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Ex-CIA chief: Worries grew of Trump campaign contacts to Russia

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:02:19 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA director John Brennan said on Tuesday he had noticed contacts between associates of Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia during the 2016 election and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down "a treasonous path."(image)

Senate panel says it will subpoena Michael Flynn businesses

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:02:19 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they would subpoena two of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's businesses after Flynn declined to comply with a subpoena for documents in the panel's Russia probe.(image)

Trump budget cuts may stir backlash in rural America

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:26:53 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives' demands for a smaller federal government but target many of the very people who voted for him last November.(image)

Trump retains Marc Kasowitz as private attorney for Russia probe: Fox Business

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:33:53 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has retained Marc Kasowitz as his private attorney for the special counsel's probe of alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow, a Fox Business Network reporter said on Twitter on Tuesday.(image)

Mueller cleared by U.S. ethics experts to head Russia probe

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:22:28 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been cleared by U.S. Department of Justice ethics experts to oversee an investigation into possible collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.(image)

Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of spending in austere budget

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:44:35 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked lawmakers on Tuesday to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor in an austere budget that also boosts the military.(image)

Leader of moderate Republican House group resigns over healthcare

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:19:24 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the leaders of the moderate Republican "Tuesday Group" in the U.S. House of Representatives resigned as co-chairman on Tuesday, citing divisions over efforts to overhaul the nation's healthcare system.(image)

U.S. lawmakers gear up to block Trump plan to slash oil stockpile

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:50:54 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Trump administration plan to sell off half the U.S. emergency crude oil stockpile to help balance the budget faces opposition in Congress, with lawmakers from both parties worried the proposal would undermine the drilling industry and make the country vulnerable to supply shocks.(image)

Trump proposes deep U.S. spending cuts in Mexico, Central America

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:56:37 -0400

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed drastically slashing U.S. foreign aid spending in Mexico and Central America, which are struggling with drug violence, graft and poverty that prompts many from the troubled region to migrate north.(image)

U.S. defense budget proposal sees modest increase despite hawkish rhetoric

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:37:23 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal for national defense increases spending, it falls short of campaign promises to rebuild the Navy and a "historic" increase in military spending.(image)