Alabama to certify Democrat Jones winner of Senate election

Alabama to certify Democrat Jones winner of Senate election

Top Stories December 23, 2017 0

(Reuters) – Democrat Doug Jones’ surprise victory over Republican Roy Moore in this month’s special U.S. Senate election will be certified on Dec. 28, Alabama state officials said on Friday. Jones will be the first Democrat sent to the Senate from Republican stronghold Alabama in a quarter century. When... Read more
Second court rejects Trump bid to stop transgender military recruits

Second court rejects Trump bid to stop transgender military recruits

Top Stories December 23, 2017 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected a bid by President Donald Trump’s administration to prevent the U.S. military from accepting transgender recruits starting Jan. 1, the second court to issue such a ruling this week. Four federal judges around the country have issued... Read more
Exclusive: U.S. memo weakens guidelines for protecting immigrant children in court

Exclusive: U.S. memo weakens guidelines for protecting immigrant children in court

Top Stories December 23, 2017 0

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has issued new guidelines for immigration judges that remove some instructions for how to protect unaccompanied juveniles appearing in their courtrooms. A Dec. 20 memo, issued by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) replaces 2007 guidelines, spelling out policies and... Read more
Trump travel ban should not apply to people with strong U.S. ties: court

Trump travel ban should not apply to people with strong U.S. ties: court

Top Stories December 23, 2017 0

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday said President Donald Trump’s hotly contested travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries should not be applied to people with strong U.S. ties. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers several West Coast states, also said its ruling... Read more
Trump on Twitter (Dec 22) – Tax cut, Missile defense bill

Trump on Twitter (Dec 22) – Tax cut, Missile defense bill

Top Stories December 22, 2017 0

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : – Our big and very popular Tax Cut and Reform Bill has taken on an... Read more
Senate leader McConnell sees a more collegial 2018

Senate leader McConnell sees a more collegial 2018

Top Stories December 22, 2017 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday said a shifting landscape will lead him to work with Democrats on immigration and financial regulation early in the new year, following a year of acrimony and partisan legislation. In an end-of-year news conference, McConnell touted a list... Read more
House panel asks Trump ex-top aide Bannon to testify: Bloomberg

House panel asks Trump ex-top aide Bannon to testify: Bloomberg

Top Stories December 22, 2017 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Steve Bannon, a former top White House strategist and a former chief campaign aide to Donald Trump, has been asked to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence panel next month, Bloomberg News reported. Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, was also asked to testify... Read more
Trump signs tax, government spending bills into law

Trump signs tax, government spending bills into law

Top Stories December 22, 2017 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed Republicans’ massive $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law on Friday, cementing the biggest legislative victory of his first year in office, and also approved a short-term spending bill that averts a possible government shutdown. Trump said he wanted to sign the... Read more
Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Dec 22) – Tax cut

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Dec 22) – Tax cut

Top Stories December 22, 2017 0

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : – Our big and very popular Tax Cut and Reform Bill has taken on an... Read more
Callista Gingrich becomes Trump’s envoy to pope as differences mount

Callista Gingrich becomes Trump’s envoy to pope as differences mount

Top Stories December 22, 2017 0

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Callista Gingrich, wife of the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Friday became U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, which is at odds with Washington over immigration, climate change and Jerusalem. Callista Gingrich, 51, an author, documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, presented... Read more