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Trump warns of ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea

President Trump warned a “major, major conflict” with North Korea could result from the ongoing standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he said he hoped diplomacy would prevail. In an exclusive Oval Office interview with Reuters ahead of the 100-day benchmark in his administration, Trump candidly acknowledged that the international situation could go…

Haley accuses Russia of allowing Syria to deny needed aid

UNITED NATIONS –  U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia on Thursday of providing cover for the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons and denial of desperately needed aid to hundreds of thousands of besieged people — and she urged international pressure on Moscow “to stop this.” Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Petr Iliichev retorted that Russia,…

Senate confirms Alexander Acosta to head Labor Department

The Senate confirmed Alex Acosta Thursday as secretary of labor, filling out President Donald Trump’s cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The 60-38 vote confirmed Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation’s 27th secretary of labor, the son of Cuban immigrants and first Latino member of Trump’s cabinet will lead…

Tillerson: US strategy on North Korea relies on China’s participation

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday reiterated that tensions are “running a bit high right now” with North Korea but said the Trump administration has a “very deliberate strategy” that they are employing that involves amped up global participation. “We’re asking a lot of the Chinese,” Tillerson said on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”…

Letter shows Michael Flynn warned about foreign money; IG launches probe

The Defense Department inspector general has launched a probe into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn failed to obtain prior approval for foreign payments he received – as new documents indicate he was warned about such arrangements.  Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top Democrat on the House oversight committee, released new documents relating to the…

‘Enormous progress’ in US-Mexico ties, Mexican foreign minister says

MEXICO CITY –  Relations between the United States and Mexico have seen “enormous progress” during the first months of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Thursday. His remarks followed a Wednesday night call between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in which the leaders discussed the…

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s entry into the U.S. Senate race adds another layer of drama to what’s already expected to be a rollicking special election to fill the seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The fiery Republican jurist’s stands against gay marriage and for a courthouse display of the Ten…

Congress eyes stopgap to avert shutdown, as health care bill gains steam

House lawmakers have filed a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown this weekend, as lawmakers juggle talks on a longer-term budget deal and a potential revival of ObamaCare replacement legislation. The short-term “continuing resolution” would fund the government through May 5, under current funding levels. “I am optimistic that a final funding package…

House panel seeks charges for company in Clinton email case

A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee accused Colorado-based Platte River Networks and its chief executive, Treve Suazo, of withholding documents demanded under subpoena and obstructing…

Trump agrees to renegotiate NAFTA with Canada, Mexico leaders

President Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Canada agreed Wednesday to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the White House said Wednesday night.  “it is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation,” Trump said in a statement. “It is an honor to deal with both [Mexican] President [Enrique] Peña…