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  • Donald Trump Nov 8, 2019

    China Says Beijing, US to Lift Tariff Hikes as Talks Advance

    The prospects for a preliminary breakthrough in the U.S.-China trade war improved Thursday after the two sides agreed to reduce some punitive tariffs on each other’s goods, though the full extent of the rollback wasn’t clear. A Chinese spokesman announced the development Thursday as talks on ending the trade war progressed, and it triggered a rally in U.S. stock markets....

  • Donald Trump Oct 11, 2019

    US Suspends Tariff Hike on Chinese Imports

    Speaking to reporters Friday, President Donald Trump said China and the U.S. are close on a limited deal including farm exports and that a U.S. tariff increase planned for Tuesday will no longer go into effect.

  • spokesman Sep 26, 2019

    US Commerce Declares Fishing Disasters for California, 6 Other States

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has declared fishing disasters for seven states on three coasts.

  • Massachusetts Sep 25, 2019

    17 States Sue Feds Over Endangered Species Act Rules

    Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Francisco, follows a similar challenge filed last month by several environmental groups, including the Humane Society and the Sierra...

  • Donald Trump Aug 20, 2019

    US Extends Limited Reprieve on Tech Sales to China's Huawei

    The Trump administration has extended a limited reprieve on U.S. technology sales to Huawei, even as questions remain over how much of an effect broader sanctions are having on the Chinese technology giant. Huawei has become enmeshed in the trade war between Washington and Beijing, with President Donald Trump showing a willingness to use the sanctions as a bargaining chip....

  • NEW YORK Jul 22, 2019

    Embattled Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Will Not Seek Re-Election, Still Not Resigning From Office Amid Protests

    Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló summoned members of his cabinet amid protests that show no sign of dissipating.

  • Donald Trump Jul 17, 2019

    House Holds 2 Trump Officials in Contempt in Census Dispute

    The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The House voted, 230-198, to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt. The vote, a political blow to the...

  • Donald Trump Jul 15, 2019

    Trump Weighs Ousting Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross After Census Defeat

    President Donald Trump has told aides and allies that he is considering removing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross after a stinging Supreme Court defeat on adding a citizenship question to the census, multiple people familiar with the conversations told NBC News. While Trump has previously expressed frustration with the 81-year-old Ross, in particular over failed trade negotiations, Ross’s long personal relationship...

  • Canada Jul 14, 2019

    Trump Says He Will Not Impose Quotas on Uranium Imports

    President Donald Trump says he will not impose quotas on importing uranium, backing away from a possible trade confrontation and breaking with a Commerce Department assessment that America’s use of foreign uranium raises national security concerns. The decision is unusual for Trump, who has pointed to national security concerns in calling for restrictions on foreign metal and autos in trade...

  • Donald Trump Jul 9, 2019

    Barr Says Yes to Another Path to Adding Citizenship Question

    Attorney General William Barr said there may be a legal path to Donald Trump’s goal to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census count, despite a temporary block by the Supreme Court.

  • NEW YORK Jun 25, 2019

    Federal Judges Send 2020 Census Lawsuit Back to Lower Court

    A lawsuit that alleges a 2020 census question pushed by the Trump administration violates minorities’ rights will be sent back to a federal court in Maryland so new evidence can be considered, U.S. appeals judges ruled Tuesday. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision comes a day after U.S. District Judge George Hazel of Maryland suggested in an opinion that...

  • NEW YORK Jun 25, 2019

    Federal Judges Send 2020 Census Lawsuit Back to Lower Court

    A lawsuit that alleges a 2020 census question pushed by the Trump administration violates minorities’ rights will be sent back to a federal court in Maryland so new evidence can be considered, U.S. appeals judges ruled Tuesday. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision comes a day after U.S. District Judge George Hazel of Maryland suggested in an opinion that...

  • Donald Trump Jun 24, 2019

    Everything You Need to Know About the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

    The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on a request from the Census Bureau to ask everyone in the country about citizenship status. The plan has set off litigation and debate and raised some important questions. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Donald Trump Jun 24, 2019

    Everything You Need to Know About the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

    The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on a request from the Census Bureau to ask everyone in the country about citizenship status. The plan has set off litigation and debate and raised some important questions. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Massachusetts Jun 14, 2019

    Justice Backs Mnuchin's Refusal to Turn Over Trump's Taxes

    The Justice Department issued a legal opinion Friday finding that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was right to withhold President Donald Trump’s tax returns from a House committee that subpoenaed them. The House Ways and Means Committee subpoenaed six years of Trump’s tax returns in May, but the Treasury Department refused to provide the documents. At the time, Mnuchin said the...

  • Massachusetts Jun 14, 2019

    Justice Backs Mnuchin's Refusal to Turn Over Trump's Taxes

    The Justice Department issued a legal opinion Friday finding that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was right to withhold President Donald Trump’s tax returns from a House committee that subpoenaed them. The House Ways and Means Committee subpoenaed six years of Trump’s tax returns in May, but the Treasury Department refused to provide the documents. At the time, Mnuchin said the...

  • Donald Trump Jun 12, 2019

    House Panel Votes to Hold Top US Officials in Contempt

    A House committee voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas for documents related to a decision adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee voted 24-15 to advance contempt measures against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Rep. Justin Amash...

  • Donald Trump Jun 5, 2019

    Trump-GOP Split: Senators Loudly Oppose Mexico Tariff Threat

    In a rare confrontation, Republican senators declared deep opposition Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on all goods coming into the U.S. from Mexico. But it’s unclear they have the votes to stop him, and Trump said they’d be “foolish” to try. All sides, including officials from Mexico meeting with Trump negotiators in Washington this week, remain hopeful that...

  • Donald Trump Jun 5, 2019

    Trump-GOP Split: Senators Loudly Oppose Mexico Tariff Threat

    In a rare confrontation, Republican senators declared deep opposition Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on all goods coming into the U.S. from Mexico. But it’s unclear they have the votes to stop him, and Trump said they’d be “foolish” to try. All sides, including officials from Mexico meeting with Trump negotiators in Washington this week, remain hopeful that...

  • Donald Trump Jun 4, 2019

    House Panel Moves Toward Contempt Vote Over Census Documents

    House Democrats are moving to hold Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas for documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the panel will vote soon on contempt measures for Attorney General William...

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