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Pentagon launches probe into Trump's ex-security adviser Flynn: letter

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:24:10 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pentagon inspector general is launching its own investigation into whether President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn took payments from foreign entities without approval, according to a letter released by House Democrats on Thursday.

Congress takes steps to push budget deadline, avert shutdown

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:07:53 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress began moving to extend Friday's budget deadline until May 5 and is expected to pass legislation allowing more time to finalize a spending deal to fund the federal government through September and avoid a shutdown.

Trump's plan to slash business taxes seen as 'guidepost' by congressional Republicans

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:52:05 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump unveiled a one-page plan on Wednesday proposing deep U.S. tax cuts, many for businesses, that would make the federal deficit balloon if enacted, drawing a cautious welcome from fiscal conservatives and financial markets.

Trump tells Canada, Mexico, he won't terminate NAFTA treaty yet: White House

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:10:00 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Wednesday that he will not terminate the NAFTA treaty at this stage, but will move quickly to begin renegotiating it with them, a White House statement said.

Kremlin says report that Putin will meet Trump in May is 'wishful thinking'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:08:59 -0400

(Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that a media report that President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump were to meet in May was "wishful thinking".

U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:16:49 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions.

Difficult legal path forward for Trump in sanctuary cities case

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:49:14 -0400

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Even if President Donald Trump wins an appeal of a court ruling blocking his executive order on sanctuary cities, arguments made by the government in the case could permanently harm its efforts to cut off wide swaths of federal funding to targeted cities, some legal experts say.

U.S. says strategy on North Korea centers on sanctions, open to talks

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:07:03 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Wednesday it aimed to push North Korea into dismantling its nuclear and missile programs through tougher international sanctions and diplomatic pressure, and remained open to negotiations to bring that about.

U.S. Congress may seek one-week funding extension to avert shutdown

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:05:06 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress inched toward a deal to fund the government through September but was preparing to possibly extend a midnight Friday deadline in order to wrap up negotiations and avoid an imminent government shutdown.

Republicans take next step in U.S. deregulation with Senate bill

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:55:40 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers launched the next round in their fight against federal regulation on Wednesday, helped by at least one Democrat, as the U.S. Senate began work on legislation to change nearly every step agencies take in creating and applying new rules.