Judge sees ‘gaping holes’ in Trump lawyer bid to delay Stormy Daniels lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday signaled possible shortcomings in a request by Donald Trump’s personal lawyer to delay adult-film actress Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit over her alleged affair with the U.S. president, but stopped short of putting it on hold.

EPA staff see hurdles in Pruitt science revamp, internal emails show

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are concerned that companies may be required to publicly disclose confidential data used in crafting government regulations, under an initiative by the agency’s chief to eliminate “secret science,” internal emails showed.

Senate’s top Democrat seeks to tear down barriers to legal pot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday backed the decriminalization of marijuana, unveiling a bill removing it from the federal schedule of controlled substances days after President Donald Trump softened his own stance over the drug.

U.S. calls China, Russia, Iran, North Korea ‘morally reprehensible’ on rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday labeled China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as “morally reprehensible” governments that it said violated human rights within their borders on a daily basis, making them “forces of instability.”

Explainer: If Trump revives Iran sanctions, they’ll take time to come back

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reports of the Iran nuclear deal’s imminent demise might just be premature.

Ex-FBI No. 2 alerted then-FBI chief Comey of plans to talk to press: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent emails to then-Director James Comey alerting him he planned to push back against negative news coverage related to his oversight of probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a lawyer for McCabe said on Friday.

Trump on Twitter (April 19) – Japan PM Abe, Mike Pompeo, Democrats

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

New York governor presses banks, insurers to weigh risk of NRA ties

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday ramped up pressure on banks and insurers to revisit whether their ties to the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups harm their reputations and the public interest.

Rosenstein told Trump last week he’s not a target in Russia probe: Bloomberg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Donald Trump last week that he is not a target of any part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.

Senate’s ‘first baby’ on hand for confirmation vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A little history was made in Washington on Thursday – little in the form of a newborn who became the first baby ever to appear on the floor of the U.S. Senate during a vote.

Appeals court rules against U.S. on funds for sanctuary cities

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday said the U.S. Justice Department cannot deny public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

Judge questions Trump ex-campaign chief’s bid to dismiss all charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge expressed skepticism on Thursday toward a bid by President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman to get a raft of charges dismissed, while a prosecutor said Paul Manafort was suspected of being a campaign “back channel” to Russia.

First Democrat backs Pompeo, making confirmation as secretary of state likely

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp said on Thursday she would vote in favor of Republican President Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, making it likely that the CIA director will be confirmed to take the post.

EPA inspector general opens new probe into Pruitt’s travels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general will investigate agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s use of his official security detail on recent personal trips, the latest in a string of congressional, White House and internal probes into his spending on security and travel.

U.S. Senate committee to vote on bill to protect Mueller next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leader of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday the committee would vote on a bill to protect Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, despite objections by the chamber’s Republican leadership.

California, Trump administration reach deal on National Guard

(Reuters) – California said on Wednesday it had reached a deal with the Trump administration to provide 400 National Guard troops to combat criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers within the state and at the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. envoy to U.N. Haley says relationship with Trump is ‘perfect’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said her relationship with President Donald Trump was “perfect” amid friction between Haley and the White House.

Senate votes to undo consumer bureau’s auto guidance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted 51-47 on Wednesday in favor of a resolution undoing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 guidance restricting how car dealers extend auto loans to consumers, in the latest move to weaken the agency.

North Korea meeting won’t affect Pompeo vote in U.S. Senate: committee chair

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday he did not expect that CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would affect votes in the Senate on his nomination to be secretary of state.

Republican senator opposes making temporary tax cuts permanent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. Republican senator said on Wednesday he would strongly oppose any plan to make permanent the temporary individual tax cuts that are included in a tax overhaul recently passed by Congress.

Senate’s top Republican rules out bill to protect Mueller: Fox News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday ruled out introducing a bill to protect Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, from being fired by President Donald Trump, Fox News reported.

Fox News pledges full support of TV host Hannity

(Reuters) – Fox News said on Tuesday it was putting its “full support” behind television host Sean Hannity after it was revealed that he had an “informal relationship” with U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes DACA immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pressure grew in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday to debate legislation protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation, in a challenge to President Donald Trump, who has declared as “dead” an existing program allowing them to legally study and work in the United States.

As Republicans push for second tax vote in Congress, Democrats say ‘Let’s see’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress are moving forward with a plan to vote before the 2018 midterm elections on a bill to make permanent the temporary individual tax cuts in their recent tax overhaul.

Missouri governor may have committed felony related to fund-raising: state AG

(Reuters) – Missouri’s attorney general said on Tuesday his office has uncovered evidence of criminal electronic theft by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, a fellow Republican already charged with invasion of privacy stemming from an unrelated sex scandal.

Fed’s bank regulator to pitch Congress on stress test, liquidity changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s top banking regulator will tell lawmakers on Tuesday that he wants more industry input into stress tests and to ease liquidity requirements for large, non-global lenders.

U.S. senators offer legislation covering military action against militants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators announced long-awaited legislation on Monday to provide congressional authorization for U.S. campaigns against militant groups in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, part of a push to take back authority over the military from the White House.

White House cyber czar to leave, return to NSA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House cyber security coordinator Rob Joyce will leave his post and return to the National Security Agency, a White House official said on Monday.

U.S. government watchdogs slam Trump Cabinet on spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. government watchdogs rapped two members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet on Monday over their spending last year, adding pressure on an administration already roiled by ethics complaints.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission member McSweeny will resign: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Trade Commission member Terrell McSweeny will resign next week after four years on the panel, the FTC said in a statement on Monday.