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Democrats' bid to pass coronavirus small business bill stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Senator Ron Johnson on Wednesday stopped an attempt by Democrats to immediately pass a bill giving small businesses more flexibility in using new federal loans during the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson said the legislation, which overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives on May 28, possibly could be passed later on Wednesday […]

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Trump to accept Republican presidential nomination outside of North Carolina: party statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will accept the Republican Party’s presidential nomination outside of North Carolina, where the party’s convention was planned to take place in August, the Republican Party said in a statement on Wednesday. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, rejected Republican demands for a full-fledged convention in Charlotte over concerns […]

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U.S. House to vote on infrastructure funding plan in July

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on a Democratic plan to boost infrastructure spending in early July that aims to fix crumbling roads and highways and reduce carbon pollution. On Wednesday, Democrats, who control the House, introduced a $494 billion five-year surface transportation bill that would provide $319 billion to […]

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White House says Defense Secretary Esper still in post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper was still in his post on Wednesday as speculation swirled that President Donald Trump wanted to remove the Pentagon chief over his comments on nationwide protests. “As of right now, Secretary Esper is still Secretary Esper and should the president […]

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Ex-spy Plame loses bid for House of Representatives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former CIA operative Valerie Plame failed in her bid for a seat in the U.S. Congress Wednesday, losing the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s 3rd District to an attorney with deep roots in the state, Teresa Leger Fernandez. Plame had raised over $2 million, more than anyone on the ballot for the […]

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Senate opens controversial probe of Trump-Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Senate Republican ally of President Donald Trump accused the FBI on Wednesday of conducting a corrupt investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign, during a congressional probe that Democrats view as part of a partisan election-year attack on candidate Joe Biden. Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a Senate Judiciary […]

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Rosenstein testifies in Republican-led Senate Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a Senate panel on Wednesday that he was unaware of any factual problems with warrant applications he approved for FBI surveillance of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign officials. His remarks were likely to be welcomed by Trump and his Republican allies, who claim the […]

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Republican-led U.S. Senate probe to hear first testimony on Trump-Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A main figure in an investigation of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign’s contacts with Russia is due to testify on Wednesday in a politically charged U.S. Senate probe led by a Republican ally of President Donald Trump. The first Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in an inquiry that Trump hopes will unearth evidence […]

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Controversial Republican congressman Steve King ousted in Iowa primary

(Reuters) – Firebrand U.S. congressman Steve King, who was called out by his colleagues last year for using hateful rhetoric, lost his bid for reelection on Tuesday as a Republican rival defeated him for their party’s nomination in an Iowa primary election. Randy Feenstra, a state senator who had the backing of several major Republican […]

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House Democrat moves to cut Attorney General Barr's budget by $50 million

(Reuters) – The Democrat who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary committee said on Tuesday he will introduce legislation this week to cut $50 million in funding from Attorney General William Barr’s personal office. New York Representative Jerrold Nadler said he would move to reduce funding for Barr’s personal office as a response to […]

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