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Biden nominates veteran diplomats for top State posts

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday nominated U.S. foreign policy veteran Wendy Sherman, a key negotiator of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, to be the No. 2 official at the State Department. Biden also nominated Victoria Nuland, a retired career foreign service officer who was the......

Explainer: Can Trump pardon himself? Would the courts reject the move?

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(Reuters) – As he prepares to end a tumultuous four years as U.S. president facing potential legal jeopardy, Donald Trump has discussed the possibility of pardoning himself, according to a source familiar with the matter. But there are questions about whether a president’s broad executive clemency powers under the U.S.......

U.S. carries out 13th and final execution under Trump administration

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Reuters) – The U.S. government early on Saturday carried out the 13th and final federal execution under President Donald Trump’s administration, a media witness said, just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office with a promise to try to end the death penalty. Reporting by Jonathan Allen......

U.S. carries out 13th and final execution under Trump administration

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind., Jan 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. government early on Saturday carried out the 13th and final federal execution under President Donald Trump’s administration, a media witness said, just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office with a promise to try to end the death penalty. (Reporting by......

U.S. health secretary Azar resigns, cites Capitol attack: CNN

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has resigned, citing last week’s attack on the Capitol, CNN reported on Friday. (This story removes Friday as day of resignation.) Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham Source – For more click here To Return to the......

U.S. health secretary Azar resigns, cites Capitol attack: CNN

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has resigned, citing last week’s attack on the Capitol, CNN reported on Friday. (This story removes Friday as day of resignation.) Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham Source – For more click here To Return to the......

U.S. health secretary Azar resigns, cites Capitol attack: CNN

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has resigned, citing last week’s attack on the Capitol, CNN reported on Friday. (This story removes Friday as day of resignation.) Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham Source – For more click here To Return to the......

U.S. urges immunity for Trump from rape accuser’s lawsuit

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday said President Donald Trump should not be forced to defend against a defamation lawsuit by the author E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of raping her a quarter-century ago, and that it should be substituted as the defendant. In a filing......

U.S. urges immunity for Trump from rape accuser’s lawsuit

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday said President Donald Trump should not be forced to defend against a defamation lawsuit by the author E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of raping her a quarter-century ago, and that it should be substituted as the defendant. In a filing......

Trump directs government to minimize procurement from China

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping before starting their bilateral meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In another action against China days before he leaves office, U.S. President Donald Trump on......

U.S. equity options set new volume record -Trade Alert

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FILE PHOTO: The New York Stock Exchange is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo NEW YORK (Reuters) – Trading volume in U.S. equity options hit a new record on Friday, according to data from options analytics provider Trade Alert. More than 49.5......

TREASURIES-Yields fall on weak retail sales, Biden tax fears

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(Adds fresh prices, Gundlach tweet) By Karen Brettell and Herbert Lash NEW YORK, Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields fell on Friday after retail sales data came in below economists' expectations and following President-elect Joe Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus program. Yields jumped ahead of Biden’s announcement late on......

Fed’s Rosengren says need to keep buying MBS, Treasuries

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File Photo: The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s President and CEO Eric S. Rosengren speaks in New York, April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Keith Bedford/File Photo (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren said on Friday he welcomes President-elect Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package as “big” but......

Factbox: U.S. president-elect Biden pledged to change immigration. Here’s how

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(Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has promised a quick and dramatic reversal of the restrictive immigration policies put in place by his predecessor President Donald Trump. While Biden pledged to undo many of Trump’s policies starting the first day he takes office on Jan. 20, the layers of reforms......

Investors push for social media controls ahead of U.S. inauguration

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FILE PHOTO: The Twitter and Facebook logos along with binary cyber codes are seen in this illustration taken November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration BOSTON (Reuters) – Pension fund managers and religious investors on Friday asked top social media companies to step up their content control efforts to reduce the threat......

U.S. says Capitol rioters meant to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials – filing

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By Brad Heath, Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters on Thursday, saying in a court filing that rioters intended “to capture and assassinate elected officials.” FILE PHOTO: Supporters of U.S.......

Breakingviews – Chinese investors can soothe Xiaomi’s U.S. pains

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A man uses his smartphone next to the Xiaomi brand’s store in central Kiev, Ukraine February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) – It’s good to be able to turn to friends for support. Chinese phone maker Xiaomi lost some $10 billion in market value following its addition......

Analysis: Biden’s $1.9 trillion rescue package offers bridge for hard-hit economy

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(Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s proposal to pour $1.9 trillion into a hobbled economy could lay the foundation for a surge in jobs and spending that many economists say is needed to avoid long-term damage from a record-breaking pandemic recession. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden walks into the......

American teachers grapple with patchy COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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By Maria Caspani, Brendan O’Brien NEW YORK (Reuters) – For New York City high school teacher Rebecca Crawford, receiving the coronavirus vaccine meant taking the first concrete step towards seeing her students in person again, after an uncertain year that she spent mostly teaching online. New York City teacher Sari......

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