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U.S. Attorney General Sessions says Mueller probe has taken on 'life of its own'

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday defended his decision not to appoint a second special prosecutor to investigate Republicans' concerns about the FBI by noting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's…

Pompeo becomes U.S. secretary of state as N. Korea, Middle East issues await

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump's secretary of state on Thursday, and the former CIA director set off immediately on a trip to meet key allies in Europe and the Middle East.

Trump distances himself from his personal lawyer as probe moves forward

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump distanced himself from his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Thursday, hours before a judge ruled that documents seized from Cohen by the FBI should be reviewed by an…

Trump says he is weighing options for North Korea meeting

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he is considering three or four dates as well as five locations for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, adding that it remains unclear whether the meeting…

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate confirms first Trump picks for Federal Trade Commission

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to confirm five nominees for the Federal Trade Commission, the first commissioners chosen by President Donald Trump to be approved in the 15 months since his inauguration.

Grilled by U.S. lawmakers, Trump's EPA chief calls ethics scandals lies

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday rejected a litany of ethics complaints against him as lies intended to derail President Donald Trump's agenda, and put much of the blame for any…

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Senate Ethics Committee admonishes Menendez for improper gifts

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics said on Thursday that Senator Robert Menendez violated congressional rules by "knowingly and repeatedly" accepting impermissible gifts over a six-year period and must repay…

Democratic U.S. senators urge FCC to halt media ownership rule changes

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 20 Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai not to approve any transfers of broadcast TV licenses as part of proposed mergers pending a federal court…

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U.S. Senate confirms ambassador to Germany

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Germany on Thursday, just before Chancellor Angela Merkel was due in Washington for talks on Berlin's desire that Trump preserve the…

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Trump distances himself from his personal lawyer as probe moves forward

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump distanced himself from his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Thursday, hours before a judge ruled that documents seized from Cohen by the FBI should be reviewed by an…

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U.S. Congress spars over social media filtering; companies skip hearing

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday sparred over the role of social media platforms Facebook, Google and Twitter in filtering content after representatives of the tech companies…

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EPA chief rejects ethics scandals as lies, distractions

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt told lawmakers during a heated congressional hearing on Thursday that allegations of ethical missteps plaguing his tenure are untrue and are intended to derail…

Cohen returns to court over seized documents

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A federal judge is expected to consider on Thursday who should get the first look at documents that were seized by FBI agents from U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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U.S. EPA chief Pruitt faces congressional grilling on spending, ethics

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt will face tough questions from lawmakers in congressional budget hearings on Thursday over a long list of alleged ethical missteps plaguing his tenure.

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White House doctor steps back from Trump veterans job after controversy

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's physician Ronny Jackson on Thursday withdrew from consideration to head the Veterans Affairs department after allegations that he had been lax with prescription drugs and drank alcohol…

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Trump says Cohen legal case has nothing to do with him: Fox

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump distanced himself on Thursday from the legal troubles of his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, saying he had done nothing wrong and Cohen did only fraction of his overall legal…

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U.S. Supreme Court appears ready to uphold Trump's travel ban

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared poised to hand President Donald Trump a huge legal victory, signalling on Wednesday it was likely to uphold his contentious travel ban targeting several Muslim…

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Trump veterans' nominee weighing options after new allegations

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's physician Ronny Jackson, nominated to head the Veterans Affairs Department, met with White House officials on Wednesday night following a new round of allegations about questionable drug…

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Liberals on top U.S. court ask if Trump travel waivers just 'window dressing'

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NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices sought assurances on Wednesday that the Trump administration's policy for granting medical or other exceptions to a ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority…

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U.S. attorney general tiptoes around Russia probe at hearing

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Questions about President Donald Trump and the investigation into whether his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russia overshadowed a Senate hearing on Wednesday with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has…

Trump veterans' nominee faces new allegations of drinking, prescriptions

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's doctor Ronny Jackson faced new allegations on Wednesday about questionable drug prescriptions and drunkenness as the White House insisted it had thoroughly vetted him to become the head…

White House defends vetting of Ronny Jackson

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The White House on Wednesday defended itself against charges that it had failed to adequately vet President Donald Trump's choice to be veterans affairs secretary, whose nomination has been imperiled by charges of misconduct.

Wednesday, Apr 25

Trump administration plans to nominate Harry Harris as S.Korea envoy

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to nominate Admiral Harry Harris, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command already nominated to be the next U.S. ambassador to Australia, to fill the long-vacant post of ambassador to South…

White House doctor refuses to pull out as Trump's nominee for veterans job

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's physician Ronny Jackson will push ahead as the nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs department after allegations about his conduct stalled his Senate hearing for the job, a White House…

Trump says NAFTA talks going 'nicely,' Canada sees progress on auto rules

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday a new North American Free Trade Agreement could be agreed on quickly, as Canada hailed progress on forging new rules for the auto industry, the pivotal issue in talks to…

Republicans hope to avoid another upset loss in Arizona vote for House seat

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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Voters in Arizona went to the polls on Tuesday in a special election to replace a longtime Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who was forced to resign over a sexual misconduct scandal.

Tuesday, Apr 24

U.S. Supreme Court divided over Texas electoral district fight

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided along ideological lines as it heard a bid by Texas to revive Republican-drawn electoral districts thrown out by a lower court for diluting the clout of black and…

Trump opens door for Jackson to pull out as nominee for veterans job

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday left open the possibility that his doctor, Ronny Jackson, would withdraw as his pick to lead the Veterans Affairs department after allegations stalled his Senate confirmation…

Trump's nomination to run veterans agency runs into trouble

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's nomination of his presidential physician, Ronny Jackson, to head the Veterans Affairs department ran into trouble on Tuesday when a Senate committee delayed his confirmation in light of …

Senate committee paves way for Pompeo to become top U.S. diplomat

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee approved the nomination of President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Monday after a Republican senator who had been opposed threw his support behind the CIA…

Monday, Apr 23

Pruitt's spending on security sweep draws fresh fire from lawmakers

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's spending came under scrutiny again on Monday as congressional Democrats said a sweep last year for listening devices in his office was poorly done and the…

Under fire by Trump, Rosenstein moonlights at U.S. Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Only for embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could a half hour of tough questioning from U.S. Supreme Court justices be seen as a break from his stressful day job.

More Democrats back Pompeo for U.S. State Dept, confirmation likely

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more Democratic senators announced their support on Monday for Republican President Donald Trump's pick as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, all but assuring the CIA director will be confirmed for the position as…

Democrat Manchin says will back Pompeo to be U.S. secretary of state

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said on Monday he would vote to confirm Mike Pompeo as U.S. secretary of state, becoming the second Democrat to declare support and making it more likely that Pompeo would secure the…

Sunday, Apr 22

Romney fails to win Republican nomination for Senate, heads to primary in June

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(Reuters) - Mitt Romney's restart of his political career hit a roadblock Saturday. The 2012 Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor failed to win the Utah Republican Party's nomination, which means he must face…

Trump's travel ban faces U.S. Supreme Court showdown

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first big showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court over President Donald Trump's immigration policies is set for Wednesday when the justices hear a challenge to the lawfulness of his travel ban targeting people from…