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Justice Department No. 2 assures Congress of special counsel independence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 official at the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday told Congress the special counsel investigating Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign is going to have "the full degree of independence" he needs.

Trump to host South Korea president June 29-30: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on June 29-30 to advance economic cooperation and discuss ways of strengthening the two countries' "ironclad" alliance, the White House said on Tuesday.

Trump blasts court for ruling against travel ban at 'dangerous time'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals one day after it handed him another legal setback by refusing to revive his U.S. travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations.

Virginia primary to help gauge U.S. political mood under Trump

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia voters on Tuesday will choose the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor in an election seen as a gauge of the U.S. electorate's mood about President Donald Trump ahead of next year's midterm races.

Sessions to face questions on Russia, Comey in high-stakes Senate hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face questions on Tuesday about his dealings with Russian officials and whether he intentionally misled Congress as a Senate panel investigates the Kremlin's alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

U.S. lawmakers to probe Tillerson on Russia, diplomacy budget cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers will grill Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about President Donald Trump's unpopular budget, conflicting messages about foreign affairs and links between the administration and Russia, including his own ties, at congressional hearings starting on Tuesday.

COVFEFE Act would preserve Trump's tweets as official statements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From the incomprehensible "covfefe" to a post labeling fired FBI director James Comey a "leaker," President Donald Trump's tweets would be preserved as presidential records if a Democratic lawmaker's proposed COVFEFE Act becomes law.

Options on Afghanistan to be presented to Trump 'very soon': Mattis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that he would present options on Afghanistan to President Donald Trump "very soon," saying the strategy would take a regional approach rather than looking at the war-torn country in isolation.

U.S. federal government can pay bills through early September: Mnuchin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. federal government will have enough cash flow to pay its bills through at least early September despite the limit on more government borrowing, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday, while urging lawmakers to raise the debt limit soon.

Charter schools see opportunity with Republicans in power: lobbying group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Having Republicans control both the White House and Congress could deliver more federal funds to charter schools and also create competition for dollars from alternative approaches to education, the head of a charter school lobbying group told its members on Monday.

Supreme Court invalidates gender inequality in citizenship law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a gender distinction in U.S. immigration law that treats mothers and fathers differently when determining a child's citizenship, calling such inequality "stunningly anachronistic."

U.S. targets some Iraqis for deportation in wake of travel ban deal

(Reuters) - U.S. immigration authorities are arresting Iraqi immigrants ordered deported for serious crimes, the U.S. government said on Monday, after Iraq agreed to accept U.S. deportees as part of a deal to remove it from President Donald Trump's travel ban.