U.S. appeals court rejects Trump bid to escape anti-corruption lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday handed President Donald Trump a setback, rejecting his bid to end a lawsuit that accused him of violating anti-corruption provisions of the U.S. Constitution with his ownership of a hotel in Washington while in office. The decision by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sitting as a whole […]

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Explainer: Trump keeps raising 'Obamagate.' What's that?

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of seeking to damage his presidency, repeatedly referring to it as “Obamagate” but offering no details. WHAT IS ‘OBAMAGATE’? Trump has not made clear what he is accusing Obama of doing but the allegations appear to focus on law enforcement actions taken at the end of Obama’s presidency. […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court invalidates state's COVID-19 stay-at-home order

(Reuters) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down a statewide coronavirus stay-at-home order on Wednesday, siding with a legal challenge from Republican lawmakers who said the state’s top public health official exceeded her authority by imposing the restrictions. While lockdown orders meant to quell the pandemic have been challenged in court in several states, the decision in Wisconsin marked the […]

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Ottawa pushing Rideau Transit Group to fix LRT issues by end of August

City staff are pushing Rideau Transit Group (RTG) to remedy the outstanding issues with Ottawa’s light-rail transit system by the end of August, but the consortium responsible for building and maintaining the LRT line is expecting work to last for the rest of 2020. Ottawa’s director of rail Michael Morgan gave a presentation to city council Wednesday on the status […]

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Huge post-Brexit trade talks worth £1.5BN about to start with Japan

The government will use the terms of an existing deal struck between Tokyo and Brussels to speed up negotiations but with extra benefits added for British businesses. Clothing and textile producers and financial services are expected to be the biggest winners of lower trade barriers with Scotland, the East Midlands and London set to benefit the most. NHS services or the […]

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Secret government document reveals TRUE cost of coronavirus crisis

The report, drawn up for Chancellor Rishi Sunak, describes a “policy package” which may have to be published within weeks in order to “enhance credibility and boost investor confidence” in the British economy. The document says the Chancellor “has indicated a preference for accepting a higher but broadly stable level of debt” after the crisis. But it added: “As debt is […]

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Powell, Mnuchin to testify before Senate panel next week on pandemic response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will testify via the web before the Senate Banking Committee next Tuesday in the first required update to Congress on the economic response to the coronavirus pandemic. The committee said the first quarterly hearing required under the CARES act would be held remotely beginning at 10 a.m. […]

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Premature end to U.S. state lockdowns could cause needless death, Fauci tells senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Tuesday warned Congress that a premature lifting of lockdowns could lead to additional outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed 80,000 Americans and brought the economy to its knees. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a U.S. Senate panel that the virus […]

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