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Senate confirms new USAID administrator Mark Green

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed former congressman Mark Green as President Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development at a time the administration is proposing cuts in foreign aid and a reorganization of the agency.

Bill to cut off aid to Palestinians passed by U.S. committee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee approved a bill on Thursday that would cut off $300 million in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops making what lawmakers described as payments that reward violent crimes.

Congress heads into break with Republican promises unfulfilled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A five-week summer break might sound sweet to many people, but maybe not to the 292 Republicans in Congress who leave Washington with none of their major legislative goals achieved after six months in power alongside President Donald Trump.

Senators propose legislation to protect special counsel from Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic senators introduced two pieces of legislation on Thursday seeking to block President Donald Trump from firing the special counsel probing his ties to Russia, as Congress increasingly seeks to assert its authority on policy.

West Virginia's Democratic Governor to announce party change: NYT

(Reuters) - West Virginia's Democratic Governor Jim Justice is expected to announce Thursday night at a rally with U.S. President Donald Trump that he is changing parties, the New York Times reported, citing three sources familiar with the plans.

Senate approves two FCC nominees as it reviews Obama rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed two nominees to serve on the Federal Communications Commission as the Trump administration looks to reverse many Obama-era telecommunications regulations.

Trump administration wants clean debt ceiling hike: CNBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has disclosed that the entire Trump administration is now on board with a "clean" debt ceiling increase, without spending cuts, a CNBC reporter said on Thursday in a tweet.

U.S. Justice Department to cities: Focus on crime committed by illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. cities that refuse to step up efforts to focus on crimes committed by undocumented immigrants will not be allowed to participate in a new crime reduction training program unveiled earlier this year by the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday.

Trump tells Mexico's Peña Nieto wall funds will 'work out...somehow': report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Mexican President Peña Enrique Nieto earlier this year to stop publicly saying Mexico would not pay for a border wall and that funding would work out "somehow," the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing transcripts of the January call.

Trump says ties with Russia at 'all-time low,' blames Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday Washington's relationship with Russia is at an "an all-time and very dangerous low," and blamed Congress for the situation, a day after he grudgingly signed into law sanctions against Moscow.

Angry and inspired: Democrats train new wave of candidates

ROCKVILLE, Md. (Reuters) - The 100 Democratic women who packed into a suburban Maryland conference room recently for a one-day training on how to run for political office were more than activists eager to battle President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans.

New White House chief of staff assures attorney general his job is safe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told Attorney General Jeff Sessions last weekend that his job was safe after Sessions endured several weeks of sharp public criticism from President Donald Trump, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

Trump, frustrated by Afghan war, suggests firing U.S. commander: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's doubts about the war in Afghanistan has led to a delay in completing a new U.S. strategy in South Asia, skepticism that included a suggestion that the U.S. military commander in the region be fired, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

House conservative: Tax overhaul must happen by Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers must deliver tax legislation to President Donald Trump's desk before December or lose their chance to enact bold reforms capable of driving the U.S. economy, a leading Republican conservative said on Wednesday.

Comey signs book deal after abrupt end to FBI career

(Reuters) - Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by U.S. President Donald Trump, has signed a deal for a book on leadership and decision-making that will come out in spring 2018, the publisher said on Wednesday.

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