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'Nuclear option' fallout? More extreme Supreme Court justices, experts say

A Republican-backed Senate rule change expected on Thursday could make it more likely that presidents will pick ideologically extreme U.S. Supreme Court nominees with little incentive to choose centrist justices, experts said. With a deep partisan divide in Washington, Democrats are using a...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:53am

Trump drops Steve Bannon from National Security Council

  President Donald Trump on Wednesday withdrew his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, from the National Security Council on Wednesday after it was decided he was no longer needed on the key foreign policy group, a senior White House official said. Bannon's removal from the...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 1:17pm

Trump donates $78K paycheck to the National Park Service, whose budget he wants to cut by $1.5 billion

President Donald Trump is donating his first paycheck to the National Park Service, Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Monday. It may have been a nice gesture, and the leader of the free world does pull in $400,000 a year. So, in the 10 weeks he's been in office, Trump has earned $78,000...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:01pm

Turns out, President Trump can still earn money from his businesses

Remember when President Trump stepped down from his multibillion-dollar real estate and lifestyle conglomerate once he was sworn in, ceding control to his two sons and even appointing ethics advisers just in case? Yeah, about that. Turns out, Trump can withdraw funds from any of the 400...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:00pm

5 facts that should fire everyone up to keeping fighting for equal pay for women

Since 1997, Equal Pay Day -- this year April 4 -- is a time to reflect on the gender pay gap in America. Women in the U.S. do not earn as much as their male counterparts and recent studies suggest the pay gap won’t close for more than 100 years. Started by the National Committee on Pay...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:43pm

Infrastructure overhaul may top $1 trillion, cut red tape: Trump

President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to cut red tape to speed up approval of infrastructure projects and said his overhaul could top $1 trillion on roads, tunnels and bridges, one of his 2016 election campaign promises. Trump, a real estate mogul before he was elected, did not provide further...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 1:51pm

White House unveils Melania Trump’s official portrait

She may not live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. yet, but President Donald Trump now at least has his first lady Melania Trump’s official portrait to keep him company.    Released Monday, the FLOTUS portrait was “taken in her new residence,” a statement from the White House...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 11:44am

Senate battle over Trump Supreme Court pick gathers steam

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate fight over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, begins moving on Tuesday to its decisive phase as Democrats seek to block a final vote and Republicans vow to ensure the...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:07am

Trump aides, lawmakers hold talks to revive healthcare bill

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top White House officials met moderate and conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday in an effort to revive a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Key members of the...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:07am

'Not natural friends': Trump, Xi will be 'odd couple' at first summit

By David Brunnstrom, Matt Spetalnick and Ben Blanchard WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - When U.S. President Donald Trump meets Chinese President Xi Jinping this week, their summit will be marked not only by deep policy divisions but a clash of personalities...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:07am

U.S. business seeks action, not trade war, in Xi-Trump summit

By Michael Martina and Diane Bartz BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Although worried about the prospect of a trade war, American businesses operating in China nonetheless want President Donald Trump to wring some concessions on market access...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:07am

Trump signs repeal of U.S. broadband privacy rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules, the White House said, a victory for internet service providers and a blow to privacy advocates. Republicans...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:07am

Trump to hold town hall meeting with about 50 business leaders

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to hold a town hall meeting with about 50 business leaders on Tuesday at the White House to talk about ways of improving the business climate, his administration said on Monday...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:07am

Prior to his SEC nomination, Clayton communicated with SEC contractor

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Before Wall Street attorney Jay Clayton was nominated to be head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, he communicated with more than a half dozen of President Donald Trump's transition representatives,...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:07am

Thai PM says 'don't worry' about U.S. trade policy yet

By Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Orathai Sriring BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's prime minister said on Tuesday he had told officials to prepare for changes in U.S. trade policy under President Donald Trump, but it was too soon for the big exporter to worry...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:07am

Trump tells Sisi U.S., Egypt will fight Islamist militants together

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday after the prior Obama administration's strained ties, giving him...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 2:08am

U.S. trade barriers report slams China on overcapacity, tech transfer

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday slammed China on a range of trade issues from its chronic industrial overcapacity to forced technology transfers and long-standing bans on U.S. beef and electronic payment services...

Trump to order trade abuses study, improve import duty collection

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign executive orders on Friday aimed at identifying abuses that are causing massive U.S. trade deficits and clamping down on non-payment of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy...