No cause to fire special counsel Mueller: deputy attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The No. 2 official at the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday told Congress the special counsel investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign is going to have…

Trump invites Republican senators to lunch with Obamacare repeal on menu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump invited 13 Republican senators to lunch on Tuesday to discuss the status of repealing and replacing Obamacare, a White House official said, as Senate Republicans struggled to produce legislation doing just that. Source:…

U.S. 'not winning' in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary tells Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is “not winning” the war against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on Tuesday, promising to brief lawmakers on a new war strategy by mid-July that is widely expected to…

Sessions to face questions on Russia, Comey in high-stakes Senate hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face questions on Tuesday about his dealings with Russian officials and whether he intentionally misled Congress as a Senate panel investigates the Kremlin’s alleged involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election….

Virginia primary to help gauge U.S. political mood under Trump

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – Virginia voters on Tuesday will choose the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor in an election seen as a gauge of the U.S. electorate’s mood about President Donald Trump ahead of next year’s midterm races. Source:…

U.S. lawmakers to probe Tillerson on Russia, diplomacy budget cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will grill Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about President Donald Trump’s unpopular budget, conflicting messages about foreign affairs and links between the administration and Russia, including his own ties, at congressional hearings starting on Tuesday….

Delaware is first U.S. state to enact abortion rights law under Trump

(Reuters) – Delaware’s governor has signed into law a bill ensuring abortion remains legal in the state, the first such move in the United States since President Donald Trump was elected on a pledge to overturn a landmark ruling that…

Coalition of 13 states to challenge Trump on vehicle emission standards

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York State’s attorney general and 12 other top state law enforcement officials said on Friday they would mount a vigorous court challenge to any effort to roll back vehicle emission rules by the Trump administration. Source:…

Trump social media director violated law with call to oust congressman: agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino broke the law in April in calling for Trump supporters to defeat a Republican congressman at the polls, according to a letter from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel….

U.S. House panel says its Russia probe continues after political feud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election said on Tuesday their investigation was continuing, they were working to obtain documents and they planned more public hearings. Source:…