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White House to send memo to Pentagon soon on transgender ban

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:00:22 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is expected to tell the Pentagon in coming days how to implement a ban on transgender people in the military, according to a memo that says the defense secretary may decide whether to remove service members based on their ability to deploy, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

Fellow Republicans rebuke Trump over government shutdown threat

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:07:51 -0400

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans rebuked him on Wednesday after his threat to shut down the U.S. government over funding for a border wall rattled markets and cast a shadow over congressional efforts to raise the country's debt ceiling and pass spending bills.

U.S. judge throws out Texas voter ID law supported by Trump

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:37:51 -0400

(Reuters) - A federal court judge on Wednesday threw out a Texas voter identification law that was supported by the Trump administration, but the state's attorney general said his office would appeal the ruling.

Trump, McConnell say they remain united on shared goals

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:31:11 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday emphasized their plans to cooperate on shared goals, following weeks of tensions between the two Republicans.

U.S. may sanction four countries for refusing deportees: DHS

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:45:45 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States could impose additional penalties on four unidentified countries that do not cooperate with requests to return their citizens, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman said Wednesday.

Clinton, in book, says Trump's debate stalking made her skin crawl

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:01:33 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says in her new book that Donald Trump made her skin crawl by stalking her around the stage in a campaign debate and she wonders if she should have told him to "back up, you creep."

Trump unshackled: President defends Charlottesville response at raucous rally

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:45:21 -0400

PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump revved up supporters on Tuesday with a defense of his response to a white supremacist-organized rally in Virginia and a promise to shut down the U.S. government if necessary to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

U.S. Air Force picks Raytheon, Lockheed for next-gen cruise missile

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:39:59 -0400

(Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Co separate $900 million contracts to continue work on a replacement for the AGM-86B air-launched nuclear cruise missile, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Drowning in debt, Connecticut faces budget crunch

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:02:07 -0400

HARTFORD (Reuters) - Connecticut, home to hedge fund billionaires alongside cities mired in poverty, is racing against the clock to pass a budget or face further spending cuts to education and municipal aid across the state.

Trump to meet scandal-hit Malaysian leader in September

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:22:27 -0400

WASHINGTON/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is embroiled in a corruption scandal at home, on Sept. 12 at the White House, officials from both countries confirmed on Thursday.