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  • EPA takes aim at Obama-era regulation of mercury at coal plants

    December 28, 2018 11:54 PM 157

    The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is taking aim at an Obama-era regulation that seeks to reduce mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. “The Trump Administration is providing regulatory certainty by transparently and accurately taking account of both costs and benefits,” the EPA said in a news release Friday. The EPA on Friday

  • Trump administration puts stop to new flood insurance policies

    December 27, 2018 4:30 PM 165

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration has decided it cannot authorize new flood insurance policies, citing the partial shutdown of the federal government due to a budget impasse in Congress and potentially putting thousands of home sales in limbo. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees a federal program that insures

  • U.S. Senate session ends with no deal to end government shutdown

    December 22, 2018 8:27 PM 170

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate has ended a short legislative day on Saturday and will hold its next legislative session on Thursday, as negotiators continued to search for a way to end the partial government shutdown that began just after midnight. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would meet in a “pro forma” session on Monday

  • White House expects $5 billion allocated for border security and barriers, official says

    December 22, 2018 7:42 PM 186

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s White House wants to see $5 billion for border security and the construction of physical barriers in any stop-gap government funding bill passed by Congress, a senior administration official said on Saturday. “We continue to articulate what our expectations are for Congress, which is $5 billion for border

  • Trump hopes partial shutdown of government will not last long

    December 22, 2018 3:06 AM 174

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that a partial shutdown of the government would hopefully not last long, after Republican senators failed to muster the votes needed to approve a funding measure that included $5 billion for a border wall fiercely opposed by Democrats. “We’re going to have a shutdown. There’s nothing we can do about

  • Trump fundraiser Broidy hit with another setback in Qatar lawsuit

    December 21, 2018 10:26 PM 167

    (Reuters) - A former top fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump suffered another legal setback on Friday in his efforts to pin the blame on Qatar for a hack of his emails, as a judge tossed his lawsuit against a veteran United Nations diplomat. Elliott Broidy, a businessman who held senior finance posts in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and his inaugural

  • Here’s what $5 billion in border wall funding would buy

    December 21, 2018 6:34 PM 182

    As Congress battles over President Trump’s demand for $5 billion in border-wall funding, Homeland Security officials explained Friday what that money could actually buy. According to DHS officials, the funding would cover the construction of 215 miles of “wall system” on the southern border. But DHS officials say it could cover the replacement of “dilapidated

  • Trump, Congress careen toward partial government shutdown

    December 21, 2018 11:05 AM 189

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government was headed to a partial shutdown unless President Donald Trump and Congress can cut a deal on Friday on their long-running battle over Trump’s demand for a wall on the border with Mexico. Funding for a range of federal agencies is set to expire at midnight on Friday. Trump pushed Republican allies in the House

  • House Republican leaders: Trump will not sign funding bill from Senate

    December 20, 2018 6:37 PM 170

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will not sign legislation to fund the federal government that passed the U.S. Senate, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a meeting with the president on Thursday. Ryan, speaking alongside U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy outside the White House, said Trump wanted any spending

  • Pelosi reiterates opposition to border wall funds in U.S. spending bill

    December 20, 2018 4:31 PM 152

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday reiterated her party’s stance that legislation allowing the government to sidestep a partial shutdown cannot include funds for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, as the White House continued to push for the funding. “We’re right in the middle of a sort of meltdown