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Last news update Thursday 15 June 2017, UTC. This post updated from May 24-June 15, 2017. It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/the-ongoing-saga-82-news-updates-more/ Most recent updates are on top, after image-intro commentary. It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/the-ongoing-saga-80-news-updates-more/

Scientists keep discovering that nuclear is more deadly than initially thought. Based on the Oct. 2015 multi-government funded study of nuclear workers, cancer risk appears around 15 times worse than even BEIR VII (ca 2005) concluded, maybe even higher: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks. There are well-known risks of heart disease and cataracts, too. Cataract-heart disease damage occurs at lower doses than previously admitted, as well.

While it has become popular to talk about ROS damage from radiation (e.g. Timothy Mousseau), ROS occurs in everyday life in contrast to radiation induced clustered DNA damage which is unique to radiation-damage and nearly impossible to correctly repair: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactive_oxygen_species. Clustered DNA damage is considered a signature of ionizing radiation: “clustered DNA damage sites, which may be considered as a signature of ionising radiation, underlie the deleterious biological consequences of ionising radiation…ionising radiation creates significant levels of clustered DNA damage, including complex double-strand breaks (DSB)” See: “Biological Consequences of Radiation-induced DNA Damage: Relevance to Radiotherapy“, by M.E. Lomax et. al. Clinical Oncology 25 (2013) 578-585. “The formation of clustered damage distinguishes ionising radiation-induced damage from normal endogenous damage: https://cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp5-euratom/docs/non_dsb_lesions_projrep_en.pdf More here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/on-the-unique-dna-damage-done-by-ionizing-radiation-nuclear-materials-and-on-metting-hultgren-et-al-misleading-the-us-congress-in-this-matter/

NUCLEAR WASTE ANTI-TRUST CASE INVOLVING TRUMP DONOR-FUNDRAISER NEEDS WATCHING
Closing Arguments: https://www.justice.gov/atr/case-document/file/964601/download Energy Solutions, owned by Trump large donor Doug Kimmelman, is trying to take-over competitor WCS in clear violation of anti-trust law: “The United States of America, acting under the direction of the Attorney General of the United States, brings this civil antitrust action to enjoin EnergySolutions, Inc. (“ES”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockwell Holdco, Inc. (“Rockwell”), from acquiring Waste Control Specialists LLC (“WCS”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Andrews County Holdings, Inc.https://www.justice.gov/atr/case-document/file/911051/download https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-sues-block-energysolutions-acquisition-waste-control-specialists
Kimmelman-Trump fund-raiser image: https://twitter.com/vosdscott/status/746402445010493440Donald Trump hopes to cure cash woes with $449,400-per-ticket fundraiserhttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/11/donald-trump-campaign-donations-california-fundraiser-clinton.

Energy Solutions is a primary contractor for this apparently leaking tank of radioactive waste.
Possible leak investigated at US nuclear site after worker discovers radioactive materials on clothing The Double-Shell Tank AZ-101 contains 800,000 gallons of nuclear waste” by Narjas Zatat Monday 22 May 2017 09:46 BST http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hanford-nuclear-waste-site-possible-leak-contamination-radiation-ashington-state-a7747096.html The responsible contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions, is a joint venture between URS Corporation and Energy Solutions, with French State owned AREVA as the primary subcontractor. [Update: They claim the tanks were not leaking after all but do not know source of contamination: http://www.hanford.gov/news.cfm/DOE/17-004_investigation_shows_no_tank_leak.pdf ]

Energy Solutions Clive Nuclear Waste Dump :
(San Onofre Nuclear steam generators were sent to Clive.)
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/why-is-large-trump-donor-nuclear-waste-king-kimmelman-charging-so-much-to-bury-nuclear-waste-probably-because-hes-a-goldman-sachs-alumnus-duh-comment-on-high-cost-of-burial-of-nuclear-waste/ Makan Delrahim, a veteran lobbyist on President Donald Trump’s transition team, is expected to be nominated to head the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/DTQwJPYH-bI/us-usa-trump-antitrust-exclusive-idUSKBN16O2O2

TOSHIBA-WESTINGHOUSE BANKRUPTCY-SALE NEEDS TO BE WATCHED: Russian government owned Rosatom offered to bail-out Areva. Up to $8.3 billion US taxpayer money may be lost since they declared bankruptcy. If they sell it, who would buy it? Nuclear power is bad economics so most likely the purchase would be geostrategic. It could be Russia’s Rosatom, controlled by the Executive (i.e. Putin), or possibly UAE or perhaps Kazahkstan (Kazatomprom). Maybe a China State owned company or Korean. China and Korea have their own reactor designs.

A Rosatom subsidiary is trying to get an exemption to use its nuclear fuel in US reactors. It doesn’t want to tell what the fuel rods are made of, either, which matters for operating and waste safety. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/putins-nuclear-fuel-co-wants-exemption-to-fuel-illinois-reactors-with-help-of-exelon-ge-toshiba-hitachi-and-us-nrc/

Westinghouse is expected to break its contracts for designing and constructing the Georgia and South Carolina nuclear plants, which have been beset by years of missteps“. See “Westinghouse reaches deal for $800 million U.S. bankruptcy loan” Tue May 23, 2017, 1:53pm EDT, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toshiba-accounting-westinghouse-idUSKBN18J2M2

SCE&G nuclear construction at VC Summer could hinge on federal tax credits” MAY 23, 2017 BY SOUTH CAROLINA RADIO NETWORK https://www.southcarolinaradionetwork.com/2017/05/23/sceg-nuclear-construction-vc-summer-hinge-federal-tax-credits/

Thursday 15bJune 2017 Update

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Federal judge orders more environmental analysis of Dakota pipeline
Posted:Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:32:14 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider its environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Wednesday, opening up the possibility that the line could be shut at a later date. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/N_t4OUURdI0/us-northdakota-pipeline-dapl-idUSKBN19538I

Six Michigan officials criminally charged in Flint water crisis
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:52:54 -0400
(Reuters) – Six current and former Michigan and Flint officials were criminally charged on Wednesday for their roles in the city’s water crisis that was linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that caused at least 12 deaths, the state’s attorney general said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1mklrkHiNhM/us-michigan-water-idUSKBN195234

Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice: Washington Post
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:46:29 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. 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. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/aeBrYNUX8oE/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN195385

Wind, solar surpassed 10 percent of U.S. electricity in March: EIA
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:31:52 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wind and solar accounted for more than 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation for the first time in March, the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/V92GORJL_Xk/us-usa-energy-renewables-idUSKBN195291

Democratic lawmakers sue Trump over foreign state payments to businesses
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:45:03 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 190 Democratic lawmakers sued President Donald Trump in federal court on Wednesday, saying he had accepted funds from foreign governments through his businesses without congressional consent in violation of the U.S. Constitution. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/BhsHXqJCsXA/us-usa-trump-lawsuit-idUSKBN1950AW

Senate backs legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:17:43 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday for new sanctions punishing Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and to force President Donald Trump to get Congress’ approval before easing any existing sanctions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/M_RqUnZO7kM/us-usa-russia-sanctions-idUSKBN1952V7

U.S. doesn’t want to be ‘handcuffed’ to Ukraine agreement
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:26:36 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled on Wednesday that the United States could back away from the Minsk agreement to end fighting in Ukraine, telling a congressional hearing the Trump administration does not want to be “handcuffed.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/FT4zHPf9dMU/us-usa-diplomacy-tillerson-idUSKBN19528J

Putin critic Navalny has no chance of running for president: Election chief
Posted:Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:30:08 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has no chance of taking part in next year’s presidential election because of a previous conviction for embezzlement, the head of Russia’s election commission told TV Rain late on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Ej9EMHUX678/us-russia-opposition-navalny-idUSKBN1960RG

Thousands rally in Turkish capital after opposition lawmaker jailed
Posted:Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:07:53 -0400
ANKARA (Reuters) – Several thousand Turkish protesters marched in the capital Ankara on Thursday to demonstrate against the 25-year prison sentence handed down to an opposition lawmaker on spying charges. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/C-rXfqmCGqg/us-turkey-security-lawmaker-idUSKBN1960VE

Japan ministry finds documents that may show PM link to school scandal
Posted:Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:33:08 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s education ministry on Thursday it had found documents that could back up opposition parties’ suspicion that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his influence to unfairly help a friend set up a business. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/s-KSosAHxeY/us-japan-politics-scandal-idUSKBN19616B

Qatar says fighter jets deal shows deep U.S. support
Posted:Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:58:11 -0400
DOHA (Reuters) – A $12 billion deal to buy Boeing F-15 U.S. fighter jets shows Qatar has deep-rooted support from Washington, a Qatari official said on Thursday, adding that its rift with some other Arab states had not hurt the U.S. relationship with Doha. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/4ptFNGUZo0o/us-gulf-qatar-idUSKBN19611J

Trump administration to suspend rule on natural gas waste: document
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:07:46 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will suspend compliance dates on a rule limiting methane emissions from oil and gas companies working on public lands as soon as Thursday, according to an Interior Department document. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Abcqcfp2G34/us-usa-interior-naturalgas-idUSKBN1952H7

Defying Trump, EU Parliament backs Paris climate goals
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:58 -0400
STRASBOURG (Reuters) – The European Parliament backed curbs on EU states’ emissions on Wednesday to share the burden of the bloc’s Paris climate goals and forge ahead despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the 195-nation pact. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5Bjg1TxarEQ/us-eu-climatechange-idUSKBN1951EG

U.S. regulators still reviewing Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicle fix: lawyer
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:26:59 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Justice Department lawyer said at a court hearing on Wednesday it could take “weeks or months” before regulators decide whether to approve a software fix for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV diesel vehicles. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5jhTliFXS0k/us-fiat-chrysler-emissions-idUSKBN1952K0

Oslo airport imports biofuels from California, greens doubt benefit
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:52:13 -0400
OSLO (Reuters) – Oslo airport is importing renewable jet fuel made from waste cooking oil in California, stirring criticism that shipping and trucking it more than 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) undercuts environmental benefits. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kGPpas7RVmQ/us-environment-biofuels-idUSKBN195259

Germany denies rift with Canada on G20 climate language
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government denied a media report on Wednesday that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had suggested deleting mentions of the Paris climate pact from the final communique of a major summit to appease U.S. President Donald Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kGPpas7RVmQ/us-environment-biofuels-idUSKBN195259

U.S. withdrawal from Paris climate deal unlikely to impact emissions
Posted:Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:30:01 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate pact is unlikely to have a direct impact on the expected decline in global carbon emissions, BP’s chief economist said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/fEX09xDcx64/us-usa-climatechange-bp-idUSKBN19421Q

Munich, home to BMW, considers diesel ban to tackle pollution
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:42:35 -0400
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Munich, home to carmaker BMW, has become the latest German city to consider banning some diesel vehicles amid “shocking” nitrogen oxide emissions in the Bavarian capital. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/V7bbaAPJyEs/us-germany-autos-diesel-idUSKBN1950VD

U.S. lawmaker Scalise in critical condition after attack by gunman at baseball field
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:01:24 -0400
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) – Congressman Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, was in critical condition on Wednesday night after he and three others were shot as they practiced for a charity baseball game. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ZwKFtd86nDA/us-virginia-shooting-idUSKBN1951M1

Trump set for first U.S. Supreme Court visit as justices weigh travel ban
Posted:Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:07:34 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For the first time since he was elected, President Donald Trump is set to attend the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, presenting a potentially awkward moment as the court weighs what to do about his contentious executive order that attempts to restrict U.S. entry by people from six Muslim-majority countries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/1sp7MEY-IBs/us-usa-court-gorsuch-idUSKBN19612X

Democrats must focus on swing suburbs to win elections, Chicago mayor says
Posted:Thu, 15 Jun 2017 03:52:07 -0400
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Democrats face years of work, focusing on “kitchen table” economic issues over several election cycles, if they want to regain ground lost to Republicans, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/GMemHJq7lJw/us-chicago-mayor-idUSKBN19605O

No hint of new gun control push in U.S. Congress after shootings
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:54:29 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There were prayers and expressions of sympathy for the victims after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, but no signs of a new push in the U.S. Congress to tighten gun-control laws on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8RhED4W5vzg/us-virginia-shooting-guns-idUSKBN1952XD

Trump administration amends travel ban date to keep legal battle alive
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:58:20 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Wednesday moved to amend the starting date of its proposed 90-day travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries in a bid to keep its legal battle alive. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/0yS3Dhwiep8/us-usa-court-immigration-idUSKBN1952Z1

Trump nominates Democrat Rosenworcel to serve again as FCC commissioner
Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:41:09 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will again consider Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, to be a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission after Republican President Donald Trump nominated her late on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/q-tWA4y-7tk/us-usa-fcc-idUSKBN19521D

UPS worker kills three colleagues in San Francisco, turns gun on himself

Posted:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 22:06:29 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A UPS driver opened fire with a handgun inside a United Parcel Service Inc delivery center in San Francisco on Wednesday, killing three co-workers before fatally shooting himself as police closed in, authorities and company officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/COYeC4jzoVY/us-california-shooting-idUSKBN1952G3

U.S. shipping terminal reopens after ‘dirty bomb’ threat
Posted:Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:36:48 -0400
(Reuters) – A terminal at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina will reopen and the safety zone has been lifted, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday, after investigating a threat of a “dirty bomb” on a container ship. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/YAOHbXH71VY/us-south-carolina-terminal-threat-idUSKBN1960DN

Death toll of 12 expected to rise in London apartment block fire
Posted:Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:29:01 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – The death toll in a fire disaster that destroyed a 24-floor block of flats in London was expected to rise on Thursday, with many people still missing and firefighters facing hazardous conditions as they searched the charred carcass.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/tMnSAFUQMYY/us-britain-fire-idUSKBN1960HP

Sessions to face questions on Russia, Comey in high-stakes Senate hearing
Posted:Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:40:56 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face questions on Tuesday about his dealings with Russian officials and whether he intentionally misled Congress as a Senate panel investigates the Kremlin’s alleged involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/gBCxZ0M__8c/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN19415A

U.S. lawmakers to probe Tillerson on Russia, diplomacy budget cuts
Posted:Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:11:37 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will grill Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about President Donald Trump’s unpopular budget, conflicting messages about foreign affairs and links between the administration and Russia, including his own ties, at congressional hearings starting on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/KzTMFUru7G0/us-usa-diplomacy-tillerson-idUSKBN1940DT

U.S. lawmakers to probe Tillerson on Russia, diplomacy budget cuts
Posted:Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:11:37 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will grill Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about President Donald Trump’s unpopular budget, conflicting messages about foreign affairs and links between the administration and Russia, including his own ties, at congressional hearings starting on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/KzTMFUru7G0/us-usa-diplomacy-tillerson-idUSKBN1940DT

Japan crown prince says will devote himself ‘body and soul’ to job as emperor
Posted:Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:05:38 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito said on Tuesday he will devote himself “body and soul” to his job as emperor, just days after a law was enacted allowing his father to abdicate, which would be the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in two centuries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/6uFbqNkrkfM/us-japan-crownprince-idUSKBN1941BN

Chance of smooth Brexit fades after British election chaos
Posted:Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:40:58 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Theresa May’s insistence on starting Brexit negotiations next Monday is questioned by Britons who think the prime minister’s calamitous election setback means she should now seek to stay in the EU single market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/6iFbkNX6sFA/us-britain-election-eu-scenarios-analysi-idUSKBN1920SB

Qatar willing to listen to Gulf concerns, Kuwait says
Posted:Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:07:18 -0400
DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar is ready to listen to the concerns of Gulf Arab states that have cut diplomatic and economic ties, Kuwait said on Sunday, as it tried to mediate a solution to the worst regional crisis in years.mhttp://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/a3wrUKfEw2E/us-gulf-qatar-idUSKBN1920P2

Putin critic Navalny, eyeing power, organizes anti-graft protests
Posted:Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:07:37 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands of Russians are expected to protest against corruption on Monday, part of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s long-shot drive to unseat President Vladimir Putin next year by tapping voter anger over what Navalny says is runaway official graft. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/g3sMGgM0A_M/us-russia-opposition-protests-idUSKBN192167

Macron’s party set for huge French parliamentary majority
Posted:Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:51:42 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling party is set to trounce France’s traditional main parties in a parliamentary election and secure a huge majority to push through his pro-business reforms, projections after the first round showed on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/NK-moTSHWqs/us-france-election-idUSKBN19200Y

Mexican authorities find 112 migrants huddled in back of truck
Posted:Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:11:52 -0400
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican authorities discovered 112 migrants, including four babies, huddled alive in the back of a truck as it traveled along a highway in the country’s south, the attorney general’s office said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/98V8JJNdwu0/us-mexico-immigration-idUSKBN19214W

Chance of smooth Brexit fades after British election chaos
Posted:Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:40:58 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Theresa May’s insistence on starting Brexit negotiations next Monday is questioned by Britons who think the prime minister’s calamitous election setback means she should now seek to stay in the EU single market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/6iFbkNX6sFA/us-britain-election-eu-scenarios-analysi-idUSKBN1920SB

Sessions says he will discuss Comey with Senate panel
Posted:Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:56:53 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a letter on Saturday that he will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to address matters former FBI Director James Comey brought up this week in testimony to the same panel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/h1WXqDTw_CE/us-usa-trump-sessions-russia-idUSKBN19110M

Britain, U.S. deny that Trump state visit delayed
Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:18pm EDT
Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said on Sunday there had been no change to plans for U.S. President Donald Trump’s to come to Britain on a state visit, after the Guardian newspaper reported the trip had been postponed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/gdoYkTZOjT0/us-britain-usa-idUSKBN1920OC

Puerto Rico votes in favor of U.S. statehood amid low turnout
Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:42am EDT
SAN JUAN (Reuters) The economically struggling U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly on Sunday in favor of becoming the 51st state, although turnout was low and adding another star to the U.S. flag likely faces an uphill battle in Congress. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/gn0CK4idN7k/us-puertorico-debt-vote-idUSKBN19204O

Trump says Comey not telling truth, willing to respond under oath
Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:08pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied he tried to interfere with an FBI investigation, effectively accusing James Comey, the FBI’s former director, of lying under oath to Congress. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ETnx_-RctaY/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1901FJ

Trump takes second crack at a pivot next week with apprentice push
Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:33am EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) President Donald Trump, who became a reality television star with a show called “The Apprentice,” will spend a lot of time next week promoting a plan to expand apprenticeships to help companies find more skilled workers to fill jobs, the White House said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/eDu25lZZ9Co/us-usa-trump-apprentice-idUSKBN1910UN

After sowing doubts, Trump backs NATO mutual defense under charter
Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:04am EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he backs the NATO charter’s demand that all members be prepared to defend each other, weeks after jarring allies by not restating U.S. support for the agreement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/og9CA8uIR3g/us-usa-trump-nato-idUSKBN1902U9

Interior Secretary to make proposal on Bears Ears monument in test for protected land
Posted:Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:10:03 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is due to make a recommendation to the White House on Saturday on whether to rescind or resize Utah’s Bears Ears monument, setting the tone for the administration’s broader study of which lands protected by past presidents should be reopened to development. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/pVWopXYbfcg/us-usa-interior-bearsears-idUSKBN1910JM

U.S. seeks to dismiss lawsuit against Trump over foreign payments
Posted:Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:51:48 -0400
(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday called for the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump violated the constitution by accepting foreign payments at his hotels. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/fi1hf4gwUa4/us-usa-trump-lawsuit-idUSKBN19103Q

Trump social media director violated law with call to oust congressman: agency
Posted:Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:22:18 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino broke the law in April in calling for Trump supporters to defeat a Republican congressman at the polls, according to a letter from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/efu0ObeYACU/us-usa-trump-scavino-idUSKBN1902MW

Trump to nominate ex-NYSE Euronext VP Dawn DeBerry Stump to CFTC
Posted:Fri, 09 Jun 2017 22:18:02 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate Dawn DeBerry Stump, a former vice president at NYSE Euronext, to serve as commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the White House said in a statement on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/hn27jLavDh8/us-usa-trump-cftc-idUSKBN19103A

Exxon calls NY prosecutor’s climate change probe ‘harassment’ in filing
Posted:Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:16:19 -0400
(Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp asked a New York court on Friday to reject another subpoena request from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, arguing the prosecutor’s recent claim to have found evidence Exxon misled investors was false and that he was abusing his investigative powers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/TTRobR8WQ5s/us-usa-climatechange-exxon-mobil-idUSKBN1902RA

Coalition of 13 states to challenge Trump on vehicle emission standards
Posted:Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:00:50 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York State’s attorney general and 12 other top state law enforcement officials said on Friday they would mount a vigorous court challenge to any effort to roll back vehicle emission rules by the Trump administration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/xV4yzsbSFoE/us-usa-trump-autos-idUSKBN19027I

Comey says Trump fired him to undermine FBI Russia investigation
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:20:39 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former FBI director James Comey accused President Donald Trump on Thursday of firing him to try to undermine its investigation into possible collusion by his campaign team with Russia’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8oTP0XwAj5w/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18Z0HC

Trump, as Comey takes spotlight, vows to stay strong and fight
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:55:31 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, in a speech across town from a closely watched congressional hearing on his dealings with the FBI amid its Russia probe, told supporters on Thursday their movement was “under siege” and vowed to fight on. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/MeJfG0iBN3o/us-usa-trump-conservatives-idUSKBN18Z2ES

Lordy! Ex-FBI chief sets Twitter abuzz but @realDonaldTrump is silent
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:07:03 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former FBI Director James Comey’s long-anticipated congressional testimony set off a social media storm on Thursday with millions of people jumping into the fray but there was one notable absence – the tweeter in chief himself. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8LRP5A59Vdc/us-usa-trump-socialmedia-idUSKBN18Z2Y8

House passes bill to replace Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:12:09 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted largely along party lines to replace the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, a move that is expected to die in the Senate but open the door to revamping or eliminating regulations that came out of the 2007-09 financial crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Uv5wC1Cie3Y/us-usa-congress-banks-idUSKBN18Z2T2

Trump aides tell him to keep Sessions as U.S. attorney general: sources
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:01:50 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aides to U.S. President Donald Trump are urging him not to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions despite rifts between the two men, sources familiar with internal White House conversations said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/sJD-OqTrOhA/us-usa-trump-sessions-idUSKBN18Z00D

U.S. Treasury’s Mnuchin to bring up defense on Ottawa trip: U.S. official
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:43:52 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will raise the issue of defense spending during his trip to Ottawa on Friday, a senior U.S. Treasury official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/c9VA5Kp4-Z4/us-usa-canada-idUSKBN18Z2VS

Trump voter fraud official announces bid for Kansas governor
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:09:09 -0400
(Reuters) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who serves as a member of U.S. President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission, said on Thursday he was running for governor of the state. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/C7FJqVClNpg/us-kansas-governor-idUSKBN18Z2X8

Some toast Comey testimony, others shrug at U.S. bar ‘watch parties’
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:07:02 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Crowds packed U.S. bars on Thursday to watch former FBI chief James Comey testify to Congress, with some patrons dismissing the hearing as hype and others cheering his comments as they downed mixed drinks with names like “impeachmint” and “bad hombre.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/3aUsiJR1Cg4/us-usa-trump-russia-bars-idUSKBN18Z194

Wilbur Ross sees ‘genuine’ national security concern on steel
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:04:39 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday that a national security review of the U.S. steel industry will be completed “very shortly” and will seek to protect the interests of both domestic steel producers and consumers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/grfzKRTMono/us-usa-trade-steel-idUSKBN18Z26U

U.S. concerned Iraqi Kurdish referendum will distract from war: State Department
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:55:05 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it was concerned that a non-binding independence referendum planned this year in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region will distract from “more urgent priorities” such as the defeat of Islamic State militants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/VQuEqYW5awM/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-kurds-usa-idUSKBN18Z2T0

Updated Thursday 8 June 2017

BP oil spill. Trump has chosen former BP lawyer to run environmental division of US DOJ

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U.S. Gulf Coast groups concerned as Trump picks BP lawyer to top DOJ post Posted:Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:42:19 -0400 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s selection of Jeffrey Bossert Clark to be the Justice Department’s top environmental lawyer has raised concerns by Gulf coast environmental groups as he was the lawyer for international oil company BP Plc in the aftermath of the company’s 2010 drilling rig explosion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/f-NtUhT9EcI/us-usa-climatechange-enforcement-idUSKBN18Y31P

South Korea plans energy U-turn away from coal, nuclear
Posted:Sun, 04 Jun 2017 04:54:53 -0400
SEOUL (Reuters) – A proposed energy U-turn by South Korea’s new government would put the environment at the center of energy policy, shifting one of the world’s staunchest supporters of coal and nuclear power toward natural gas and renewables.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/E_izQFAp490/us-southkorea-politics-energy-idUSKBN18V0EH

Three lawmakers question Kushner Cos on concerns over White House tie Posted:Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:09:35 -0400 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the president of Kushner Companies on Thursday seeking information related to concerns that the real estate firm has exploited Jared Kushner’s role as a White House adviser to attract investment through a federal immigration program. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/RJY0Xy5_vtc/us-usa-kushner-investment-idUSKBN18T00E

UK’s Farage ‘person of interest’ in Trump-Russia investigation: Guardian
Posted:Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:29:30 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the U.S. investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Guardian reported on Thursday citing unidentified sources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Sf2fRlLdmVk/us-usa-trump-russia-farage-idUSKBN18S4YM

Trump administration orders review of landmark sage grouse plan
Posted:Wed, 07 Jun 2017 21:44:40 -0400
(Reuters) – The Trump administration has ordered a review of sweeping federal land-use restrictions adopted in 2015 to safeguard the greater sage grouse, a once-ubiquitous prairie bird whose fate is tied to the health of America’s vast but vanishing Western grasslands. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1IF1Sz2e6bE/us-usa-sagegrouse-idUSKBN18Z05W

Connecticut Senate passes bill allowing purchase of nuclear power
Posted:Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:25:25 -0400
(Reuters) – Connecticut’s Senate passed a bill Wednesday morning that could allow the state to buy power from Dominion Energy Inc’s Millstone nuclear power plant.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/EWdDM8W8axo/us-connecticut-dominion-inc-idUSKBN18Y37C

Peru relaxes air quality standards to help mining industry
Posted:Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:28:30 -0400
LIMA (Reuters) – Peru adopted new and more flexible air quality standards on Wednesday after the old standards were criticized by mining companies and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/NKo82bJO7eI/us-peru-environment-idUSKBN18Y37B

German utilities set for multi-billion euro windfall after nuclear tax ruling
Posted:Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:53:24 -0400
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s top court on Wednesday declared the country’s nuclear fuel tax to be illegal, a major victory for power firms now poised to reclaim about 6.3 billion euros ($7.1 billion) plus interest and ease the strain on their balance sheets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/RiHYxV1zRsA/us-germany-nuclear-court-idUSKBN18Y0PX

Comey’s caution to meet Trump’s tweets in Russia hearing
Posted:Thu, 08 Jun 2017 01:05:48 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former FBI Director James Comey will tell Congress on Thursday that President Donald Trump pressed him repeatedly to halt a probe into his ex-national security adviser’s ties with Russia and to declare publicly that Trump himself was not under investigation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8oTP0XwAj5w/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18Z0HC

U.S. lawmakers to press intel chiefs on Russia ahead of Comey hearing
Posted:Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:54:25 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. intelligence officials will face questions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. election and fallout from the firing of former FBI director James Comey when they appear at a Senate hearing on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/G-nTK8s9vew/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18Y0BJ

Watergate ‘pales’ compared with Trump-Russia: former U.S. intelligence head Posted:Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:35:26 -0400
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Watergate scandal pales in comparison to events in Washington surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump and alleged links between his campaign and Russia, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/FKW5dOZIVvA/us-usa-australia-clapper-idUSKBN18Y0SU

Kremlin says no preparations are underway yet for Putin-Trump meeting
Posted:Wed, 07 Jun 2017 06:50:58 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Wednesday that no preparations were underway yet for a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/lLYUGRrcWLY/us-usa-trump-russia-putin-idUSKBN18Y0KC

Russian fighter intercepts U.S. bomber over Baltic Sea
Posted:Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:31:35 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia scrambled a fighter jet on Tuesday to intercept a nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 strategic bomber it said was flying over the Baltic Sea near its border, in an incident that had echoes of the Cold War. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Pj5jxWjqoAk/us-russia-usa-bomber-idUSKBN18X166

Trump seeks legislative wins to cast off shadow of Russia probes
Posted:Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:25:07 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump pressed Republican congressional leaders on Tuesday to complete their overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system as lawmakers said they were making progress on a contentious effort that threatens to overwhelm their legislative agenda. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/cJ5wIl80riU/us-usa-trump-congress-idUSKBN18X0DK

Despite Trump vow to end catch and release, he is still freeing thousands of migrants
Posted:Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:49:53 -0400
McAllen, Texas (Reuters) – Standing on the bluffs of Roma, Texas on a May afternoon two border patrol agents look out over the meandering Rio Grande River that separates Mexico from the United States and recall a time when the scene was far less tranquil. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/aYTAg3zwQPs/us-usa-immigration-detention-idUSKBN18X1G4

Trump says ahead of former FBI Director Comey’s testimony: ‘I wish him luck’
Posted:Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:57:47 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump had a brief message for former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday ahead of Comey’s Thursday testimony to the U.S. Congress on his conversations with Trump about Russia.”I wish him luck,” Trump told reporters as he met with Republican congressional leaders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/XtTMDijtXQ8/us-usa-trump-comey-idUSKBN18X2NI

U.S. House panel says its Russia probe continues after political feud
Posted:Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:19:14 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election said on Tuesday their investigation was continuing, they were working to obtain documents and they planned more public hearings. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/kAmbYXiuStQ/us-usa-trump-russia-house-idUSKBN18X2ZN

Republican officials from 16 states back Trump in travel ban fight
Posted:Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:52:13 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican officials from 16 U.S. states led by Texas said on Tuesday they have come to the defense of President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, telling the Supreme Court the order did not unconstitutionally single out Muslims and was needed to protect national security. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/vKmZAMnNfiQ/us-usa-court-immigration-idUSKBN18X2D9

Senators grill U.S. education secretary on proposal to slash budget
Posted:Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:04:32 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced hostile questions from a Senate committee on Tuesday as she tried to win lawmakers over to President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash her department’s funding by 13 percent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/hLs-8kT46j8/us-usa-budget-education-idUSKBN18X30Z

Trump’s blocking of Twitter users violates U.S. Constitution: rights institute
Posted:Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:29:28 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A free-speech institute on Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump demanding the prolific tweeter unblock certain Twitter users on grounds the practice violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/3k4YaPhFzhA/us-usa-trump-twitter-idUSKBN18X2LR

Former Corinthian college students await loan relief: U.S. states
Posted:Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:52:03 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Education Department has left thousands of student-loan borrowers who were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges Inc in limbo by prolonging a process created by the Obama administration that was supposed to speedily cancel their debts, according to 20 state attorneys general and regulators. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/al–L2aH-c0/us-usa-education-corinthian-idUSKBN18X2ZL

Ex-FBI chief Comey to testify next week in Russia probe
Posted:Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:34:19 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former FBI Director James Comey will testify next Thursday before a U.S. Senate panel investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, in a hearing that could be difficult for President Donald Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/sQjW-28AED4/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18S4W9

Exclusive: EPA offers buyouts in bid to cut staff – internal memo
Posted:Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:21:59 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiated a buyout program on Thursday to reduce staff numbers as the agency seeks to refocus its agenda on reducing regulation, according to an internal memo to staff seen by Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/2DWICEohr0M/us-usa-epa-buyouts-exclusive-idUSKBN18S6N5

Trump budget chief under fire over attack on Congressional budget analysts
Posted:Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:12:05 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House’s budget chief came under fire on Thursday from Democrats and others over his attack on the budget research office of the U.S. Congress, escalating tensions between Republicans and professional staffers on Capitol Hill. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/gynWcnnGRbk/us-usa-congress-cbo-idUSKBN18S6HZ

Fearing Trump’s next move, liberals urge Supreme Court conservative Kennedy to stay Posted:Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:39:12 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Liberal activists are urging U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative with whom they often disagree, to put off any thought of retirement, fearing President Donald Trump would replace him with a jurist further to the right. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/NpbAjDR5I28/us-usa-court-kennedy-idUSKBN18S4LT

Treasury chief ‘confident’ Congress will raise U.S. debt limit
Posted:Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:20:31 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he was confident that Congress would raise the federal debt limit “before there’s an issue” with U.S. creditworthiness, and he pledged that the Trump administration’s tax reform plans would be paid for. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/nCzL3jWlZ60/us-usa-debt-mnuchin-idUSKBN18S6FU

Trump delays moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem despite campaign pledge
Posted:Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:56:43 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump signed a temporary order on Thursday to keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv instead of relocating it to Jerusalem, despite his campaign pledge to go ahead with the controversial move.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/wvtH7RsYRhA/us-usa-trump-israel-idUSKBN18S5H8

FCC to vote on revising rules on identifying threatening calls
Posted:Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:39:31 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it will take up a proposal this month to revise its rules to allow law enforcement personnel to identify threatening callers, following a series of threatening calls to Jewish community centers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/yQrXg6GaJu0/us-usa-fcc-threats-idUSKBN18S6AP

Update: Thursday 1 June 2017

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Dispute erupts over House panel subpoenas for CIA, FBI
Posted:Wed, 31 May 2017 21:22:49 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A political feud erupted on Wednesday over the U.S. House Intelligence Committee’s probe of suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, with charges that the panel’s Republican chairman subpoenaed the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency without telling Democratic members. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/GZUeLyQMkGE/us-usa-trump-russia-subpoenas-idUSKBN18R33X

Exxon shareholders approve climate impact report in win for activists
Posted:Wed, 31 May 2017 16:51:25 -0400
DALLAS (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp’s chief executive said on Wednesday the company would reconsider how it communicates the risks its faces from climate change after shareholders approved a measure calling for increased transparency.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/Fg4TJ3e0gZs/us-exxonmobil-climate-idUSKBN18R0DC

Toshiba moves back some chip unit assets to ward off Western Digital’s legal claim Posted:Wed, 31 May 2017 15:27:48 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp has moved some of the assets of its memory chip unit back to the parent company to ward off Western Digital Corp’s legal claim that the Japanese conglomerate cannot sell the unit without the U.S. partner’s consent.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/NUZuVWuK3H0/us-toshiba-accounting-idUSKBN18R2U8

Exclusive: U.S. starts ‘extreme vetting’ at Australia’s offshore detention centers Posted:Tue, 23 May 2017 01:57:45 -0400
SYDNEY (Reuters) – U.S. Homeland Security officials have begun “extreme vetting” interviews at Australia’s offshore detention centers, two sources at the camps told Reuters on Tuesday, as Washington honors a refugee swap that U.S. President Donald Trump had called “a dumb deal”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Poe60SjadXQ/us-usa-trump-australia-refugees-idUSKBN18J0GA

Nowhere to go for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh after cyclone wrecks camps
Posted:Wed, 31 May 2017 02:49:08 -0400
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Left drenched and near destitute by a cyclone that hit Bangladesh a day earlier, thousands of Rohingya refugees hunkered down in the ruins of their camps on Wednesday, waiting for help after a night in the rain. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FvooESkZuzI/us-asia-storm-idUSKBN18R0EX

Exxon steps up efforts to sway shareholders on climate-report vote
Posted:Wed, 31 May 2017 00:09:31 -0400
HOUSTON/BOSTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp has stepped up efforts to persuade investors to vote against climate-related proposals at Wednesday’s annual meeting with a campaign of calling, writing and lobbying shareholders in person. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/nhJJBiFRW9s/us-exxonmobil-climate-idUSKBN18R0DC

Three Mile Island, site of 1979 nuclear accident, to close in 2019
Posted:Wed, 31 May 2017 02:02:17 -0400
(Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island power plant will close in 2019, forty years after it was the site of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history, as low natural gas prices make the costs of atomic energy uncompetitive, its owner said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6IQD7mjjfxc/us-usa-nuclear-threemileisland-idUSKBN18Q1SH

Explosion rocks Formosa steel plant in Vietnam that caused toxic spill
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 23:45:31 -0400
TAIPEI/HANOI (Reuters) – An explosion rocked Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group’s new steel plant in Vietnam late on Tuesday, a day after it resumed test operations for the first time since causing one of the country’s worst environmental disasters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/DET5YbdAKaE/us-vietnam-formosa-blast-idUSKBN18R0CD

British Columbia political alliance vows to block pipeline expansion
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 20:46:07 -0400
VICTORIA, British Columbia (Reuters) – The two parties set to take power in Canada’s Pacific province of British Columbia vowed on Tuesday to block Kinder Morgan Inc’s plans to expand an oil pipeline, setting up a fight with energy-rich Alberta and the federal government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/j8F3RXj9rxU/us-kindermorgan-canada-ipo-idUSKBN18Q1JT

Amid U.S. doubt, U.N. chief says climate deal essential, ‘get on board’
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 17:31:14 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Climate change is undeniable and it is “absolutely essential” the world fight the problem together, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres argued on Tuesday, as U.S. President Donald Trump considers pulling out of the Paris climate deal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/OWFc0FXQOPU/us-usa-trump-climatechange-un-idUSKBN18Q2G9

U.S. resists plan to link climate change, ocean health: U.N. co-chair
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 15:35:13 -0400
OSLO (Reuters) – The United States is resisting plans to highlight how climate change is disrupting life in the oceans at a U.N. conference of almost 200 nations next week, Sweden’s deputy prime minister, who will co-chair the talks, said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/YMU_wR4wz7c/us-climatechange-oceans-idUSKBN18Q1T5

Moscow storm death toll rises to 16
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 08:34:18 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The death toll in a storm that struck Moscow and surrounding suburbs on Monday has risen to 16, and more than 200 others were injured, Russian officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/sofhojwwNyo/us-russia-moscow-storm-idUSKBN18Q1BE

Maryland joins California in battling antibiotic overuse on farms
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 13:04:48 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Maryland has become the second U.S. state to pass a law banning the routine use of antibiotics in healthy livestock and poultry, a move aimed at battling the rise of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as “superbugs.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kIEUURDwDyI/us-maryland-antibiotics-idUSKBN18Q22K

Key projects at risk as Greens back NDP in British Columbia
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 10:54:19 -0400
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – British Columbia’s minority Green Party on Monday struck a deal with the left-leaning New Democrats to govern Canada’s western-most province, a move that casts doubt on the future of key energy projects from firms such as Kinder Morgan Inc. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0NZVomExh3o/us-canada-politics-britishcolumbia-idUSKBN18P212

BRIEF-PG&E Corp raises common stock dividend
Posted:Wed, 31 May 2017 16:56:44 -0400
* PG&E Corporation raises common stock dividend, shareholders elect former secretary of homeland security Jeh C. Johnson to boards of directors http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/e9hfBT2dBTI/brief-pge-corp-raises-common-stock-divid-idUSASA09S69

Suspect in fatal Portland attack yells about ‘free speech’ at hearing
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 21:19:27 -0400
PORTLAND, Oregon – (Reuters) – The suspect in a fatal stabbing spree on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train yelled remarks about “free speech” as he entered the courtroom where he was being arraigned on Tuesday on charges of attacking bystanders who intervened when he shouted religious slurs at two women of Muslim appearance. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/KmWIs_VEJ2w/us-usa-muslims-portland-idUSKBN18Q11F

Armed suspect at Orlando Airport ‘contained,’ no shots fired -police
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 21:29:27 -0400
(Reuters) – An armed suspect in a standoff with police at a rental car area at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday has been “contained” and no shots were fired, Orlando police said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/RZY4ZTsvF7w/us-orlando-airport-idUSKBN18R021

Missouri to limit union rules in public construction
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 18:25:29 -0400
(Reuters) – Missouri’s non-union contractors will no longer have to pay union wages on public projects such as schools, libraries and police stations under a bill that Governor Eric Greitens signed into law on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/NKc3q3iqtUU/us-missouri-labor-idUSKBN18Q2MR

Trial kicks off in U.S. case over Iran-linked New York office tower
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 18:19:05 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jurors in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday settled in for a weeks-long trial to decide the fate of a Manhattan office tower built for the shah of Iran, which the U.S. government is trying to seize for the benefit of people who have won terrorism-related court judgments against Iran. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/Pdh0mskT8yE/us-usa-iran-lawsuit-idUSKBN18Q2M8

Former Trump adviser Flynn to turn over some documents subpoenaed by Senate panel: source
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 18:22:28 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has told the Senate Intelligence Committee he will begin turning over some documents subpoenaed by the panel, according to a government source familiar with the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/TDpLoiQn0Rw/us-usa-trump-flynn-idUSKBN18Q2ML

Merkel, minister stress U.S. ties after critical Trump tweet
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 18:15:29 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump called Germany’s trade and spending policies “very bad” on Tuesday, intensifying a row between the longtime allies and immediately earning himself the moniker “destroyer of Western values” from a leading German politician. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/zPfFSmRgiOQ/us-usa-germany-trump-idUSKBN18Q138

Departure of communications aide could be first in Trump shake-up
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 17:10:19 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s communications director is leaving the job, the White House said on Tuesday, as the president considers wider staff changes to try to contain political damage from probes into Russia and his presidential campaign. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/4MzISHOXJH0/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN18Q179

U.S. Congress’ Russia probes expand to Trump’s personal lawyer: ABC News
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 13:13:03 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional investigations into alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 U.S. election and potential ties to President Donald Trump’s associates have expanded to include his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, ABC News reported on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/V3KICpuU10s/us-usa-trump-russia-cohen-idUSKBN18Q23C

Trump again urges Senate to loosen rules, push healthcare and tax reforms
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 14:47:50 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, in a tweet on Tuesday, reiterated his call for the U.S. Senate to loosen its rules to make it easier to pass legislation by simple majority, and urged lawmakers to pass healthcare and tax overhauls.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/c04kdx2OfGw/us-usa-trump-senate-idUSKBN18Q1ML

House panel has not subpoenaed Trump lawyer Michael Cohen: sources
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 17:40:47 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has not issued a subpoena to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as part of its probe into possible Russian election meddling and ties to the Trump campaign, people familiar with the investigation told Reuters on Tuesday.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/bKkQUV4jzgQ/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18Q2CI

Path cleared for Congress to consider U.S. arms sale to Riyadh: State Department
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 14:51:43 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has authorized the State Department to notify Congress of the Trump administration’s sale of precision-guided munitions for Saudi Arabia to use in its Yemen campaign, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/NS_emt1gATI/us-usa-saudi-arms-idUSKBN18Q29T

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Ohio’s bid to revive voter purge policy
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 10:43:05 -0400
(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear Ohio’s appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked the Republican-led state’s policy of purging people from voter-registration lists if they do not regularly cast ballots because it violated federal law. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/dXPCStGe9jQ/us-usa-court-voters-idUSKBN18Q1J7

Trump jump starts search for FBI chief with two interviews
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 15:09:17 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday was scheduled to interview two candidates to replace James Comey as head of the FBI, former agency No. 2 James Pistole and former Assistant Attorney General Chris Wray, the White House said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/6cAwBM1RktI/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKBN18Q25Y

Trump administration nearing completion of Cuba policy review: sources
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 00:41:08 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is nearing completion of a policy review to determine how far it goes in rolling back former President Barack Obama’s engagement with Cuba and could make an announcement next month, according to current and former U.S. officials and people familiar with the discussions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/NWT4Ev-2qMk/us-cuba-usa-trump-idUSKBN18Q09D

Missouri to limit union rules in public construction
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 18:25:29 -0400
(Reuters) – Missouri’s non-union contractors will no longer have to pay union wages on public projects such as schools, libraries and police stations under a bill that Governor Eric Greitens signed into law on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/NKc3q3iqtUU/us-missouri-labor-idUSKBN18Q2MR

Trial kicks off in U.S. case over Iran-linked New York office tower
Posted:Tue, 30 May 2017 18:19:05 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jurors in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday settled in for a weeks-long trial to decide the fate of a Manhattan office tower built for the shah of Iran, which the U.S. government is trying to seize for the benefit of people who have won terrorism-related court judgments against Iran. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/Pdh0mskT8yE/us-usa-iran-lawsuit-idUSKBN18Q2M8

Atlanticist’ Merkel rams home frustration with Trump after summits
Posted:Mon, 29 May 2017 14:27:24 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel underlined her doubts about the reliability of the United States as an ally on Monday but said she was a “convinced trans-Atlanticist”, fine-tuning her message after surprising Washington with her frankness a day earlier. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/YxENKa29Ai4/us-germany-merkel-trump-idUSKBN18P0VV

North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile, Japan protests
Posted:Mon, 29 May 2017 09:01:12 -0400
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired at least one short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/eSkss2CyMGA/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN18O0R3

Venezuela opposition accuses Goldman Sachs of financing dictatorship
Posted:Mon, 29 May 2017 15:23:20 -0400
CARACAS (Reuters) – The president of Venezuela’s opposition-run Congress on Monday accused Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs of “aiding and abetting the country’s dictatorial regime” following a report that it had bought $2.8 billion in bonds from the cash-strapped country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/4Q4_u9Py8Yw/us-venezuela-goldman-sachs-idUSKBN18P1Z5

New Ecuador president says Assange a ‘hacker,’ but can stay at embassy
Posted:Mon, 29 May 2017 14:38:06 -0400
QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador’s new leftist president Lenin Moreno said on Monday Julian Assange is a “hacker,” making his strongest comments to date against the WikiLeaks founder while still stressing he could stay on in the country’s London embassy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/yzJ7Z14YrvM/us-ecuador-assange-idUSKBN18P1WK

MI5 to review its handling of intelligence on Manchester bomber
Posted:Mon, 29 May 2017 13:14:30 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s MI5 has begun an internal review of how it handled intelligence on Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who was known to the authorities but not under active investigation, a source told Reuters on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/mufnSP-fhJQ/us-britain-security-manchester-mi-idUSKBN18P0MQ

Trudeau invites pope to Canada for Church apology to indigenous peoples
Posted:Mon, 29 May 2017 15:03:50 -0400
ROME (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday urged Pope Francis to visit Canada to apologize to indigenous peoples for the Catholic Church’s treatment of aboriginal children in schools it ran there. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/qTKqn–MMdM/us-pope-trudeau-idUSKBN18P1Y0

Iranian hardliners accuse Rouhani of voter fraud, interference
Posted:Mon, 29 May 2017 11:29:10 -0400
(Reuters) – Defeated hardline candidate Ebrahim Raisi has complained of voter fraud in Iran’s presidential election and called on the judiciary and the election watchdog to investigate, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/bvSgxJxDd34/us-iran-election-raisi-idUSKBN18P1C4

We are not amused’: Belgian monarchy angered by Burger King
Posted:Mon, 29 May 2017 13:29:19 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Burger King is in trouble with Belgium’s monarchy over an advertising campaign asking Belgians to vote online to “crown” the global fast-food giant the true ruler of the country where the U.S. brand will launch next month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Hc7_G0xKNWk/us-belgium-burgerking-idUSKBN18P1TW

After summits with Trump, Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands
Posted:Sun, 28 May 2017 14:13:01 -0400
MUNICH (Reuters) – Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, pointing to bruising meetings of G7 wealthy nations and NATO last week.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Ts4iaGKcuJM/us-germany-politics-merkel-idUSKBN18O0JK

North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile, Japan protests
Posted:Sun, 28 May 2017 20:35:35 -0400
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired what appeared to be a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/eSkss2CyMGA/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN18O0R3

Christians caught up in Philippines’ urban battle with Islamists
Posted:Sun, 28 May 2017 20:00:05 -0400
ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (Reuters) – Bishop Edwin Dela Pena was sipping coffee after dinner in a southern Philippines coastal town last Tuesday when he received a phone call: it was from one of his diocese priests, who sounded panicky and distressed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/zSLHBkby1Ms/us-philippines-militants-christians-idUSKBN18O0UF

South Africa’s Zuma survives no confidence vote in ANC – News24 website
Posted:Sun, 28 May 2017 17:55:21 -0400
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa President Jacob Zuma defeated a no-confidence motion against him at a meeting of top officials of the ruling African National Congress party on Sunday, News24 reported on its website. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/dlF2sisEHS0/us-safrica-politics-idUSKBN18O0RG

New French president promises tough talk at first Putin meeting
Posted:Sun, 28 May 2017 21:08:23 -0400
VERSAILLES, France (Reuters) – New French President Emmanuel Macron is promising tough talk at his first meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday, following an election campaign when his team accused Russian media of trying to interfere in the democratic process. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/ew72Po5PluM/us-france-russia-idUSKBN18P030

Australia promises 30 more troops for NATO’s Afghanistan mission
Posted:Sun, 28 May 2017 20:50:16 -0400
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will send an additional 30 troops to join the NATO-led training and assistance mission in Afghanistan, bringing its total deployment there to 300, Defense Minister Marise Payne said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/565eRzoIWz4/us-nato-afghanistan-australia-idUSKBN18P029

If SNP wins election in Scotland, PM May will have to grant independence vote – Sturgeon Posted:Sun, 28 May 2017 15:58:51 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – If the Scottish National Party wins the most seats in Scotland at a June 8 election, Prime Minister Theresa May’s refusal to agree to a second independence referendum will be unsustainable, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/oSLY6FBpfbM/us-britain-election-scotland-idUSKBN18O0N4

Britain says some of Manchester bomber’s network potentially still at large
Posted:Sun, 28 May 2017 16:49:34 -0400
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Members of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi’s network are still potentially at large, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday, after the terrorism threat level was lowered because of significant progress in the investigation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/6yUzqH1afQ0/us-britain-security-manchester-idUSKBN18O0AZ

Hillary Clinton attacks proposed Trump budget cuts as ‘cruelty’
Posted:Fri, 26 May 2017 14:49:48 -0400
WELLESLEY, Mass. (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton assailed the man who beat her to the White House, slamming as “unimaginable cruelty” President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade in a speech on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/RdIeSRmsCuY/us-usa-politics-clinton-idUSKBN18M05J

Exclusive: Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy -sources
Posted:Sat, 27 May 2017 21:36:58 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/QkgSHiMaLBQ/us-usa-trump-russia-kushner-idUSKBN18N0NA

Russian with ties to former Trump aide wants immunity for testimony: NYT
Posted:Fri, 26 May 2017 22:11:26 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Russian oligarch once close to Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, has offered to testify to congressional panels investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but lawmakers are rejecting his conditions, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing congressional officials. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/1D1GLQfmh4s/us-usa-trump-russia-oligarch-idUSKBN18N02W

Senate intelligence panel requests Trump campaign documents: Washington Post
Posted:Fri, 26 May 2017 20:25:24 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate Intelligence Committee, investigating Russian meddling in U.S. 2016 election, has asked President Donald Trump’s political organization to hand over all documents going back the campaign’s launch in June 2015, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two people briefed on the request. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/vRbcv0mjs1Y/us-usa-trump-russia-documents-idUSKBN18M2QF

Former U.S. national security adviser Brzezinski dies at 89
Posted:Sat, 27 May 2017 13:08:09 -0400
(Reuters) – Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser during the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and drove a normalization of relations with China, has died. He was 89. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/qVvMGZA9S08/us-people-brzezinski-idUSKBN18N049

In shakeup, Trump to set up ‘war room’ to repel attacks over Russia probe
Posted:Fri, 26 May 2017 17:36:38 -0400
BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Once U.S. President Donald Trump returns from his overseas trip, the White House plans to launch its most aggressive effort yet to push back against allegations involving Russia and his presidential campaign, tackling head-on a scandal that has threatened to consume his young presidency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/JixlGy1BOsI/us-usa-trump-warroom-idUSKBN18M2FU

Boehner: Trump has been ‘complete disaster’
Posted:Fri, 26 May 2017 15:49:55 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s time in office has been a “complete disaster” aside from foreign affairs, fellow Republican and former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said at an energy conference. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8OfyMYl8QII/us-usa-trump-boehner-idUSKBN18M2AO

Update Thursday 25 May 2017

Despite vow, Trump Organization not tracking all profits from foreign governments Posted:Thu, 25 May 2017 04:16:08 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s businesses say it would be “impractical” to require customers representing foreign nations to identify themselves, raising questions about how Trump will fulfill a pledge to donate all profits from overseas governments to the U.S. Treasury. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/MBiil67vE5o/us-usa-trump-donations-idUSKBN18K2EP

Trump faces rougher reception in NATO, EU meetings
Posted:Wed, 24 May 2017 19:05:25 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – After a warm welcome in the Middle East and a “fantastic” visit with the pope, U.S. President Donald Trump walks on shakier ground on Thursday when European Union and NATO leaders will press him on defense, trade, and environmental concerns. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/nQkG9vNhsig/us-usa-trump-europe-idUSKBN18K34D

Russians discussed how to influence Trump via his aides: NYT
Posted:Wed, 24 May 2017 21:58:44 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior Russian intelligence and political officials discussed how to influence Donald Trump through his advisers according to information gathered by American spies last summer, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/h_C8FgmUgKA/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18K1ZC

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Reuters News Feed Selection

Senate panel says it will subpoena Michael Flynn businesses
Posted:Tue, 23 May 2017 18:02:19 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they would subpoena two of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s businesses after Flynn declined to comply with a subpoena for documents in the panel’s Russia probe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Q5cRusxHgsI/us-usa-trump-russia-senate-idUSKBN18J2Y9

Ex-CIA chief: Worries grew of Trump campaign contacts to Russia
Posted:Tue, 23 May 2017 18:02:19 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former CIA director John Brennan said on Tuesday he had noticed contacts between associates of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia during the 2016 election and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down “a treasonous path.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/H_IUtnSNhP4/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18J2DE

Former FBI chief Comey postpones testimony before House committee
Posted:Mon, 22 May 2017 18:29:54 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former FBI Director James Comey is delaying an appearance before the U.S. House Oversight Committee that had been planned for Wednesday, the panel’s chairman said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/2iJmFnc4qbw/us-usa-congress-comey-idUSKBN18I2P3

U.S. plan to sell oil reserves undermines OPEC supply management efforts
Posted:Tue, 23 May 2017 03:21:20 -0400
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal to sell half of the United States’ strategic oil reserve surprised energy markets on Tuesday since it counters OPEC’s efforts to control supply in order to boost prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/GYuzZl7Mhz4/us-usa-oil-reserves-idUSKBN18J0T2

Exclusive: Trump EPA transition chief laments slow progress in killing green rules
Posted:Mon, 22 May 2017 07:03:16 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man who led President Donald Trump’s transition team for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Myron Ebell, told a conservative conference last month that the new administration is moving too slowly to unravel climate change regulations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XeE1TGrdRoA/us-usa-trump-ebell-exclusive-idUSKBN18I196

Exclusive: U.S., Japanese firms collaborating on new missile defense radars – sources
Posted:Tue, 23 May 2017 01:09:29 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp are working with Japanese partners on rival projects to develop new radars that will enhance Japan’s shield against any North Korean missile strike, government and defense industry sources in Tokyo told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/X1az9nbAwZw/us-japan-missiles-radar-exclusive-idUSKBN18J0J0

Exclusive: North American carmakers want rules of origin in NAFTA left untouched – Mexico lobby Posted:Mon, 22 May 2017 20:39:30 -0400
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The auto industries of the United States, Canada and Mexico agree there should be no changes to rules of origin in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the president of the Mexican automakers’ association said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/05YTsJBFEBI/us-mexico-autos-exclusive-idUSKBN18I2OB

Swiss voters embrace shift to renewable energy
Posted:Sun, 21 May 2017 10:40:37 -0400
ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss voters backed the government’s plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/UlIieBPXIiQ/us-swiss-energy-idUSKBN18H0HM

Japan anti-conspiracy bill clears lower house despite rights worries
Posted:Tue, 23 May 2017 03:50:58 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc pushed a bill targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes through parliament’s lower house on Tuesday, despite fears the changes could allow police to trample civil liberties. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Ugxn1Jz2USI/us-japan-politics-conspiracy-idUSKBN18J0VY

SNP election policy document launch postponed after Manchester attack
Posted:Tue, 23 May 2017 04:02:02 -0400
EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The launch of the Scottish National Party’s policy offer was suspended on Tuesday after at least 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber at a concert in the English city of Manchester. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/a-91hmREcTo/us-britain-election-scotland-idUSKBN18I2SD

Exclusive: U.S. starts ‘extreme vetting’ at Australia’s offshore detention centers
Posted:Tue, 23 May 2017 01:57:45 -0400
SYDNEY (Reuters) – U.S. Homeland Security officials have begun “extreme vetting” interviews at Australia’s offshore detention centers, two sources at the camps told Reuters on Tuesday, as Washington honors a refugee swap that U.S. President Donald Trump had called “a dumb deal”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Poe60SjadXQ/us-usa-trump-australia-refugees-idUSKBN18J0GA

Trump travels to Bethlehem for talks with Palestinian president
Posted:Tue, 23 May 2017 03:42:40 -0400
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump traveled in a high-security convoy to Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday to discuss Middle East peace with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/clS7HqMTNMg/us-usa-trump-israel-palestinians-idUSKBN18J0UM

U.S. delivers patrol boats to Vietnam to deepen security ties
Posted:Tue, 23 May 2017 00:23:34 -0400
HANOI (Reuters) – The United States has transferred six patrol boats to the Vietnam coast guard, to help build security cooperation between the two countries, U.S. embassy in Hanoi said in a statement on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/93TYrdVu8Dg/us-vietnam-usa-idUSKBN18J0FU

Supreme Court tosses Republican-drawn North Carolina voting districts
Posted:Mon, 22 May 2017 13:34:25 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Republicans in North Carolina unlawfully took race into consideration when drawing congressional district boundaries, concentrating black voters in an improper bid to diminish their statewide political clout.

Flynn declines Senate subpoena in Russia probe
Posted:Mon, 22 May 2017 19:54:18 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn declined on Monday to comply with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee as it investigates possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ahYF3cFnvDo/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18I1U9

Trump asked two top intelligence officials to deny Russia collusion: Washington Post
Posted:Mon, 22 May 2017 18:44:47 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump urged two senior intelligence officials in March to publicly deny there was any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing current and former officials. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/rUPowzzINAs/us-usa-trump-russia-intelligence-idUSKBN18I2QH

Trump close to picking outside counsel for Russia probe: Washington Post
Posted:Mon, 22 May 2017 18:55:41 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is seeking outside counsel to help him during investigations into his campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and has narrowed the search to four prominent attorneys, the Washington Post reported on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/acJUUzvydog/us-usa-trump-russia-counsel-idUSKBN18I2NP

Senate confirms Iowa Governor Branstad as ambassador to China
Posted:Mon, 22 May 2017 18:59:43 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to confirm Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, one of the U.S. politicians most closely acquainted with China, as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Beijing.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/PsMeihtoUd4/us-usa-trump-china-branstad-idUSKBN18I2R9

Rich mining legacy is poisonous future in parts of South Africa
Posted:Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:07:00 -0400
Waste from South African mines dug more than a century ago, stretching along one of the world’s largest gold deposits, has left communities exposed to radiation, contaminated dust and water that can contribute to life threatening health conditions like TB and cancer. Stuart McDill reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/S9hy3YRRIic/rich-mining-legacy-is-poisonous-future-i

Under siege in Washington, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal, stronger ties
Posted:Sat, 20 May 2017 15:13:37 -0400
RIYADH (Reuters) – Under political fire at home, U.S. President Donald Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday on his maiden foreign trip as he struggled to shift attention from the aftermath of his firing of the director of the FBI. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/K7IddBZ3p8Y/us-usa-trump-gulf-arrival-idUSKCN18G06K

Decisively re-elected, Rouhani defies hardliners, pledges to open Iran
Posted:Sat, 20 May 2017 14:48:21 -0400
DUBAI/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Hassan Rouhani pledged on Saturday to open Iran to the world and deliver freedoms its people have yearned for, throwing down a defiant challenge to his hardline opponents after securing a decisive re-election for a second term. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/SRRdgzgDXEo/us-iran-election-idUSKCN18E2Y8

Brazil president lambastes testimony by JBS executives
Posted:Sat, 20 May 2017 15:14:51 -0400
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Michel Temer on Saturday challenged a recorded conversation implicating him in a corruption probe, saying he would continue as president and ask the Supreme Court to verify the integrity of the recording. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Ij-807GQXtU/us-brazil-corruption-idUSKCN18G0UC

China killed CIA sources, hobbled U.S. spying from 2010 to 2012: NYT
Posted:Sat, 20 May 2017 14:44:48 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012, hobbling U.S. spying operations in a massive intelligence breach whose origin has not been identified, the New York Times reported on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/eRDCgVNbTJ8/us-usa-china-espionage-idUSKCN18G0UM

After Rouhani re-election, expect hardliners to ‘settle scores’
Posted:Sat, 20 May 2017 11:16:53 -0400
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranians yearning for detente abroad and greater freedoms at home have handed President Hassan Rouhani a second term, but the hardline forces he defeated in elections on Friday will remain defiantly opposed to his plans. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/YetGUmhUap8/us-iran-election-analysis-idUSKCN18G0CK

Turkish NBA star denied entry to Romania after passport canceled: police
Posted:Sat, 20 May 2017 14:45:52 -0400
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – U.S.-based Turkish basketball star Enes Kanter was refused entry into Romania on Saturday because his Turkish passport had been canceled, Romanian border police said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/eWwoIYHDMwg/us-turkey-security-basketball-idUSKCN18G0U0

Syrian rebels begin to leave last opposition-held Homs district
Posted:Sat, 20 May 2017 11:20:08 -0400
HOMS, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebels started leaving the last opposition-held district of Homs city on Saturday in the final phase of an evacuation deal that will bring an early center of the uprising back under government control in the conflict’s seventh year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/5I8YYnLx5Jg/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKCN18G0BO

Tunisia protesters shut oil transport pumping station: radio
Posted:Sat, 20 May 2017 14:31:07 -0400
TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian protesters on Saturday shut down an oil pumping station in southern Tatatouine province that feeds a coastal shipping terminal as part of their protests to demand jobs, local state radio and two witnesses said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/2i4k1deLILM/us-tunisia-protests-oil-idUSKCN18G0UI

Poland’s Kaczynski blames Merkel for EU’s migration issues
Posted:Sat, 20 May 2017 12:45:20 -0400
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski again criticized the European Union’s relocation scheme for refugees on Saturday, blaming Germany’s Angela Merkel for causing the bloc’s migration problems. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/C3-b9khKin4/us-europe-migrants-poland-idUSKCN18G0RC

Trump’s trade rep brings ‘America First’ policy to Asia-Pacific summit
Posted:Sat, 20 May 2017 07:55:47 -0400
HANOI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s new trade representative held his first face-to-face meetings with some key partners on Saturday as the United States charts an “America First” policy that has upended the old global order and sparked fears of protectionism. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/otzIws-wVdg/us-apec-vietnam-idUSKCN18G04J

White House adviser is person of interest in Russia probe: report
Posted:Fri, 19 May 2017 18:02:04 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior White House adviser is a significant person of interest in the law enforcement investigation of possible ties between Donald Trump’s election campaign and Russia, the Washington Post said on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/uItu1wNpVEI/us-usa-trump-mideast-idUSKCN18F0EM

Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources Posted:Thu, 18 May 2017 13:07:28 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/kSKiVHfpMfI/us-usa-trump-russia-contacts-idUSKCN18E106

Treasury’s Mnuchin concerned about alternate scoring models of Trump tax plan
Posted:Thu, 18 May 2017 18:08:41 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Thursday that he has some doubts that what are known as alternate scoring models will give enough credit to the potential for economic growth when assessing the impact of the Trump administration’s tax plan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/HIy5TjL3vjI/us-usa-congress-mnuchin-idUSKCN18E28T

Treasury Secretary says Trump has approved new bank regulator
Posted:Thu, 18 May 2017 18:08:41 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has made his selection for the next full-time head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/3jrNQk4hPFE/us-usa-congress-mnuchin-occ-idUSKCN18E2UK

U.S. lawmaker unveils sweeping Pentagon acquisition reform bill
Posted:Thu, 18 May 2017 17:12:10 -0400
(Reuters) – The head of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee introduced legislation on Thursday to cut cost overruns at the Pentagon by overhauling the way it buys everything from common off-the-shelf goods to services and intellectual property. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/0JiHkKNaZ0w/us-usa-pentagon-procurement-idUSKCN18E334

For Trump’s defenders, White House turmoil is politics as usual
Posted:Thu, 18 May 2017 18:55:43 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In Washington, the chatter about a deepening, Watergate-style crisis has engulfed the White House – and those conversations are echoed in big cities across the country and in a succession of headlines that seem to suggest almost certain doom for the young Trump administration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/jh5kVu6umoo/us-usa-trump-supporters-idUSKCN18E36Q

Trump denies asking Comey to drop probe, decries ‘witch hunt’
Posted:Thu, 18 May 2017 22:50:42 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone on Thursday after days of political tumult, denied asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser and decried a “witch hunt” against him. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/g9MgsHdXW_U/us-usa-trump-idUSKCN18E1P7

Five dead, 19 missing after Haiti rains, flooding: officials
Posted:Thu, 18 May 2017 23:25:23 -0400
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) – Five people were killed and 19 went missing after torrential rains and flooding hit Haiti, its Department of Civil Protection said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/i3Aw3cZkucE/us-haiti-floods-idUSKCN18F07Y

Indian environment minister dies; was to have decided on GM crop
Posted:Thu, 18 May 2017 05:54:28 -0400
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s environment minister died on Thursday, depriving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of a key figure as it considers whether to approve the country’s first genetically modified food crop. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/nw9_8xFaC4U/us-india-minister-idUSKCN18E0NT

Belgium extends commuter benefits to all electric bicycles
Posted:Thu, 18 May 2017 07:49:05 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium on Thursday extended commuter tax benefits for cyclists traveling to work on any electric bicycles. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0xvtcLC5RZM/us-belgium-bicycles-idUSKCN18E1D0

Greenpeace asks Alberta regulator to halt Kinder Morgan Canada IPO
Posted:Thu, 18 May 2017 14:21:17 -0400
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday asked the Alberta securities regulator to halt Kinder Morgan’s initial public offering (IPO) of its Canadian business until the company disclosed climate-related risks to potential investors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gIlQEkguNBA/us-canada-kinder-morgan-de-greenpeace-idUSKCN18E2QC

Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets
Posted:Wed, 17 May 2017 17:02:23 -0400
SOCHI/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript.
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