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Blocking abuse of lower small business rate slows U.S. tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A plan by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to slash taxes on so-called pass-through businesses is testing lawmakers' ability to design rules to prevent wealthy people from dodging taxes by paying a lower rate meant to help small businesses grow.

Trump EPA lags behind in environmental enforcement: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - During the first six months of the Trump presidency, the Environmental Protection Agency has lagged behind three previous administrations in environmental enforcement, collecting 60 percent less in civil penalties from polluters, a report released on Thursday said.

U.S. judge deals blow to Texas’ ‘sanctuary city’ law

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Austin has rejected an effort by Texas to have a law that would punish so-called sanctuary cities be declared constitutional ahead of the measure taking effect next month.

Trump attacks Senate leader McConnell over healthcare failure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump attacked his own party's Senate leader for a second day running on Thursday, venting frustration over Republicans' dramatic failure to repeal and replace the Obamacare healthcare law on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Chicago touts new debt structure aimed at saving money

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Under a plan announced on Wednesday by the mayor's office, Chicago would create a new entity to issue bonds backed by city's share of Illinois sales tax collections in an effort to reduce its borrowing costs.

U.S. says two Cuban diplomats expelled after 'incidents' in Havana

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States in May expelled two Cuban diplomats based in Washington after unspecified "incidents" caused physical symptoms in Americans serving at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, the State Department spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Republican, Democratic senators seek answers in Wells auto scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. senators from both parties on Wednesday turned up the heat on Wells Fargo Inc. over its latest scandal, in which hundreds of thousands of car-loan borrowers were charged each month without their knowledge for collision insurance, which many of them did not need.

Trump said to favor lawyer to head trade commission: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's leading choice to run the Federal Trade Commission is a Washington lawyer who served at the agency as a top official under President George W. Bush, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

Trump's 'fire and fury' remark on North Korea was impromptu: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's comment vowing to respond with "fire and fury" if North Korea further threatened the United States was "unplanned and spontaneous," a senior administration official who deals with the issue said on Wednesday.

Transgender military personnel sue Trump over service ban

(Reuters) - Five transgender members of the U.S. military including Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans sued President Donald Trump on Wednesday, challenging his ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces.

FBI raided former Trump campaign manager Manafort's home in July

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI agents seized documents and other material last month at the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, as part of a special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a spokesman for Manafort said on Wednesday.

FBI raided former Trump campaign manager Manafort's home in July

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI agents seized documents and other material from the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, during a July raid as part of a special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a spokesman for Manafort said on Wednesday.

Al Gore says 'ethical reasons' could end Trump presidency early

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore suggested on Tuesday that the presidency of Donald Trump could end prematurely for "ethical reasons," drawing laughter from a packed movie theater at the European premiere of his latest film on climate change.

Senior U.S. envoy tries to calm fears over State Department re-design

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 U.S. diplomat on Tuesday sought to allay concerns among the State Department's rank-and-file employees over possible layoffs and perceptions of a lack of firm direction under the administration of President Donald Trump.

South Carolina seeks $100 million from U.S. over plutonium removal

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina is suing the U.S. government to recover $100 million in fines it says the Department of Energy owes the state for failing to remove one metric ton of plutonium stored there, state Attorney General Alan Wilson said on Tuesday.

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