Trump drops executive action on U.S. Census, will seek citizenship survey by other means

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to back down on Thursday to add a contentious citizenship question to the 2020 census, but order the government do the survey by other means, a government official told Reuters. White House officials declined to comment ahead of remarks by the president scheduled for 5 p.m. (2100 GMT). A government official […]

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Justice Department trying to quash Mueller team testimony: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department is trying to prevent two former members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team from testifying behind closed doors as Mueller prepares to make a public appearance before lawmakers next week, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The department said last week it opposed testimony by Aaron Zebley and James Quarles before the Democratic-led […]

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Delaware chief justice to retire, leaves mark on U.S. takeover law

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court Leo Strine will retire in the next few months, Governor John Carney announced on Monday, a leadership change in the court system that decides disputes for more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies. The governor will nominate a replacement, who faces confirmation by the state Senate. A list of […]

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House panel sues Treasury, IRS over Trump's tax returns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic-led U.S. House panel on Tuesday filed a long-awaited lawsuit in federal court to demand President Donald Trump’s individual and business tax returns. The House Ways and Means Committee filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused a legal request for the records and defied two […]

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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and top deputy ordered to stand trial in 2020

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and her former second-in-command at the Silicon Valley blood-testing startup were ordered on Friday to stand trial next year on fraud charges stemming from their claims about the company’s technology, court documents show. During a hearing in federal court in San Jose, California, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila set jury selection to […]

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Lawyers for ex-Trump adviser Stone deny he violated judge's gag order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for Roger Stone, a former political adviser to President Donald Trump, on Thursday denied accusations by prosecutors that he violated a court-imposed gag order by posting comments on social media about former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Stone’s lawyers said he was exercising […]

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Trump, without offering evidence, accuses Mueller of illegal activity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, without offering evidence, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller “terminated” FBI communications in what he called an illegal move. “Mueller terminated them illegally. He terminated all of the emails … Robert Mueller terminated their text messages together. He terminated them. They’re gone. And that’s illegal. That’s a crime,” Trump said in […]

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U.S. Democratic hopeful Booker proposes clemency for thousands of drug offenders

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker said on Thursday he would consider releasing thousands of nonviolent drug offenders from federal prisons, vowing to use the president’s pardon power to address inherent inequality in the justice system. Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey and one of two dozen Democrats competing for their party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential election, […]

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Donald Trump to Roy Moore: Don’t run for Senate seat in Alabama again

WASHINGTON – Both President Donald Trump and Donald Jr. have made their feelings clear about controversial Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s desire to run again for U.S. Senate: Don’t do it! But, in their reactions over the last 24 hours, the President was a bit gentler with his request than his son. President Trump told the controversial Alabama judge that he would […]

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Iraq hands over 188 Turkish children of suspected IS members: spokesman

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq has handed over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State members to Turkey in the presence of government officials from both countries and UNICEF, a judiciary spokesman said on Wednesday. “The central investigations court which is responsible for the terrorism file and foreign suspects has handed the Turkish side 188 children left behind by Daesh terrorists […]

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