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U.S. Labor Dept nominee Puzder withdraws, in blow to Trump
15 Feb 2017 at 5:15pm

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to President Donald Trump as he tries to assemble his administration, his nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday amid concerns that he could not garner enough Senate votes to be confirmed. Puzder's decision to withdraw is yet another setback this week for a White House still grappling with fallout from Monday night's abrupt resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, after less than a month in the job. Puzder, the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc, which franchises fast-food chains including Hardee's and Carl's Jr, has been at the center of a swirl of controversies, complaints and potential conflicts.




Trump offers national security adviser post to Vice Admiral Harward: sources
15 Feb 2017 at 2:23pm

The Trump administration has offered the job of White House national security adviser, vacated by former U.S. intelligence official Michael Flynn, to Vice Admiral Robert Harward, said two U.S. officials familiar with the matter on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if Harward, a former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command who has Navy SEAL combat experience, had accepted the offer, according to sources.




Senate Republicans push for answers on Trump team's Russia ties
15 Feb 2017 at 2:28pm

By Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Republicans issued their boldest challenge yet to U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, promising to get to the bottom of the relationship between his aides and Russia, and calling for ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn to testify before Congress. Trump, facing a deepening crisis less than a month into his presidency, sought to focus the attention on what he called criminal intelligence leaks, calling Flynn a "wonderful man" who had been unfairly treated by the media. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and other senators in Trump's party pushed for more information as the White House becomes engulfed by questions about contacts between Trump's team and Russia.




Pence's mission in Europe: clarify Trump's foreign policy vision
15 Feb 2017 at 3:35pm

By Roberta Rampton and Noah Barkin WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence heads to Europe this week to meet with allies seeking clarity on the Trump administration's foreign policy strategy and its stance toward Russia after the resignation of the top White House national security aide. Pence, who has hewn more closely to Republican orthodoxy than his boss President Donald Trump, will attend the Munich Security Conference this weekend and will visit Brussels.




Watchdog blames Trump for spike in anti-Muslim hate groups
15 Feb 2017 at 3:36pm

The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second consecutive year (from 892 in 2015 to 917 in 2016), according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which cited Donald Trump?s presidential campaign as one reason for the spike in activity among the radical right. The most dramatic change documented in the civil rights watchdog?s annual ?Year in Hate and Extremism? report, published Wednesday, was the near-tripling of anti-Muslim hate groups ? from 34 to 101.




Trump breaks with old Middle East policy ? and campaign positions
15 Feb 2017 at 3:30pm

President Trump on Wednesday dropped the decades-old U.S. position that Middle East peace requires the creation of a viable Palestinian state. He also watered down campaign-trail pledges to move America?s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and dismantle the Iran nuclear deal.




Andy Puzder abruptly withdraws as labor secretary nominee
15 Feb 2017 at 3:01pm

Andy Puzder departs after a meeting with President-elect Trump in November. Andy Puzder, President Trump?s embattled nominee for secretary of labor, has withdrawn his name from consideration. ?After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,? Puzder said in a statement on Wednesday.




Trump blames ?unfair? media for decision to oust Flynn
15 Feb 2017 at 1:36pm

President Trump on Wednesday denounced ?criminal? leaks of classified secrets and what he called the ?very, very unfair? news media?s treatment of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, a day after the White House said the mercurial retired general had to go because he misled colleagues and lost his unpredictable boss?s trust. ?I think it?s very, very unfair what?s happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated and the documents and papers that were illegally ? I stress that, illegally ? leaked,? Trump said at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The president praised Flynn as ?a wonderful man? targeted by ?the fake media,? and he condemned leaks of information showing that the former Army general misled top officials including Vice President Mike Pence about potentially improper contacts with a top Russian diplomat.




Trump touts Jewish friends, family members after Israeli reporter asks about ...
15 Feb 2017 at 1:14pm

?We are going to have peace in this country,? said the president in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump then turned to highlight his daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner, now a White House adviser. ?I think one of the reasons I won the election is we have a very, very divided nation ? very divided.




Senators express concern over Trump campaign's contact with Russia
15 Feb 2017 at 5:45pm
Senators from both sides of the aisle are expressing concern over reports that Donald Trump's campaign had contact with potential Russian operatives -- arguing this is further proof why thorough investigations are necessary. "It just calls out for the most thorough and deepest investigation that can be had," said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked by ABC News' Jonathan Karl during Tuesday's press briefing if Trump's campaign, including former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, had any contact with Russia.

Russian spy ship 30 miles from US Navy sub base
15 Feb 2017 at 2:23pm

A Russian spy ship is now 30 miles south of New London, Connecticut, where a U.S. Navy submarine base is located. The Viktor Leonov, a Russian intelligence gathering ship, had been making its way north along the East Coast of the United States since early this week. U.S. officials have said that the spy ship was likely headed to a location near Connecticut in international waters where it could be close to the U.S. Navy submarine base in New London.




Questions swirl after it emerges Trump told weeks ago that Flynn misled over ...
14 Feb 2017 at 9:16pm

Questions continue to swirl in the wake of Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser, including which White House officials knew -- and when -- about Flynn's calls with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the Trump administration transition. According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Trump was informed of the Justice Department's findings in a briefing from his White House counsel on Jan. 26. Flynn wrote in his resignation letter that he "inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador," but questions about the legality of the calls remain at large.




Former ambassadors say Trump pick for Israel is unqualified
15 Feb 2017 at 6:33pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Five former U.S. ambassadors to Israel said Wednesday that the man President Donald Trump has selected for the post is unqualified and are urging senators to carefully consider his nomination.

IRS impostor scam robs elderly Americans of life savings
15 Feb 2017 at 6:31pm

WASHINGTON (AP) ? It's the top complaint to a U.S. Senate hotline for seniors: fraudsters posing as IRS agents, threatening arrests and demanding money.




Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary
15 Feb 2017 at 6:19pm

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at supporting him, in part over taxes he belatedly paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.




Education Secretary DeVos pledges support for magnet schools
15 Feb 2017 at 6:10pm

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday pledged support for magnet schools in a bid to repair ties with proponents of public education in the wake of a bruising confirmation battle, but also slammed her critics for rejecting innovation and change.




US has many options for investigating Russian ties
15 Feb 2017 at 6:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? When it comes to investigating Trump administration ties to Russia, the U.S. government has options.

Business Roundtable softening stance on political transparency?
14 Feb 2017 at 5:00am
Document suggests a shift in attitude by lobbying powerhouse.

White House spotlight: Tracking Donald Trump
13 Feb 2017 at 11:33am
The Center for Public Integrity's continuing coverage of the president's promise to 'drain the swamp'

Big Oil?s grip on California
13 Feb 2017 at 5:00am
In America?s greenest state, the industry has spent $122 million in the past six years to shape regulation and legislation.

Waterboarding Used 266 Times on 2 Suspects
by By SCOTT SHANE
20 Apr 2009 at 3:25pm
C.I.A. interrogators used the near-drowning technique, which Obama administration officials have described as torture, 266 times on two key prisoners from Al Qaeda.

U.S. May Convert Banks? Bailouts to Equity Share
by By EDMUND L. ANDREWS
20 Apr 2009 at 10:13am
Obama administration officials say the approach will allow them to shore up the nation?s banking system without seeking more money from Congress.

Hemisphere?s Leaders Signal Fresh Start With U.S.
by By ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
20 Apr 2009 at 2:42am
Leaders from the Western Hemisphere closed a summit meeting proclaiming a new dawn for relations in the region.

Obama?s Revenue Plans Hit Resistance in Congress
by By CARL HULSE
20 Apr 2009 at 12:40am
Resistance to President Obama?s tax and revenue proposals could threaten a major health care overhaul and other policy initiatives.

The Caucus: But Can Obama Make the Trains Run on Time?
by By JOHN HARWOOD
20 Apr 2009 at 12:42am
With terms like ?socialism? losing their punch, some Republicans are weighing the word ?fascism? to describe President Obama?s agenda.

Picking Letters, 10 a Day, That Reach Obama
by By ASHLEY PARKER
20 Apr 2009 at 10:56am
An official assembles a briefing book of the letters, which offer the president a way to keep in touch with the public.

Marijuana Advocates Point to Signs of Change
by By JESSE McKINLEY
20 Apr 2009 at 5:28am
Advocates of legalizing marijuana are sensing increasing acceptance of the drug, as medicine or entertainment.

Ill From Food? Investigations Vary by State
by By GARDINER HARRIS
20 Apr 2009 at 4:01pm
Tracking food scares in the U.S. is left to more than 3,000 departments, and in several cases Minnesota officials have safeguarded the rest of the country.

Former C.I.A. Director Defends Interrogation
by By JOSHUA BRUSTEIN
20 Apr 2009 at 11:17am
Gen. Michael V. Hayden said the Obama administration?s release of memos detailing harsh interrogation techniques would limit the agency?s ability to pursue terrorists.

Obama Advisers Challenge G.O.P. to Offer Alternatives
by By BRIAN KNOWLTON
20 Apr 2009 at 1:05am
Congress was preparing to return from a two-week recess and take up a charged agenda centered on core Obama objectives.

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Lobbyist Paid for DeLay's Airfare
by R. Jeffrey Smith
24 Apr 2005 at 8:24am
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists. The House Majority Leader has said that his expenses on a 2000 trip were paid by a nonprofit organization, and that the financial arrangements for it were proper.

Panel to Start Writing Social Security Bill
by Jonathan Weisman
24 Apr 2005 at 8:24am
Five months after President Bush launched his drive to overhaul Social Security, the difficult, if not impossible, task of drafting legislation begins Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee holds the first hearing on options to secure Social Security's future.

DNC Is Told Where to Move Into Bush Bloc
by Dan Balz
24 Apr 2005 at 8:24am
Howard Dean's Democratic National Committee has been studying the electorate, and the party's problem with voters of faith is both worse and better than he feared.

U.S. Loan Proposed to Rescue Alaska Power Plant
by Justin Blum
24 Apr 2005 at 8:24am
Years ago, the federal government spent $117 million on an experimental "clean coal" power plant in Alaska designed to generate electricity with a minimum of air pollution -- but the project never got up and running.

The Talk Shows
24 Apr 2005 at 8:24am
Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows:
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