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Zinke Says Interior Department Should Be a Partner With Oil Companies

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says his agency should be a partner with energy companies that seek to drill for oil and gas on public land.
Trump’s Spy Chief Says Russian Meddling Is a White House Priority

Trump’s Spy Chief Says Russian Meddling Is a White House Priority

President Donald Trump has offered to order intelligence agencies to take more action against cyber threats if his intervention is needed, according to the top U.S. spy chief.
Why the U.S. May Be More Open to Talks With North Korea

Why the U.S. May Be More Open to Talks With North Korea

Jim Walsh, senior research associate at MIT, comments on President Donald Trump signaling that he’s open to talks with North Korea after Kim Jong Un’s regime told South Korean envoys that he’s willing

Mississippi Senate Approves 15-Week Abortion Ban, Earliest in U.S.

Mississippi senators have passed a bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which would be the earliest in the nation.
A Top Republican Fundraiser’s Emails Have Been Hacked

A Top Republican Fundraiser’s Emails Have Been Hacked

A top Republican fundraiser for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign learned last week that his email accounts had been hacked, sowing concerns that document leaks could roil another national U.S. election
Tillerson Offers $533 Million in Food Aid for African Famine

Tillerson Offers $533 Million in Food Aid for African Famine

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced $533 million in new aid to fight famine in East Africa and the Lake Chad region, in a move aimed at underscoring the U.S. commitment as he embarks on a
Brazil Superior Court Rejects Lula’s Request Not to Be Jailed

Brazil Superior Court Rejects Lula’s Request Not to Be Jailed

The majority on a superior court in Brazil denied former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s request for a preventative habeas corpus.
Italy's Populists Redraw Political Map, Split Country in Half

Italy's Populists Redraw Political Map, Split Country in Half

Italy’s political map is a lot less colorful than it used to be.
Lawmakers Probe Contract to Sweep EPA Administrator’s Office for Bugs

Lawmakers Probe Contract to Sweep EPA Administrator’s Office for Bugs

Senate Democrats are pressing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to explain how his top security guard’s business partner ended up with a contract to search the EPA building for listening
Ethics Office Finds Kellyanne Conway Broke Law in Alabama Race

Ethics Office Finds Kellyanne Conway Broke Law in Alabama Race

White House aide Kellyanne Conway twice violated the law that forbids officials from engaging in political activity in their government capacities, the Office of Special Counsel said in a report
Former USTR Froman Says Trump Has Power to Do Tariffs on His Own

Former USTR Froman Says Trump Has Power to Do Tariffs on His Own

Former United States Trade Representative Michael Froman discusses trade deficits, President Trump's proposed tariffs on steel, and U.S.-China trade relations on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source:
Mexican Front-Runner Wants Public’s View on Oil Law, Ally Says

Mexican Front-Runner Wants Public’s View on Oil Law, Ally Says

Mexico’s leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador intends to seek a public consultation on the nation’s landmark energy reform, according to his Veracruz gubernatorial candidate.
Chao Says All Options on Table to Fund Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Chao Says All Options on Table to Fund Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

President Donald Trump’s administration will consider "all revenue sources" to finance his plan to upgrade U.S. roads, bridges and other infrastructure, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said
Could Wildcat Teachers’ Strikes Spread to Other States?

Could Wildcat Teachers’ Strikes Spread to Other States?

Oklahoma and Kentucky may follow West Virginia as educators across the country take advantage of a strong economy to agitate for more pay.
Brexit Opponents Find New Strategy in Effort to Nix Departure

Brexit Opponents Find New Strategy in Effort to Nix Departure

Opponents of Brexit are looking into whether Britain could postpone its exit from the European Union to give lawmakers and voters more time to weigh up whether they really want to leave.
U.S. Stands Ready to Extend Loans to Puerto Rico, Mnuchin Says

U.S. Stands Ready to Extend Loans to Puerto Rico, Mnuchin Says

The U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the federal government is prepared to extend Puerto Rico the loans approved by Congress to help it recover from Hurricane Maria.
Dodd-Frank Overhaul Starts Inching Forward on U.S. Senate Vote

Dodd-Frank Overhaul Starts Inching Forward on U.S. Senate Vote

President Donald Trump has promised for more than a year to give banks relief from the Dodd-Frank Act.
Trump Administration Wants to Take On Medical-Records Puzzle

Trump Administration Wants to Take On Medical-Records Puzzle

The Trump administration wants Americans to have greater access to their medical data, a top health official said at a health-technology conference.
Slovak Premier Sees Soros Behind Plan to Topple His Government

Slovak Premier Sees Soros Behind Plan to Topple His Government

Slovakia’s prime minister hinted that foreign forces, including philanthropist billionaire George Soros, were behind efforts to overthrow his government as it faces unprecedented pressure to resign.
Wilbur Ross's Tariff Math Draws Scorn From CEO of Novelis

Wilbur Ross's Tariff Math Draws Scorn From CEO of Novelis

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sees cost concerns over metals tariffs as hysteria. The world’s biggest maker of flat-rolled aluminum products sees surging costs.