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  • Trump campaign's digital director to meet House intelligence panel: WSJ    (2017-10-22)
    (Reuters) - The digital director for Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign is scheduled to meet the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday as the panel investigates alleged Russian meddling in last year's election, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
  • Schumer calls on Trump to appoint official to oversee Puerto Rico relief    (2017-10-22)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charles Schumer, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, is calling on President Donald Trump to name a single official to oversee and coordinate relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
  • Top Senate Republican, White House, aim for tax bill by year-end    (2017-10-22)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Republican and the White House budget director said on Sunday they hoped for action on a Republican tax reform package by the end of the year, while keeping their options open on how to pay for sweeping tax cuts.
  • McConnell on healthcare bills: What does Trump want?    (2017-10-22)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday that he was willing to bring healthcare legislation up for a vote but was waiting for the go-ahead from President Donald Trump, who sent mixed signals this week about a bipartisan bill that would shore up insurance markets.
  • McConnell says waiting for Trump to signal OK on healthcare bill    (2017-10-22)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was willing to bring a healthcare bill up for a vote in the Senate but was waiting to see what President Donald Trump wants, after a week in which Trump sent mixed signals about a bipartisan bill to shore up insurance markets created under Obamacare.
  • Top Senate Republican aims for tax bill by year-end    (2017-10-22)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Republican says he believes Congress can pass tax legislation by year-end, and he and other leaders are not abandoning the goal of a revenue-neutral bill.
  • Senate's McConnell says tax bill should be revenue neutral    (2017-10-22)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he has not abandoned his longtime goal of making sure any tax cuts are revenue neutral, saying the growth estimates in the Republican tax reform plan will offset the cuts.
  • Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says would travel to North Korea: NYT    (2017-10-21)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration to help diffuse rising tensions, The New York Times reported on its website on Sunday.
  • Trump defends tweets as key to White House victory    (2017-10-21)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his regular use of social media, especially Twitter, and said he may not have won the White House without it.
  • Federal judge in Hawaii expands block on Trump travel ban    (2017-10-21)
    (Reuters) - A federal judge in Hawaii extended his halt of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.
  • Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information'    (2017-10-21)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that subject to receipt of further information, he planned to allow the opening of long-secret files on the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy that are scheduled for release next week.
  • Trump administration considers pausing U.S. refugee family reunification program    (2017-10-20)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Trump's administration has drafted a plan to pause a program that allows family members join refugees already settled in the United States until they can undergo increased security checks, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.
  • Trump tax cut plan gains momentum after U.S. budget vote    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tax reform plans won partial support on Friday when Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he was "all in" for massive tax cuts, but the party was still far from united over how to achieve the main item on its domestic agenda.
  • Trump says thinks Republicans have the votes to pass tax reform: Fox Business interview    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he thinks Republicans have the votes needed to pass a big tax cut package.
  • Trump considers Fed's Powell, economist Taylor to lead central bank    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is considering nominating Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor for the central bank's top two jobs, in an apparent bid to reassure markets and appease conservatives hungry for change.
  • Partisan feud undercuts Trump-Russia probe, U.S. Democrats charge    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on a congressional panel say members of its Republican majority are trying to sabotage an investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, raising concerns the two parties will reach contradictory conclusions.
  • Yellen lunches with White House adviser Cohn, day after Trump interview    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to the White House on Friday to have lunch with President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, a White House official said, describing the meeting as "nothing out of the ordinary."
  • Trump says considering having both Powell and Taylor serve at Fed    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering tapping both current Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor to serve in top posts at the U.S. central bank.
  • Trump tax cut plan gains momentum after budget vote    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tax reform plans won partial support on Friday when Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he was "all in" for massive tax cuts, but the party was still far from united over how to achieve the main item on its domestic agenda.
  • Trump's Obamacare shift complicates ability to work with Democrats    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's disavowal this week of a bipartisan agreement to stabilize Obamacare has further eroded the already minimal trust congressional Democrats had in him, complicating prospects for gaining their cooperation on a range of issues.
  • U.S. House to vote on non-nuclear Iran sanctions next week    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and on Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, senior House Republicans said on Friday, seeking to take a tough line against Iran without immediately moving to undermine the international nuclear deal.
  • Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.    (2017-10-20)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.
  • Senate panel postpones hearing with Trump lawyer Cohen in Russia probe    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Friday it had postponed a public hearing with Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's lawyer, and it would be rescheduled for a later date.
  • Searching for Trump card, Democrats watch Virginia governor's race    (2017-10-20)
    RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Speaking as a folksy physician running for Virginia governor, Democrat Ralph Northam vowed in a recent campaign ad to fight Donald Trump on cuts to education funding, environmental protections and health care access.
  • Trump launches petition against NFL players' anthem protests    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition and asking his supporters to show their patriotism by backing it.
  • EPA abandons changes to U.S. biofuel program after lawmaker pressure    (2017-10-20)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation's biofuels policy after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers worried the moves would undercut ethanol demand, according to a letter from the agency to lawmakers seen by Reuters.
  • Trump tax cuts gain momentum as Rand Paul goes 'all in'    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican senator Rand Paul on Friday appeared to back the Trump administration's sweeping tax cut plan, saying he was "all in" for massive tax cuts even as the Senate passed a key budget measure without his support one day earlier.
  • EPA abandons changes to renewable fuel program after lawmaker pressure: letter    (2017-10-20)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of controversial changes to the nation's renewable fuel program after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers, the agency said in a letter to lawmakers seen by Reuters.
  • Trump sees momentum for tax cuts after Senate OKs budget    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signaled optimism for the passage of Republicans' sweeping tax cut plan, saying a key senator who rejected the party's budget blueprint a day earlier would back the proposed tax measure when it comes up for a vote.
  • Trump pledges passage of tax cuts after Senate OKs budget    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signaled optimism for the passage of Republicans' sweeping tax cut plan, saying a key senator who rejected the party's budget blueprint a day earlier would back the proposed tax measure when it comes up for a vote.
  • White and male: broader bureaucracy mirrors Trump cabinet's profile    (2017-10-20)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Donald Trump faced criticism from advocacy groups for not including more women and minorities in his cabinet last January, the incoming administration promised that the lower rungs of the bureaucracy would ultimately look more diverse.
  • Obamacare whiplash leaves states, insurers with dueling price plans    (2017-10-20)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's reversals in the past week on maintaining Obamacare subsidies to insurers are sowing new confusion over what kind of health insurance will be available to consumers, and at what price, when enrollment for 2018 begins in two weeks.
  • U.S. Senate passes budget blueprint, key to Trump tax effort    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.
  • Democrats fail to block Arctic reserve oil drilling    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday failed to pass a measure to block oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, losing to Republicans who believe production there would provide jobs and wealth.
  • Senate passes budget blueprint key to Trump tax effort    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.
  • Exclusive: Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.    (2017-10-19)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major U.S. companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.
  • Obama blasts 'politics of division' on return to campaign trail    (2017-10-19)
    (Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama, back on the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, called on voters to reject a growing "politics of division" that he said was corroding American democracy.
  • CIA's Pompeo asserts Russian meddling did not sway U.S. election result    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday said, apparently inaccurately, that U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian interference did not affect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
  • White House says rollback of Obamacare must be part of short-term fix    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior White House aide said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump would demand steps toward repealing Obamacare in any healthcare legislation, comments that cast doubt on the prospects for a short-term bill to shore up insurance markets.
  • Obama urges New Jersey voters to reject 'politics of division'    (2017-10-19)
    (Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama, back on the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, urged voters in New Jersey to reject the "politics of division" by supporting Democrats in next month's state elections.
  • Trump concludes Fed chair interviews, could decide next week: source    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has concluded interviews with the five candidates he is considering to chair the Federal Reserve and could announce a decision as early as next week, a source familiar with the process said on Thursday.
  • Bush takes veiled swipe at Trump, defends immigration and trade    (2017-10-19)
    (Reuters) - Former President George W. Bush decried "bullying and prejudice" while defending immigrants and trade on Thursday in a New York speech that appeared to be a sweeping, thinly veiled critique of President Donald Trump.
  • U.S. Senate to vote on measure to block drilling in Arctic reserve    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday geared up to vote on an amendment that would block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, with opponents of the measure saying development would lead to jobs and wealth creation.
  • Trump administration weighs tighter vetting for women, children refugees: sources    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering tightening the vetting process for women and children seeking to enter the United States as refugees, a proposal that if adopted would bring security checks closer to those for adult men, three sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters.
  • Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation: Kerry    (2017-10-19)
    GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump risks driving Iran toward nuclear proliferation and worsening a standoff with North Korea if Washington ends a nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.
  • U.S. lawmakers want crackdown on Facebook, Twitter political ads    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers, alarmed that foreign entities used the internet to influence last year's election, introduced legislation on Thursday to extend rules governing political advertising on television, print and radio to also cover social media like Facebook Inc .
  • Trump leaning toward Powell for Fed chair: Politico    (2017-10-19)
    (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell is the leading candidate to become the chair of the U.S. central bank after President Donald Trump concluded a series of meetings with five finalists on Thursday, Politico reported, citing three administration officials.
  • More Republican senators back bipartisan Obamacare deal    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare by restoring billions of dollars of federal subsidies to health insurers picked up Republican support in the Senate on Thursday despite President Donald Trump's opposition but still faced an uphill battle.
  • Trump says he will work with Congress on more aid for Puerto Rico    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will work with the U.S. Congress to approve grants and loans to help rebuild Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria a month ago.
  • U.S. agency scraps unused telegraph regulations in Trump rules purge    (2017-10-19)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is scrapping rules on telegraphs even though carriers no longer exist, part of the Trump administration's effort to slash regulations, the Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday.


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