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Special counsel Mueller asks White House for Flynn documents: New York Times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Investigators working for U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russia, have asked the White House for documents related to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the New York Times reported on Friday.

U.S. submits formal notice of withdrawal from Paris climate pact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has officially informed the United Nations it will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement in a document issued on Friday, but left the door open to re-engaging if the terms improved for the United States.

Puerto Rico to furlough workers, proposes pension plan reform

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico's federally appointed financial oversight board said on Friday it will institute a two-day per month work furlough for government employees, excluding frontline law enforcement personnel, in an effort to achieve $218 million in savings.

Illinois fights potential hike in disabled care funding

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois fought on Friday against a potential court order it contends could cost the state, which just ended an unprecedented budget impasse, as much as an additional $1 billion annually to care for developmentally disabled people.

White House considers lower deduction for U.S. homeowners: Politico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering reducing the annual $1 million mortgage deduction cap for U.S. homeowners as a part of its broader tax reform, despite earlier promises to protect the tax advantage, Politico reported on Friday.

Trump administration goes on the attack against leaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, taking up an issue that has infuriated President Donald Trump, went on the attack against a "culture of leaking" on Friday, saying such leaks were hampering the government's ability to protect the country.

With military discipline imposed, Trump getting more time for decisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's choice of a general as chief of staff has quickly brought more order to the White House and is giving the president more time to ponder decisions as he tries to bounce back from a rocky six months with no major legislative achievements.

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.