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Trump: Chief of staff Kelly to settle Kushner security dispute

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he will leave it to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to settle a security clearance dispute involving son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner, but left little doubt he wants the case settled in a way that allows Kushner to keep his job.

Vehicle strikes barrier near White House, driver apprehended

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:10pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A passenger vehicle struck a security barrier near the White House on Friday, but did not breach the White House complex, the U.S. Secret Service said in a series of tweets.

Corporate partners cut cord with NRA as ground shifts in gun debate

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:04pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than half a dozen U.S. companies have abruptly cut ties with the National Rifle Association as gun safety activists on Friday intensified calls for a boycott in the wake of last week's Florida high school massacre.

Indicted Missouri governor resigns from post with GOP governors group

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:00pm
(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, under indictment for invasion of privacy in connection with the cover-up of an extramarital affair, has resigned from a leadership position with the Republican Governors Association, the organization said on Friday.

Florida governor proposes new gun sale limits after school shooting

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:41pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott urged state lawmakers on Friday to increase restrictions on buying guns and to strengthen school safety after a gunman killed 17 people at a school last week, proposals that gun control advocates said did not go far enough.

Former Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:25pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former senior official in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and is cooperating with a federal probe into Russia's role in the election.

New York City law survives gun rights group's legal challenge

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:01pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a gun rights group's constitutional challenge to strict New York City limits on how licensed handgun owners may use their weapons outside the home.

Trump extends funding for Puerto Rico following storms: White House

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:24pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday extended federal funding for Puerto Rico to help remove debris and provide emergency protections following last year's devastating storms that battered the U.S. territorial island.

U.S. firm accused of plagiarizing bid for Puerto Rico food supply contract

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:13pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Atlanta-based company that failed to deliver millions of emergency meals to Puerto Ricans struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria may have plagiarized its winning bid to secure a $156 million food supply contract, U.S. lawmakers said on Friday

Florida governor proposes tighter gun restrictions in wake of school shooting

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:00pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a proposal on Friday to increase restrictions on buying guns and to strengthen school safety measures after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in the state last week.

Corporate America under pressure to cut ties with NRA

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:38am
(Reuters) - Some of the biggest names in corporate America are coming under mounting pressure on Friday to cut ties with the National Rifle Association as gun safety activists intensified calls for a boycott in the wake of last week's Florida high school massacre.

Trump administration considering rise in gas tax: Mnuchin

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:17am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering a hike in the gasoline tax, but no decision has been made, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Friday.

Symantec halts NRA discounts for identity theft product

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:54am
(Reuters) - Symantec Corp said on Friday it has stopped a program with the National Rifle Association that offered discounts for its LifeLock identity theft product.

Insurer Chubb says will stop underwriting NRA insurance for gun owners

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:29am
(Reuters) - Insurer Chubb Ltd on Friday said that it will stop underwriting a National Rifle Association-branded insurance policy for gun owners.

Pentagon makes recommendations to White House on transgender individuals

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:16am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has made his recommendations to the White House on transgender individuals and military service, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Staff return to Florida high school for first time since massacre

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:01am
(Reuters) - Staff members returned for the first time on Friday to the Florida high school where 17 students and faculty were gunned down by an ex-student with an assault rifle last week in one of the deadliest school attacks in U.S. history.

Enterprise to end discounts for NRA members on three of its brands

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:43am
(Reuters) - U.S. car rental company Enterprise Holdings Inc said it would end discount programs for three of its brands with members of the National Rifle Association (NRA), following a shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school.

Fees case may enable U.S. Supreme Court to curb union power

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 6:06am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will consider for the second time in two years whether to choke off a critical funding stream for public-employee unions, potentially reducing organized labor's influence in the workplace and at the ballot box.

Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security will be replaced

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 5:40am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Texas, Alabama halt executions, Florida puts inmate to death

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:52am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday, after the death row inmate's family begged for mercy and won a rare clemency recommendation.