Trump's 'Spygate' is a 'diversion tactic': Senator Flake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, who has not ruled out running against Donald Trump for the White House, on Sunday criticized as a “diversion tactic” the president’s unsubstantiated allegation last week of an FBI “spy” being planted in his election campaign. U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks with a reporter as he arrives for the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstFlake’s comments, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” put him again at the forefront of very few…

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EPA chief's security bill soars, agency cites death threats

(Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s security detail has cost taxpayers well over $3 million so far, up sharply from his predecessor during an equivalent period, according to details released by the agency, which said Pruitt’s life had been threatened. FILE PHOTO – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Environmental Protection Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Al DragoPruitt, who environmental groups…

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U.S. adds 15,000 visas for seasonal non-farm workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will make available an additional 15,000 H-2B visas, meant for temporary non-agricultural workers, this fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Friday. FILE PHOTO – U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen participates in a roundtable on immigration and the gang MS-13 with U.S. President Donald Trump at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, New York, U.S., May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueThe increase would help relieve U.S. businesses that depend on seasonal labor during the busy summer tourist season. Many…

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Trump eases firing of federal workers, cracks down on unions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate criticism from a group representing federal employees. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the commissioning and graduation ceremony for U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2018 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueAdministration officials said the orders would give government agencies greater ability to remove employees with “poor” performance,…

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U.S. judge declines to dismiss ex-Trump aide's false statement charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, lost a bid on Friday to have certain criminal charges filed against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller dismissed. FILE PHOTO – President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort (R) and his attorney Kevin Downing arrive for a motions hearing regarding evidence in his case at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri GripasU.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is presiding over Manafort’s case in Washington, said in a ruling that she will not…

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Trump administration opposes requiring 'reasonable' airline baggage fees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation told Congress it opposes a Senate bill that would require new rules prohibiting airline fees that are not “reasonable and proportional,” along with many other new consumer protections that the administration deems “unnecessary and wasteful,” according to a letter seen on Friday by Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Travelers make their way through Reagan National Airport in Washington December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque The U.S. House in April passed a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration by a 393-to-13 vote. It now…

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EPA spends 30 percent more on Pruitt's security, cites death threats

(Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s security detail has cost taxpayers about $3.4 million so far, up more than 30 percent from his predecessor during an equivalent period, according to details released by the agency, which said Pruitt’s life had been threatened. FILE PHOTO – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Environmental Protection Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Al DragoPruitt, who…

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U.S. proposes scrapping program aimed at attracting foreign entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration moved on Friday to end a program that aimed to attract foreign entrepreneurs to the United States, saying the Obama-era effort did not adequately protect American workers and was an inappropriate use of government authority. FILE PHOTO – U.S. Customs and Immigration officers keep watch at the arrivals level at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake The Department of Homeland Security’s formal proposal to rescind the international entrepreneur rule, which is set to be published in…

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Trial for ex-Trump aide Manafort pushed back to July 24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A trial date for U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for alleged financial crimes been postponed to July 24 in the Eastern District of Virginia District Court, according to a court filing on Friday. U.S. President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a motions hearing regarding evidence in his case at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri GripasThe judge said the cause of the postponement from July 10 was “owing to a family member’s medical procedure.” Manafort, along…

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Trial for ex-Trump aide pushed to July 24: court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The trial date for U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has been postponed to July 24 in the Eastern District of Virginia District Court, according to a court filing on Friday. U.S. President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a motions hearing regarding evidence in his case at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri GripasThe judge has not yet responded to Manafort’s request to dismiss the charges, although a different judge refused a separate effort to dismiss charges…

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