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Trump government shutdown threat draws criticism, unnerves markets

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:03:31 -0400

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the U.S. government to secure funding for a border wall rattled markets, drew criticism from his fellow Republicans and cast a shadow on Wednesday over congressional efforts to raise the country's debt ceiling and pass spending bills.(image)

Drowning in debt, Connecticut faces budget crunch

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:02:07 -0400

HARTFORD (Reuters) - Connecticut, home to hedge fund billionaires alongside cities mired in poverty, is racing against the clock to pass a budget or face further spending cuts to education and municipal aid across the state.(image)

Trump unshackled: President defends Charlottesville response at raucous rally

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:45:21 -0400

PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump revved up supporters on Tuesday with a defense of his response to a white supremacist-organized rally in Virginia and a promise to shut down the U.S. government if necessary to build a wall along the border with Mexico.(image)

Clinton, in book, says Trump's debate stalking made her skin crawl

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:01:33 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says in her new book that Donald Trump made her skin crawl by stalking her around the stage in a campaign debate and she wonders if she should have told him to "back up, you creep."(image)

Trump plans to meet scandal-hit Malaysian leader in September

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:34:16 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is embroiled in a corruption scandal at home, on Sept. 12 at the White House, the White House said on Wednesday.(image)

Trump voices mild optimism about ties with North Korea

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:53:29 -0400

PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday about a possible improvement in relations with North Korea after months of mounting tension over its weapons programs.(image)

Exclusive: Trump's Afghan decision may increase U.S. air power, training

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:13:00 -0400

ON BOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force may intensify its strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of the Afghan air force following President Donald Trump's decision to forge ahead with the 16-year-old war, its top general told Reuters on Tuesday.(image)

No U.S.-Russia cyber unit without Trump notifying Congress, bill says

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:55:28 -0400

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would be required to notify U.S. lawmakers before creating a joint U.S.-Russia cyber security unit - an idea that has drawn criticism across the political spectrum - under legislation advancing in Congress.(image)

U.S. puts more pressure on Pakistan to help with Afghan war

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:00:46 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States suggested on Tuesday it could cut U.S. aid to Pakistan or downgrade Islamabad's status as a major non-NATO ally to pressure the South Asian nation to do more to help it with the war in Afghanistan.(image)

Meeting between Egyptian foreign minister and Jared Kushner canceled: ministry

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:49:11 -0400

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is no longer meeting U.S. President Donald Trump's advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner on Wednesday, a copy of his schedule sent out to journalists showed.(image)