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Staunchly conservative U.S. lawmaker Scalise among wounded in shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Scalise, the Republican leader wounded in a gunman's attack on Wednesday on people practicing for a charity baseball game, is a staunch conservative and key figure in trying to push legislation through the U.S. House of Representatives.

No hint of new gun control push in U.S. Congress after shootings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There were prayers and expressions of sympathy for the victims after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, but no signs of a new push in the U.S. Congress to tighten gun-control laws on Wednesday.

Senate backs legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday for new sanctions punishing Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and to force President Donald Trump to get Congress' approval before easing any existing sanctions.

U.S. Afghan policy review to be completed in coming weeks: Tillerson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration expects to complete a review of Afghan policy in the coming weeks but needs to take some unspecified steps in the meantime to try to prevent further deterioration there, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday.

Defense chief say he has power to set Afghan troop levels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday he now had authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan and would deliver a revised strategy for the conflict there to the White House in the coming weeks.

Trump nominates Rosenworcel to serve again as FCC commissioner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will again consider Jessica Rosenworcel for the Federal Communications Commission after President Donald Trump nominated her late on Tuesday in a move that would return her to the regulatory agency.

Gunman shoots congressman, police at Virginia baseball practice

(Reuters) - A gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington early on Wednesday, wounding several people including House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise before being taken into custody, police and media reports said.

Tillerson signals tough Trump administration stance on Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday a policy of engagement with Cuba has financially benefited the island's government in violation of U.S. law, further fueling expectations that President Donald Trump this week will roll back parts of former President Barack Obama’s opening to Havana.

Trump legal team delays filing leak complaint against Comey

(Reuters) - Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump are not likely to file their planned complaint this week against former FBI Director James Comey over disclosing details about conversations with the president, a spokesman for Trump’s legal team said on Tuesday.

Senate Democrats seek probes of administration's secret messaging

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday called for government-wide investigations into the Trump administration's use of secretive messaging phone applications and whether officials are ignoring or delaying responses to some Congressional oversight requests.

Trump administration asks for more time to file travel ban briefs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to file papers responding to an appeals court ruling that upheld a block on a proposed travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries.