Trump staffers not returning White House records, National Archives says

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump’s administration has not turned over all presidential records and the National Archives will consult with the Justice Department on whether to move to get them back, the agency has told Congress. A congressional panel on Sept. 13 sought an urgent review by the National Archives and … Read more

Ukraine advance in Lyman shows it can push back Russian forces, NATO chief says

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s capture of a city within territory of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declared annexation demonstrates that Ukrainians are making progress and able to push back against Russian forces, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday. “We have seen that they have been able to take a new town, Lyman, and … Read more

Venezuela frees 7 jailed Americans in swap for 2 Maduro relatives

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Venezuela on Saturday freed seven Americans, including five oil executives, in exchange for two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro jailed in the United States on drug convictions, U.S. officials said. The swap included executives of Citgo Petroleum held for years, in addition to U.S. Marine veteran Matthew Heath and … Read more

Russia vetoes U.S.-led resolution on Moscow’s proclaimed annexations, China abstains

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russia on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution introduced by the United State and Albania condemning Moscow’s proclaimed annexation of parts of Ukraine, and China chose to abstain from the vote. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed Russian rule over four regions that make up 15% of Ukraine’s territory … Read more

U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia over annexation of swath of Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia over its declared annexation of a swath of Ukraine, targeting hundreds of people and companies, including those in Russia’s military-industrial complex and lawmakers. Washington acted after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday proclaimed the biggest annexation in Europe since World … Read more

Liberal Justice Jackson joins a rightward-moving U.S. Supreme Court

Major race cases loom for first Black woman U.S. justice Biden attends Jackson’s ceremonial swearing-in at court Sept 30 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s liberal appointee Ketanji Brown Jackson, set to hear arguments for the first time on Monday as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, joins the nation’s top judicial body at a consequential time … Read more

Biden administration changes student loan guidance, as Republican-led states file lawsuit

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The Biden administration changed its guidance on who qualifies for federal student loan forgiveness on Thursday, as seven Republican-led states filed a challenge to its student debt cancellation program. President Joe Biden said in August that the U.S. government will forgive $10,000 in student loans for millions of debt-saddled former … Read more

Jury selected in Oath Keepers Capitol riot trial

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A jury was seated on Thursday in the criminal trial of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four associates over their alleged roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, paving the way for prosecutors to make opening statements. Opening arguments in the case are expected to … Read more

U.S. says ex-Army major and wife tried to leak military health data to Russia

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A former U.S. Army major and his anesthesiologist wife have been criminally charged for allegedly plotting to leak highly sensitive healthcare data about military patients to Russia, the Justice Department revealed on Thursday. Jamie Lee Henry, the former major who was also a doctor at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, … Read more

‘Where’s Jackie?’ Biden seeks lawmaker Walorski who died in August

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden publicly sought out Jackie Walorski, an Indiana Congresswoman who died in a car accident in August, during a conference on hunger on Wednesday, seeming to forget that she had passed away. Biden thanked other conference organizers, then asked: “Jackie are you here? Where’s Jackie?” Walorski, a … Read more