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Reluctant U.S. Supreme Court on collision course with Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's reluctance to take up new cases on volatile social issues is putting it on a collision course with President Donald Trump, whose Justice Department is trying to rush such disputes through the appeals system to get them before the nine justices as quickly as possible. Learn More


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Trump: U.S. military will build border wall if Congress does not act

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would go around Congress and have the U.S. military build his long-promised border wall if Congress does not move to fund the barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. More »


U.S. expected to propose weakening Obama-era wetland protections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is expected to propose weakening protections for U.S. wetlands on Tuesday, in a move sought by ranching and mining interests but one that will likely be held up in the courts amid opposition from environmentalists. More »


U.S. lawmakers agree on Farm Bill, aiming for vote this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement on the Farm Bill that drops a proposal to tighten food stamps restrictions backed by President Donald Trump, and are looking to vote on it this week, according to congressional staffers. More »


U.S. top court, Kavanaugh spurn Planned Parenthood defunding case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end their public funding to women's healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood through the Medicaid program, with President Donald Trump's appointee Brett Kavanaugh among the justices who rebuffed the states. More »


Trump considering several candidates for chief of staff: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is considering Republican Representative Mark Meadows, former campaign adviser David Bossie, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for White House chief of staff, a source familiar with the search said on Monday. More »


China, U.S. discuss road map for next stage of trade talks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States discussed a road map for the next stage of their trade talks on Tuesday, during a telephone call between Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. More »


Trump calls hush money payments a 'simple private transaction'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump on Monday defended hush money payments reported by his former lawyer, responding a day after Democratic lawmakers said the U.S. president could face impeachment and jail time if the transactions are proven to violate campaign finance laws. More »


U.S. lawmakers to unveil revised criminal justice bill in push for final passage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A proposed overhaul of America's prison policies and criminal sentencing standards was being revised on Monday as U.S. lawmakers scrambled to win enough support for it ahead of the end of the year, senators said. More »


White House to name senior Treasury official as CFTC head

(Reuters) - The White House plans to nominate Heath Tarbert, a senior Treasury official, as chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission next year, according to a source familiar with the matter. More »


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