In Thanksgiving message, Trump hails military gains and 'big, beautiful, fat tax cuts'
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - U.S. President Donald Trump gave a bullish Thanksgiving address to troops overseas on Thursday, hailing progress in Afghanistan and against ISIS, and telling them they were fighting for "something real," including a stock market at record highs and his promised big, beautiful ...
Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system
WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a review of a government database used for background checks on gun buyers, after a man who killed 26 people in a Texas church was left off the system despite having a criminal record.
U.S. Senate candidate Moore's spokesman resigns as allegations roil campaign
- The communications director for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has resigned amid the Alabama Republican's efforts to combat allegations of sexual misconduct that have roiled his campaign.
JPMorgan's Dimon says Trump likely to be a one-term president
CHICAGO/NEW YORK - Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co, on Wednesday said he expects to see a new U.S. president in 2021 and advised the Democratic party to come up with a "pro-free enterprise" agenda for jobs and economic growth instead.
Trump to meet congressional leaders next week on legislative issues -White House
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with congressional leaders next week to discuss "end-of-year legislative issues," a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
In Trump strongholds, Democrats walk tightrope ahead of 2018 elections
KATY, Texas - As Democrats try to win control of the U.S. Congress in next year's midterm elections, their hopes of picking up a Senate seat in Republican-dominated Texas rest with a telegenic ex-punk rocker who wants to impeach President Donald Trump and legalize marijuana.
Democrats, advocacy groups launch blitz of ads attacking tax plan
WASHINGTON - The tax overhaul pushed by President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans is prompting a slew of attack ads by Democrats and progressive groups that say the legislation would lavish benefits on corporations and the rich, while harming the middle class.
Sign-up pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment
- The pace slowed in the third week of enrollment for 2018 Obamacare individual insurance as nearly 800,000 people signed up through the federal government website HealthCare.gov, down about 75,000 people from the previous week, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday.
Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, saying the Alabama Republican had denied allegations of sexual misconduct and emphasizing that he did not want Moore's Democratic opponent to win.
Any Trump NAFTA withdrawal faces stiff court challenge: legal experts
MEXICO CITY - With NAFTA talks grinding toward stalemate, U.S. President Donald Trump may be tempted to carry out his threat to withdraw from the trade pact, but legal experts say such a decision could be defeated, or delayed significantly by court challenges.
Haitians in U.S. malign Trump decision to send them back home
NEW YORK - Haitian immigrants on Tuesday decried a U.S. decision to end a program that granted 59,000 Haitians temporary visas after the 2010 earthquake, saying they would be sent back to a country that has yet to recover from that disaster and others since.
U.S. diplomats accuse Tillerson of breaking child soldiers law
WASHINGTON - A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal documents reviewed by Reuters.
House ethics panel investigating allegations against U.S. Rep. Conyers
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Tuesday it was investigating allegations of sexual harassment against U.S. Representative John Conyers, who said his office had resolved a harassment case with a payment but no admission of guilt.
Trump pardons turkey in annual Thanksgiving tradition
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump, who has raised eyebrows by mulling his power to pardon as investigators probe possible ties between his 2016 election campaign and Russia, used his authority in a less controversial way on Tuesday to "pardon" a Thanksgiving turkey.
Exclusive: U.S. agency to vote to repeal 'net neutrality' rules - FCC chief
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday unveiled plans to repeal a landmark 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content, and said the regulator will prevent states and cities from adopting ...
Doubts linger after Florida's Scott pitches biggest budget
NEW YORK - After deep cuts in spending for Florida schools and other public programs following the Great Recession, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott this month proposed an $87.4 billion budget he says boosts spending on some depleted services to record levels.
White House asks Supreme Court to allow full travel ban
WASHINGTON - The White House asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to allow President Donald Trump's latest travel ban to take full effect after an appeals court in California ruled last week that only parts of it could be enacted.
Judge in California blocks Trump's order on sanctuary cities
- A federal court judge in California on Monday blocked an executive order from President Donald Trump to deny some federal grants to so-called sanctuary cities, undermining the administration's crackdown on illegal immigration.
Exclusive - State Dept. revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers
WASHINGTON - A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by ...
White House promises welfare overhaul details early next year
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will provide details of its plans to overhaul welfare in the first few weeks of 2018, a White House spokeswoman said on Monday.
White House wants Republican in Alabama Senate seat for tax bill vote: adviser
WASHINGTON - The White House wants to see a Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama to help pass a tax overhaul bill, a senior adviser said on Monday, indicating a possible shift toward supporting candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of pursuing teenage girls when he was in his 30s.
U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019
WASHINGTON - The United States in July 2019 will end a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation after a devastating 2010 earthquake, senior Trump administration officials said on Monday.
Trump: Healthcare, infrastructure, welfare reforms up next after taxes
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he plans to take up healthcare, infrastructure and welfare reform issues soon after Republicans' tax overhaul is finalized, which the party has pledged to complete by the end of the year.
U.S. senators seek details on 'dubious' oversight shift by Japanese bank
WASHINGTON - A decision by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc to shift its U.S. banks from state regulators to a federal bank regulator is garnering scrutiny from a pair of U.S. Democratic senators.
Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking safeguards for elections
SAN FRANCISCO - A bipartisan Harvard University project aimed at protecting elections from hacking and propaganda will release its first set of recommendations today on how U.S. elections can be defended from hacking attacks.
Trump open to dropping healthcare provision in Senate tax bill: aide
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s, a senior White House aide said on Sunday.
Contrary to Trump Tweet, Senator Flake still undecided on tax bill
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump predicted on Sunday that Senator Jeff Flake will oppose the Republican tax bill, but the senator's office says he has not yet made up his mind.
U.S. patent review board becomes conservative target
NEW YORK - In August, a dozen inventors gathered around a fire pit outside the headquarters of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, and set alight patents they said had been rendered worthless by an overreaching federal government.
Republican Collins wants more middle income help in U.S. Senate tax bill
WASHINGTON - Republican Senator Susan Collins said on Sunday she wants changes in the U.S. Senate tax reform legislation that would bring more relief to middle income Americans.
Obamacare mandate in U.S. Senate tax plan not bargaining chip: Mnuchin
WASHINGTON - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday the repeal of the Obamacare individual healthcare mandate was not a bargaining chip in negotiations over the Senate tax legislation.
U.S. nuclear general says would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons.
U.S. Senate candidate Moore's wife says 'he will not step down'
WASHINGTON - The wife of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama said on Friday her husband would not end his campaign in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, dismissing reports about his past behavior toward some women as political attacks.
Trump adds five conservatives to list of possible Supreme Court picks
WASHINGTON - In a move certain to please conservatives, President Donald Trump on Friday added five names to his list of candidates for a prospective U.S. Supreme Court vacancy as he presses ahead with a campaign to move the federal judiciary to the right.
Alabama Senate election winner due to be certified in late December
WASHINGTON - The outcome of Alabama's Dec. 12 U.S. Senate election probably will not be certified until Dec. 26 at the earliest, a state official said on Friday, making it unlikely the race will affect major year-end legislation in Congress including Republican tax cuts.
Pro-trade Republicans get nervous that NAFTA talks could fail
MEXICO CITY - Pro-trade Republicans in the U.S. Congress are growing worried that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to quit the NAFTA free trade deal entirely rather than negotiate a compromise that preserves its core benefits.
Cuban businesswomen seek Rubio meeting as U.S. policy bites
HAVANA - An association of Cuban businesswomen has asked to meet with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to explain the impact on the country's nascent private sector of rolling back a detente in U.S. relations.
Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe: attorneys
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation and will no longer cover the costs using political donations to his re-election campaign or the Republican Party, his attorneys confirmed on Friday.
White House seeks $44 billion hurricane aid, far short of requests
WASHINGTON - The White House on Friday said it had asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those hurt by recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, far short of the aid some officials have called for.
Pass-through businesses to see cuts under tax plan: Steven Mnuchin
WASHINGTON - The majority of small businesses and non-corporate enterprises known as "pass-throughs" would see a significant tax cut under the Republican tax plan, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday.
Tax overhaul drama moves to Senate as House approves its bill
WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans took important steps on Thursday toward the biggest U.S. tax-code overhaul since the 1980s, with the House of Representatives approving a broad package of tax cuts, and a Senate panel advancing its own version of the legislation sought by senior lawmakers and ...
U.S. lawmakers seek more information from Trump son-in-law Kushner in Russia probe
WASHINGTON - Jared Kushner's lawyer failed to give the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee documents President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser received about a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite," the committee's leaders said on Thursday.
McCain warns Trump over staffing Pentagon with industry insiders
WASHINGTON - Senator John McCain warned President Donald Trump on Thursday against nominating any more defense industry insiders to top Pentagon posts, as his committee questioned an executive from Lockheed Martin Corp about potential conflicts of interest.
Trump says U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race if allegations true
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump finds the sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore "troubling" and thinks he should leave the race if they are true, the White House said on Thursday, as party leaders in Alabama stood by their nominee.
U.S. Interior Secretary fails to provide papers in travel probe: inspector
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Interior Department has failed to provide documentation needed for an internal probe of Secretary Ryan Zinke's travels, the department's inspector general said on Thursday.
Trump to announce terrorism list decision on North Korea next week: White House
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will announce his decision next week on whether to put North Korea on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House said on Thursday.
U.S. Congress to seek new tax incentives for Puerto Rico rebuilding
WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday he wants to craft changes to a just-passed tax overhaul bill to provide "additional tax incentives" that would help Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria.
Senate sends $700 billion defense bill to Trump, funding uncertain
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed a $700 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, backing President Donald Trump's call for a bigger, stronger military, but leaving unsettled how to fund the massive spending increase amid a Republican-led push to cut taxes.
Senate quickens pace of approving Trump judicial picks
WASHINGTON - One thing is definitely going right for U.S. President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress: they are steadily getting conservatives appointed as judges, advancing their long-held ambition of reshaping the federal judiciary.
Congress prepares for first vote on tax cut plan
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress approached a major test on Thursday of its ability to enact sweeping tax cuts, as lawmakers prepared for their first full-scale vote on tax legislation.
Republican senator: Tax plan needs more relief for pass-through businesses
WASHINGTON - A Republican senator who has publicly opposed the current draft of the Senate tax reform plan said on Thursday he wants to see more tax relief for pass-through businesses, like partnerships, because he sees them as the source of U.S. economic growth.