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Trump affirms that Mike Pence will be 2020 running mate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would keep Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate when he seeks re-election in November 2020. Learn More


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U.S. Rep. Tlaib rejects West Bank visit, citing Israel's 'oppressive conditions'

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Friday rejected an offer by Israel to let her travel to the West Bank, the latest twist in a dispute drawing Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu together against U.S. Democrats ahead of elections in both countries. More »


Ex-Trump campaign chief Lewandowski says 'happy' to testify before Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said on Friday that he was "happy" to testify before the Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee as part of a congressional investigation of the Trump presidency. More »


Trump held conference call with big bank CEOs amid market turmoil: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump held a conference call on Wednesday with the chief executives of the three largest Wall Street banks as financial markets were in turmoil, one source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday. More »


Senator Graham, close Trump ally, joins opponents to planned U.S. foreign aid cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Hal Rogers urged President Donald Trump on Friday to drop planned "sweeping and indiscriminate" foreign aid cuts, joining a chorus of lawmakers opposing what they consider a bid to sidestep Trump's own budget deal. More »


Trump gets update from aides on Afghan peace plan with troop pullout possible

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was briefed on Friday by top national security advisers on the status of negotiations with the Taliban on a U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan and the potential for a political settlement between the warring sides. More »


Democrat Elizabeth Warren floats plan to empower Native Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Friday unveiled her latest policy plan, which aims to empower Native American tribes through land protection and law enforcement reforms and boost financial support for chronically underfunded health and education programs. More »


U.S. House panel to cut recess short to consider gun measures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee said on Friday it will cut short its summer recess and meet on Sept. 4 to consider new gun control legislation in response to back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. More »


Republican Iowa senator says Trump EPA 'screwed us' with biofuel waivers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iowa's Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency has "screwed" the U.S. ethanol industry and farmers by granting waivers to 31 small petroleum refineries, effectively exempting them from an obligation to use more ethanol in their products. More »


Democrat O'Rourke proposes domestic terrorism agencies to combat hate, gun massacres

(Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke unveiled a plan on Friday to classify white supremacist violence as an organized crime problem and to create federal domestic terrorism offices, in a bid to combat hate crimes and gun violence in the United States. More »


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