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  • House panel spars over self-driving car rules    (2017-06-27)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans and Democrats in Congress sparred on Tuesday over U.S. states setting rules for testing and deployment of self-driving cars and a proposal to allow automakers and technology companies to bypass existing regulations in introducing autonomous cars.
  • U.S. Republican tax code revamp hits House budget obstacle    (2017-06-27)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican efforts to overhaul the U.S. tax code have hit a snag in the House of Representatives, where party infighting over spending cuts is delaying adoption of a key legislative tool that the party needs to move a tax bill forward.
  • Trump Hotels agrees to buy-out of its management of Toronto tower    (2017-06-27)
    TORONTO (Reuters) - The new owner of a Trump-branded hotel in downtown Toronto said on Tuesday that it had struck a deal with Trump Hotels to buy out its management contract for an undisclosed amount.
  • U.S. vice president says Trump-Modi meetings 'historic and productive'    (2017-06-27)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday hailed a first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "historic and productive" and said Trump recognizes U.S. ties with India as "one of the most important strategic relationships in the 21st century."
  • Trump growing frustrated with China, weighs trade steps: officials    (2017-06-27)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and bilateral trade issues and is now considering possible trade actions against Beijing, three senior administration officials told Reuters.
  • Iran's Zarif: 'regrettable' that U.S. Supreme Court revived U.S. travel ban    (2017-06-27)
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday said it was regrettable that the U.S. Supreme Court revived part of a U.S. travel ban imposed on citizens from six majority Muslim countries, and said it could fuel extremism in the region.
  • Republican leaders work to buoy Senate healthcare bill    (2017-06-27)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders are in a frenzied push to shore up support for a healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate after a non-partisan congressional office said on Monday it would cause 22 million Americans to lose insurance over the next decade.
  • Once on the outside, conservative Koch network warms to Trump    (2017-06-27)
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - At a glitzy weekend gathering of donors to the powerful Koch brothers' network, much of the talk was about the conservative political group's criticism of the healthcare bill moving through the U.S. Senate.
  • Trump son-in-law Kushner hires prominent trial lawyer: NYT    (2017-06-27)
    (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, has hired a prominent trial lawyer to help represent him in inquiries linked to Russia, the New York Times reported on Monday citing another member of his legal team.
  • Russia sanctions bill remains stalled in U.S. Congress    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers said on Monday they did not know when legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia might come up for a vote in the House of Representatives, and the White House said it had concerns about the measure.
  • Image of the United States has plunged under Trump, survey shows    (2017-06-26)
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center showed.
  • House committee eyes $18.5 billion increase to Trump defense budget    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers said on Monday they wanted another $18.5 billion added to President Donald Trump's proposed defense budget of $603 billion to hire more troops and buy more aircraft and ships in fiscal 2018.
  • Trump appointee Gorsuch takes far right positions on U.S. high court    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In less than three months, President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, is already staking out ground on the court's far right, adding his voice to the biggest controversies including Trump's travel ban targeted at six Muslim-majority countries, gun control, religious rights and gay rights.
  • White House spokesman Spicer draws heat off camera    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokesman Sean Spicer drew the ire of some reporters on Monday for banning cameras from daily press briefings as part of what Spicer called an effort to vary the routine.
  • U.S. jurors hear closing arguments over Iran-linked office tower    (2017-06-26)
    (Reuters) - Lawyers for the United States on Monday urged jurors to allow the U.S. government to seize a Manhattan office tower from a non-profit for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.
  • Obamacare taxes stand if Senate fails to adopt health bill: Brady    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly $1 trillion of taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act will remain in place if the Senate fails to adopt legislation to dismantle the law known as Obamacare, the top Republican on tax policy in the House of Representatives said on Monday.
  • Narrowed travel ban could sow confusion in U.S. and abroad, experts say    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court's criteria for who can be barred from entering the United States under President Donald Trump's travel ban may confuse the U.S. officials overseas charged with implementing it and trigger a new round of lawsuits, experts said.
  • Leading U.S. senator urges changes in foreign investment rules    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican senator leading the charge on updating little-known investment rules designed to protect national security said that he will soon introduce a bill aimed at reining in potentially dangerous deals done by China.
  • Twenty-two million Americans would lose health coverage under Senate bill: AP, citing CBO    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two million Americans would lose their health insurance coverage over the next decade under draft legislation unveiled by Senate Republicans last week, the Associated Press reported on Monday, citing an analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
  • Possible sale of Boeing C-17 aircraft to India approved: Pentagon    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to India of one Boeing C-17 transport aircraft, with an estimated cost of $366 million, a Pentagon agency said on Monday.
  • Mexico announces more help for migrants after tough Texas law    (2017-06-26)
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has been increasing actions to protect Mexican migrants in response to a law in Texas that allows police to question people about their immigration status, a Mexican official said on Monday.
  • U.S. Republican to withhold consent for arms sales over Gulf dispute    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Monday he would withhold consent for U.S. arms sales to members of the Gulf Cooperation Council until there is a path forward to resolving the dispute in the region, where four Arab states have imposed a boycott on Qatar.
  • Trump attacks Obama over Russia and elections: 'He colluded'    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump stepped up his criticism on Monday of former Democratic President Barack Obama's handling of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, accusing his predecessor of collusion and demanding an apology from investigators.
  • Supreme Court revives parts of Trump travel ban order    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by narrowing the scope of lower court rulings that blocked his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries and agreeing to hear his appeals in the cases.
  • Senate Republicans to issue revised healthcare bill: Senate aide    (2017-06-26)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans are expected to issue a revised version of their healthcare bill on Monday to address some of the concerns raised since it was unveiled last week, a Senate aide familiar with the plan said.
  • No definite arrangements in place for Putin-Trump meeting: Kremlin    (2017-06-26)
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday it was still premature to say anything certain about a possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump next month because no definite arrangements had been made for it.
  • Trump, Modi seek rapport despite friction on trade, immigration    (2017-06-25)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold their first face-to-face meeting in Washington on Monday, seeking to boost U.S.-Indian relations despite differences over trade, the Paris climate accord and immigration.
  • New York Pride marchers target Trump, San Francisco parties    (2017-06-25)
    NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Large crowds turned out for Pride marches on Sunday in New York City and San Francisco, the two U.S. places most associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement, with the East Coast city bringing a more political flavor to the event sparked by events there almost 50 years ago.
  • Conservative activists hold muted rallies in Washington    (2017-06-25)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative activists held a pair of rallies in Washington on Sunday to decry the handful of celebrities who have joked about violence against President Donald Trump and to protest efforts to stop contentious speakers at colleges.
  • Conservative Koch network criticizes U.S. Senate healthcare bill    (2017-06-25)
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - Officials with the conservative U.S. political network overseen by the Koch brothers say they are unhappy with the healthcare bill that may be voted on by the Senate this week and will lobby for changes to it.
  • Top Democrat slams Obama administration's response to Russian hacks    (2017-06-25)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Sunday criticized the administration of former President Barack Obama for not taking earlier and tougher action against Russia for its alleged hacks aimed at swaying the Nov. 8 election for Donald Trump.
  • Senator Rand Paul says would consider partial repeal of Obamacare    (2017-06-25)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Rand Paul said on Sunday that he remains open to supporting the Senate healthcare bill but only under certain circumstances.
  • Republican Senator Collins: I have very serious concerns on healthcare bill    (2017-06-25)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine said on Sunday that she has extreme reservations about the Senate healthcare bill.
  • Top Senate Democrat Schumer: 50-50 chance Republicans pass healthcare bill    (2017-06-25)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday that he sees a 50 percent probability that Republicans will be able to pass their healthcare bill.
  • U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to press India's Modi on trade, investment    (2017-06-24)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading U.S. congressmen have called on President Donald Trump to press Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove barriers to U.S. trade and investment when they meet for the first time on Monday.
  • Exclusive: U.S. list to drop Iraq, Myanmar as worst offenders on child soldiers    (2017-06-23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, U.S. officials said, a step that could prompt accusations the Trump administration is prioritizing security and diplomatic interests ahead of human rights.
  • U.S. would like nuclear deal with India to go forward: official    (2017-06-23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration would like to see a Westinghouse nuclear reactor deal with India move forward, a senior White House official said on Friday ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meetings with Trump on Monday.
  • Senators demand investigation of reports of torture in Yemen    (2017-06-23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday to investigate any involvement of U.S. interrogators at secret prisons in Yemen where inmates have reportedly been tortured.
  • House panel wants formal response from Trump on Comey tapes    (2017-06-23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House of Representatives' Russia investigation said on Friday he wanted a formal response from President Donald Trump to a request for records about conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.
  • As debt limit looms, House leaders eye bipartisan deal    (2017-06-23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional leaders are quietly working on a bipartisan deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling within weeks, hoping to prevent the difficult debt issue from snarling a budget fight to come in September, a senior Democratic budget writer said on Friday.
  • White House spokesman does not rule out Trump-Putin July meeting in Germany    (2017-06-23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House spokesman did not rule out a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin when he was asked about reports the two leaders may hold talks on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting in Germany next month.
  • Trump has no intention to fire special counsel Mueller: White House    (2017-06-23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has no intention of firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, the White House said on Friday.
  • Trump aide Juster to be nominated as U.S. ambassador to India: officials    (2017-06-23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to nominate a top economic aide, Kenneth Juster, as the next U.S. ambassador to India, two senior White House officials said on Friday.
  • White House close to naming nominees for U.S. SEC: senior official    (2017-06-23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is very close to naming its nominees for the top U.S. securities regulator, a senior official said on Friday, which could lead the current three-member Securities and Exchange Commission to reach its full five-member complement in the near future.
  • Trump signals willing to work with Republicans on healthcare bill    (2017-06-23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party's healthcare overhaul on a "very, very narrow path" to win passage, but signaled a willingness to work with them to make changes.
  • UK PM May welcomes Trump's pick for U.S. ambassador: spokeswoman    (2017-06-23)
    LONDON (Reuters) - The planned appointment of National Football League team owner Woody Johnson as U.S. ambassador to London shows President Donald Trump's commitment to close ties with Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said on Friday.
  • Trump to nominate NFL team owner Johnson as U.S. ambassador to Britain    (2017-06-22)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate National Football League team owner Woody Johnson as U.S. ambassador to Britain, the White House said on Thursday.
  • Judge in Michigan blocks deportation of more than 100 Iraqis    (2017-06-22)
    (Reuters) - A U.S. district court judge in Michigan has temporarily blocked the deportations of more than 100 Iraqi nationals until a decision is reached over who has jurisdiction over the matter, according to court documents filed on Thursday.
  • Tough-talking Trump defense lawyer says he's no 'snowflake'    (2017-06-22)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The latest lawyer hired to represent U.S. President Donald Trump in the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election is an ex-Marine who likens some cases to war.
  • Trump meets wireless, drone executives on new technologies    (2017-06-22)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered support for emerging technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles and next-generation wireless networks in a meeting on Thursday with the chiefs of AT&T Inc and General Electric Co and other business leaders.


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