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August 1, 2017 4:09 AM No let-up in spying amid tit-for-tat Russian sanctions: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia still runs a versatile spying campaign against the United States despite sanctions and daily publicity about Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the top U.S. counter-intelligence official said in an interview. William Evanina, the National Counterintelligence Executive, described a wide array of challenges 45

August 1, 2017 3:10 AM Embassy Reductions Won’t Deter U.S., Pence Says

“Right now we’re reviewing our options, and when we have something to say on it, we’ll let you know,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary. Ms. Sanders also declined to say when Mr. Trump planned to sign the sanctions legislation, which passed with overwhelming, veto-proof majorities in both the House and the Senate. On Friday 22

August 1, 2017 1:11 AM ‘I am transgender’ April email by then-elated U.S. Army captain now haunts her after Trump’s rejection tweet

BERATZHAUSEN, GERMANY – The U.S. Army soldier took a deep breath before hitting the button that sent the email to more than 200 fellow troops. “All considered, I am, and have been, traversing what is essentially a personal matter, but is something I must address publicly,” the email stated. “I am transgender.” The April 13 email officially ended the secret 56

July 31, 2017 11:41 PM President Trump silent on Russia after Putin announced expulsion of U.S. diplomats

President Trump said nothing Monday in response to Russia’s planned expulsion of hundreds of American diplomats, announced over the weekend by President Vladi­mir Putin. “Right now we’re reviewing our options, and when we have something to say on it, we’ll let you know,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday after Trump’s silence 23

July 31, 2017 10:25 PM Trump has few options on North Korea as potential economic hazards come into focus

The duration, scope and intensity of such a conflict would be highly unpredictable. In addition to the toll in casualties, it could destabilize the entire Asia-Pacific region and, at minimum, severely strain the confidence of consumers and investors in the United States. A second alternative is relying on pressure from North Korea's neighbor China. President 13

July 28, 2017 11:13 PM Venezuela at breaking point as controversial poll nears

Venezuela's opposition is calling it "Zero Hour". Analysts refer to a breaking point. It is clear to everyone that Venezuela is in crisis, but there's no easy way out. Divisions in Venezuela run deep. The opposition has been vocal since Hugo Chávez came to power 18 years ago, but problems have become more acute under President Nicolás Maduro, a leader 20

July 28, 2017 6:18 PM Health care vote lays bare the divide between McCain and McConnell

Mitch McConnell and John McCain have a core fundamental difference in their approaches to politics. The Kentucky Republican counts success almost entirely through political victories, wins and losses best measured by the elections every two years. The Arizona Republican measures success in the worthiness of the fight — a determination that is sometimes 51

July 28, 2017 10:07 AM Republican effort to gut Obamacare ends in defeat for Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a stinging blow to President Donald Trump, U.S. Senate Republicans failed on Friday to dismantle Obamacare, falling short on a major campaign promise and perhaps ending a seven-year quest by their party to gut the healthcare law. Voting in the early hours, three Republican senators, John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski 71

July 27, 2017 4:43 PM Defense Department to Trump on transgender ban: Not so fast

The Department of Defense declared Thursday there will be “no modifications to the current policy” on transgender service members for now, a day after President Trump issued a surprise three-tweet directive banning those troops from the military. In a memo to service chiefs and commanders, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr. declared 12

July 27, 2017 10:44 AM Russia risks decades of low growth under U.S. sanctions: Putin adviser

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia risks being saddled with U.S. sanctions for decades, curbing economic growth and preventing it from regaining its status as a leading economic power, an adviser to President Vladimir Putin said in an interview. Alexei Kudrin told Reuters that the current proposed tightening of sanctions in Washington should not have any serious 29