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High stakes for Trump in vote on healthcare plan

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:22:44 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump may face his first major legislative hurdle on Thursday: a do-or-die vote in the House of Representatives on a plan that would roll back the signature healthcare law of former President Barack Obama.(image)

Supreme Court nomination fight puts focus on vulnerable Democrats

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:13:31 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As a grueling U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch finishes on Thursday, the spotlight turns to whether he will gain the support of vulnerable Democratic senators who are up for re-election in 2018.(image)

Lawmaker says U.S. foreign surveillance 'unmasked' Trump associates

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:17:13 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee set off a political firestorm on Wednesday when he said the communications of members of Donald Trump's transition team were caught up in incidental surveillance targeting foreigners.(image)

Senate panel to weigh confirmation for SEC nominee Clayton

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:50:22 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jay Clayton, the Wall Street attorney tapped by President Donald Trump to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will face questions on his vision for the agency at his confirmation hearing on Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee.(image)

Black lawmakers meet with Trump about infrastructure, reducing crime

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:18:14 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday about infrastructure and reducing urban crime, calling the sit-down a "positive" first step toward finding common ground.(image)

Hawaii lawmaker resigns from Republican Party to join Democrats

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:04:13 -0400

(Reuters) - Hawaii lawmaker Beth Fukumoto, ousted last month as Republican leader of the state's House of Representatives after publicly criticizing President Donald Trump, resigned on Wednesday from her party to seek membership as a Democrat.(image)

State Department misses deadline to manage email records electronically

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:36:00 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department, which was criticized for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, said on Wednesday it failed to meet an end-of-2016 deadline to manage all its email records electronically.(image)

Trump sends holiday greetings to Iranians, does not mention travel ban

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:34:43 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought to ban travelers from Iran and other Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, issued a holiday greeting on Wednesday to Iranians celebrating the New Year holiday known as Nowruz.(image)

Ex-head of Colorado Republicans charged with voter fraud

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:46:43 -0400

DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado talk radio host who once chaired the state Republican Party and has accused Democrats of widespread voter fraud has been charged with forging his ex-wife’s signature on a mail-in ballot in the 2016 election, court records showed on Wednesday.(image)

House Democrat says Republican undermines intel probe

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:08:56 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee Democrat said on Wednesday he had "grave concerns" about the committee's ability to conduct a credible investigation after its Republican chairman suggested President Donald Trump's communications may have been collected during surveillance.(image)