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House Democrats launch inquiry into Medicare stimulus payouts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. House of Representatives Democrats on Friday launched an inquiry into whether the Health and Human Services Department misdirected billions of dollars in coronavirus stimulus money to healthcare providers facing criminal or civil fraud investigations. Learn More


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Trump orders his administration to begin eliminating Hong Kong privileges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was directing his administration to begin the process of eliminating special treatment for Hong Kong, in response to China's plans to impose new security legislation in the territory. More »


Democrats want interviews with Trump admin officials over watchdog firing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers said on Friday they want to conduct closed-door interviews with officials from President Donald Trump's administration about the surprise firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, and release transcripts to the public. More »


U.S. senators urge probe of TikTok on children's privacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. senators, including a China hawk, urged the Federal Trade Commission on Friday to investigate allegations that the popular video app TikTok violated a consent decree protecting children's privacy. More »


North Carolina Democrats 'dragging their feet' on convention rules, RNC chief says

(Reuters) - The head of the Republican National Committee accused North Carolina's Democratic governor on Friday of delaying issuing guidelines for the party's national convention in Charlotte, and warned that organizers are prepared to choose another location soon. More »


Biden losing economic argument to Trump as U.S. begins to re-open

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is trusted more than Democratic nominee Joe Biden to handle the economy, polls show, even with more than 40 million Americans filing jobless claims and growth stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic. More »


Black voters don't trust mail ballots. That's a problem for Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sharon Fason used to accompany her mother to their south Chicago polling place every Election Day as a little girl, watching as she joined their African-American neighbors in the hard-won right of casting a ballot. More »


Former U.S. officials question DOJ's probe of 'unmasking' of Trump ally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. intelligence officials questioned the Justice Department's naming of a prosecutor to probe the "unmasking" of names in spy-agency eavesdropping reports by Obama administration officials, saying such requests had not previously been treated as criminal matters. More »


Trump move could scrap or weaken law that protects social media companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he will introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that has protected internet companies, including Twitter and Facebook, in an extraordinary attempt to regulate social media platforms where he has been criticized. More »


Explainer: What's in the law protecting internet companies - and can Trump change it?

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of a federal law known as Section 230, which protects internet companies like Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet's Google from being responsible for the material posted by users. More »


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