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White House wants Republican in Alabama Senate seat for tax bill vote: adviser

By Makini Brice and Peter Szekely WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House wants to see a Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama to help pass a tax overhaul bill, a senior adviser said on Monday, indicating a possible shift toward supporting...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 6:23 PM

White House promises welfare overhaul details early next year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will provide details of its plans to overhaul welfare in the first few weeks of 2018, a White House spokeswoman said on Monday. "This is something that the president has a great deal of...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 5:45 PM

Trump: Healthcare, infrastructure, welfare reforms up next after taxes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he plans to take up healthcare, infrastructure and welfare reform issues soon after Republicans' tax overhaul is finalized, which the party has pledged to complete by the end of the year. "We...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 12:27 PM

Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking safeguards for elections

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A bipartisan Harvard University project aimed at protecting elections from hacking and propaganda will release its first set of recommendations today on how U.S. elections can be defended from hacking attacks...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 3:25 AM

U.S. patent review board becomes conservative target

By Jan Wolfe NEW YORK(Reuters) - In August, a dozen inventors gathered around a fire pit outside the headquarters of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, and set alight patents they said had been rendered worthless by an...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 1:05 AM

Contrary to Trump Tweet, Senator Flake still undecided on tax bill

By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump predicted on Sunday that Senator Jeff Flake will oppose the Republican tax bill, but the senator's office says he has not yet made up his mind. "Senator Flake is still...

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 9:35 PM

Obamacare mandate in U.S. Senate tax plan not bargaining chip: Mnuchin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday the repeal of the Obamacare individual healthcare mandate was not a bargaining chip in negotiations over the Senate tax legislation. "This is all about getting this passed in the...

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 10:15 AM

Trump open to dropping healthcare provision in Senate tax bill: aide

By Lucia Mutikani and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s, a...

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 10:05 AM

White House OK with removing Obamacare mandate repeal from Senate tax bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would not object to removing a provision in a Senate Republican tax plan that would repeal the Obamacare mandate if it "becomes an impediment," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday. Some...

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 10:05 AM

U.S. nuclear general says would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons. Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an...

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 3:25 PM

Trump adds five conservatives to list of possible Supreme Court picks

By James Oliphant and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a move certain to please conservatives, President Donald Trump on Friday added five names to his list of candidates for a prospective U.S. Supreme Court vacancy as he presses ahead with a campaign...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:48 PM

Cuban businesswomen seek Rubio meeting as U.S. policy bites

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - An association of Cuban businesswomen has asked to meet with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to explain the impact on...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 2:22 PM

Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe -attorneys

By Karen Freifeld and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation and will no longer cover the costs using political donations to his reelection campaign or the...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 2:02 PM

White House seeks $44 billion hurricane aid, far short of requests

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday said it had asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those hurt by recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 1:20 PM

U.S. Senate candidate Moore's wife says 'he will not step down'

By Justin Mitchell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The wife of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama said on Friday her husband would not end his campaign in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, dismissing reports about his past behavior toward...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 1:20 PM

Pass-through businesses to see cuts under tax plan: Steven Mnuchin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The majority of small businesses and non-corporate enterprises known as "pass-throughs" would see a significant tax cut under the Republican tax plan, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday. "Ninety-eight percent of the...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 10:01 AM

Woman accuses Senator Al Franken of unwanted groping, kiss

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A radio broadcaster accused U.S. Senator Al Franken on Thursday of touching her breasts while she slept and forcing a kiss on her in 2006 when he was still a comedian and the two were preparing to perform before U.S. troops in the Middle...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 11:40 PM

U.S. Interior Secretary fails to provide papers in travel probe: inspector

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department has failed to provide documentation needed for an internal probe of Secretary Ryan Zinke's travels, the department's inspector general said on Thursday. "Our investigation...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:56 PM

McCain warns Trump over staffing Pentagon with industry insiders

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain warned President Donald Trump on Thursday against nominating any more defense industry insiders to top Pentagon posts, as his committee questioned an executive from Lockheed Martin Corp about...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:56 PM

Trump says U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race if allegations true

By Jeff Mason and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump finds the sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore "troubling" and thinks he should leave the race if they are true, the White House said...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:56 PM