Trump says administration to make opioid announcement next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that his administration would likely make an announcement next week on the opioid crisis, which a White House commission suggested should be declared a national emergency. Source: Politics

Trump upbeat on bipartisan U.S. healthcare fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump expressed optimism on Monday that Republicans and Democrats in Congress will craft a short-term fix for healthcare insurance markets after he last week scrapped Obamacare subsidies to insurers. Source: Politics

Trump, Democrats spar over whether tax plan will help middle class

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Middle-class Americans’ incomes would eventually rise more than $4,000 if corporate tax cuts were enacted, the Trump administration said in an analysis released on Monday to counter Democratic criticisms that its tax proposals overwhelmingly benefit the rich….

Trump undermines U.S. birth control coverage requirement

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday undermined requirements under the Obamacare law that employers provide insurance to cover women’s birth control, keeping a campaign pledge that pleased his conservative Christian supporters. Source: Politics

Justice Kennedy on hot seat in major voting rights case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supreme Court justices clashed on Tuesday over whether courts should curb the long-standing U.S. political practice of drawing electoral maps to entrench one party in power, with conservative Anthony Kennedy likely to cast the deciding vote. Source:…

Justice Department names new acting head of drug enforcement agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it tapped Robert Patterson, a career investigator, to temporarily lead the Drug Enforcement Administration, after the drug office’s previous acting chief stepped down. Source: Politics

U.S. expels 15 Cuban diplomats, fuelling tensions with Havana

WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Tuesday expelled 15 Cuban diplomats to protest Cuba’s failure to protect staff at the U.S. embassy in Havana from a mysterious spate of health “attacks,” spurring new tensions between the former Cold War…

U.S. Senate confirms FCC chairman to new five-year term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate confirmed on Monday Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to serve another five-year term on the telecommunications regulatory panel. Source: Politics

Republican senator criticizes Trump tax plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a conservative maverick who helped kill the latest Republican effort to overturn Obamacare, took issue with President Donald Trump’s tax plan on Monday, asking in a tweet if it was really Republican. Source:…

U.S. Interior Dept. watchdog launches probe into Zinke's travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Interior Department’s watchdog agency has launched an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s travels after reports emerged last week that he had used a private plane owned by an oil executive, the inspector general’s office said on…