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Democrats rising? Early statehouse wins test new faces

(Reuters) – Democrats desperate to rebuild after losing the White House last year have scored a string of election victories for statehouse seats, testing a new generation of candidates and activists eager to resist President Donald Trump’s conservative agenda. Reuters: ...

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Spanish PM faces crisis after violent secession vote in Catalonia

SANT PERE DE TORELLO, Spain (Reuters) – Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces Spain’s biggest constitutional crisis in decades after Sunday’s violence-marred independence referendum in Catalonia opened the door for its wealthiest region to move for secession as early as this ...

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Drowning in debt, Connecticut faces budget crunch

HARTFORD (Reuters) – Connecticut, home to hedge fund billionaires alongside cities mired in poverty, is racing against the clock to pass a budget or face further spending cuts to education and municipal aid across the state. Reuters: U.S.

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Trump faces renewed pressure over Virginia white nationalist violence

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump faced renewed pressure on Monday to respond more forcefully to a violent white-nationalist rally in Virginia, after drawing a storm of criticism when he avoided explicit condemnation of far-right groups. Reuters: Top ...

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Driver accused of murder in Charlottesville violence faces court hearing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) – A man said to have harbored Nazi sympathies as a teenager before a failed bid to join the U.S. Army was due in court on Monday to face charges he plowed his car into protesters opposing ...

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Shunned from bond market, U.S. Virgin Islands faces cash crisis

ST. CROIX, V.I. (Reuters) – For a glimpse at the precarious financial health of this Caribbean island, visit its public hospital. Reuters: U.S.

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Struggling to govern, Trump faces growing Republican unease

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As fellow Republicans labored to repeal Obamacare this week, U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly swerved off-topic, escalating concerns in his party about his ability to govern the country six months after taking office. Reuters: Top News

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Trump’s son-in-law faces Capitol Hill grilling over Russia contacts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, faces two days of closed-door questioning from Congress this week as lawmakers try to determine whether Trump’s campaign enlisted Russia’s help to win the White House in last year’s election. Reuters: ...

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Trump faces obstacles in bid to re-shape key U.S. courts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s effort to reshape influential U.S. courts by stocking them with conservative judges faces at least one significant impediment: some of the courts best placed to thwart his agenda have liberal majorities that are likely ...

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Tillerson faces tough Gulf talks on ending Qatar row

DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faces an uphill task in persuading four Arab states to end a boycott of Qatar in talks on Wednesday after the four labeled a U.S.-Qatar terrorism financing accord an inadequate response ...

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