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Trump vows military build-up, hammers nationalist themes

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:07:17 -0500

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he would make a massive budget request for one of the "greatest military buildups in American history" on Friday in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists.(image)



In sweeping move, Trump puts regulation monitors in U.S. agencies

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:03:56 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place "regulatory reform" task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades.(image)



First planned North Korea-U.S. contact in Trump administration canceled: WSJ

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:29:18 -0500

SEOUL (Reuters) - Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after President Donald Trump took office were canceled after the U.S. State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.(image)



Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:55:03 -0500

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday.(image)



Experts dispute Trump's assertion that U.S. nuclear arms capability is lagging

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:57:47 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States must expand its nuclear arsenal, many experts say U.S. nuclear forces are unrivaled and will remain so as they undergo a modernization program that could cost more than $1 trillion.(image)



In push to reclaim Raqqa, Trump's choices range from bad to worse

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:11:19 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's push against Islamic State in Syria could present him with an unenviable choice: Alienate NATO ally Turkey by relying on Kurdish fighters or adopt a plan that may slow the assault and require many more U.S. combat forces.(image)



Former Border Patrol officials question Trump plan to add agents

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:37:59 -0500

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Department of Homeland Security plan to add more than 5,000 border enforcement agents will present logistical challenges and might be unnecessary, according to former government officials familiar with earlier pushes to accelerate border hiring.(image)



Details emerge of Republicans' plans to replace Obamacare

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:52:54 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Details of potential Obamacare replacements by U.S. House Republicans emerged in news reports on Friday, as Republican lawmakers have vowed to introduce new legislation in the coming weeks.(image)



Trump proposal for terrorist listing of Iran Revolutionary Guard in limbo: sources

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:21:45 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A proposal the Trump administration is considering to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization has stalled over warnings from defense and intelligence officials that the move could backfire, according to officials familiar with the matter.(image)



Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:33:47 -0500

KANSAS CITY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A white U.S. Navy veteran has been charged with killing an engineer from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible hate crime that shocked the victim's home country.(image)