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Trump's nomination to run veterans agency runs into trouble

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s nomination of his presidential physician, Ronny Jackson, to head the Veterans Affairs department ran into trouble on Tuesday when a Senate committee delayed his confirmation in light of “new information” it had received. “We will continue looking into these serious allegations and have …

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U.S. Supreme Court divided over challenge to SEC in-house judges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared divided over a challenge to the constitutionality of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s selection of in-house judges to enforce investor protection laws in a case involving a former radio host and investment adviser backed by the Trump administration. FILE PHOTO: …

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Pruitt's spending on security sweep draws fresh fire from lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s spending came under scrutiny again on Monday as congressional Democrats said a sweep last year for listening devices in his office was poorly done and the contractor improperly hired. FILE PHOTO: Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, gestures as he …

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Republican Senator Paul changes mind, will back Pompeo nomination

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Rand Paul said on Monday he will support CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be U.S. secretary of state, changing his position as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee gathered to vote on Pompeo. FILE PHOTO: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) walks from Senate Republican weekly policy …

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Senate committee paves way for Pompeo to become top U.S. diplomat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee approved the nomination of President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Monday after a Republican senator who had been opposed threw his support behind the CIA director in the face of party pressure. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved …

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Trump aide urges Congress to pare back bipartisan spending deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress needs to consider rolling back the spending deal that U.S. Republicans brokered with Democrats last month, because lawmakers voted to enact the $1.3 trillion legislation without reading it, an aide to President Donald Trump said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: White House director of legislative affairs Marc …

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Trump delays drug pricing speech, no set date yet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has postponed a speech on lowering prescription drug prices previously scheduled for Thursday to a date in the near future, the White House said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gets into his limo upon his return to Joint Base Andrews …

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Trump says may tie Mexican immigration control to NAFTA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump threatened to make Mexican immigration control a condition of a new NAFTA agreement on Monday, saying the southern U.S. neighbor must stop illegal immigrants from getting into the United States. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he arrives on Air Force One …

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