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Trump offers national security adviser post to Vice Admiral Harward: sources

Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, speaks to an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj, Afghanistan, in this handout photoThe Trump administration has offered the job of White House national security adviser, vacated by former U.S. intelligence official Michael Flynn, to Vice Admiral Robert Harward, said two U.S. officials familiar with the matter on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if Harward, a former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command who has Navy SEAL combat experience, had accepted the offer, according to sources.


Senate Republicans push for answers on Trump team's Russia ties

Trump hosts education meeting at the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Republicans issued their boldest challenge yet to U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, promising to get to the bottom of the relationship between his aides and Russia, and calling for ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn to testify before Congress. Trump, facing a deepening crisis less than a month into his presidency, sought to focus the attention on what he called criminal intelligence leaks, calling Flynn a "wonderful man" who had been unfairly treated by the media. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and other senators in Trump's party pushed for more information as the White House becomes engulfed by questions about contacts between Trump's team and Russia.


Trump blasts 'criminal' leaks by intelligence agencies, calls Flynn 'wonderful'

File Photo: White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (C) arrives prior to a joint news conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S.WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday assailed what he said were illegal and "criminal" leaks from U.S. intelligence agencies in the controversy over contacts with Russian officials that forced his national security adviser Michael Flynn to resign.


Trump administration proposes stricter Obamacare rules

FILE PHOTO - Applications are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson MississippiThe Trump administration on Wednesday proposed changes to the Obamacare individual insurance market that insurers welcomed as a good start but that others pointed out could raise out-of-pocket cost for consumers. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to scrap the 2010 healthcare law that is a key legacy of Democrat Barack Obama's presidency.


Watchdog blames Trump for spike in anti-Muslim hate groups

Watchdog blames Trump for spike in anti-Muslim hate groupsThe number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second consecutive year (from 892 in 2015 to 917 in 2016), according to a new report from The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which cited Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as one reason for the spike in activity among the radical right.


Trump breaks with old Middle East policy — and campaign positions

Trump breaks with old Middle East policy — and campaign positionsWith Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his side, President Trump on Wednesday dropped the decades-old U.S. position that Middle East peace requires the creation of a viable Palestinian state. The unpredictable commander in chief also watered down campaign-trail pledges to move America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and dismantle the Iran nuclear deal.


Reports: Andy Puzder expected to withdraw nomination for labor secretary

Reports: Andy Puzder expected to withdraw nomination for labor secretaryPuzder departs after a meeting with Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Nov. 19, 2016. Andy Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor, is expected to withdraw his name from consideration, NBC News, Fox News and CNN reported Wednesday afternoon. Puzder’s reported withdrawal comes a day after his Senate confirmation hearing was set to begin.


Trump blames ‘unfair’ media for decision to oust Flynn

Trump blames ‘unfair’ media for decision to oust FlynnPresident Trump on Wednesday denounced “criminal” leaks of classified secrets and what he called the “very, very unfair” news media’s treatment of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, a day after the White House said the mercurial retired general had to go because he misled colleagues and lost his unpredictable boss’s trust. “I think it’s very, very unfair what’s happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated and the documents and papers that were illegally — I stress that, illegally — leaked,” Trump said at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The president praised Flynn as “a wonderful man” targeted by “the fake media,” and he condemned leaks of information showing that the former Army general misled top officials including Vice President Mike Pence about potentially improper contacts with a top Russian diplomat.


Trump touts Jewish friends, family members after Israeli reporter asks about anti-Semitic crime

Trump blames ‘unfair’ media for decision to oust Flynn“We are going to have peace in this country,” said the president in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump then turned to highlight his daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner, now a White House adviser. “I think one of the reasons I won the election is we have a very, very divided nation — very divided.


Russian spy ship 30 miles from US Navy sub base

Russian spy ship 30 miles from US Navy sub baseA Russian spy ship is now 30 miles south of New London, Connecticut, where a U.S. Navy submarine base is located. The Viktor Leonov, a Russian intelligence gathering ship, had been making its way north along the East Coast of the United States. U.S. officials have said that the spy ship was likely headed to a location near Connecticut in international waters where it could be close to the submarine base in New London.


Questions swirl after it emerges Trump told weeks ago that Flynn misled over Russia calls

Questions swirl after it emerges Trump told weeks ago that Flynn misled over Russia callsQuestions continue to swirl in the wake of Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser, including which White House officials knew -- and when -- about Flynn's calls with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the Trump administration transition. According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Trump was informed of the Justice Department's findings in a briefing from his White House counsel on Jan. 26. Flynn wrote in his resignation letter that he "inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador," but questions about the legality of the calls remain at large.


New era for consumer protection as Republicans take helm of watchdog agency

New era for consumer protection as Republicans take helm of watchdog agencyConsumer groups are bracing for a more pro-industry approach to safety, fearful that strides made in the name of product safety will be rolled back, as Republicans take the helm of the nation’s key consumer safety agency. The Trump Administration last week elevated Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican appointed to the commission in 2013, to the post of acting chairman. Buerkle replaces outgoing chair Elliot Kaye, a Democrat who stared down industry groups during the nearly three years he was in the position, calling out businesses for not being proactive enough on safety.


In statement, Andrew Puzder says he's withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary
In statement, Andrew Puzder says he's withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary.

The Latest: Democrats question Rauner's budget numbers

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the State address in the Illinois House chamber in Springfield, Ill. Rauner will propose a third annual budget that is likely to be shelved by the Legislature like his first two, as he addresses a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday, Feb. 15. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address (all times local):


Illinois governor offers tax-hike guidance to end stalemate

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly at the Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Springfield, Ill. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner gave more specifics Wednesday on what steps he'd accept to end the state's nearly two-year budget stalemate, telling lawmakers he's open to raising taxes on services such as car repairs or haircuts but not on food, medicine or retirement income.


Trump's budget pick clears initial Senate hurdle

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, Budget Director-designate Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee. Mulvaney has cleared a routine Senate hurdle. But at least two senior Republicans have voiced doubts about supporting him in a Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, confirmation vote. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice to run the White House budget office on Wednesday cleared a Senate hurdle, but at least two senior Republicans have voiced doubts about supporting him.


SPLC says number of anti-Muslim hate groups on the rise

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017 file photo, protesters carry signs and chant in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bars citizens of seven predominantly Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the U.S. is exploding behind well-paid ideologues, radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year’s presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday in a new report. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year's presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday in a new report.


Business Roundtable softening stance on political transparency?
Document suggests a shift in attitude by lobbying powerhouse.

White House spotlight: Tracking Donald Trump
The Center for Public Integrity's continuing coverage of the president's promise to 'drain the swamp'

Big Oil’s grip on California
In America’s greenest state, the industry has spent $122 million in the past six years to shape regulation and legislation.

France warns Russia against meddling in election

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is pictured after the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris on January 18, 2017France on Wednesday issued a stern warning to Russia against meddling in its upcoming presidential elections, after US intelligence accused Moscow of interfering in America's vote to boost Donald Trump. "We will not accept any interference whatsoever in our electoral process, whether by Russia or any other state," said Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. The warning came as aides to one of the leading French candidates this week accused Russia of trying to derail his bid.


Trump drops US commitment to 'two-state' Mideast deal

US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House on February 15, 2017US President Donald Trump halted Washington's quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, saying he would back a single state if it led to peace. The new president warmly welcomed Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House and hailed the "unbreakable" bond between their countries.


Fed's Yellen spars with lawmakers on regulation, economy

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen waits for a hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill on February 14, 2017In often contentious testimony, lasting nearly four hours, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen defended the Fed's role in helping the US economy to rebuild after the worst crisis since the Great Depression, pointing to the solid job creation and growing incomes. "The economy is recovering from a very severe crisis," Yellen said, as one representative after another said that former president Barack Obama is the only US president since World War II not to see a single quarter during which there was three percent growth.


UN demands armed groups stop fighting in C. Africa

The United Nations has deployed 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic to help restore stability following a war in 2013 that erupted after the overthrow of leader Francois BozizeThe UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded armed groups in the Central African Republic immediately halt fighting and join peace talks after UN airstrikes targeted rebel fighters. UN attack helicopters opened fire over the weekend on gunmen advancing on the central city of Bambari. UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told the council there were about 300 fighters moving towards the city in pickup trucks mounted with machine guns.


EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms

A carbon trading system puts a cap on the amount of carbon dioxide allowed to be emitted by large factories and other companiesThe European Parliament on Wednesday adopted draft reforms of Europe's carbon market after 2021, a key step in reaching the bloc's climate change goals. The European Commission published its reform plans in July 2015 for the EU's Emissions Trading System (ETS), the world's largest. Ivo Belet, climate spokesman for the centre-right European People's party, said the "balanced" reforms would help the EU meet the Paris climate change targets, agreed at a landmark conference in December 2015.


Ukraine warring sides agree heavy arms pullback: OSCE

A tank from the Ukrainian Forces is stationed outside a building in the flashpoint eastern town of Avdiivka that sits just north of the pro-Russian rebels' de facto capital of Donetsk on February 2, 2017An international mediator on Wednesday said Ukraine's warring sides had agreed to withdraw heavy weapons from the volatile frontline by February 20 in line with a tattered peace plan. Martin Sajdik, the lead negotiator from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the crisis, said Ukraine, Russia and the eastern rebels agreed to the move after a fresh round of talks in Minsk, Russian and Belarussian news agencies reported. The Minsk agreement has been repeatedly violated by both sides as no progress has been made towards a political resolution of the conflict.


Trump defence chief to NATO: pay up or we reduce support

US Defence Minister James Mattis addresses the press at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017US Defence Secretary James Mattis bluntly warned NATO allies Wednesday that Donald Trump's administration would "moderate its commitment" to the transatlantic alliance unless members met their spending pledges. Mattis's no-nonsense message to his counterparts in Brussels follows years of calls by Washington for allies to spend at least two percent of their GDP on defence, a goal that only a handful meet despite agreeing on it at a summit in 2014. It packs extra weight as it comes after Trump has said US help for NATO members -- already worried by the threat from Russia in the east -- might depend on how much they have paid.


Ukraine declares state of energy emergency

Energy Minister Igor Nasalyk said the most immediate measure involved a call to all people to try to save power in their industries and homesUkraine on Wednesday announced a state of emergency for its energy sector that could result in rolling blackouts as officials try to sharply curtail electricity use by consumers. The decision was made at a cabinet meeting to work out a response to a two-week strike by ultranationalists who have blocked a railroad between the coal-producing eastern regions and the rest of Ukraine. Kiev has continued to buy a specific type of coal produced only in the Russian-backed separatist east that is needed to fuel the country's power plants.


Three questions with EU's trade commissioner

EU-Canada trade relationsEU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem saw her flagship trade deal with Canada approved by MEPs on Wednesday but she has plenty more challenges ahead. - Could national parliaments now reject the EU-Canada deal?


EU Parliament backs landmark Canada trade deal

Protestors demonstrate against the EU-Canada trade deal outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg, FranceThe European Parliament backed a contested EU-Canada free trade deal on Wednesday, facing down protests by activists and Donald Trump-inspired calls for protectionism. MEPs hailed the deal as a rare victory for an imperilled global trade system that is under threat from US President Trump who opposes far-reaching trade deals. The accord, known as CETA, is tipped as Europe's most modern ever and a possible model for relations with Britain after its leaves the EU.


Iran's Rouhani in Kuwait to soothe Gulf ties

Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said (right) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meet following the latter arrival in Muscat on February 15, 2017Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday visited Kuwait as part of a lightning two-nation tour aimed at mending ties with Gulf neighbours strained by the conflicts in Syria and Yemen. Rouhani held talks with Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who last month launched a dialogue with the Islamic republic to normalise Iran-Gulf relations. An official statement cited by the KUNA news agency said they discussed bolstering bilateral ties in all fields.


Leading US science group backs genetically modifying human embryos

The emergence of inexpensive and accurate gene-editing technology, known as CRISPR/Cas9, has fueled "an explosion of new research opportunities and potential clinical applications," the National Academy of Sciences saysAn influential US science advisory committee this week said genetic modification of human embryos should be allowed in the future to eliminate diseases, sparking new debate on this controversial topic. The report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) caused concern among some researchers who fear that genetic tools could be used to boost certain people's intelligence or create people with particular physical traits. "Clinical trials for genome editing of the human germline - adding, removing or replacing DNA base pairs in gametes or early embryos - could be permitted in the future," said the report, released Tuesday.


Protesters call for greater gay rights in Church of England

Gay rights campaigners protest outside Church House in London on February 15, 2017Gay rights campaigners protested outside the Church of England's General Synod in London on Wednesday as Anglican bishops from around the world prepared to vote on a report ruling out accepting gay marriage. It does however, recommend "a fresh tone and culture of welcome and support" for the LGBT community. The issue has long strained ties within the estimated 85-million-strong Anglican Communion, which includes more liberal members such as the United States and Britain, and conservatives such as Nigeria and Kenya.


US arrests Mexican with protected status

DACA was created as a temporary measure to avoid the deportation of hundreds of thousands of youths who came illegally to America as children with their parents, have lived almost their entire lives in the US and are integrated into US cultureUS immigration authorities arrested a Mexican man without residency papers even though he has special status protecting him from deportation, lawyers and the government said. Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina said his arrest -- for the purpose of expulsion -- was a first among people included in the so-called DACA program protecting unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The arrest also raises questions about the future of the estimated 750,000 immigrants who have filed for this special status since then-president Barack Obama introduced it with an executive order in 2012, the lawyers said.


Trump's Russia scandal: What we know

US President Donald Trump rejected reports that Moscow was behind the hacking of Hillary Clinton's campaign, instead attacking US intelligence for trying to undermine himA cloud of intrigue over ties with Moscow has hovered over President Donald Trump since US intelligence alleged the Russian government interfered with the presidential election last year against his opponent Hillary Clinton. On Monday, Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign over his private conversations with a Russian diplomat, and on Wednesday the New York Times reported that Trump aides and associates had "repeated" calls with senior Russian intelligence officials during the election campaign.


Trump promises Israel that Iran will never get bomb

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017President Donald Trump hailed the United States' "unbreakable" bond with Israel on Wednesday and promised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon. Trump's vow was designed to address Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which Netanyahu has warned expires too soon to permanently remove the threat.


 
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