as he welcomes crown prince

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump gave a warm welcome to Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday and credited U.S. defense sales to the Saudis with boosting American jobs, even as Riyadh's involvement in Yemen's civil war faced criticism.

#MeToo Movement

President Trump Must Face Accusations of ‘Apprentice’ Contestant

A state judge has ruled that Summer Zervos, who accused Mr. Trump of groping her, can sue him for defamation for calling her a liar.

Cambridge Analytica CEO: I met Trump 'many times'

In undercover footage filmed by British broadcaster Channel 4, Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix talks about the company's relationship with the Trump campaign.


Ex-New York State Assembly Speaker Silver loses bid to avoid retrial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday rejected former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bid to dismiss his indictment on corruption charges, clearing the way for a possible retrial after his earlier conviction had been thrown out.


Mississippi's new law restricting abortion blocked by judge for 10 days

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that enacted the tightest restrictions on abortion in the United States, in a ruling handed down a day after the governor signed the measure.

In undercover recording, Alexander Nix says Cambridge Analytica ran Trump's digital campaign strategy

Cambridge Analytica, the embattled data analytics company best known for its work on President Donald Trump's campaign, has suspended its CEO, Alexander Nix, in the wake of undercover reports showing him discussing potential bribery and entrapment.

Melania Trump addresses critics of her anti-cyberbullying campaign head-on

First lady Melania Trump took advantage of an organized roundtable event with technology executives to address those who have criticized her for taking on a platform that includes cyberbullying.


Trump, deemed not 'above the law,' must face defamation lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge on Tuesday said U.S. President Donald Trump must face a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused him of sexually harassing her after she appeared on his former reality TV show.

Judge lets 'Apprentice' contestant's defamation case continue

A New York judge on Tuesday denied an attempt by lawyers for President Donald Trump to dismiss a defamation case against a former "Apprentice" contestant who claims Trump groped her a decade ago.

Trump accuser sues media company that killed her story

A former Playboy model who allegedly had a nine-month affair with President Donald Trump is suing the company that kept her original account from publication, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Trump isn't only Republican to buy from Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica, the data company Donald Trump's campaign hired during the 2016 presidential election, has been under a magnifying glass this week after a whistleblower claimed that the firm misused the personal data of about 50 million Facebook users.


Former Playboy model sues to break silence on alleged Trump affair

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Playboy model who said she had an affair with President Donald Trump filed suit in California on Tuesday seeking release from a legal agreement requiring her to stay silent, becoming the second woman this month to contest arrangements not to disclose alleged extramarital relationships with Trump.

Trump, Melania

Melania Trump Wants to End Online Bullying. Her Husband Doesn’t Help.

Melania Trump has long said she wants to curb online bullying. Her efforts often clash with the president's habit of using Twitter to insult people.


Trump praises U.S. military sales to Saudi, fetes crown prince

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump feted Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday and lauded U.S. defense sales as a boost to American jobs, even as Riyadh's involvement in Yemen's civil war faced criticism.


Trump congratulates Putin on election, leaders look to meet soon

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election and said they would likely meet soon as relations between the two countries grow more strained over allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. electoral system.

Judge blocks earliest abortion ban in the nation

Just one day after Mississippi's governor signed a law banning abortions after 15 weeks, a federal judge issued an order temporarily blocking it.


Congress leaders near deal on government funding bill: senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers neared agreement on Tuesday on a massive government spending bill that Congress hopes to pass by Friday, as congressional leaders worked to narrow their differences on thorny issues such as President Donald Trump's border wall.


Former F-Squared CEO must pay $12.4 million in SEC case: U.S. judge

BOSTON (Reuters) - The former chief executive of F-Squared Investments Inc, once the largest U.S. money manager creating portfolios out of exchange-traded funds, must pay more than $12.4 million for...


Senate committee urges action to prevent election hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just months before the country's next general election, U.S. senators said Russian cyber attacks on the voting system were unabated and called for urgent action and funding on Tuesday to help states battle foreign attempts to intervene in U.S. democracy.


Exclusive: Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will soon make it easier to export some types of lethal U.S.-made drones to potentially dozens more allies and partners, according to people familiar with the plan.


Judge blocks Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks in a ruling handed down one day after the state's governor signed the measure.


Senate committee launches effort to prevent election hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday released its first draft recommendations on how to prevent foreign hacking of U.S. elections, calling on Congress to help states tighten security after spending more than a year investigating Russian attempts to target the voting system in the 2016 campaign.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Says He Congratulated Putin on His Re-Election and They May Meet Soon

“We had a very good call,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We will be meeting in the not-too distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control.”

Presidential Election of 2016

Ex-Playboy Model Sues to Break Silence on Trump

The former model, Karen McDougal, is the second woman this month to challenge Trump associates’ efforts to bury stories of extramarital affairs.


Iran, Yemen in focus as Trump and Saudi crown prince meet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday discussed tensions with Iran and a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen which has come under criticism in Congress.


EPA chief's security detail on Italy trip cost $30,000: document

(Reuters) - The U.S. government spent over $30,000 on personal security for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt during his trip last year to Italy, according to documents obtained by a watchdog group that said the spending was irresponsible at a time of budget cuts.


Trump congratulates Putin on poll victory, possible meeting discussed: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump phoned Russia's Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election and they discussed the possibility of a meeting, the Kremlin said.

Trump on Texas bombings: These are sick people

President Trump calls the series of bombings in Texas "terrible" and calls the bomb makers "sick people."

United States Politics and Government

Saudi Crown Prince Arrives at White House to Meet with Trump

The president has lavished praise on Mohammed bin Salman, who has rapidly consolidated his position as Saudi Arabia’s heir apparent.


Congress leaders seek to finalize spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers sought to reach an agreement on Tuesday on a massive government spending bill that Congress hopes to pass by Friday, with immigration issues such as President Donald Trump's border wall and protections for young 'Dreamer' immigrants at the center of negotiations.

Trump: I congratulated Putin

While meeting with Saudi Arabia's crown prince, President Donald Trump said he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone and that they will be meeting soon.


Senators criticize U.S. support for Saudi campaign in Yemen as crown prince visits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators debated a resolution seeking an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen's civil war on Tuesday, the same day President Donald Trump was due to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House.

GOP senator blocks top spy lawyer's confirmation

Last week, quietly and without fanfare, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley blocked President Donald Trump's nominee to be the intelligence community's top lawyer, the General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Jason Klitenic.

United States Politics and Government

F.T.C. Investigating Facebook in Use of Personal Data by Firm Tied to Trump

The Federal Trade Commission is examining whether Facebook violated a 2011 agreement with the agency on data privacy, a person with knowledge of the inquiry said.


House Speaker Ryan says assured Trump won't fire Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday said he has been assured that fellow Republican President Donald Trump is not considering firing U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump's opioid plan to kill drug dealers is about vengeance, not solutions

Vengeance is not a public health policy. But it's implicit in a policy measure coming out of the White House, which would attempt to solve the opioid crisis with a plan that includes sentencing some high-intensity traffickers to death. It may feel good, and for some segment of the population, vengeance may even look good.


Exclusive: Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will soon make it easier to export some types of lethal U.S.-made drones to potentially dozens more allies and partners, according to people familiar with the plan.

Trump's death penalty plan for drug a 'step backwards'

President Donald Trump on Monday rolled out his three-part plan to tackle the opioid epidemic -- including some programs long championed by public health advocates -- but it's the proposal to impose the death penalty on drug traffickers that has raised the most eyebrows.


Democratic incumbent faces challenge from the left in Chicago

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago-area Democrats cast their ballots on Tuesday in a nationally watched congressional primary election that could signal whether the anti-Trump sentiment that has galvanized the party's base could also sweep moderate lawmakers out of office.

Trying to force an end to the Russia probe would test the GOP's support of Trump and may impact midterms

Robert Mueller has Donald Trump in a box.

International Trade and World Market

Mnuchin Defends Trump Tariffs as World Economic Leaders Worry

As global finance ministers gather in Argentina, the United States’ protectionist position on trade has consumed the discussions.


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.

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.


Judge says no decision for at least a month in Kansas voter ID case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - Lawyers presented closing arguments on Monday in the trial of a legal challenge to a Kansas law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, with opponents calling the statute illegal and supporters deeming it necessary to fight voter fraud.


U.S. Senate advances bill to penalize websites for sex trafficking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted 94-2 on Monday to advance legislation to make it easier to penalize operators of websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, setting up final passage of a bill as soon as Tuesday that would chip away at a bedrock legal shield for the technology industry.

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."

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.

Cooper: Trump attacks bedrock institutions

CNN's Anderson Cooper says President Donald Trump has a pattern of diminishing or delegitimizing an institution or person who stands in his way.

Presidential Election of 2016

Editorial: Facebook Leaves Its Users’ Privacy Vulnerable

After learning how advisers to Donald Trump exploited the company’s vulnerabilities to get him elected, Congress needs to strengthen privacy laws.

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.


Congress struggles to meet deadline for government funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress, facing a Friday midnight deadline, toiled on Monday to finish writing a $1.2 trillion bill to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, as several thorny issues lingered, including funding President Donald Trump's border wall.

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.

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.

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.


Supreme Court upholds Pennsylvania election map in win for Democrats

(Reuters) - In a boost to the Democratic Party's chances of winning back the U.S. Congress this year, both the U.S. Supreme Court and a Pennsylvania panel of federal judges on Monday rejected Republicans' efforts to block the state's new congressional district map from taking effect.


Pompeo to face tough questions on North Korea, Iran: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican who heads the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, will face tough questions on North Korea and Iran if he is to be confirmed in the role.

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.

Redistricting and Reapportionment

Supreme Court Won’t Block New Pennsylvania Voting Maps

The court rejected a request from Republican lawmakers unhappy with a court-imposed congressional map said to favor Democrats.


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.

Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania Republicans' request to block new congressional maps

The Supreme Court has denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block new congressional maps that could tilt several key races in Democrats' favor from being used in the midterm elections.


Supreme Court rejects Arizona challenge to 'Dreamers' program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday required Arizona to continue to issue driver's licenses to the young adult immigrants known as Dreamers, refusing to hear the state's challenge to an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of people brought into the country illegally as children.

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.


U.S. judge declares mistrial in trial of ex-Georgeson employees

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday declared a mistrial in the case of four former employees of a firm that advises companies on shareholder votes charged with participating in a scheme to pay bribes to learn how a proxy adviser's clients voted.


Judge weighs what evidence U.S. can use to block AT&T, Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc sought to persuade a judge on Monday to throw out evidence the government seeks to use in a trial that begins this week to show that the company's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc would harm consumers and competitors.

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.


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.


U.S. court refuses to block Pennsylvania congressional redistricting

(Reuters) - A panel of federal judges in Pennsylvania on Monday refused to block the state's new congressional district map from taking effect, rejecting Republican arguments that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overstepped its authority in issuing new voting lines in February.


U.S. blocks use of Venezuela's digital currency: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blocked the use of Venezuelan cryptocurrencies through an executive order prohibiting such transactions by those in the United States, the White House said in a statement.

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.


Pompeo to meet Tillerson, U.S. senators on transition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will meet with Rex Tillerson at the State Department on Monday before heading to the Capitol to start trying to win confirmation from the Senate, a U.S. official said.


Tenants group alleges Kushner Companies falsified permits

(Reuters) - A New York tenants rights group and local politician said on Monday they would launch an investigation into the real estate company formerly headed by Jared Kushner, a top aide to President Donald Trump, over alleged falsification of building permits.


Former GM, Microsoft CFO named senior White House policy official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former General Motors Co and Microsoft Corp Chief Financial Officer Christopher Liddell was named White House deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, officials said on Monday.


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.


U.S. top court will not hear challenge to federal agency power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider rolling back the wide latitude federal agencies are given to interpret their own regulations in a case that could have bolstered President Donald Trump's push toward deregulation and curbing agency power.


Republican senator joins call for Facebook CEO to testify about data use

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John Kennedy has joined his Democratic colleague Amy Klobuchar in calling on Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress following reports that a political consultancy gained inappropriate access to data on millions of Facebook users.


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.

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."


U.S. Supreme Court rejects Arizona challenge to 'Dreamers' program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday required Arizona to continue to provide driver's licenses to the so-called Dreamers immigrants and refused to hear the state's challenge to an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of young adults brought into the country illegally as children.


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.


EU lawmakers to investigate alleged misuse of Facebook users' data

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers will investigate whether the data of more than 50 million Facebook users has been misused, the head of European Parliament said on Monday.


Saudi women should have choice whether to wear abaya robe: crown prince

RIYADH (Reuters) - Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is "decent and respectful", the kingdom's reform-minded crown prince said.

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.

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.

UMBC's Twitter page dunks on haters

University of Maryland-Baltimore County won in a historic NCAA tournament game against University of Virginia, and the UMBC Twitter account also scored points with sports fans with its witty posts.

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

United States International Relations

Before Saudi’s Visit, Administration Implores Congress Not to Block Military Aid

Even as the State Department weighs approval of more than $1 billion in new arms, lawmakers are pushing for a resolution that they say would prevent Washington from giving the Saudis “a blank check.”

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.


White House officials made to sign non-disclosure agreements: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump ordered senior staff after they joined the White House to sign non-disclosure agreements following several leaks in the early months of his administration, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

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.

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


Republican lawmakers concerned by Facebook data leak

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several U.S. Republican lawmakers expressed concern over privacy violations on Sunday after media reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign gained inappropriate access to 50 million Facebook users' data.

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.

Republicans warn Trump

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