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Russian charged with conspiring to interfere in U.S. congressional elections

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Friday charged a Russian national with playing a key financial role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct "information warfare" against the United States, including ongoing attempts to influence next month's congressional elections. Learn More


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Judge drops some charges against ex-Trump campaign aide Manafort

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Friday agreed to drop criminal charges against Paul Manafort that a jury deadlocked on in August, as a federal judge set a Feb. 8 date for the former Trump campaign manager's sentencing on charges of bank fraud and filing false tax returns. More »


Trump backs water projects in U.S. West as election nears

WASHINGTON/SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday threw his support behind speeding up water projects for agriculture and hydropower in the arid U.S. West, a move aimed to help build support for Republicans in tight congressional races in next month's midterm elections. More »


Alaska governor ends re-election campaign, throws support to Democrat

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska Governor Bill Walker, a political independent, halted his re-election campaign on Friday and said he would support his Democratic challenger, ending a three-way race in which the Republican candidate had appeared to possess an insurmountable lead. More »


Black 'lynching' ad illustrates race overtones, anger in U.S. campaign ads

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many political ads in this year's U.S. elections pack an unusually harsh and personal punch - some with racial overtones. More »


U.S. says Russia, China, Iran seek to disrupt elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government warned on Friday that Russia, China and Iran were seeking to influence next month's congressional elections as federal prosecutors unveiled charges against a Russian national accused of participating in such a scheme. More »


Trump criticized for praising congressman who body-slammed reporter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump reiterated his support for a Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter last year, even as he came under criticism on Friday from U.S. lawmakers and press organizations. More »


Bolton readies Moscow visit amid U.S. concerns about missile treaty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, will visit Moscow next week for talks that may include telling Russian officials that the United States plans to withdraw from the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. More »


Fed monitoring Khashoggi case, potential oil market impact: Bostic

MACON, Ga. (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve officials are monitoring the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the possibility that any sanctions against Saudi Arabia could disrupt oil markets, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said on Friday. More »


Florida's Republicans feel brunt of hurricane in upcoming election

PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (Reuters) - Two days after Katherine Shimonis returned to her home in the Florida Panhandle to find it destroyed by Hurricane Michael, she went to her local post office, which was empty and without power, and shouldered her way through the front door. More »


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