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Searching for Trump card, Democrats watch Virginia governor’s race

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – Speaking as a folksy physician running for Virginia governor, Democrat Ralph Northam vowed in a recent campaign ad to fight Donald Trump on cuts to education funding, environmental protections and health care access.

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Trump launches petition against NFL players’ anthem protests

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition and asking his supporters to show their patriotism by backing it.

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EPA abandons changes to U.S. biofuel program after lawmaker pressure

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation’s biofuels policy after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers worried the moves would undercut ethanol demand, according to a letter from the agency to lawmakers seen by Reuters.

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Trump tax cuts gain momentum as Rand Paul goes ‘all in’

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican senator Rand Paul on Friday appeared to back the Trump administration’s sweeping tax cut plan, saying he was “all in” for massive tax cuts even as the Senate passed a key budget measure without his support one day earlier.

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White and male: broader bureaucracy mirrors Trump cabinet’s profile

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Donald Trump faced criticism from advocacy groups for not including more women and minorities in his cabinet last January, the incoming administration promised that the lower rungs of the bureaucracy would ultimately look more diverse.

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EPA abandons changes to renewable fuel program after lawmaker pressure: letter

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of controversial changes to the nation’s renewable fuel program after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers, the agency said in a letter to lawmakers seen by Reuters.

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Obamacare whiplash leaves states, insurers with dueling price plans

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s reversals in the past week on maintaining Obamacare subsidies to insurers are sowing new confusion over what kind of health insurance will be available to consumers, and at what price, when enrollment for 2018 begins in two weeks.

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Senate passes budget blueprint, key to Trump tax effort

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.

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Democrats fail to block Arctic reserve oil drilling

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday failed to pass a measure to block oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, losing to Republicans who believe production there would provide jobs and wealth.

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Obama blasts ‘politics of division’ on return to campaign trail

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

(Reuters) – Former President Barack Obama, back on the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, called on voters to reject a growing “politics of division” that he said was corroding American democracy.

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