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.
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.