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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican lawmaker on the powerful U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee accused President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday of meddling with efforts to pass bipartisan legislation to reduce prison sentences for nonviolent offenders. In unusually strong and emotional language, Chairman Charles Grassley accused the White House of working behind the scenes to
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House stuck to its hard-line immigration approach on Thursday and said advisers would recommend that President Donald Trump veto a bipartisan U.S. Senate proposal to protect young “Dreamer” immigrants and tighten border security. The plan, which would protect from deportation 1.8 million young adults who were brought to the United
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration remained insistent on hardline immigration measures on Thursday as the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on various legislative proposals to protect young “Dreamer” immigrants and to tighten border security. In a statement overnight, the Department of Homeland Security dismissed what some thought was the bill most likely to win
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cyber security of U.S. voting systems, and Vice President Mike Pence defended the administration’s efforts to protect polls from hackers. The measure followed warnings on Tuesday from U.S. intelligence officials that midterm races in November are likely
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump faced new pressure on Wednesday from his Republican allies in Congress over domestic abuse allegations against a former aide as lawmakers questioned whether his administration has properly vetted top staffers. Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said he was investigating when the White House learned
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump endorsed hiking the federal gasoline tax by 25 cents a gallon in a meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday about funding his infrastructure spending proposal, a Democratic lawmaker said. Senator Tom Carper, who attended the meeting, confirmed a report by online publication Axios that the Republican president had backed
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The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : – As we come together to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of African-Americans to our nation, our thoughts turn to the heroes
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thomas Green, a high-powered defense lawyer at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., appeared for the first time in court on Wednesday alongside President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Richard Gates. Green’s appearance at the federal courthouse comes at the same time that the other lawyers on Gates’ legal team have asked
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday the White House and FBI wanted too much information kept from the public in a still-secret Democratic memo related to probes of Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. election. But panel members were in “good discussions” with the FBI on
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said on Wednesday it is establishing an office to protect the nation’s power grid and other infrastructure against cyber attacks and natural disasters. President Donald Trump’s budget proposal unveiled this week included $96 million in funding for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A major congressional committee launched an investigation into how the White House handled allegations of domestic abuse against former aide Rob Porter, its Republican chairman, Trey Gowdy, told CNN on Wednesday. “The chronology is not favorable for the White House,” Gowdy, chair of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee said. He was
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The United States government doubled its financial support for solar power projects overseas last year under a climate-friendly investment policy written in the last days of the Obama administration, according to a Reuters review of government documents. The growing U.S. support for foreign solar projects comes despite an ongoing federal investigation
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies warned on Tuesday that Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections by using social media to spread propaganda and misleading reports, much as it did in the 2016 campaign. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional committee that Russia and other
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats on Tuesday to make a deal to modernize the country’s infrastructure after his plan received critical reviews as lacking enough federal funding, but said he was open to changes. “I actually think that we can go bipartisan on infrastructure,” Trump told a meeting of lawmakers
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(Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s top court was set to lay out new congressional voting districts for the state after Democratic Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday rejected a version drawn by Republican legislative leaders as unfairly skewed in their party’s favor. In a 5-2 party-line vote, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Democratic majority last month invalidated the existing
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(Reuters) – Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf rejected a Republican-drawn congressional map on Tuesday as unfairly skewed toward protecting Republican candidates, likely putting the state’s top court in charge of creating new boundaries. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court invalidated the existing map last month as an unconstitutional gerrymander, ruling that Republican lawmakers had marginalized Democratic voters
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday the agency in late July completed a background check for security clearance for former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned amid allegations of domestic abuse by two former wives. Wray’s comments conflict with the White House assertion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation
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The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : – This will be a big week for Infrastructure. After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is
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