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Senate to vote on Russia sanctions bill later on Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will vote on legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea later on Thursday, Senator Mike Enzi said in remarks on the Senate floor. The measure has already passed the House of Representatives by a...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 5:02 PM

U.S. Senator expands opioid probe to distributors, drugmakers

(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill on Thursday expanded an investigation into the causes of the opioid crisis plaguing the country, seeking information from four more drugmakers and three drug distributors. The top-ranking Democrat on the...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 3:26 PM

Trump's 'America First' push not protectionist: UPS CEO

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Republican U.S. President Donald Trump's efforts to renegotiate or scrap longstanding global trade deals are not protectionist and are more focused on winning better terms for American businesses, the top executive of...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 3:06 PM

Boy Scouts of America apologizes for Trump's 'political rhetoric'

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized to members of the youth organization on Thursday for the "political rhetoric that was inserted" into its national gathering this week by U.S. President Donald...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 2:47 PM

Republicans kill border tax, focus on corporate rate cuts

By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A proposed border tax in the House of Representatives was killed on Thursday, bringing relief to retailers and other large importers whose profits faced threats and removing a hurdle that had kept negotiations on...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 2:47 PM

White House divisions on display with Scaramucci's comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The rifts inside President Donald Trump's White House were on startling display on Thursday, as his new communications director urged Trump's chief of staff to state publicly that he does not leak information to the media....

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 2:46 PM

'What Happened': Clinton memoir looks at 2016 election, Russia, sexism

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's memoir about her failed attempt to win last year's U.S. presidential election will be called "What Happened," a declaration rather than a question, her publisher said in the run-up to its...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 2:06 PM

Middle East adviser departs Trump's National Security Council

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top adviser on Middle East issues to U.S. President Donald Trump left the National Security Council on Thursday as the White House grapples with internal divisions as well as major policy issues involving Syria, Iran and Iraq. The...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 1:26 PM

Trump administration may seek NAFTA currency provision: Mnuchin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday the Trump administration may seek a provision to deter currency manipulation in the North American Free Trade Agreement as part of its planning for future free trade deals....

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 1:26 PM

House Speaker Ryan defends Priebus, says has Trump's confidence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan defended White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Thursday after President Donald Trump's new communications director...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:26 PM

CFTC commissioner nominees pledge to complete position limit rules

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three of President Donald Trump's nominees to serve as commissioners on Wall Street's top derivatives regulatory agency on Thursday pledged to work to complete rules that would restrict trading by market speculators who...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:26 PM

House panel approves legislation to speed deployment of self-driving cars

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential U.S. House committee on Thursday approved a revised bipartisan bill on a 54-0 vote that would speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:06 PM

Top U.S. general says no changes yet to transgender policy

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States' top general told the military on Thursday there had been no change yet to Pentagon policy on transgender personnel, after President Donald Trump's announcement of his plans to ban...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 11:21 AM

U.S. Justice Department says anti-bias law does not protect gay workers

By Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) - The Trump administration told a U.S. appeals court that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees, a sharp reversal of the position former President Barack Obama took on a key civil rights issue...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 10:56 AM

California deputy attorney general charged with child porn

By Gina Cherelus (Reuters) - A California deputy attorney general has been charged with possessing child pornography at his San Diego County home following a months-long investigation, according to court records and local media. Raymond Liddy, 53,...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 10:37 AM

Trump could seek 'tougher' Russia sanctions; Putin threatens retaliation

By Patricia Zengerle and Denis Pinchuk WASHINGTON/SAVONLINNA, Finland (Reuters) - The United States Senate will vote on Thursday on a bill that would impose new sanctions on Russia, a U.S. senator said, legislation that has angered Moscow who have threatened...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 10:18 AM

Hypothetically speaking, U.S. Admiral says ready for nuclear strike on China if Trump so ordered

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, addressing a security conference in Australia, said in answer to a question on Thursday that he would be prepared to launch a nuclear strike on China if President Donald Trump so ordered. The fleet...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 8:11 AM

Russia risks decades of low growth under U.S. sanctions: Putin adviser

By Darya Korsunskaya, Alexander Winning and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia risks being saddled with U.S. sanctions for decades, curbing economic growth and preventing it from regaining its status as a leading economic power, an adviser to President...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 6:51 AM

Senate plans vote on 'skinny' healthcare bill in marathon session

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans embarked on Thursday on another push to unravel Obamacare, planning a vote on a stripped-down bill after failing to pass broader legislation and...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 6:11 AM

Federal Reserve nominee Quarles pledges more transparency on bank stress tests

By Pete Schroeder and Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Randal Quarles, U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for banking oversight at the Federal Reserve, told lawmakers on Thursday he would ensure more transparency around how the central bank...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:15 AM