EPA chief’s security bill soars, agency cites death threats

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(Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s security detail has cost taxpayers well over $3 million so far, up sharply from his predecessor during an equivalent period, according to details released by the agency, which said Pruitt’s life had been threatened. FILE PHOTO – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations
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EPA spends 30 percent more on Pruitt’s security, cites death threats

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(Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s security detail has cost taxpayers about $3.4 million so far, up more than 30 percent from his predecessor during an equivalent period, according to details released by the agency, which said Pruitt’s life had been threatened. FILE PHOTO – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a
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U.S. adds 15,000 visas for seasonal non-farm workers

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will make available an additional 15,000 H-2B visas, meant for temporary non-agricultural workers, this fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Friday. FILE PHOTO – U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen participates in a roundtable on immigration and the gang MS-13 with U.S. President Donald
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Trump eases firing of federal workers, cracks down on unions

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate criticism from a group representing federal employees. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the commissioning and graduation ceremony for U.S. Naval
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U.S. judge declines to dismiss ex-Trump aide’s false statement charges

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, lost a bid on Friday to have certain criminal charges filed against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller dismissed. FILE PHOTO – President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort (R) and his attorney Kevin Downing arrive for a motions hearing regarding evidence in
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Trump administration opposes requiring ‘reasonable’ airline baggage fees

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation told Congress it opposes a Senate bill that would require new rules prohibiting airline fees that are not “reasonable and proportional,” along with many other new consumer protections that the administration deems “unnecessary and wasteful,” according to a letter seen on Friday by Reuters. FILE PHOTO –
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U.S. proposes scrapping program aimed at attracting foreign entrepreneurs

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration moved on Friday to end a program that aimed to attract foreign entrepreneurs to the United States, saying the Obama-era effort did not adequately protect American workers and was an inappropriate use of government authority. FILE PHOTO – U.S. Customs and Immigration officers keep watch at the arrivals level
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Trial for ex-Trump aide Manafort pushed back to July 24

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A trial date for U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for alleged financial crimes been postponed to July 24 in the Eastern District of Virginia District Court, according to a court filing on Friday. U.S. President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a motions hearing regarding evidence
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