Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks: White House

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn about gun legislation on Friday, two days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people, and supports efforts to improve the federal background check system, the White House said on Monday. Trump spoke to Cornyn, a Republican, about the bi-partisan bill he
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Congress sets sights on federal cryptocurrency rules

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jolted by the global investment craze over bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, U.S. lawmakers are moving to consider new rules that could impose stricter federal oversight on the emerging asset class, several top lawmakers told Reuters. Bipartisan momentum is growing in the Senate and House of Representatives for action to address the risks
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Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia. A pair of conferences usually devoted to staid topics about election administration were instead packed with
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Kremlin says charges over U.S. election tampering prove nothing

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign contained zero proof of Russian state involvement. The comments were the Kremlin’s first reaction to charges drawn up by the office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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Trump blasts Oprah over 60 Minutes episode

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(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump blasted media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Twitter on Sunday night over a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes program and again said he hoped she would face him as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race. Actress and television host Winfrey, now a contributor to the CBS program, led a
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Students plan protests, Washington march, to demand gun control after mass shooting

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PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – Stunned by the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, students mobilized across the country on Sunday to organize rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is
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Trump says FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe, draws criticism

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S presidential election, drawing sharp criticism for saying an excessive focus on Russia led investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly school shooting in Florida. In a series of tweets over the weekend from
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Stunned by massacre, U.S. students demand tighter gun controls

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PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – Stunned by last week’s bloodiest high school shooting in U.S. history, students across the country were mobilizing on Sunday for stronger gun laws, while Florida officials contemplated when to reopen their badly shaken school. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people
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Stunned by massacre, U.S. students demand tighter gun controls

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PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – Stunned by last week’s bloodiest high school shooting in U.S. history, students across the country were mobilizing on Sunday for stronger gun laws, while Florida officials contemplated when to reopen their badly shaken school. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people
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Trump accuses FBI of ‘spending too much time’ on Russia probe

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented the deadly school shooting in Florida last week. In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump
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Republicans face first test of tax cuts’ power to sway voters

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WASHINGTON, Penn (Reuters) – Mark Marran, an operations manager for a Fortune 500 company, voted for Donald Trump. Two weeks ago he noticed an extra $100 in his bimonthly pay check, courtesy of sweeping tax cuts passed by the Republican Congress late last year. Marran says the extra cash is nice, but it will not
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Trump to meet House Speaker Ryan on Sunday in Florida: White House

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will meet Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan at Trump’s Florida resort on Sunday to discuss legislative priorities, White House spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said. No further details were provided about the meeting or topics. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at a news
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