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U.S. senators want Congress to OK military action in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators called on Congress on Tuesday to take back its authority to determine whether the country goes to war, saying recent U.S. strikes in Syria were not covered by existing authorizations for the use of military force.

White House, Republicans aim for tax bill in first half of September

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said on Tuesday that the White House and congressional Republicans are working to get a tax reform bill to the floor of Congress during the first two weeks of September.

Travel ban challengers urge U.S. top court to reject Trump appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opponents of President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries again urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to reject his bid to revive it, saying his administration undermined its own arguments by amending the order last week.

Trump picks Republican lawyer Kaplan for U.S. labor board

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was poised on Tuesday to nominate Washington lawyer Marvin Kaplan to the National Labor Relations Board, nudging the agency toward a Republican majority that could overturn a series of decisions that have riled businesses.

Record-breaking congressional election headed for photo finish

ROSWELL, Ga. (Reuters) - The costliest congressional election in U.S. history was headed for a photo finish on Tuesday as Democrats hoped dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump would help them win a suburban Atlanta seat that has been held by Republicans since the 1970s.

House speaker vows to complete tax reform in 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives vowed on Tuesday to complete tax reform in 2017, saying that President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress cannot allow the chance to overhaul the U.S. tax code to slip.

Special prosecutor to meet Senate committee leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special prosecutor Robert Mueller will hold talks this week with senior Senate Judiciary Committee members to ensure that there is no conflict between his investigation of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign and the panel's probe, two congressional aides said on Monday.

In Georgia, costliest U.S. House race hits ugly note as election looms

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The costliest U.S. congressional race in history will be decided on Tuesday in suburban Atlanta, where America's divisive political climate has been on display in an election seen by some analysts as a political test for President Donald Trump.

Democratic lawmakers press Flynn on Middle East trips

(Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers investigating fired national security adviser Michael Flynn's security clearance said Monday they could not find the hotel Flynn said he stayed at during a 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia or any record of a conference he reported attending.

Democrats stall Senate work to protest healthcare secrecy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said they plan to slow Senate business to a crawl starting Monday evening to protest behind-the-scenes Republican work on repealing former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, known as Obamacare.

House speaker optimistic on tax reform prospects this year: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to reassure business leaders on Tuesday that tax reform is on track for this year, despite repeated delays and a string of political distractions from President Donald Trump.

U.S. defense chief to meet Turkish counterpart in Europe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will again meet his Turkish counterpart next week in Europe, the top U.S. general said on Monday, describing regular U.S. efforts to address Turkish concerns over a U.S. decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Cuba calls Trump speech on island 'grotesque spectacle'

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's speech on Cuba was a "grotesque spectacle" straight out of the Cold War and will strengthen patriotism on the island, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at a news conference on Monday.

U.S. top court to hear major Wisconsin case on electoral maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed decide whether electoral maps drawn deliberately to favor a particular political party are acceptable under the Constitution in a case that could have huge consequences for American elections in the future.