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Factbox: The legitimacy crisis in Libya’s political institutions

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July 3 (Reuters) – Libyan protesters want the political authorities to quit and hold elections after previous transitional periods created institutions that clung on long after their mandates expired. Here are Libya’s main political institutions that have so far failed to overcome entrenched differences between rival authorities in the east......

Libyan protest movement says it will step up its campaign

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TRIPOLI, July 2 (Reuters) – Libyan protesters will keep demonstrating until all the ruling elites quit power, they said on Saturday, after rallies in most main cities on Friday culminated in a crowd storming the parliament building and torching parts of it. The protest movement said it would step up......

Manchin, Sinema dash Biden hopes for filibuster change on abortion rights

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MADRID/WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed that U.S. senators remove a legislative roadblock to restoring abortion rights that were taken away by the Supreme Court last week, a suggestion that was shot down by aides to key Democratic lawmakers. Biden’s proposal to temporarily lift the......

U.S. Capitol riot panel subpoenas White House counsel under Trump

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WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – A congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol announced on Wednesday that it has subpoenaed former President Donald Trump’s White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, to testify about Trump’s activities on the day of the melee. The subpoena seeking a deposition......

Nancy Pelosi takes communion at papal Mass in Vatican

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U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attends the Mass of Saint Peter and Paul in St Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, June 29, 2022. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register VATICAN CITY, June 29 (Reuters) – Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S.......

U.S. Supreme Court allows Louisiana electoral map faulted for racial bias

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WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a Republican-drawn map of Louisiana’s six U.S. House of Representatives districts that had been blocked by a judge who found that it likely discriminates against Black voters, a setback for Democrats as they try to retain control of Congress......

Trump did not care that Jan. 6 rioters were armed, tried to hijack limo

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WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – Then-President Donald Trump dismissed concerns that supporters were armed with guns at his Jan. 6, 2021, rally preceding the U.S. Capitol riot, and he later tried to grab the steering wheel of his Secret Service limousine in a failed bid to direct it to the......

Trump’s election attorney John Eastman says FBI seized his phone

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WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – The FBI seized the phone of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s election attorney, John Eastman, last week, the lawyer said in a court filing on Monday. Eastman disclosed the search and seizure in a lawsuit he filed in federal court in New Mexico. In the......

Biden signs gun safety bill into law, takes swipe at Supreme Court

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U.S. President Joe Biden signs S. 2938: Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law from the Roosevelt Room at the White House as first lady Jill Biden stands next to him in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, June 25......

U.S. House passes gun-safety legislation, sends to Biden

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WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed significant gun-safety legislation for the first time in three decades, sending it to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it into law. The House voted 234-193 for the bill, one day after a Supreme Court......

Trump allies sought pardons after supporting his attempts to overturn election

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WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – At least five congressional Republican allies of Donald Trump sought White House pardons after supporting his attempts to overturn his 2020 election defeat, witnesses told the U.S. House probe into the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol. Their names emerged at the end of......

Biden administration leans on Tesla for guidance in renewable fuel policy reform

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June 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden rarely mentions electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) in public. But privately his administration has leaned on the company to help craft a new policy to allow electric vehicles (EVs) to benefit from the nation’s lucrative renewable fuel subsidies, according to emails......

Fed’s Powell: committed to inflation fight, not trying to trigger recession

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June 22 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve is not trying to engineer a recession to stop inflation but is fully committed to bringing prices under control even if doing so risks an economic downturn, U.S. central bank chief Jerome Powell said on Wednesday. “We are not trying to provoke, and......

Biden asks Congress to pause gas tax amid record pump prices

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June 22 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress to pass a three-month suspension of the federal gasoline tax to help combat record pump prices and provide temporary relief for American families this summer. The president also urged states to temporarily suspend state fuel taxes, which......

U.S. Senate poised to move forward on first significant gun legislation in decades

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WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers released the first significant gun control legislation in decades on Tuesday, paving the way for the U.S. Senate to move to a vote this week, following two mass shootings that killed dozens of people and sent shock waves through a......

Big Tech bill advocates and critics keep pressure on U.S. lawmakers

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The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – Supporters of a U.S. bill aimed at reining in Big Tech platforms like Amazon.com (AMZN.O) and Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) have flooded lawmakers with......

Election officials detail threats by Trump supporters at Jan. 6 Capitol riot hearing

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WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – State election officials recounted on Tuesday how Donald Trump supporters threatened them and their families after they refused to help the former president overturn his 2020 election defeat. The congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters......

Yellen, Canada’s Freeland present united front on Ukraine, economic challenges

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Candian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to journalists outside the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TORONTO, June 20 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on......

Biden signs ocean shipping bill in bid to reduce export backlogs

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WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Thursday signed legislation to improve oversight of ocean shipping, which lawmakers say will help curb inflation and ease export backlogs. The bipartisan bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a 369-42 vote earlier this week. Biden said he had “promised......

U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 panel examines Trump’s pressure on Pence

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WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – The congressional committee investigating last year’s deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol turns its attention on Thursday to then-President Donald Trump’s attempts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn his 2020 election defeat. The House of Representatives select committee has scheduled a hearing......

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