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Reuters
Obstruction

Report: Special Counsel Is Investigating Trump For Obstruction Of Justice

President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified officials. Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

June 14, 2017
Flynn negotiating

Lawyer: Flynn Negotiating With Congress Over Testimony In Russia Probes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has offered to testify before congressional committees probing potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia but wants protection against “unfair prosecution,” his lawyer said on Thursday. “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should […]

March 30, 2017
Planned Parenthood

Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

The bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature would have barred the state from providing funds to clinics that perform abortions not covered by Medicaid, the federal healthcare program for the poor. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the measure would harm thousands of Virginians who relied on Planned Parenthood healthcare services and programs.

February 21, 2017
General McMaster, Flynn, Russia

Outspoken General McMaster Named As Trump’s Security Adviser

Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a frequent Trump critic, praised McMaster as an “outstanding” choice. “I give President Trump great credit for this decision,” McCain said in a statement.

February 21, 2017
Abortion

Norma McCorvey, Plaintiff In Roe v. Wade Abortion Ruling, Dies At 69

Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as “Jane Roe” in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died on Saturday at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said. McCorvey lent her real name to supporters of the abortion-rights movement in the 1980s. However, she did an about-face and later spoke out on behalf of anti-abortion campaigners.

February 19, 2017
McCain, Trump, Dictators

John McCain: Suppressing Free Press Is ‘How Dictators Get Started’

“If you want to preserve – I’m very serious now – if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started,” he said in a recent interview on NBC.

February 19, 2017
Retired Admiral Harward rejects National Security job

Retired Admiral Harward Rejects Trump Offer Of National Security Post

Two sources familiar with the decision said Admiral Harward turned down the job in part because he wanted to bring in his own team at the National Security Council.
That put him at odds with Trump, who had told former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s deputy, K.T. McFarland, that she could stay.

February 16, 2017
Nannygate

Senate Narrowly Confirms Mulvaney As Trump’s Budget Director

The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed South Carolina congressman Mick Mulvaney to serve as White House budget director in a 51-49 vote. Underscoring the rocky reception that President Trump’s Cabinet nominees have had on Capitol Hill, the vote came as Republican Senator John McCain opposed Mulvaney along with 46 Democrats and two independents.

February 16, 2017
Mueller

NY Times: Trump Campaign Had Repeated Contact With Russian Intelligence

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election. The intercepts alarmed U.S. intelligence because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Trump was speaking glowingly about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

February 15, 2017
Russia, Putin

U.S. Believes Russia Deployed New Missile, Violated Arms Control Treaty

Russia had secretly deployed the ground-launched SSC-8 cruise missile that Moscow has been developing and testing for several years, despite U.S. complaints that it violated sections of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, the official said, confirming a story first reported by The New York Times.

February 15, 2017
Trump Tax Returns

House Tax Committee Will Not Seek Trump Tax Returns

A congressional tax oversight committee will not seek U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns, despite calls from Democrats for a review to determine possible business ties to foreign countries including Russia, the panel’s Republican chairman said on Monday.

February 13, 2017
Voter Fraud

Elections Official Asks Trump For Evidence Of Voter Fraud

FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, who was appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush, asked Trump to “immediately share his evidence with the public and with the appropriate law-enforcement authorities so that his allegations may be investigated promptly and thoroughly.”

February 11, 2017
Ivanka Trump

Did Kellyanne Conway Break The Law By Plugging Ivanka’s Brand?

“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff …I’m going to go get some myself today,” Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News in an interview from the White House. “I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody.” Norman Eisen, who served as an ethics adviser to Obama, said Conway’s comments amounted to an advertisement and violated government ethics law.

February 9, 2017
Labor Department, Trickle down economics

Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Admits To Employing Illegal Immigrant

U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Labor Department has admitted to employing an undocumented immigrant as a house cleaner, according to multiple media reports on a revelation that has derailed previous Cabinet nominees.

February 7, 2017
Trump, Putin

Kremlin Wants Apology From Fox News Over Putin ‘Killer’ Comments

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly described Putin as “a killer” in the interview with Trump as he tried to press the U.S. president to explain more fully why he respected his Russian counterpart. Vladimir Putin, in his 17th year of dominating the Russian political landscape, is accused by many Kremlin critics of ordering the killing of opponents.

February 6, 2017
Travel Ban

U.S. Tech Firms File Legal Brief Opposing Trump’s Travel Ban

Nearly 100 companies, including Apple, Google, and Microsoft, banded together to file a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, arguing that it “inflicts significant harm on American business.” The brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, included Facebook, Twitter, Intel, eBay, Netflix, and Uber.

February 6, 2017
Travel Ban

U.S. Watchdog Agency To Review Implementation Of Trump Travel Ban

A watchdog agency at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it is planning to review how Trump’s immigration executive order to temporarily suspend travel from seven majority-Muslim nations was implemented. The review of the order was being planned “in response to congressional request and whistleblower and hotline complaints,” the DHS’s Office of Inspector General said in a statement.

February 2, 2017
Bridgegate

Prosecutors Will Not Pursue Bridgegate Charges Against New Jersey Governor

The Office of the Bergen County Prosecutor said in a letter to a local judge it did not have sufficient evidence to prove allegations that Christie knew about a plot to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in order to punish a local mayor for failing to endorse Christie’s re-election bid.

January 28, 2017
Russia

U.S. Lawmakers Demand Documents On Russia Election Probe

The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee called on the Trump administration on Wednesday to provide them with what they expect will be thousands of documents related to the investigation of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.

January 25, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Trump Officials Order EPA To Remove Climate Page From Agency Website

“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” said an EPA staffer, who added that agency employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it.

January 24, 2017
Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL

Environmental Disaster: Trump Plans To Advance Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines

U.S. President Donald Trump plans to sign two executive actions to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Trump’s action, which comes in his fourth full day in office, would be a boon for oil producers concerned about limited pipeline capacity bringing oil to market.

January 24, 2017
May

UK’s May To Defend Free Trade, Iran Deal In Talks With Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May will stress the value of free trade and her support for the Iran nuclear deal when she meets President Trump later this week. When asked during an interview about controversy over Trump’s comments on women, May said she would not be afraid to challenge any “unacceptable” talk from Trump.

January 23, 2017
NAFTA

Trump To Sign Orders To Renegotiate NAFTA, Pull Out Of TPP

U.S. President Donald Trump could sign an executive order as early as Monday morning intended to renegotiate NAFTA. In addition to wanting to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the new Republican president also intends to sign an executive order pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), NBC reported.

January 23, 2017
Germany, Trade

Germany Says U.S. Under Trump Must Abide By Trade Deals

Trump – now hours away from his inauguration – has vowed to make sweeping changes to U.S. trade policy, and economists see his protectionism as the biggest risk to U.S. growth. U.S. companies employ more than 600,000 people in Germany, the United States’ biggest European trading partner, and German firms employ roughly the same number in the U.S.

January 20, 2017
Cabinet

Trump’s Agriculture Nominee Perdue Rounds Out Mostly White Male Cabinet

Donald Trump officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture, selecting a former Georgia governor over candidates from the Midwest, which dominates U.S. agricultural exports. Trump’s cabinet (if nominated) will have just three women, one African American man — and no Latino.

January 19, 2017