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Hawaii urges U.S. Supreme Court not to revive Trump's travel ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state of Hawaii on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to grant the Trump administration's emergency request seeking to revive his plan to temporarily ban travelers from six Muslim-majority nations after it was blocked by lower courts that found it was discriminatory.

Puerto Ricans skeptical of change after vote for statehood

SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Ricans are skeptical that the struggling U.S. territory's political status will change any time soon, even after a vote on Sunday asking the U.S. Congress to make the island the 51st state of the union.

Trump officials to unveil plan to cut factory rules this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration intends to unveil this week a plan to trim regulations it believes constrain U.S. manufacturing growth, potentially affecting environmental permits, worker safety and labor rules, an administration official said.

Two U.S. Attorneys General to sue over foreign payments to Trump hotels

(Reuters) - The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia plan to file a lawsuit on Monday alleging that foreign payments to President Donald Trump's businesses violate the U.S. constitution, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Democrat to grill U.S. Attorney General Sessions on Comey firing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Jack Reed said on Sunday he would question U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions why he was involved in the firing last month of FBI Director James Comey after he had recused himself from matters relating to the Russia probe.

Trump state visit to Britain delayed over protest fears: Guardian

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's planned state visit to Britain has been postponed after he told Prime Minister Theresa May that he did not want to come until the public supported his visit, the Guardian reported on Sunday.

Bernie Sanders urges progressives to seek more electoral wins

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Buoyed by the British Labour Party election gains this week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday urged a summit of progressive activists who propelled his presidential candidacy to ramp up efforts to win elections and help remake a Democratic Party he deemed a failure.

Divided Puerto Ricans head to polls to vote on U.S. statehood

SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Ricans head to the polls on Sunday to decide whether they want their struggling U.S. territory to become the 51st U.S. state, although a vote in favor would likely face an uphill battle in Congress and with President Donald Trump.

Sessions says he will appear before Senate Intelligence Committee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a letter on Saturday that he will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to address matters brought up by former FBI Director James Comey in his testimony earlier this week to the same committee.

Trump takes second crack at a pivot next week with apprentice push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, who became a reality television star with a show called "The Apprentice," will spend a lot of time next week promoting a plan to expand apprenticeships to help companies find more skilled workers to fill jobs, the White House said.

Interior Secretary to make proposal on Bears Ears monument in test for protected land

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is due to make a recommendation to the White House on Saturday on whether to rescind or resize Utah's Bears Ears monument, setting the tone for the administration's broader study of which lands protected by past presidents should be reopened to development.

Trump to nominate ex-NYSE Euronext VP Dawn DeBerry Stump to CFTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate Dawn DeBerry Stump, a former vice president at NYSE Euronext, to serve as commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

New York attorney general looking at Eric Trump charity's payouts

(Reuters) - New York's attorney general is looking into a report that the Eric Trump Foundation funneled more than $1 million from charity golf tournaments into President Donald Trump's business, a spokesman for the attorney general said on Friday.

Trump expected to roll out new Cuba policy as early as next Friday: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is expected to travel to Miami as early as next Friday to announce a new Cuba policy that could tighten rules on trade and travel to the island eased by his predecessor Barack Obama, according to a U.S. official and two people familiar with the matter.

Florida governor signs bolstered 'stand your ground' law

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott signed amended "stand your ground" legislation on Friday, making it easier for defendants in the state to successfully claim they were protecting themselves when they commit violence.