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What Might Happen If Trump Orders Mueller Fired

What Might Happen If Trump Orders Mueller Fired

President Donald Trump says he doesn’t intend to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign that has spilled over to Trump’s
China Considers Merger of Banking, Insurance Watchdogs

China Considers Merger of Banking, Insurance Watchdogs

China is considering a merger of its banking and insurance regulators, people familiar with the matter said, as it seeks to better coordinate its attempts to counter financial risks in the world’s
Solar Developer Sees Trump Tariffs Giving Gas Rivals a Boost

Solar Developer Sees Trump Tariffs Giving Gas Rivals a Boost

SolarReserve LLC, a California-based renewable-energy developer, said President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on solar equipment imports will benefit the U.S. gas industry.
Trump Ordered Mueller Fired But Later Backed Down, NYT Says

Trump Ordered Mueller Fired But Later Backed Down, NYT Says

President Donald Trump last year ordered the firing of Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the U.S. probe into Russia’s alleged election interference, the New York Times reported.
When Trump Puts America First, These Commodities Are at Risk

When Trump Puts America First, These Commodities Are at Risk

Commodities would be particularly exposed if U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on foreign solar panels and washing machines sparks a tit-for-tat trade war with nations around
Daring Protesters, Romania Picks Tainted Officials for Cabinet

Daring Protesters, Romania Picks Tainted Officials for Cabinet

Unperturbed by mass street demonstrations and European Union warnings over judicial reform, Romania’s ruling party is doubling down on its controversial agenda.
EU Is Open to Brexit Transition Lasting Beyond 2020, Sources Say

EU Is Open to Brexit Transition Lasting Beyond 2020, Sources Say

As the European Union presents its plan for the U.K.’s Brexit transition, many governments are willing to push the expiration date beyond the December 2020 deadline they’ll set out as their official
U.S. Forces Practice Cyberattacks to Counter North Korean Threat

U.S. Forces Practice Cyberattacks to Counter North Korean Threat

U.S. forces in South Korea and the Pacific are honing their capability to conduct offensive cyber operations, according to the Pentagon’s testing office, a sign digital warfare is taking on added
GOP Lawmaker Seeks to More Than Double High-Skilled Visas

GOP Lawmaker Seeks to More Than Double High-Skilled Visas

Senator Orrin Hatch introduced a bill on Thursday that would more than double the maximum number of temporary visas offered to high-skilled workers from overseas.
Discord, Harmony as Trump Currency Quintet Refines Dollar Policy

Discord, Harmony as Trump Currency Quintet Refines Dollar Policy

The U.S. Treasury secretary has traditionally been the chief spokesman on currency policy, though President Donald Trump’s White House has demonstrated in the past 48 hours that the practice of one
Czechs to Pick President as Vote Shows Split on Russia, EU Ties

Czechs to Pick President as Vote Shows Split on Russia, EU Ties

The Czech Republic is deciding whether to re-elect pro-Russian President Milos Zeman for a second term or replace him with career academic Jiri Drahos, who has pledged to strengthen the country’s ties
Trump Racism Cited by NAACP in Suit Over Ending Haiti Program

Trump Racism Cited by NAACP in Suit Over Ending Haiti Program

The Trump administration’s plan to end a program protecting 58,000 Haitians from deportation is unconstitutional because it’s based on the president’s racist beliefs, a national civil rights group
Key Phase of Mueller Investigation Nears End

Key Phase of Mueller Investigation Nears End

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is moving at a far faster pace than previously known and appears to be wrapping up at least one key part of his investigation -- whether President Donald Trump
Trump Sets High Price for Democrats on Immigration Deal

Trump Sets High Price for Democrats on Immigration Deal

President Donald Trump offered Democrats a concession on immigration but at a price that so far they’ve been unwilling to accept.
Guggenheim Museum Offers Used, Solid-Gold Toilet to the Trumps

Guggenheim Museum Offers Used, Solid-Gold Toilet to the Trumps

New York (AP) -- Donald and Melania Trump wanted to borrow a Van Gogh painting from a New York museum for their White House private quarters. Instead, The Washington Post reports , the Guggenheim

Google Eyes Former Hillary Clinton Aide for Top Policy Job

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has reached out to Jake Sullivan, a former deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton at the State Department, in its search for a new head of international policy, according to
May Rebukes Hammond for Suggesting Only ‘Modest’ Brexit Changes

May Rebukes Hammond for Suggesting Only ‘Modest’ Brexit Changes

Prime Minister Theresa May’s office slapped down Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond after he said he hoped the U.K. economy would move only “very modestly apart” from the European Union after
Mueller Probe Moving at Faster Pace Than Expected

Mueller Probe Moving at Faster Pace Than Expected

Thompson & Knight's Robert Ray, former head of the Office of the Independent Counsel during Whitewater, discusses Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe on "Bloomberg Markets: Balance of
Debt Limit Unlikely to Rise in Feb. 8 Spending Bill, Cornyn Says

Debt Limit Unlikely to Rise in Feb. 8 Spending Bill, Cornyn Says

Congress is unlikely to raise the U.S. debt ceiling in a stopgap spending bill lawmakers need to pass by Feb. 8, and it may get pushed off until March as part of broader budget legislation, the