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Illinois governor rejects school funding legislation

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Tuesday blocked hundreds of millions of new state dollars from going to cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools (CPS) by rewriting parts of a state school-funding overhaul bill, potentially imperiling the entire legislation and the flow of state money to all school districts.

Senate plans September hearings on health insurance market

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Senate health committee on Tuesday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to drop his threat to cut government subsidy payments to insurers that make Obamacare plans affordable and allow the payments through September.

Trump son's statement on Russia lawyer meeting was 'true': White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had a role in a statement in which his son denied a meeting with a Russian lawyer was related to the 2016 presidential campaign, but a spokeswoman insisted the statement was true.

Senators searching for debt limit hike support: McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he is still trying to figure out how to pass legislation to raise the federal government's borrowing authority following a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

New York, New Jersey governors replace Port Authority leadership

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday they will replace two top executives at the powerful bi-state agency that controls many of the region's most critical transportation assets.

Mexico sets out NAFTA goals ahead of re-negotiation talks: document

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has set out its goals for an upcoming re-negotiation of the NAFTA trade accord, according to a document seen by Reuters on Tuesday, prioritizing free access for goods and services, greater labor market integration and a strengthening of energy security.

Drug enforcement chief criticizes Trump in email to agents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's acting director criticized President Donald Trump for telling law enforcement officers not to be "too nice" to suspects, urging DEA agents to show "respect and compassion" and saying he felt compelled to speak out when "something is wrong."

VP Pence says Russia's stance must change before ties improve

TBILISI (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that relations with Russia would not improve until Moscow changed its stance on Ukraine and withdrew support for "regimes like Iran and Syria and North Korea".

Top Senate Democrat urges Trump to block China deals over North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the Senate on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to block Chinese investments in the United States in an effort to pressure China "to help rein in North Korea’s threatening and destabilizing behavior."

U.S. senators to introduce bill to secure 'internet of things'

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday plans to introduce legislation seeking to address vulnerabilities in computing devices embedded in everyday objects - known in the tech industry as the "internet of things" - which experts have long warned poses a threat to global cyber security.

Connecticut lawmakers approve labor pact with pension concessions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut lawmakers narrowly approved a new labor contract with public employees on Monday that is expected to save the state at least $1.2 billion - largely through pension concessions - and could clear the way for lawmakers to agree on a past due budget.

Trump studying executive action on healthcare, senator Rand Paul says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he spoke to President Donald Trump by phone about healthcare reform on Monday and told the president he thought Trump had the authority to create associations that would allow organizations to offer group health insurance plans.

Chicago projects shrinking budget gaps in 2017 and 2018

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago will continue to shrink its structural budget deficit in 2017 and 2018, but faces new pension funding pressures starting in 2020, according to a financial analysis released by the city on Monday.

Republicans want tech input on U.S. net neutrality legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional committee on Monday asked for input from Google parent Alphabet Inc , Facebook Inc , Comcast Corp , Inc and other major companies on a proposed rewrite of rules governing consumer internet access, according to an email reviewed by Reuters.

Trump administration reaches deal with Texas counties on immigration

GRAPEVINE, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Immigration authorities signed deals on Monday with 18 of Texas' 254 counties to expand a program that allows jailers at the local sheriffs' office to cooperate with federal authorities in immigration enforcement.