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Alabama voters choose senator in race with high stakes for Trump

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:51:13 -0500

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore in spite of allegations against him of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post 'sexist smear'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:59:30 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him.

Crucial details of Republican tax plan in flux as deal deadline looms

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:54:13 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Crucial details of the Republican tax plan, including the proposed corporate rate, were in flux late on Tuesday as negotiators from the U.S. Congress rushed to finalize the plan ahead of a self-imposed Wednesday deadline.

Trump signs into law U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:37:01 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

Donald Trump Jr. wants 'leak' probe, as Congress' Russia probes press on

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:26:33 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son asked a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday to investigate possible leaks of information about his Dec. 6 interview with lawmakers, as congressional probes of Russia and the 2016 election picked up steam ahead of the New Year.

Senator Grassley expresses reservations on two Trump judge nominees

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:34:58 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that handles judicial nominations on Tuesday raised concerns about two of President Donald Trump's picks for lower court positions, citing controversial statements each has made.

Republicans propose to delay, pause Obamacare taxes

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:54:48 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans proposed on Tuesday to delay or suspend several taxes under former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, including a tax on medical devices and the so-called "Cadillac" tax on generous health insurance plans.

Tillerson seeks to ease skepticism about U.S. State Department reorganization

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:41:46 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rex Tillerson, dogged by media speculation about how long he will last as U.S. secretary of state, tried on Tuesday to ease skepticism among staff about his leadership and planned State Department reorganization.

Senators say effort to protect 'Dreamers' making progress

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:51:29 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan push in the Senate to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children is gaining momentum as lawmakers try to wrap up negotiations, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday.

U.S. judge orders special counsel to turn over evidence on Michael Flynn

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:26:53 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday to turn over any potential evidence that could be material for when he sentences President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.