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Ex-Giuliani associate Parnas found guilty of violating U.S. campaign finance law

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NEW YORK, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A federal jury on Friday convicted Lev Parnas, a one-time associate of Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, of violating U.S. campaign finance laws during the 2018 elections. Parnas, a Ukraine-born American businessman and his former associate Igor Fruman were accused of soliciting......

Biden says United States would come to Taiwan’s defense

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks briefly with reporters after participating in a ceremony for state and national Teachers of the Year at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo Biden says U.S. has “commitment” to defend Taiwan White House says no change in policy on......

U.S. House holds Trump ally Bannon in contempt, seeks prosecution

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WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Longtime Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon could face criminal prosecution for refusing to cooperate with a probe into the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol after the House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold him in contempt of Congress. The Democratic-led chamber voted......

Biden expects gasoline prices to fall in 2022

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on infrastructure legislation at the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expects gasoline prices to fall in 2022 and that any further price reduction depends......

U.S. regulators to unveil blueprint to tackle financial climate risks

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WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – A top U.S. regulatory panel is scheduled on Thursday to unveil recommendations for ensuring the financial system can withstand risks created by climate change, a development that could ultimately lead to new rules and stricter oversight for Wall Street. The report by the Financial Stability......

Biden says he’ll ‘work like hell’ to pass infrastructure, social spending bills

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WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Saturday he was going to “work like hell” to get both an infrastructure bill and a multi-trillion-dollar social spending bill passed through Congress and plans to travel more to bolster support with Americans. Biden visited the Capitol on Friday......

EXCLUSIVE White House, top Democrats agree to boost carbon capture credit in budget bill -sources

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The White House and top Democratic lawmakers have agreed to boost a tax credit for industrial carbon capture projects in a deal that could help solidify support for the budget reconciliation bill at the heart of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, two sources with knowledge......

Biden administration asks judge to halt strict Texas abortion law

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday urged a judge to block a near-total ban on abortion imposed by Texas – the strictest such law in the nation – in a key moment in the ferocious legal fight over abortion access in the United States. The U.S.......

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19, but has no symptoms, according to a court statement that said he would miss Friday’s investiture ceremony for Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Kavanaugh, 56, tested positive just days before the court is scheduled to......

U.S. Supreme Court to consider Senator Cruz’s campaign finance challenge

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Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear the Federal Election Commission’s bid to restore a campaign finance law that caps the amount of money that candidates can be reimbursed for personal loans to their campaigns in a challenge brought by Republican Senator Ted Cruz.......

Pelosi says House to vote on infrastructure bill, outcome uncertain

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WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Thursday on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill championed by President Joe Biden and passed in a bipartisan Senate vote, the chamber’s top Democrat said, even as some in her party threaten to vote against it. Speaker of the......

Panel probing U.S. Capitol riot issues subpoenas to Trump rally organizers

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WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol said on Wednesday it had issued subpoenas to organizers of events and rallies leading up to the attack on the seat of government, as it broadened its inquiry. The......

Democrats mobilize to extend government funding, avert shutdown

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WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Democrats in Congress on Wednesday mobilized to defuse one of several crises they face this week, saying they would vote to head off an imminent government shutdown before funding expires at midnight on Thursday. The Senate could vote on Wednesday or Thursday to fund the......

Under fierce Republican attack, U.S. General Milley defends calls with China

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WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, fended off perhaps the most personal and direct attacks from lawmakers of his career on Tuesday as Republicans blasted his calls with China and his interviews for books critical of Donald Trump’s presidency. Milley,......

Afghan army collapse ‘took us all by surprise,’ U.S. defense secretary says

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WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress on Tuesday that the Afghan army’s sudden collapse caught the Pentagon “by surprise,” as military leaders confronted a contentious Senate hearing about how and why America lost its longest war. Republican lawmakers accused President Joe Biden of lying......

N.Korea fires missile, accuses U.S. of ‘double standards’

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SEOUL, Sept 28 (Reuters) – North Korea fired a missile towards the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their “double standards” on weapons programmes to restart talks. The missile was launched from the......

Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot as additional doses roll out

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WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation on Monday, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions go without their first. In getting the booster, Biden......

Pelosi sets Thursday vote on infrastructure, eyes smaller social spending bill

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday set a vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill for Thursday......

China welcomes Huawei executive home, Trudeau hugs Canadians freed by Beijing

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SHENZHEN, China/TORONTO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrived in China on Saturday, ending her near three-year U.S. extradition fight, the same day two Canadians detained by Beijing for more than 1,000 days returned home, potentially paving the way for improved ties between China and the......

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