Senate advances on healthcare, with dramatic return by McCain
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:47:29 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans narrowly agreed on Tuesday to open debate on a bill to end Obamacare, but the party's seven-year effort to roll back Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law still faces significant hurdles.

House approves new Russia sanctions, defying Trump
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:23:29 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any sanctions on Moscow, in a rare rebuke of the Republican president.

U.S. energy secretary duped into fake interview with Russian comedians
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:53:40 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry optimistically discussed expanding American coal exports to Ukraine and other energy matters during a lengthy phone call this month with a Russian prankster who Perry thought was Ukraine's prime minister.

Republican lawmakers rally around Sessions as Trump intensifies pressure
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:38:51 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republican lawmakers rallied to the defense of Jeff Sessions on Tuesday as allies of the attorney general said President Donald Trump appeared to be trying to pressure him to quit by repeatedly criticizing him on Twitter and in interviews.

White House targets leakers, may restructure communications: Scaramucci
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:08:24 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's new communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Tuesday he would probably restructure the communications operation at the White House and would fire staff if leaks did not cease.

Exclusive: Viacom willing to make an all-cash deal to buy Scripps Networks - sources
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:34:50 -0400
(Reuters) - Viacom Inc has informed Scripps Networks Interactive it is willing to pay all cash to acquire the U.S. TV network operator, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Texas Senate votes to curb transgender access to public bathrooms
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:49:04 -0400
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a bill that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, endorsing a piece of legislation denounced by civil liberties advocates as discriminatory.

Robert Durst unfaithful to wife before her disappearance, friend says
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:21:51 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Real estate scion Robert Durst and his wife were unfaithful to each other before she went missing in 1982, a friend of Durst said in court on Tuesday, in testimony that could be used by prosecutors to show there was discord in the marriage.

Trump warns 'emboldened' Iran to comply with nuclear deal
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:20:06 -0400
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump issued a veiled threat against Iran on Tuesday, warning Tehran to adhere to the terms of a nuclear deal with world powers or else face "big, big problems."

Fairy tales overcome nightmares at South Korea’s militarized border town
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:19:49 -0400
SEOUL (Reuters) - A half-hour's drive north of Seoul, along a highway lined with barbed wire, lie two shopping malls the size of several football stadiums, a stone's throw from the world's most militarized border.