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Trump’s Endorsement Puts ‘Right to Try’ Drug Bill on Fast Track

Trump’s Endorsement Puts ‘Right to Try’ Drug Bill on Fast Track

President Donald Trump may have given “Right to Try” a new lease on life.
Venezuela Claims Pre-Accord in Peace Talks; Opponents Deny Deal

Venezuela Claims Pre-Accord in Peace Talks; Opponents Deny Deal

The administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed it inked a preliminary agreement with the opposition in ongoing talks being held in the Dominican Republic. Government opponents
Trump Powers GOP to Raise Twice as Much as Democrats in 2017

Trump Powers GOP to Raise Twice as Much as Democrats in 2017

The Republican National Committee raised twice as much as its Democratic counterpart last year, boosted by the fundraising power of having President Donald Trump in the White House.
Kenji Fujimori-Led Group Leaves Peru's Main Opposition Party

Kenji Fujimori-Led Group Leaves Peru's Main Opposition Party

Peru’s leading opposition party lost its majority in Congress after a dispute between two of its leading members, the children of former autocrat Alberto Fujimori, led to a split.
FBI Director Wray Said to Oppose Release of GOP Memo on Russia Probe

FBI Director Wray Said to Oppose Release of GOP Memo on Russia Probe

FBI Director Christopher Wray is said to oppose the release of a classified Republican memo alleging bias at the FBI and Justice Department because it contains inaccurate information. Bloomberg's
UVA's Sabato Sees No Chance of Trump Expanding His Coalition

UVA's Sabato Sees No Chance of Trump Expanding His Coalition

Larry Sabato, University of Virginia Center for Politics director, reacts to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. He speaks with Bloomberg's David Westin and Shery Ahn on "Bloomberg
Trump Call to Limit Civil Service Protection Riles Democrats

Trump Call to Limit Civil Service Protection Riles Democrats

Democrats and union leaders expressed alarm after President Donald Trump asked Congress in his State of the Union speech to make it easier for him to fire federal workers.
British Lord Baffles Colleagues, Quits Over Missed Question

British Lord Baffles Colleagues, Quits Over Missed Question

A member of the British House of Lords left colleagues stunned when he resigned from his post as International Development Minister after failing to turn up to answer a question.
Gowdy Joins Republican Exodus From Congress

Gowdy Joins Republican Exodus From Congress

Trey Gowdy, the House Oversight Committee chairman who led investigations into Democrat Hillary Clinton, said he will retire from Congress.
EU Less Inclined to Concessions Post Brexit, Swiss Minister Says

EU Less Inclined to Concessions Post Brexit, Swiss Minister Says

The European Union has toughened its stance toward Switzerland and is less likely to give it special treatment in light of Britain’s decision to leave, Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said.

Brazil Pension Vote Tally Barely Budges Despite Temer's Efforts

As Brazil’s legislative recess enters its final days, President Michel Temer still faces an uphill battle to secure the votes for his government’s flagship pension reform bill, according to five
Germany Reaches Limit of Support for Macron’s Europe Plans

Germany Reaches Limit of Support for Macron’s Europe Plans

French President Emmanuel Macron will be disappointed if he expects Germany’s next government to drum up more goodwill for his European reform plans in this week’s talks, according to four people
Pressure Rises on Congress to Raise Debt Ceiling in Coming Weeks

Pressure Rises on Congress to Raise Debt Ceiling in Coming Weeks

Congress came under increased pressure to raise the nation’s debt ceiling following two reports forecasting that the federal government will run out of cash within a matter of weeks.
House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election

House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election

“I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office; instead I will be returning to the justice system,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy
Meirelles Sees 'Modernizer' Winning Brazil Presidency

Meirelles Sees 'Modernizer' Winning Brazil Presidency

Brazil Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles discusses the importance of this year's elections on Brazil's economic future. He speaks to Bloomberg's Daniel Cancel at Credit Suisse's Latin America
Justice Department Drops Senator Menendez Bribery Case

Justice Department Drops Senator Menendez Bribery Case

U.S. prosecutors told a judge they want to drop a federal corruption case against U.S. Senator Robert Menendez rather than retry him after a divided jury failed to reach a verdict last year.
Train Carrying GOP Lawmakers Strikes Truck, Killing Motorist

Train Carrying GOP Lawmakers Strikes Truck, Killing Motorist

An Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to a party retreat Wednesday struck a garbage truck outside Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person on the truck.
How the U.S. Would Launch a Nuclear Strike

How the U.S. Would Launch a Nuclear Strike

What would happen if the president of the United States wanted to launch a nuclear weapon? Here are the steps the commander-in-chief would need to take. (Source: Bloomberg)
Czech Premier Seeks Fringe Parties’ Backing

Czech Premier Seeks Fringe Parties’ Backing

Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis will try to muster support for his cabinet from anti-establishment parties that oppose membership in western alliances.
Half of Post-9/11 Vets Aren’t Getting Mental Health Care, Report Says

Half of Post-9/11 Vets Aren’t Getting Mental Health Care, Report Says

After 16 years of war, an embattled VA is fighting staff burnout and red tape to help ex-soldiers get the help they need.