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U.S. national monument review to test key land protection law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land.

Leading Democrat: Critics can't conclude Trump is impaired

WASHINGTON - Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that it was premature to try to remove U.S. President Donald Trump by claiming he is physically or mentally impaired.

Bannon's exit not seen to signal Trump shift to center

WASHINGTON/BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - President Donald Trump's ouster of chief strategist Steve Bannon is unlikely to mark the abandonment of the administration's "America First" agenda that has unnerved investors and trade partners and split the White House into nationalist and globalist camps.

Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show.

Mnuchin tells Yale classmates: Trump does not equate neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters

WASHINGTON - Urged by his Yale University classmates to resign as treasury secretary following President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist protest, Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he would stay in office and that Trump "in no way, shape or form" equates neo-Nazis with peaceful ...

Unwavering Trump voters say they will not miss Steve Bannon

CHICAGO - Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's firing has been met with a collective shrug by some of President Donald Trump's most committed supporters who argue the controversial nationalist became an obstacle to the administration's agenda.

Trump tweets thanks to Steve Bannon for service and role in campaign against Clinton

- U.S. President Donald Trump praised his former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday, thanking him on Twitter for his service and his role in the presidential election campaign against Hillary Clinton.

Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Bannon in latest upheaval

WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. - President Donald Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon in the latest White House shake-up, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalization agenda.

Investor Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to President Trump

- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday after facing criticism that policy recommendations he offered could help his own investments.

After firing, Bannon returns to his 'killing machine'

WASHINGTON - With Stephen Bannon, the worry always was that he could be even more disruptive to President Donald Trump's White House from outside than he was within.

Amid Trump backlash, his U.N. envoy says stand up, isolate hate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told staff in an email - seen by Reuters on Friday - that everyone must stand up and condemn hate, as President Donald Trump faces a backlash for his response to violence at a protest by white nationalists.

Bannon departure tips trade scales in favor of White House 'globalists'

WASHINGTON - The departure on Friday of Steve Bannon, the White House's top economic nationalist, will likely tip the trade policy scales in favor of the Trump administration's "globalist" faction, which could soften the stance toward two of Trump's favorite targets: China and the North American ...

White House lawyer Cobb predicts quick end to Mueller probe

WASHINGTON - White House special counsel Ty Cobb predicts the cloud of an investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election will soon be lifted from President Donald Trump and says he would be "embarrassed" if it still hangs over the president in 2018.

Trump lifts Cyber Command status to boost cyber defense

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said on Friday he was elevating the status of the Pentagon's U.S. Cyber Command to help spur development of cyber weapons to deter attacks and punish intruders.

U.S. State Department email restored after global outage

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department's email service has been restored after an approximately half-day outage, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Friday.

Amid Spain attacks, Trump says U.S. ready and borders secure

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States was prepared for any possible "trouble" and its borders were secure, as authorities in Spain grappled with an attempted attack near Barcelona one day after another attack left more than a dozen dead.

Trump raises Cyber Command status: statement

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump elevated the Pentagon's U.S. Cyber Command on Friday in a move aimed at emphasizing the development of cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders and tackle adversaries.

Fellow Republicans assail Trump after he defends Confederate monuments

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump decried on Thursday the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in a controversy that has inflamed racial tensions.

Trump's attacks could leave him friendless if impeachment comes

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Republican senators, an approach he may regret if he is someday impeached and the Senate has to weigh charges against him stemming from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump drops plan to create infrastructure council: White House

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to create an infrastructure advisory council, the White House said on Thursday, the day after two other advisory groups were dismantled over the furor caused by Trump's remarks on white supremacists.

Trump adviser Cohn to remain as talk swirls of White House departures

WASHINGTON - White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn is remaining in his post, a White House official said on Thursday, after speculation earlier in the day of Cohn's possible departure rattled the U.S. stock market and the dollar.

Trump mulling lifting status of Cyber Command: sources

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump is close to making a decision to elevate the status of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders and tackle adversaries, current and former officials told Reuters on Thursday.

Republican senator says Trump yet to demonstrate needed stability

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Corker, unleashing one of the most pointed attacks from a Republican official on President Donald Trump, said on Thursday the president had not yet shown the "stability and competence" the United States needs, nor an understanding of the nation's character.

House Democrats launch probe into MS drug pricing

NEW YORK - U.S. House Democrats said on Thursday they were launching an investigation into why prices for Multiple Sclerosis treatments have nearly quintupled since 2004, and they sent letters requesting information from seven drugmakers.

Trump digs in against critics of his Charlottesville violence response

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump hit back on Thursday at critics of his response to racial violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville, and defiantly reiterated his opposition to the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil war Confederacy.

Top Trump economic adviser Cohn not leaving: White House official

WASHINGTON - White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn is remaining in his post, a White House official told Reuters on Thursday after earlier rumors of his departure rattled Wall Street and hit U.S. stocks and the dollar.

Trump disbands business councils after CEOs quit in protest

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after several chief executives quit in protest over his remarks blaming weekend violence in Virginia on anti-racism activists as well as white nationalists.

Trump adviser Bannon says U.S. in economic war with China: media

- The United States is in an economic war with China, U.S President Donald Trump's chief political strategist has said, warning Washington is losing the fight but is about to hit China hard over unfair trade practices.

Trump's crisis spurs talk of White House departures

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way out.

Trump disbands business councils after CEOs quit in protest

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after several chief executives quit in protest over his remarks blaming weekend violence in Virginia not only on white nationalists but also on anti-racism activists who opposed them.

Trump adviser Bannon says U.S. in economic war with China-media

- The United States is in an economic war with China, U.S President Donald Trump's chief political strategist has said, warning Washington is losing the fight but is about to hit China hard over unfair trade practices.

Republicans offer few tax plan details at high-profile event

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Republican tax writers from the U.S. House of Representatives promoted their legislative goals at a special gathering in California on Wednesday, but offered few new details about provisions that may end up in their long-sought overhaul plan.

Sessions slams Chicago sanctuary policies

- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly criticized the city of Chicago's political leadership, citing its so-called sanctuary policies as an example of the breakdown of law and order in the country.

U.S. ends program for Central American minors fleeing violence

NEW YORK - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security terminated a program on Wednesday that allowed minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to settle in the United States, ending travel hopes for more than 2,700 children awaiting approval.

Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss militant threats

WASHINGTON - A U.S. congressional panel next month will hold a hearing on violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.

Trump says ending two CEO advisory panels: tweet

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump dismantled two CEO advisory panels on Wednesday as a growing number of chief executives announced their resignations following his response to a weekend of violence in Virginia that stoked racial tensions nationwide.

Trump to make August cost-sharing payments to health insurers

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration will make cost-sharing payments to insurance companies under Obamacare for August, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday, but the announcement did little to quell long-term concerns about the insurance market.

McConnell says all need to stand against hate and violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday "messages of hate and bigotry" from white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups should not be welcome anywhere in the United States.

U.S. talks tough as NAFTA negotiations get under way

WASHINGTON - The United States on Wednesday laid down a tough line for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, demanding major changes to the pact that would reduce U.S. trade deficits with Mexico and Canada and increase U.S. content for autos.

Snubbed Federal Reserve nominee a warning as Trump struggles to fill key posts

NEW YORK - Allan Landon prepared for his job at the Federal Reserve for two-and-a-half years during the Obama administration before his nomination sank into the partisan quicksand of Washington D.C., a swamp which has only deepened under President Donald Trump, leaving more vacancies than ever at ...

Trump, again, casts blame on both sides for deadly violence in Virginia

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that left- and right-wing extremists became violent during a weekend rally by white nationalists in Virginia, reigniting a political firestorm over U.S. race relations and his own leadership of a national crisis.

Trump-backed candidate for Senate heads to Alabama run-off

- A Republican candidate backed by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama is expected to finish a distant second in a primary election on Tuesday, but will still have enough votes to advance to a run-off, local news projected.

As NAFTA talks begin, Trump's 'America First' agenda looms large

WASHINGTON - As the United States, Canada and Mexico kick off negotiations on Wednesday to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, the biggest uncertainty is whether a deal can pass President Donald Trump's "America First" test.

Banish Bannon? Trump weighs his options as top aides feud

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - For months, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser and his chief strategist have battled for influence behind the scenes, and their feud may force another shake-up at the White House.

Texas 'bathroom bill' dies in special legislative session

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas measures criticized as being discriminatory for limiting transgender people's access to bathrooms in schools and public buildings died on Tuesday, as the House adjourned and ended its special legislative session.

Trump infrastructure push rolls back environmental rules

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.

Texas governor signs bill to limit insurance coverage for abortions

AUSTIN, Texas - The Republican governor of Texas signed into law on Tuesday a measure that will restrict insurance coverage for abortions, compelling women to buy a supplemental plan if they want coverage for the procedure.

U.S. court strikes down two Republican-drawn Texas congressional districts

AUSTIN, Texas - A U.S. court struck down two Republican-drawn U.S. congressional districts in Texas on Tuesday, saying they were discriminatory and ordering a remedy ahead of elections in 2018, court papers showed.

House tax chairman confident on reform, others less so

WASHINGTON - The top tax law writer in the U.S. House of Representatives insisted on Tuesday that tax reform will happen this year, despite concerns among some experts that a tax code overhaul could drag into 2018, or even collapse altogether.

California sues Trump administration over sanctuary policy

SAN FRANCISCO - California sued the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday over federal restrictions on some law enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities, continuing a legal counterattack by Democrats against President Donald Trump's administration.