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NAFTA hearings start with Democratic lawmakers urging strong labor rules

/  27.06.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Democratic congressmen on Tuesday called on the Trump administration to demand strong labor provisions in its renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to reverse chronic wage erosion in Mexico.

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Supreme Court’s recent unity faces looming test

/  27.06.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. Supreme Court navigated a difficult period in which it was short one member for more than a year, justices from across the ideological spectrum often managed to find common ground. That sense of unity promises to be soon put to the test.

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Trump and Irish PM talk migration, Brexit in phone call

/  27.06.2017  /  Politics 

(Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar held a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump in which he discussed migration and Britain’s exit from the European Union, the Irish government said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Senate postpones planned healthcare vote until after July 4 recess: CNN

/  27.06.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has decided to put off a planned vote on a healthcare bill to repeal Obamacare until after the Senate’s July 4 recess, CNN reported on Tuesday.

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U.S. vice president says Trump-Modi meetings ‘historic and productive’

/  27.06.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday hailed a first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “historic and productive” and said Trump recognizes U.S. ties with India as “one of the most important strategic relationships in the 21st century.”

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Trump growing frustrated with China, weighs trade steps: officials

/  27.06.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and bilateral trade issues and is now considering possible trade actions against Beijing, three senior administration officials told Reuters.

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Republican leaders in fierce push for Senate healthcare vote

/  27.06.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders were in a fierce push on Tuesday to shore up support for a healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said 22 million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the measure.

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Iran’s Zarif: ‘regrettable’ that U.S. Supreme Court revived U.S. travel ban

/  27.06.2017  /  Politics 

BERLIN (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday said it was regrettable that the U.S. Supreme Court revived part of a U.S. travel ban imposed on citizens from six majority Muslim countries, and said it could fuel extremism in the region.

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Russia sanctions bill remains stalled in U.S. Congress

/  27.06.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers said on Monday they did not know when legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia might come up for a vote in the House of Representatives, and the White House said it had concerns about the measure.

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House committee eyes $18.5 billion increase to Trump defense budget

/  27.06.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers said on Monday they wanted another $18.5 billion added to President Donald Trump’s proposed defense budget of $603 billion to hire more troops and buy more aircraft and ships in fiscal 2018.

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