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Republicans mull inviting Democrats into U.S. budget negotiations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress, unable so far to resolve deep disagreements over spending for the fiscal year starting on Oct. 1, are mulling whether to seek a bipartisan budget deal with Democrats similar to one reached nearly four years ago.

Trump lawyers make final Supreme Court pitch on travel ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday made its final plea to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow its proposed ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries to go into effect as the justices weigh how to handle the hotly contested dispute.

Former homeland secretary says FBI delayed notification of cyber hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a congressional panel on Wednesday that there was a delay between the time the FBI first made contact with the Democratic National Committee about Russia hacking its servers and the time he was notified at the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump seizes on Republican victory in Georgia to push agenda

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump knocked Democrats on Wednesday for obstructing his agenda, one day after a fellow Republican won a congressional race in Georgia that was widely seen as a referendum on his young, turbulent presidency.

Trump's son-in-law Kushner begins peace push with Middle East talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, beginning a new U.S. effort to revive Middle East peace efforts.

U.S. Attorney General Sessions hires private attorney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become the latest senior Trump administration official to hire a private attorney, a Justice Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Attorney general unveils 12-city partnership to fight crime

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has launched a 12-city partnership to combat spikes in violent crime as part of President Donald Trump's vow to support law enforcement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday.

Trump to meet with top executives on wireless tech, drones

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss advanced wireless technologies and drones on Thursday with top executives at AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, T-Mobile US Inc and other firms, focusing on how government can create the right environment for breakthroughs.

Trump says China tried but failed to help on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Chinese efforts to persuade North Korea to rein in its nuclear program have failed, ratcheting up the rhetoric over the death of an American student who had been detained by Pyongyang.

Russia, Iran sanctions bill could hit roadblock in U.S. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran that passed the U.S. Senate near unanimously last week has run into a procedural problem that could prevent a quick vote in the House of Representatives, congressional aides said on Tuesday.

Democrats link U.S. debt limit vote to Republican tax cut moves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Congress warned on Tuesday that Republican moves to grant new tax breaks to the wealthy could jeopardize Democratic support for an increase in the government's borrowing authority later this year.

State Department presses North Korea to release detained Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States holds North Korea accountable for its treatment of U.S. student Otto Warmbier and wants three other U.S. citizens detained by Pyongyang to be freed as soon as possible, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Factbox: Time slipping by for Trump, Republicans on domestic goals

(Reuters) - After 21 weeks at the controls of the White House and both chambers of the U.S. Congress, President Donald Trump and his Republicans have yet to pass major legislation into law and are short on time to do so before Washington's long summer recess.

Obamacare repeal imminent in Congress: Pence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to repeal major portions of Obamacare and replace them with a new healthcare system will be enacted into law within months, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday.