France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State: diplomats (Wednesday 24 May, 2017)
France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to play a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.
Taiwan Court Rules Same Sex Marriage Legal in Asia First (Wednesday 24 May, 2017)
In a first for Asia, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent’s most liberal democracies.
Paul Ryan wants to put tax reform on Trump’s desk by Christmas (Wednesday 24 May, 2017)
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he hopes a tax reform plan will clear Congress and go to President Donald Trump for signing by the Dec. 23 recess.
Senate feels pressure for summer healthcare vote (Wednesday 24 May, 2017)
Senate Republicans are under mounting pressure to pass an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill before the congressional recess in August.
Thousands flee Philippine city after rebel rampage claimed by Islamic State (Wednesday 24 May, 2017)
Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops tried to fend off Islamist militants who took over large parts of a city, capturing Christians, seizing and torching buildings and setting free scores of prisoners.
Police Investigate ‘Network’ of Salman Abedi, Manchester Bomber (Wednesday 24 May, 2017)
He recently dropped out of college. He had gone to Syria, a stronghold of the Islamic State. He also went to Libya to see his parents, who had moved back there after two decades in Britain.
Joe Lieberman out of FBI director sweepstakes (Wednesday 24 May, 2017)
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman has gone from front runner to out of the running in President Trump’s effort to fill the vacant FBI director’s job, a senior White House official told Fox News on Wednesday.
DeVos details Education Department priorities with $9B budget cut (Wednesday 24 May, 2017)
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos explained Wednesday to a U.S. House appropriations subcommittee her department’s priority with a $9 billion budget cut.
Democrats Pellegrino, Benjamin win NY legislative seats (Wednesday 24 May, 2017)
A Democratic candidate for New York’s state Assembly dispatched her Republican opponent Tuesday night in a Long Island district that supported Republican President Donald Trump last fall.
Exclusive: McConnell frets about healthcare, hopeful on tax overhaul (Wednesday 24 May, 2017)
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday he does not yet know how Republicans will amass the votes needed to pass legislation now being crafted to dismantle Obamacare, but expressed some optimism on another top priority, overhauling the tax code.