By Susan Heavey
(Reuters) – Mark Wetjen, a Democrat on the U.S. Commodity
Futures Trading Commission, on Friday said he would step down
from the financial regulatory watchdog later this month, opening
up a second vacancy for President Barack Obama to fill.
Wetjen, one of the four current CFTC commissioners, played a
key role in implementing the 2010 Dodd-Frank law overhauling
financial regulation. He said he would depart on Aug. 28 and did
not announce his next steps.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the Republican Party on Wednesday said its presidential candidates are unlikely to attack each other in the party’s first official debate but instead are focused on ousting Democrats from the White House.
Seventeen Republicans, led by outspoken billionaire Donald Trump, are seeking the party’s presidential nomination. Only 10 will be on stage Thursday night in the first prime-time debate, which could offer a chance to break out of the pack.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the Republican Party said on Monday party candidates running for the White House in 2016 should vow not to run as independents, a move that could give Democrats the edge in the presidential race.
“I think our candidates should pledge not to run as a third party candidate,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC News in an interview.
WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidate Donald Trump accused the union that represents Border
Patrol agents of bullying its members to pull out of hosting a
visit by him to the U.S.-Mexican border in Texas on Thursday.
The developer and reality TV star said leaders of the
National Border Patrol Council in Washington put pressure on its
local representatives in Laredo to scrap their participation in
the “boots on the ground” border trip.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened to run as a political independent if he does not get “fair” treatment from the Republican Party, he said in an interview published on Thursday.
Trump said any third-party bid would depend on the Republican National Committee’s actions during the party’s primary selection process, according to the Hill.
By Susan Heavey
(Reuters) – U.S. transportation regulators on Wednesday
called for stronger rules for motorcycle helmets, proposing
additional safety requirements in an effort to crack down on
“novelty” helmets that do not meet federal standards.
The Department of Transportation said such uncertified
helmets are unsafe and do not protect riders in crashes despite
being sold and marketed for use on the road.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Enbridge Energy and its
affiliates will pay $75 million to settle a 2010 oil spill into
Michigan’s Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River that dumped
800,000 gallons of oil, state officials said on Wednesday.
“The agreement will finalize cleanup and restoration
requirements for areas affected by the spill,” that stemmed from
an Enbridge owned and operated pipeline, Michigan Attorney
General Bill Schuette and Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality Director Dan Wyant said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday he will continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president amid criticism of the income her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the U.S. government.
He also said he may consider stepping down or taking “less of an executive role” at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president. The Clintons’ political opponents have criticized the foundation for accepting funding from foreign governments for its endowment and for its charitable work abroad.
WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill
Clinton defended his charitable foundation’s acceptance of large
foreign donations on Monday, thrusting himself into a
controversy that is weighing on the presidential candidacy of
his wife, Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t think there’s anything sinister in trying to get
wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in
development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor
people and lifts them up,” Clinton told NBC News from Kenya, in
an interview taped over the weekend.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday pressed its case for a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, expressing confidence in hammering out final details as President Barack Obama reached out to leaders in Congress, where U.S. lawmakers remain cautious.
Obama called the four top leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to discuss the framework agreement announced on Thursday by negotiators in Switzerland, a spokesman said. The agreement lays the groundwork for a final deal to be laid out by a June 30 deadline.