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White House says rollback of Obamacare must be part of short-term fix

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior White House aide said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump would demand steps toward repealing Obamacare in any healthcare legislation, comments that cast doubt on the prospects for a short-term bill to shore up insurance markets.

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Obama urges New Jersey voters to reject ‘politics of division’

/  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, urged voters in New Jersey to reject the “politics of division” by supporting Democrats in next month’s state elections.

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Trump concludes Fed chair interviews, could decide next week: source

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has concluded interviews with the five candidates he is considering to chair the Federal Reserve and could announce a decision as early as next week, a source familiar with the process said on Thursday.

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Bush takes veiled swipe at Trump, defends immigration and trade

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

(Reuters) – Former President George W. Bush decried “bullying and prejudice” while defending immigrants and trade on Thursday in a New York speech that appeared to be a sweeping, thinly veiled critique of President Donald Trump.

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U.S. Senate to vote on measure to block drilling in Arctic reserve

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday geared up to vote on an amendment that would block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, with opponents of the measure saying development would lead to jobs and wealth creation.

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Trump administration weighs tighter vetting for women, children refugees: sources

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration is considering tightening the vetting process for women and children seeking to enter the United States as refugees, a proposal that if adopted would bring security checks closer to those for adult men, three sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters.

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Senator McCain says subpoena may be required to get answers on Niger ambush

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday he may consider issuing a subpoena because the White House has not been forthcoming with details of an ambush in Niger in which four U.S. soldiers were killed.

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More Republican senators back bipartisan Obamacare deal

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare by restoring billions of dollars of federal subsidies to health insurers picked up Republican support in the Senate on Thursday despite President Donald Trump’s opposition but still faced an uphill battle.

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U.S. lawmakers want crackdown on Facebook, Twitter political ads

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers, alarmed that foreign entities used the internet to influence last year’s election, introduced legislation on Thursday to extend rules governing political advertising on television, print and radio to also cover social media like Facebook Inc .

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Trump leaning toward Powell for Fed chair: Politico

/  20.10.2017  /  Politics 

(Reuters) – Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell is the leading candidate to become the chair of the U.S. central bank after President Donald Trump concluded a series of meetings with five finalists on Thursday, Politico reported, citing three administration officials.

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