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Republicans 'close' on healthcare's last chance: Pence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday urged fellow Republicans to get behind the party's "last best chance" to repeal and replace Obamacare as congressional leaders scrambled to secure enough support ahead of a planned vote next week.

Trump to add sanctions on North Korea, but not on oil: U.S.

NEW YORK - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States will add more sanctions against North Korea, as U.S. allies have called for enforcing international sanctions as the best way to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Senate race in Alabama exposes Republican rift

- U.S. President Donald Trump is due to travel to Alabama on Friday to whip up votes in a Senate race that has laid bare the rift between the Republican party's leadership and its anti-establishment wing.

Republicans plan healthcare vote; Obama and TV host denounce bill

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."

Twitter to meet Congressional panel probing 2016 election

- Twitter Inc representatives will meet with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence staff next week in relation to inquiries into the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a company representative said.

Democrats seek disclosure after Russia-backed political ads

- Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday urged the Federal Election Commission to require transparency for social media advertising after Russians bought U.S. political ads on Facebook Inc in an alleged attempt to influence the 2016 elections.

California sues Trump administration over border wall

SAN FRANCISCO - California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday over the Trump administration's plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, adding to the obstacles facing one of the Republican president's key campaign promises.

Democratic lawmakers seek probe of HHS secretary's use of private jets

WASHINGTON - Several Democratic members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives asked on Wednesday for an investigation into a report that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price used private jets to travel on government business.

Investigators ask White House for details on FBI director firing, Flynn ouster: NYT

WASHINGTON - The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election has asked the White House for documents on a range of subjects including President Donald Trump's firing of the FBI director and his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer, the New York Times reported ...

Trump campaign manager Manafort offered to brief Russian billionaire during 2016 race: Washington Post

WASHINGTON - Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, offered to provide briefings to a Russian billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin on the status of the 2016 U.S. presidential election less than two weeks before Trump accepted the Republican nomination, the Washington ...

U.S. seeks up to 27 months in prison for ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner

- U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday sought a prison sentence of 21 to 27 months for former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner, who admitted to sending sexually explicit messages to a teenage girl in a sexting' scandal that played a role in last year's U.S. presidential election.

In rare public speech, Obama decries Republican healthcare bill

NEW YORK - Former President Barack Obama used a rare public appearance on Wednesday to question Republicans' latest effort to repeal his signature healthcare law, saying it would inflict "real human suffering" on Americans.

Trump endorses Republican healthcare plan amid flap involving comedian

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed the latest plan by congressional Republicans to gut Obamacare while a sponsor of the bill faced blistering criticism from comedian Jimmy Kimmel who said the senator "lied right to my face" about it.

California to file lawsuit over Trump border wall

SAN FRANCISCO - California's attorney general plans to file a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump's plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, the state AG's office said, adding to the obstacles facing a key Trump campaign promise.

Late-night TV show host Kimmel blasts senator over healthcare bill

WASHINGTON - Television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel called out a Republican U.S. senator pushing the party's latest healthcare overhaul plan, saying the lawmaker had "lied right to my face" about efforts to scrap Obamacare by backing a measure that would strip coverage from many Americans.

Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.   

Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe: sources

NEW YORK - U.S. President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

As clock ticks, Republicans try to move ahead on Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration and top U.S. Senate Republicans pushed on Tuesday for action on a bill to dismantle Obamacare, but time was running out and they were still hunting for the votes needed to pass their latest attempt to gut the 2010 healthcare law.

Senate Republicans weigh tax cuts, deficit expansion

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Republicans have reached a tentative budget deal that could allow tax reform legislation to eliminate as much as $1.5 trillion in revenues over 10 years through tax cuts, raising the odds that their planned tax overhaul would expand the federal deficit.

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein interviewed over FBI ex-director's firing: WSJ

WASHINGTON - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has interviewed U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Senate panel cancels interview with Trump lawyer, asks him to open hearing

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Senate panel probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election abruptly canceled an interview with President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen on Tuesday after he issued a statement about his testimony in violation of committee policy.

Ex-Trump campaign chief Manafort wants probe of leaks

WASHINGTON - Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, lashed out on Tuesday at reports he was wiretapped by federal authorities, and his spokesman sent out a statement demanding a leaks probe and suggesting the surveillance was politically motivated.

Attorney General Sessions steps up anti-'sanctuary' rhetoric after setbacks

- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped up the Trump administration's critique of so-called sanctuary cities on Tuesday, saying local and state policies to limit cooperation with immigration enforcement are a criminal's "best friend."

Trump choice for Russia ambassador: 'No question' Russia meddled

WASHINGTON - Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Russia, said on Tuesday there was "no question" Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, and pledged to bring up the matter with the Russian government.

Senate confirms Trump's pick for top Supreme Court lawyer

WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as his administration's top advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court, overcoming united Democratic opposition.

U.S. Senate Republican tax chief wants dividend deduction in tax reform

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate's top Republican on tax policy said on Tuesday that allowing U.S. corporations to deduct dividend payments to shareholders from federal income tax could overcome problems facing Republican efforts to overhaul the U.S. tax code.

U.S. Senate's McConnell urges quick action on Obamacare repeal bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday urged quick action on a recently introduced bill to repeal Obamacare and said it had a lot of support.

Trump choice for Russia ambassador: 'No question' Russia meddled

WASHINGTON - Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Russia, said on Tuesday there was "no question" that Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, and pledged to bring up the issue with the government.

Venture capitalists sue Trump admin over foreign entrepreneur rule delay

WASHINGTON - A national association of U.S. venture capitalists filed suit against the Trump administration on Tuesday, claiming it illegally delayed a policy that would have allowed foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the United States to build their companies.

Former White House aide Gorka joins pro-Trump campaign group

LONDON - Sebastian Gorka, a former adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump who quit after top White House political strategist Steve Bannon was ousted, has joined a nationalist pro-Trump campaign organization, the group announced on Tuesday.

Senate backs massive increase in military spending

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed its version of a $700 billion defense policy bill on Monday, backing President Donald Trump's call for a bigger, stronger military but setting the stage for a battle over government spending levels later this year.

Trump campaign adviser was wiretapped under secret court orders: CNN

WASHINGTON - U.S. investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the 2016 election, CNN reported on Monday.

Democrats urge full review before Senate vote on Obamacare attack

WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress on Monday demanded that lawmakers wait to find out the budgetary and healthcare impacts of a new, last-ditch legislative effort by Republicans to repeal Obamacare before voting on it.

U.S. to appeal ruling blocking Trump funding cuts on sanctuary cities

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it would appeal a court order blocking President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to restrict federal funds for so-called sanctuary cities.

New York governor wants credit-reporting firms to follow cyber rules

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that he wants credit-reporting firms to comply with the state's cyber-security regulations, the latest government official to crack down on the industry in the wake of the massive Equifax hack.

Lawmakers want watchdog to probe Russian radio's 'propaganda' in U.S.

WASHINGTON - Three Democratic lawmakers want the U.S. communications watchdog to investigate whether the Russian government-funded radio station and news site Sputnik violated government regulations by broadcasting programs aimed at influencing U.S. policies and elections.

U.S. to send over 3,000 troops to Afghanistan: Mattis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday the United States would send over 3,000 troops to Afghanistan and that most were either on their way or had been notified of their deployment.

Opponents sharpen knives over impending U.S. payday loan rule

WASHINGTON - Lobbyists and Republican lawmakers are gearing up for battle over a new U.S. regulation that is likely to dent profits in the $6 billion short-term, high-interest "payday" loan industry.

Six Dreamers sue Trump administration over DACA decision

SAN FRANCISCO - San Diego attorney Dulce Garcia has regularly defended clients in immigration court. Now, she is the one seeking legal relief.

As North Korea threat looms, Trump to address world leaders at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - North Korea's nuclear threat looms large this week over the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, where diplomats are eager to hear U.S. President Donald Trump address the 193-member body for the first time.

Trump, Nikki Haley to share U.S. spotlight at U.N. gathering

UNITED NATIONS - When President Donald Trump takes the world stage at the United Nations for the first time this week, he will share the spotlight with his envoy Nikki Haley, who has emerged as the surprising public face of U.S. foreign policy.

Cohen, close Trump business adviser, to testify in Senate on Tuesday

WASHINGTON - Michael Cohen, one of President Donald Trump's closest business advisers, said on Sunday he would testify on Tuesday to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, as the panel investigates alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump hits back at Clinton, with a golf ball, on Twitter

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday retweeted a doctored video of himself taking a golf swing and hitting former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton, who then stumbles as she boards a plane.

U.S. Senator Warren introduces Equifax bill, launches industry probe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Friday she has begun an investigation into Equifax's massive data breach, and along with 11 other Democratic senators, introduced a bill to allow consumers to freeze their credit for free.

In Mexico visit, Trump's defense chief talks trust, respect

MEXICO CITY - Distancing himself from political tensions over issues like the border wall, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he aimed to build trust and show respect for Mexico during a trip there on Friday that sought to buttress still resilient military ties between the two countries.

State Department describes plans for cuts, offers few specifics: sources

WASHINGTON - State Department officials briefed Senate staff on Friday on plans to cut up to $10 billion from the department's budget over five years, but offered few specifics to ease concerns that the administration risked weakening U.S. standing in the world.

Ex-Trump aide Manafort's spokesman testifies to Russia probe grand jury

WASHINGTON - The spokesman for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort testified before a federal grand jury on Friday in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia.

U.S. lawmakers want retaliation for sonic attacks in Cuba

WASHINGTON/HAVANA - Five Republican senators called on Friday for Washington to retaliate for an alleged sonic attack, inaudible to some human ears, on U.S. personnel in Cuba by expelling Cuban diplomats and possibly closing the U.S. embassy in Havana.

Senator Warren introduces Equifax bill; launches industry probe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Friday she has begun an investigation into Equifax's massive data breach and, along with 11 other Democratic senators, will introduce a bill to give consumers the ability to freeze their credit for free.

Ex-Trump aide Manafort's spokesman goes before Russia probe grand jury

WASHINGTON - The spokesman for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort was testifying before a federal grand jury on Friday in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.