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January 12, 2019 5:00 PM Pompeo says good outcome possible for both Turkey and Syrian Kurds

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was optimistic that a “good outcome” could be reached between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish groups, after speaking to the Turkish foreign minister. “We recognize the Turkish people’s right to defend their country from terrorists, but we also know that those ... who are not terrorists 137

January 9, 2019 2:44 AM Trump addresses the nation, Democrats respond

President Trump claimed that "the federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.” It’s not true that Democrats oppose funding for border security, they just aren't willing to meet Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion in wall funding. Congressional Democratic leaders have offered 122

January 4, 2019 10:48 AM Trump's Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria Will Boost Iran's Fortunes

President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement in December that the U.S. would withdraw troops from Syria came at a time when Washington seemed to finally be developing a strategy to tackle the Syrian conflict that went beyond prioritizing fighting ISIS. It was not Syria that was the focus of this new strategy; it was Iran. While former President Barack 108

January 3, 2019 10:42 PM President Trump makes first briefing room appearance

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders earlier this afternoon announced there would be a surprise press briefing. She introduced President Trump, who talked about his border wall demand, and then both Sanders and Trump left the room, taking no questions from reporters. CNN's Brianna Keilar called the question-less appearance a "non-briefing 102

January 3, 2019 6:18 PM US airstrike kills 10 al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, military says

FILE - The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab continues to control large parts of the country’s southern and central regions and carry out deadly bombings against high-profile targets in the capital, Mogadishu. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File) The U.S. military launched its first airstrikes of 2019 in Somalia, picking up where it left off at year’s end. The U.S. military's 99

December 28, 2018 11:54 PM EPA takes aim at Obama-era regulation of mercury at coal plants

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 123

December 20, 2018 3:29 AM Liberal Rep. Barbara Lee in rare agreement with Trump over Syria troop withdrawal

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., was in rare agreement with President Trump on Wednesday after he announced his decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria. Lee, who recently lost her bid for House Speaker to fellow Rep. Nancy Pelosi, also a California Democrat, told Fox News that she's "long called for a troop withdrawal on Syria" because Congress "has not authorized" 204

December 20, 2018 1:12 AM 'Santa' Obama pays visit and gives out gifts at DC children's hospital

Former President Barack Obama visited Children’s National hospital in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (The Office of President Barack Obama) Former President Barack Obama made a holly, jolly trip to a children’s hospital in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, his office confirmed. Obama appeared to be in the holiday spirit, sporting a Santa hat during 186

December 18, 2018 6:52 PM Arizona Republican McSally will fill McCain's Senate seat

(Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Martha McSally will take over the late John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat in January, two months after losing her bid for Arizona’s other Senate seat, the state’s governor said on Tuesday. McSally will replace the retiring John Kyl, whom Governor Doug Ducey appointed after McCain died in August following a battle 141

December 3, 2018 11:44 PM U.S. wants to end subsidies for electric cars, renewables: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday the United States wants to end subsidies for electric cars and other items including renewable energy sources. Asked about actions planned after General Motors announced U.S. plant closings and layoffs last week, Kudlow said he expected subsidies for buying electric cars will end in 2020 or 2021. Kudlow 109