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  • Trump argues with top Democrats over border wall funding

    December 11, 2018 5:03 PM 143

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was unlikely to come to an agreement with Democrats on Tuesday over border wall funding as he argued with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in front of reporters at the White House. Trump has threatened to shutdown the federal government over wall funding

  • Rick Scott spent more than $63.5 million of own money on Senate race

    December 10, 2018 6:29 PM 149

    Three-term Democratic Senator Bill Nelson called Republican Rick Scott to concede just minutes after official recount results were posted; Peter Doocy reports from Tallahassee. Rick Scott spent $63.5 million of his own money in his successful Senate campaign this year – a record amount. Scott’s contribution accounts for about 76 percent of the more than $83.7 million

  • Trump says John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year

    December 8, 2018 6:19 PM 183

    President Trump on Saturday said that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his position at the end of the year -- after swirling rumors that Kelly's 17 month-long tenure in the Trump administration was nearing its end. Trump spoke to reporters outside the White House, called Kelly a "great guy" and said his replacement will be announced in the next few days. "John

  • Top Democrats say Trump's attorney general pick must protect Russia probe

    December 7, 2018 7:15 PM 158

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top two Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Friday urged caution about President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Justice, saying the nominee had sought to undercut the Special Counsel’s Office probe into Russia and must pledge to make any findings from the investigation public. Trump earlier on Friday announced

  • Trump says he will name State Department spokeswoman as U.S. ambassador to U.N

    December 7, 2018 2:45 PM 147

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he would nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, choosing a former TV anchor with little policy experience to lead U.S. diplomacy at the international organization. Nauert, whose nomination requires U.S. Senate confirmation

  • White House chief of staff Kelly to resign in days: CNN

    December 7, 2018 1:14 PM 164

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Kelly is expected to resign as U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief of staff in the coming days, CNN reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources. Representatives for the White House did not be immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. The rocky relationship between Trump and Kelly, 68, a retired Marine Corps

  • California utility probing possibility wires involved in wildfire

    December 6, 2018 11:29 PM 162

    (Reuters) - A California utility informed regulators on Thursday that it was investigating whether a devastating wildfire near Malibu last month may have been caused by contact between a wire that provides pole support and a live wire. Southern California Edison, in a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission, said it had not found evidence

  • Trump did not know about Huawei extradition request before Xi dinner: source

    December 6, 2018 8:57 PM 155

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump did not know about a U.S. request for the extradition of Huawei’s chief financial officer from Canada before he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping over dinner last weekend, a White House official said on Thursday. Huawei Technologies Ltd’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested

  • Moscow receives notification U.S. is ditching key arms treaty

    December 5, 2018 9:29 AM 160

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. MOSCOW — The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has received official notification from the United States that it intends to walk out of a key Cold War-era treaty. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • Republican state lawmakers scramble to curb incoming Democrats' power

    December 4, 2018 1:11 AM 164

    (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Michigan are scrambling to pass last-minute legislation to limit the powers of incoming Democratic officials before their iron grip on state governments is loosened following last month’s elections. The Republican-dominated Wisconsin legislature began an unusual lame-duck session on Monday to consider