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Trump's travel ban faces Supreme Court reckoning

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to defend the legality of his travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries, one of the most contentious actions of his presidency. Learn More

 

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White House doctor refuses to pull out as Trump's nominee for veterans job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's physician Ronny Jackson will push ahead as the nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs department after allegations about his conduct stalled his Senate hearing for the job, a White House official said on Tuesday. More »

 

Arizona Republican takes early lead in tight race for House seat

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Republicans were heading for victory in an Arizona election for a U.S. House of Representatives seat, early results suggested on Tuesday, after a tight race that may still bolster Democratic momentum heading into November’s midterm vote. More »

 

U.S. Supreme Court divided over Texas electoral district fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided along ideological lines as it heard a bid by Texas to revive Republican-drawn electoral districts thrown out by a lower court for diluting the clout of black and Hispanic voters. More »

 

Trump says NAFTA talks going 'nicely,' Canada sees progress on auto rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday a new North American Free Trade Agreement could be agreed on quickly, as Canada hailed progress on forging new rules for the auto industry, the pivotal issue in talks to revamp the 24-year-old accord. More »

 

Senators push banks for information on Russian 'oligarchs'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators are pressing many of the world's largest financial institutions to disclose any links between their companies and wealthy Russians allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a letter released on Tuesday. More »

 

Senate confirms new director for spy agency, cyber command

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed on Tuesday President Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency, Army Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone. More »

 

Trump administration plans to nominate Harry Harris as South Korea envoy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to nominate Admiral Harry Harris, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command already nominated to be the next U.S. ambassador to Australia, to fill the long-vacant post of ambassador to South Korea instead, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. More »

 

Republican tax law's pass-through deduction open to gaming: experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican tax law's new deduction for pass-through businesses, intended to help small businesses, was "ill thought through" and will end up benefiting the wealthy, experts told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday at a hearing on the law's early impacts. More »

 

James Comey's tell-all book sells 600,000 copies in first week

(Reuters) - Fired FBI director James Comey's memoir that details his private meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump sold some 600,000 copies in all formats in its first week, its publisher said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of best-selling political books. More »

 

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