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Trump veterans' nominee faces new allegations of drinking, prescriptions
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's doctor Ronny Jackson faced new allegations on Wednesday about questionable drug prescriptions and drunkenness as the White House insisted it had thoroughly vetted him to become the head of the Veterans Affairs department.

U.S. attorney general tiptoes around Russia probe at hearing
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Questions about President Donald Trump and the investigation into whether his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russia overshadowed a Senate hearing on Wednesday with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been a frequent target of Trump's wrath.

Liberals on top U.S. court ask if Trump travel waivers just 'window dressing'
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices sought assurances on Wednesday that the Trump administration's policy for granting medical or other exceptions to a ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries amounted to more than window dressing.

Supreme Court appears ready to uphold Trump's travel ban
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared poised to hand President Donald Trump a huge legal victory, signaling on Wednesday it was likely to uphold his contentious travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

U.S. Congress girds for fight over expected Trump spending cuts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing to submit to the U.S. Congress up to $25 billion in immediate spending cuts, including possible reductions to social safety net programs, lawmakers said on Wednesday, in a move that could upend a budget deal enacted last month.

Senate Democrats demand information on Trump CIA nominee
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three Senate Democrats complained on Wednesday that the CIA is refusing to make public important information about Gina Haspel, the senior undercover officer President Donald Trump has nominated to be the intelligence agency's next director.

Republicans keep Arizona House seat, Democrat vows rematch
PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Republican candidate prevailed in a special Arizona election for a vacated U.S. House of Representatives seat after a tight race that some observers said could still bolster Democratic momentum heading into November's midterm vote.

Sessions' pick for Manhattan U.S. attorney to stay on for now
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Geoffrey Berman, who was named Manhattan's top federal prosecutor by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on an interim basis in January, will stay in the role after his term was scheduled to end on May 4, a New York court spokesman said on Wednesday.

Facebook will not testify at U.S. House hearing on social media
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it has declined an invitation to testify at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing Thursday on filtering practices by social media companies, a company spokesman said.

U.S. Supreme Court divided over Texas electoral district fight
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided along ideological lines as it heard a bid by Texas to revive Republican-drawn electoral districts thrown out by a lower court for diluting the clout of black and Hispanic voters.


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