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Federal agencies to investigate ‘left-wing civil unrest’: Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are setting up a joint operations center to investigate “left-wing civil unrest,” President Donald Trump said on Monday, as he accused Democrat Joe Biden of giving moral aid to vandal... More »

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Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor – now living in Russia – whose spectacular leaks shook the U.S. intelligence community in 201... More »

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Explainer: The purpose of U.S. presidential nominating conventions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has held presidential nominating conventions for almost 200 years, and they have served in recent decades as an important televised introduction to each party’s candidate in the final months before the election. Here is... More »

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Trump gets verified account on TikTok competitor Triller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump now has a verified account on TikTok competitor Triller, another sign of the White House’s disfavor toward the ByteDance-owned video-sharing app. Triller is one of several TikTok alternatives that have experie... More »

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Pelosi considering recalling Congress over Post Office woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may recall lawmakers from a summer recess to address changes at the Postal Service that have prompted anger among Democrats and alarm about possible impact on the 2020 election. A Democratic congressional ... More »

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China sends fighter jets as U.S. health chief visits Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Chinese air force jets briefly crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait on Monday and were tracked by Taiwanese missiles, Taiwan’s government said, as U.S. health chief Alex Azar visited the island to offer President Donald Trump’s support.... More »

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U.S. Attorney General Barr says the left wants to tear down system

(Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr mounted a partisan attack on the Democratic Party in an interview that aired Sunday, claiming the left believes in “tearing down the system” and pursues absolute victory as “a substitute for religion.” Barr also t... More »

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There may never be a ‘silver bullet’ for COVID-19, WHO warns

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19, and the road to normality would be long. More than 18.14 million people around the world are report... More »

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U.S. election will be Nov. 3 as planned, Trump advisers say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday sought to shut down the Republican president’s musings on delaying the 2020 vote, saying there will be an election on Nov. 3. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Trump was ra... More »

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Republican senators back plan to sell TikTok’s U.S. operations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Republican senators on Sunday backed a plan by China’s ByteDance to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app. Senator John Cornyn, a Texas ... More »

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Arizona congressman tests positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, has tested positive for coronavirus but feels fine and has gone into isolation, he said in a statement on Saturday. Grijalva, 72, was told of the positive test by the attending physician... More »

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Republican Senator Tom Cotton calls slavery ‘necessary evil’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton described slavery as “a necessary evil” in a published attack on a New York Times initiative to make slavery the focal point of American history for U.S. schools. “As the Founding Fathers said, it was t... More »

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Record number of Black women set to run for U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON(Reuters) – Joyce Elliott, an Arkansas state senator who is seeking a U.S. congressional seat in November, was the second Black student to attend her local public high school- the first was her older sister. If elected in November, she will be the fi... More »

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Trump says Confederate flag proud symbol of U.S. South

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump declined to say the Confederate flag was an offensive symbol in an interview broadcast on Sunday, saying it is a source of pride for people who love the South. The Republican president was asked on “Fox News S... More »

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Twitter disables Trump tweet over copyright complaint

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twitter Inc disabled a campaign-style video that President Donald Trump retweeted on Saturday, citing a copyright complaint. The video, which included music from the group Linkin Park, disappeared from the president’s Twitter feed late S... More »

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Factbox: Activists and politicians mourn John Lewis’ death

(Reuters) – U.S. flags were flown at half-staff on Saturday at the White House, federal properties and several states as politicians and activists voiced an outpouring of grief and appreciation for civil rights career of U.S. Representative John Lewis, who die... More »

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G20 finance officials eye solution to digital tax row this year

WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Reuters) – Finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies on Saturday vowed to resolve major differences over taxing big tech companies and reach a broad, consensus-based solution on international taxation this year. The United State... More »

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Trump expected to exclude undocumented migrants from U.S. census

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected to soon issue an executive order that would ban undocumented immigrants from being included in the 2020 census count of every person living in the United States, a source familiar with the matter said o... More »

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UK to ban Huawei from 5G network

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government will ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network by ordering telecoms companies to remove its equipment by 2027, Media Secretary Oliver Dowden said on Tuesday. Operators will not be able to purchase 5G comp... More »

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Britain set to ban Huawei from 5G, though timescale unclear

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network in a landmark decision that will anger Beijing but win plaudits from President Donald Trump as the United States grapples with China’s rising economic and technologi... More »

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UK government to make Huawei statement on Tuesday

LONDON (Reuters) – British minister Oliver Dowden will make a statement to parliament on Huawei some time after 1130 GMT on Tuesday, the opposition Labour Party said on Twitter. Britain is set to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network in a landmark decision that... More »

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What would Kanye West have to do to launch a late White House bid?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If Kanye West is serious about running for president, the American rapper and fashion designer will face major obstacles to mount a serious campaign less than four months before the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election. West, who said in a ... More »

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U.S. Supreme Court blocks Alabama order easing voting restrictions

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower-court ruling that would have relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama state during the coronavirus pandemic. Alabama requires voters to submit a photo identification when they apply for an absentee b... More »

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Fed’s offered flood of credit so far just a trickle in practice

(Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s promise in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic to flood the U.S. economy with trillions of dollars seemed like the proverbial central bank bazooka. It has been more of a trickle in practice, with activity outside the U.... More »

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White House adviser Kevin Hassett to leave this summer: Axios

(Reuters) – White House adviser Kevin Hassett will leave the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump this summer, Axios reported bit.ly/2Npsi61 on Monday, citing two officials. Hassett had returned as an adviser earlier this year to help the Trump admini... More »

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South Korea says Bolton’s memoir on Trump-Kim summit is distorted

SEOUL (Reuters) – Accounts by former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton of discussions between leaders of the United States and the two Koreas in his upcoming book are inaccurate and distorted, South Korea said on Monday. Bolton gives details in the bo... More »

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May flowers: Where the U.S. retail blooms are and are not

(Reuters) – No denying May’s $73 billion rebound in U.S. retail sales was an eye-popper and is the latest fodder to fuel the red-hot “V” vs “U” debate about what kind of recovery to expect from the COVID-19 recession. Even Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, ... More »

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U.S. Federal Reserve resumes normal bank exams

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve announced Monday it was resuming its normal bank examination activities, after easing back at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. The Fed announced in March it was reducing some exam activities and focusing o... More »

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Amazon CEO Bezos willing to testify before U.S. Congress: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is willing to testify to a congressional panel investigating potential violations of U.S. antitrust law by big technology companies, according to a letter from an attorney representing A... More »

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Mnuchin will discuss PPP oversight with Congress after criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday he would talk to Congress about proper oversight of $660 billion in small business economic relief, after previously resisting calls to reveal who received the funds. Mnuchin tweeted ... More »

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a series of new cases seeking to expand gun rights. The court rejected a total of 10 different cases that had piled up at the court in recent months. Two justices, conservatives Claren... More »

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Anti-racism protest signs, murals destined for U.S. Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Days into nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, demonstrators began to fill a tall fence in front of the White House with posters, flowers, paintings and photos in honor of black men, women and children who have lost thei... More »

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Trump economic adviser urges wearing of masks at Tulsa rally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People attending U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Oklahoma this week should wear masks, a White House adviser said on Sunday, as health experts cautioned against large gatherings such as political rallies during the corona... More »

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U.S. health agency reverses Obamacare transgender protections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule on Friday that would lift anti-discrimination protections under Obamacare for transgender people and women seeking abortions, drawing condemnation from Democratic lawmakers. ... More »