WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – American household incomes
lost ground last year as the poverty rate remained flat, a sign
the U.S. economic expansion had yet to lead to gains for many
Americans five years after the 2007-2009 recession.
The data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday,
which showed the inflation-adjusted median income slipping to
$53,657 last year from $54,462 in 2013, offered a reminder of
the tepid nature of the economy’s recovery.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American household incomes lost ground last year and the poverty rate ticked up, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Wednesday, in a sign the U.S. economic expansion has not led to gains for many Americans five years after the 2007-2009 recession.
In its annual estimates of income, poverty and the number of uninsured, the bureau also found the percentage of people in the United States without health insurance coverage fell to 33 million, or 10.4 percent, in 2014 from 41.8 million, or 13.3 percent, in 2013.
Sept 9 (Reuters) – U.S. reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, who
is being investigated in connection with a fatal California car
crash earlier this year, defended herself on Wednesday and
expressed concern over county jails that place transgender
people with the opposite sex.
Jenner, who transitioned to being a woman this year and at
the time of the crash was known as Bruce, was driving a Cadillac
Escalade in the February crash that killed one woman and injured
WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Democratic candidate Hillary
Clinton said on Friday she was sorry that her use of a personal
email account while secretary of state caused confusion, in her
most contrite comments yet about an issue that is plaguing her
Clinton, the Democratic front-runner for the November 2016
election, did not apologize for her own behavior but said she
was wrong not to use a government email account when she was
serving as the nation’s top diplomat.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said on Friday she was sorry that her use of a personal email account while secretary of state caused confusion, in her most contrite comments yet about an issue that is plaguing her White House bid.
Clinton, the Democratic front-runner ahead of the November 2016 presidential election, did not apologize for her own behavior but said she was wrong not to use a government email account when she was serving as the nation’s top diplomat.
WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Leading Republican
presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday broke away from
stances held by many of his rivals on issues ranging from the
Iran nuclear deal to the gay marriage fight in Kentucky.
Trump’s statements in a lengthy interview on MSNBC came one
day after signing the party’s loyalty pledge.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former U.S. State Department information technology staffer who worked for Hillary Clinton is refusing to testify before U.S. lawmakers probing the former top diplomat and the 2012 attacks on U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya, according to a letter sent by his lawyer to Congressional investigators.
Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, was secretary of state at the time of the attacks, in which four Americans were killed. A Republican-led House of Representatives Select Committee is investigating the incident as well as Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercut threats by fellow Republicans to hold the budget process hostage in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, saying conservatives do not have enough support in Congress to cut off the group now under fire from abortion opponents.
Instead, the Senate’s top Republican said he is focused on funding the federal government when U.S. lawmakers return next week and will work with President Barack Obama to avert a shutdown, which last paralyzed the government in 2013.
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.