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Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as Justice Dept. No. 2: senior official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the next deputy U.S. attorney general, the White House said on Tuesday night, the latest shuffle in the Justice Department at a time when it faces close scrutiny over its Russia investigation. Learn More


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Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump expressed confidence on Tuesday that he would prevail against a lawsuit filed by 16 U.S. states seeking to block his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. More »


Bernie Sanders faces new challenges in crowded 2020 U.S. presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bernie Sanders is back for another White House run, but this one promises to be far different than the improbable 2016 presidential campaign that made the Vermont senator a political force. More »


U.S. agency to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail funds

(Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday it will cancel $929 million in federal funds awarded by the Obama administration for a California high-speed rail project and is "actively exploring every legal option" to seek the return of $2.5 billion the state has already received. More »


Illinois mass shooting reveals gaps in gun laws; state seeks to close them

(Reuters) - The governor of Illinois vowed on Tuesday to seek tighter gun control measures after learning the man who shot five co-workers dead last week was wrongly granted a firearms permit but never forced to surrender his weapon. More »


Former Trump adviser Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram posts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roger Stone, a former political adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, was ordered on Tuesday to appear in court this week over Instagram posts that chastised and appeared to threaten the judge presiding over his criminal trial. More »


Trump aides ignored legal warnings in pushing reactor plan: Democratic report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top White House aides ignored repeated warnings they could be breaking the law as they worked with former U.S. officials and a close friend of President Donald Trump to advance a multi-billion-dollar plan to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East, Democratic lawmakers alleged in a report released Tuesday. More »


North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results

RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina poll workers told election officials on Tuesday they illegally viewed early election results last year, the latest evidence in a probe of voting irregularities in a still unsettled congressional race. More »


Trump urged acting attorney general to put ally on hush payments probe: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked his acting attorney general to put a Trump-allied prosecutor in charge of a federal probe into the president's role in hush payments to women during his 2016 campaign, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing several American officials. More »


Democrats drop lawsuit against former acting attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three Democratic U.S. senators on Tuesday dropped a lawsuit that challenged the appointment of former acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, who stepped down from his post last week when the Senate confirmed William Barr to the position. More »


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