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Democrats to investigate Trump actions against AT&T, Amazon

WASHINGTON: When Democrats take control of the U.S. House they plan to investigate the Trump administration’s attempt to block AT&T Inc from acquiring Time Warner, and whether officials sought to punish Amazon by prodding the U.S. Post Office to hike shipping prices for the world’s largest e-commerce company, a senior Democrat and a congressional aide said on Sunday. Speaking to online publication Axios, Representative Adam Schiff, who is expected to be the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said…

Trump tastes election defeat but finds some wins

WASHINGTON: By the time President Donald Trump and his team tucked into hamburgers and hot dogs at a White House election watch party on Tuesday night, he was ready for the bad news. His closest aides tried to focus him on the positives. Working on just a few hours’ sleep after a heavy final day of campaigning, Trump spent much of Tuesday on the phone, checking in with friends and advisers, talking to state and national Republican Party officials and White House aides to get a picture of what to expect. What he…

Trump threatens US government shutdown over border wall

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would allow the federal government to shut down if Democrats do not fund his border wall and back immigration law changes, betting that maintaining a hard line will work in Republicans’ favour in November congressional elections. However, a disruption in federal government operations could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans, who control Congress, for the interruption in services.…

Democrats target union workers who regret Trump vote

DUBUQUE, Iowa: Inside Knicker’s Saloon, a factory worker hangout here, Jesse Oberbroeckling has just finished his shift at the John Deere plant when he reveals his regret. Like many union workers, Oberbroeckling voted twice for former Democratic President Barack Obama before backing Donald Trump and other Republicans in 2016. Now he has buyer’s remorse - and plans to support the Democratic challenger to Rod Blum, the Republican congressman in this blue-collar, eastern Iowa district. “Trump is for the rich,” said…

Trump blocks release of Russia memo drafted by Democrats

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday blocked the release of a classified memo written by congressional Democrats to rebut a Republican document that he allowed to be made public last week that claimed FBI and Justice Department bias against him in the federal probe of Russia and the 2016 US election. The Republican president’s decision -- the latest controversy relating to an investigation that has hung over his year in office -- infuriated Democrats. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said, “Millions of…

Trump says immigration deal ‘probably dead’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Sunday a deal to resolve the status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children is "probably dead," blaming it on Democrats. Trump came back on the issue in a pair of early morning tweets three days after igniting outrage by referring to African and Haitian immigrants as coming from "shithole countries." Global condemnation of the remark as racist has put the president on the defensive amid bipartisan attempts to negotiate a…

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump

BIRMINGHAM: Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore. The stunning upset by Jones makes him the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a quarter-century and will trim the Republicans’ already narrow Senate majority to 51-49, endangering Trump’s agenda and opening the door for Democrats to possibly…

Trump faces Republican resistance over his health care plan

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump warned Republicans that he is done negotiating and wants a vote Friday on dismantling Obamacare, setting up a high-stakes showdown with members of the president's own party over his embattled health care plan. House leaders were forced to postpone a Thursday vote on the measure amid a revolt by mainly conservative Republicans, who were complicating the first major legislative test for the new president by signaling it would not pass without key changes. Trump himself set the stage, dispatching…

Muhammad Ali Jr helps punch back on Trump immigration order

WASHINGTON: The son of the late boxing icon Muhammad Ali, who claims he was detained by US officials last month because he is Muslim, joined Democrats on Thursday in their fight against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. "I felt that my human rights were just abused," Muhammad Ali Jr told House Democrats at a forum in the US Capitol. Ali and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, recounted their ordeal at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on February 7, when they were interrogated at…

Trump campaign had repeated contact with Russia: NYT

NEW YORK: Members of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before he won the White House, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Citing "four current and former American officials," the Times report said that intercepted phone calls and phone records showed the repeated contacts with Moscow's intelligence community. US "law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering…