• ReutersTrump could seek 'tougher' Russia sanctions; Putin threatens retaliation

    WASHINGTON/SAVONLINNA, Finland (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump could veto pending legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia in order to push for a tougher deal, a top White House aide said on Thursday, as Moscow warned of retaliation if Washington went ahead with the measure. Read the story on Reuters.

  • ReutersHouse panel approves legislation to speed deployment of self-driving cars

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An influential U.S. House committee on Thursday approved a revised bipartisan bill on a 54-0 vote that would speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles. Read the story on Reuters.

  • The Washington PostIn the galleries: A colorful survey of Washington artists

    In recent years, Hemphill Fine Arts has mounted numerous exhibitions of local 20th-century artists, notably the Washington colorists who arrived in the 1960s. So it’s unsurprising to see paintings by Gene Davis, Leon Berkowitz and Thomas Downing in “35 Days,” the gallery’s summer group show. But these are grouped with pictures by contemporary artists who work in the same tradition, Read more...

  • New York TimesTrump and Congress Reach Deal on Principles of Tax Overhaul

    WASHINGTON — After six months of deliberations and occasional quarreling, the top Republican tax negotiators in Congress and the Trump administration declared on Thursday that they had united behind a set of common principles that would guide them as they rush to complete the first overhaul of the tax code in three decades — and that they would do it Read more...

  • ReutersTop U.S. general says no changes yet to transgender policy

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States’ top general told the military on Thursday there had been no change yet to Pentagon policy on transgender personnel, after President Donald Trump’s announcement of his plans to ban them appeared to catch senior officers by surprise. Read the story on Reuters.

  • ReutersTop U.S. general says no changes yet to transgender policy

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States’ top general told the military on Thursday there had been no change yet to Pentagon policy on transgender personnel, after President Donald Trump’s announcement of his plans to ban them appeared to catch senior officers by surprise. Read the story on Reuters.

  • MacRumorsLease Approved For Apple Store at Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

    Apple has finalized terms with Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, to lease a portion of the Carnegie Library at at Mount Vernon Square, described as a newly transformed convention and entertainment district in downtown Washington D.C. The leased area, approximately 19,000 square feet, will eventually be home to an Apple retail store. Read more...

  • Houston ChronicleJackson Lee joins bipartisan warnings to nix any Trump firing of Mueller

    WASHINGTON – Houston Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee joined a growing chorus of lawmakers Thursday condemning any move by President Donald Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller over his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. “That would be a dastardly event for the people of the United States,” Jackson Lee said at a Capitol press conference. “It would Read more...

  • ABCIsolated Qatar hires firm founded by Trump aide

    Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by former top campaign aides to President Donald Trump and another specialized in digging up dirt on U.S. politicians, signaling it wants to challenge Saudi Arabia’s massive lobbying efforts in America’s capital amid a diplomatic dispute among Arab nations. Hiring a firm once associated with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who Read more...

  • New York TimesKey Senator Drops Objection, Clearing Way for Russia Sanctions

    WASHINGTON — Congress’s push to enact far-reaching sanctions against Russia appeared to overcome a final obstacle on Wednesday after a key Senate Republican backed off concerns about a House bill — passed overwhelmingly one day earlier — that would also punish North Korea.Earlier on Wednesday, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggested he Read more...