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Futures News - WSJ.com: Politics And Policy
From today, March 19, 2018
- Roy Moore Wins Alabama's Republican Senate Primary
Alabama Republicans on Tuesday voted decisively to nominate Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court judge, for a U.S. Senate seat, delivering a rebuke to President Donald Trump and the GOP establishment that supported his rival.
- Senate Scraps Vote on GOP Measure to Repeal Health Law
Republicans? latest push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act sputtered to an end on Tuesday when Senate GOP leaders scrapped a vote on a bill that had failed to gain sufficient traction within their party.
- Lawmakers Seek Quick Relief for Puerto Rico After Maria
U.S. lawmakers, worried about the devastation to Puerto Rico after a powerful hurricane struck the island, are pushing for quick approval of relief funding while bracing for a battle about financing a new power system in the American territory.
- McConnell's Stature Bruised by Health Bill, Alabama Runoff
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell?s political clout and reputation as a master legislative strategist were put to the test this week, and the Kentucky Republican appeared to have failed on both fronts.
- Mueller Probe Turns to White House Officials
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is set to begin his interviews of current and former White House officials this week as part of his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a White House official said Tuesday.
- U.S. Officials Aim to Ease North Korea Tensions Amid Heated Rhetoric
U.S. officials emphasized the urgency of attempts at diplomacy to ease tensions with North Korea on Tuesday, while the U.S. stepped up sanctions amid an escalating war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.
- White House Plans to Set Refugee Cap at 45,000 for Next Fiscal Year
President Trump plans to set the cap for refugee admissions for the coming fiscal year at 45,000, the lowest in decades, according to people familiar with the discussions.
- Trump to Visit Puerto Rico to Survey Hurricane Damage
President Donald Trump said he would travel to Puerto Rico next Tuesday to survey the damage left by Hurricane Maria, which he said ?literally destroyed? the island.
- U.S. Proposes Restrictions on Russian Flights
U.S. officials have proposed restrictions to Russian military flights over American territory under the international Treaty on Open Skies, in a new indication of tension in U.S.-Russia ties.
- Bidders Start Construction for Border-Wall Prototypes
Construction began Tuesday near San Diego on prototypes for a new barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico?the most visible step so far toward President Donald Trump?s long-promised border wall.
- The GOP Tax Plan: Tough Choices With Limited Room to Maneuver
Republicans face a daunting challenge as their tax plan comes into sharper focus: They are trying to fit more than $5 trillion of cuts inside a $1.5 trillion box.
- The American Legion: Hollywood's Hottest Private Club
Younger veterans took control of Post 43 and lured a cool crowd with Art Deco bar and movie house?plus free parking.
- Charter-School Operators Seek New Direction
Educators and advocates will gather at the Independent Charter School Symposium to refocus on the original purpose of charters and counter negative publicity drawn by bigger networks.
- U.S. Dismisses North Korea's Talk of War
North Korea warned it would shoot down U.S. warplanes even if they were outside of its airspace, while the White House called suggestions America had declared war on North Korea were ?absurd.?
- CFTC Wants More Firms to Self-Report Wrongdoing
A top U.S. markets regulator unveiled a new enforcement framework that relies more heavily on firms to self-report wrongdoing and gives them new incentives to cooperate with probes.
- Nafta Talks in 'Bread and Butter' Phase, Haven't Heated Up
Parties renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement are making progress on ?bread and butter? commerce issues, officials said Monday, but little headway on such items as how to resolve trade disputes.
- As Hartford Mulls Bankruptcy, Bond Insurer Offers to Help Postpone Payments
Hartford?s biggest bond insurer said it had offered to help the city postpone payments on as much as $300 million in outstanding debt, in a move designed to help prevent a bankruptcy filing for Connecticut?s capital.
- Violent Crime, Homicide Rates Rose in 2016 for Second Straight Year
Violent crime and homicide rates rose in the U.S. in 2016 for the second consecutive year, driven in part by a spike in murders in large cities, according to national data released by the FBI.
- Weiner Sentenced to 21 Months in Sexting Case
A federal judge sentenced Anthony Weiner, the former Democratic congressman from New York, to 21 months in prison for exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl.
- Why GOP's Tax Plan Could Leave High-Wage Earners With Little to Gain
Republicans are eager to drive down business tax rates in a bid to boost economic growth. But their tax proposal to create a new special rate for business income potentially puts high-income wage earners at a disadvantage.
- Agencies Recover 900-Plus Waste Containers Floated Away by Harvey
Cleanup crews in Texas have recovered 980 containers of oil or other potentially hazardous material that floated away in the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the EPA said.
- Students Protest Comey Speech at Howard University
About two dozen protesters largely drowned out former FBI Director James Comey at a convocation at Howard University.
- U.S. Planes Skirt North Korea Coast in Show of Force
In a new escalation of hostility between Washington and Pyongyang, North Korea?s foreign minister warned in a United Nations speech that a rocket attack on the U.S. mainland was ?inevitable? while U.S. warplanes flew off the east coast of North Korea in an explicit show of force.
- Trump's Nominee for Antitrust Chief Clears Hurdle
The Justice Department may soon have a Senate-confirmed official to lead its antitrust enforcement efforts, as a key senator removed a procedural hurdle Friday.
- World Leaders Link U.S. Support for Iran Deal to North Korea Crisis
World powers lobbied President Donald Trump to stick with the Iran nuclear agreement, saying U.S. disavowal of that pact would weaken the effort to persuade North Korea to abandon its own program.
- Trump Campaigns in Alabama Senate Race
President Donald injected himself into a contentious special election that will test the loyalty of his long-unshakeable base.
- GOP Funds Trump's Defense in Russia Probe With Help From a Handful of Wealthy People
Donald Trump?s attorneys in the probe of Russian election interference are being funded in part through a Republican Party account with a handful of wealthy donors?including a property developer seeking U.S. government visas and a Ukrainian-born American who has made billions of dollars doing business with Russian oligarchs.
- Trump Administration to Replace Travel Ban With More Targeted Restrictions
The Trump administration is preparing to replace its controversial travel ban?which sought to bar almost all travel to the U.S. from six countries?with more targeted restrictions affecting a slightly larger number of countries, people familiar with the process said.
- Trump Backers Cheer Economic Agenda, Blame GOP for Setbacks
Supporters of President Donald Trump generally approve of his overall performance on what they see as core issues such as jobs and taxes, and they blame Republicans in Congress for failing to support the White House agenda.
- Letter From North Korea: What Life Looks Like as Nuclear Crisis Mounts
A tightly controlled government tour of Pyongyang featured plentiful talk from locals about not backing down to the U.S. The city was filled with symbols of the country?s atomic and military ambitions, including rocket-shaped cakes and children playing with toy rocket launchers.
- Mueller Looks at What White House Knew About Flynn Probe
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is seeking to determine what White House officials knew about a federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn early this year.
- Trump Says 'I'll Let You Know' if U.S. Will Stay in Iran Deal
U.S. officials and their European allies exchanged sharply differing views on the benefits of the Iran nuclear accord, capping a day of debate inflamed by President Donald Trump?s assertion that he had decided on whether to stick with the deal?while not revealing his decision.
- Mattis Hints at Secret Military Options for North Korea
The U.S. has military options available for North Korea that won?t put South Korea at grave risk of counterattack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday, but he refused to spell out what those are.
- Equifax Work for Government Shows Firm's Broad Reach
Equifax, the credit-reporting firm that suffered a massive breach of consumer data, also supplies identity verification services to the U.S. Social Security Administration and works with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, highlighting how deeply rooted it is in the financial life of the U.S.
- U.S. Officials Promise Revamped Derivatives Rules
Postcrisis derivatives rules should be revised to reflect how markets are functioning nearly a decade after the financial meltdown, senior Trump administration and regulatory officials told an industry gathering.
- Alabama Senate Primary Tests Trump's Influence
Donald Trump?s decision to appear at a campaign rally for Sen. Luther Strange raises the stakes for the president in an Alabama special election that is splitting the Republican Party.
- Russia Probe Takes Financial Toll on Trump Aides
Some White House and Trump campaign officials caught up in investigations of Russia?s electoral meddling are struggling to pay their legal bills, prompting them to create legal defense funds, liquidate personal accounts and explore other sources of financing.
- Interior Report Urges Cuts to National Land Monuments
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended cutbacks or changes to nearly half the geographic national monuments he reviewed at the request of President Trump.
- Tillerson Says U.S. Is Weighing Closure of Embassy in Havana
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is considering closing its embassy in Cuba following what he has described as ?health attacks? on American diplomats there.
- U.S.: North Korea Must Give Up Nuclear Weapons
The White House reiterated its position that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must give up his nuclear weapons, as President Trump in a tweet referred to Mr. Kim as ?rocket man.?
- Trump Administration Rebuffs Request for Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs
The Trump administration disclosed the names of 22 Japanese officials who attended a dinner at the president?s Palm Beach, Fla., resort earlier this year, but rejected an advocacy group?s demand for a broader list of visitors there.
- Back to 2016: Clinton, Sanders, Trump Retread Old Ground
It is 2016 all over again, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparring on Twitter, Bernie Sanders holding a big, splashy rally and Democrats sniping at each other.
- GOP Pushes Back on 'Dreamers' Deal Sought By Trump, Democrats
Top congressional Republicans signaled that they wouldn?t be pressured into enacting an immigration framework reached between President Trump and top Democrats, as conservatives reacted with alarm to news of a fledgling deal to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
- Pence Spokesman to Step Down From White House Role
Marc Lotter, press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, will serve as an outside surrogate for the Trump administration.
- Trump Administration Moves Cheer Abortion Foes
The Trump administration has taken a series of steps to cut funds for abortion providers and promote conservative reproductive policies, moving toward what supporters and opponents say could be the most antiabortion presidential agenda in recent memory.
- U.S. Seeks to Avoid Quitting Paris Deal, Top Officials Say
The Trump administration is considering staying in the Paris agreement to fight climate change ?under the right conditions,? offering to re-engage in the international deal three months after President Trump said the U.S. would pull out.
- Voters Diverge on Who's Winning in Today's Economy
People who voted for Hillary Clinton last year tend to believe the economy is working well for whites and for men, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds, while Donald Trump voters think women and people in metropolitan areas are among the biggest winners.
- Senators Push to Protect Transgender Service Members
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is pushing to protect service members from being forced out of the military by the Trump administration, which is trying to reinstitute a ban on military service for transgender individuals.
- Trump Administration to Expand Hunting at National Monuments
The Trump administration is moving to expand hunting, fishing and target shooting at as many U.S. national monuments as possible, under a plan signed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
- Tech Industry Finds Washington Isn't So Hands-Off Anymore
New scrutiny by Congress of Facebook Inc. over its acceptance of Russian ad buys is just the latest in a string of political challenges facing technology firms, which long enjoyed a hands-off approach from Washington.
- Trump Names Richard Burkhauser as Final Member of Council of Economic Advisers
President Donald Trump named Richard Burkhauser, an economist who is professor emeritus of policy analysis at Cornell University, as the final member of his Council of Economic Advisers.
- Where the American Dream Is Slipping
A new WSJ/NBC News poll digs into the widespread pessimism among poorer and rural Americans.