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Trump signs order to move controversial oil pipelines forward

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed orders on Tuesday smoothing the path for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, rolling back key Obama administration environmental actions in favor of expanding energy infrastructure. Learn More

 

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White House says Trump stands by voter fraud belief, offers no evidence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump stands by his belief that millions of people voted illegally in the U.S. election, the White House said on Tuesday, but it offered no evidence to support the contention. More »

 

Top U.S. Senate Democrat urges Trump to name China currency manipulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, urged Republican President Donald Trump on Tuesday to implement one of his campaign promises and declare China a currency manipulator. More »

 

Trump signs executive orders on manufacturing, infrastructure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing that the permitting process and regulatory burden for domestic manufacturers should be streamlined to reduce what he called "the incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible" process. More »

 

Trump plans to keep Comey as FBI director: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump intends to keep FBI Director James Comey in his post, a person familiar with the decision said on Tuesday, amid reports that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are scrutinizing Trump associates over their ties to Russia. More »

 

Trump talks to U.S. automakers, pushes for new American plants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged the chief executives of the Big Three U.S. automakers on Tuesday to build more cars in the country, pressing his pledge to bring jobs to America and discourage the car industry from investing in Mexico. More »

 

Trump narrows high court search, to name conservative next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, poised to restore the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, said on Tuesday he would announce his pick next week, with three federal appeals court judges among those under close consideration. More »

 

USDA disavows gag-order emailed to scientific research unit

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday that an internal email sent to staff at its Agricultural Research Service unit this week calling for a suspension of “public-facing documents,” including news releases and photos, was flawed and that new guidance would be issued to replace it. More »

 

California Governor Brown vows to fight Trump, calls for civility

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday issued a battle-cry against U.S. President Donald Trump, swearing in a new attorney general expected to take on his administration and vowing to defend the state’s progressive laws against federal intrusion. More »

 

Senate committee clears way for Haley to be Trump U.N. ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee overwhelmingly approved South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to be President Donald Trump's Ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday, clearing the way for what is expected to be an easy confirmation in the full Senate. More »

 

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