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Facebook, Google, Twitter asked to testify on Russian meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Executives from Facebook , Alphabet Inc's Google and Twitter have been asked to testify to the U.S. Congress in coming weeks as lawmakers probe Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election, committee sources said on Wednesday.

California moves presidential primary for bigger say in candidate choice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will move its presidential primary from June to March under a bill signed on Wednesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, a change aimed at giving the liberal-leaning state more influence in choosing candidates from either national party.

Tech executives to testify at U.S. Congress' Russia hearings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Executives from Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google and Twitter will appear in the U.S. Congress in the coming weeks as lawmakers probe Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election, committee sources said on Wednesday.

Senator says Russian internet trolls stoked NFL debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. senator on Wednesday said Russian internet trolls, seeking to polarize Americans, helped fuel a debate ignited by President Donald Trump over whether NFL players should have the right to kneel during the national anthem.

Senators want probe of Allergan transfer deal with tribe: letter

(Reuters) - Four U.S. senators have asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to launch an investigation into a deal drugmaker Allergan Plc struck with a Native American tribe to protect some of its patents from generic challenge, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Trump proposal slashes taxes on businesses, the rich; fuels deficit worries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades, offering to cut taxes for most Americans but prompting criticism that the plan favors the rich and companies and could add trillions of dollars to the deficit.

Trump vows another healthcare vote next year, eyes executive order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, faced with the latest Republican failure to undo Obamacare, pledged on Wednesday to tackle it again next year, suggesting without evidence that he had the votes to pass reform and promising to work with Democrats in the meantime.

U.S. senators want probe of Allergan transfer deal with tribe: letter

(Reuters) - Four U.S. senators have asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to launch an investigation into a deal drugmaker Allergan Plc struck with a Native American tribe to protect some of its patents from generic challenge, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

U.S. Senate to vote on top antitrust, CFIUS posts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday evening to confirm a top antitrust official at the Justice Department and a top official at the Treasury Department who will oversee international deals, according to a Senate schedule.

Trump proposal slashes taxes on businesses, the rich amid deficit worries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades, offering to cut taxes for most Americans but prompting criticism that the plan favors the rich and companies and could add trillions of dollars to the deficit.

Trump eyes executive order on healthcare, vows another vote next year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, faced with the latest congressional failure to undo Obamacare, said on Wednesday he was working on an executive order to expand access to health insurance and would negotiate with Democrats for a legislative solution by next year.

Trump 'not happy' with U.S. health chief Price over private travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to back his health secretary and said he was "not happy" with him amid reports that he used expensive private charter jets to travel for government business rather that cheaper commercial flights.

U.S. House Freedom Caucus backs Republican tax reform framework: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The conservative Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives said in a note posted on Twitter on Wednesday that it had taken an official position in support of the Republican framework for tax reform. It said it would issue a statement later.

U.S. lawmakers ask Facebook, Twitter for information on anti-fracking ads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House committee investigating whether Russia has tried to influence U.S. public opinion on fossil fuels asked Facebook , Twitter and Alphabet on Wednesday to turn over information about Russian entities that may have bought anti-fracking advertisements.

Trump slams Facebook as lawmakers await ads amid Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticized Facebook Inc as "anti-Trump" and questioned its role during the 2016 presidential campaign, amid probes into alleged Russian interference in the election and possible collusion by Trump's associates.

Exclusive: Republican U.S. tax framework sets 20 percent corporate rate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress and the White House called for slashing tax rates on businesses and the wealthy on Wednesday, as part of a new tax plan that offers few details about how to pay for tax cuts without expanding the federal deficit.

Trump criticizes Facebook, questions its role during campaign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticized Facebook Inc as "anti-Trump" and questioned its role during the 2016 presidential campaign, amid ongoing probes into alleged Russian interference in the election and possible collusion by Trump's associates.

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