WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump intends to keep FBI Director James Comey in his post, a person familiar with the decision said on Tuesday, Jan. 24, amid reports that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are scrutinizing Trump associates over their ties to Russia. Comey, a Republican, drew furious criticism from Democrats for announcing just 11 days before the Nov. 8 election that the FBI was looking at additional emails related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private server.
WASHINGTON -- Ben Carson, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead U.S. housing policy, won approval on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from the Senate committee reviewing the qualifications of the retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate. The endorsement by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, by a voice vote shown on its website, cleared the way for a full Senate vote on Carson's appointment as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
CALGARY, Alberta -- A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked oil in an aboriginal community, the provincial government said on Monday. The government did not provide further information, but the Regina Leader-Post newspaper reported on Monday that the government was notified of the incident on Friday. The newspaper also said about 52,834 gallons had leaked and almost 45,000 liters have since been recovered from the lands of the Ocean Man First Nation, 87 miles southeast of the provincial capital of Regina.
NEW YORK—U.S. stocks edged lower on Monday, Jan. 23, as early moves by President Donald Trump highlighting a protectionist stance on trade gave investors cause to rethink the post-election rally. In his latest executive order, Trump signed to formally withdraw the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific partnership trade deal. Trump has also vowed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with leaders of Canada and Mexico.
HOUSTON - The health of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 92, has improved and on Monday, Jan. 23, he is moving out of the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital where he has been treated for more than a week for bacterial pneumonia, doctors said. Former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, has been discharged from the same hospital after being treated for bronchitis, doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital said at a news conference.
NEW YORK - President Donald Trump on Monday, Jan. 23, reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was widely expected but nonetheless dismayed women's rights advocates. The rule, which affects American non-governmental organizations working abroad, is one that incoming presidents have used to signal their positions on abortion rights. It was created under U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, Jan. 23, distancing America from its Asian allies as China's influence in the region rises. Fulfilling a campaign pledge to end American involvement in the 2015 pact, Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office pulling the United States from the 12-nation TPP.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban has called on President Donald Trump to withdraw U.S. forces from the "quagmire" of Afghanistan, saying that nothing has been achieved in 15 years of war except bloodshed and destruction. In an open letter to the new U.S. president published on one of its official web pages, the insurgent movement said the United States had lost credibility after spending a trillion dollars on a fruitless entanglement. "So, the responsibility to bring to an end this war also rests on your shoulders," it said.
CALGARY, Alberta - A top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump plans to hold talks in Canada on Tuesday, Jan. 24, with members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's team, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, will travel to Calgary, Alberta, where Trudeau and his cabinet are holding a two-day retreat focused largely on the new U.S. administration.
WASHINGTON - In the blocks surrounding the White House, signs reading "Love Trumps Hate" and "Build Bridges Not Walls" littered the sidewalks on Sunday, the detritus of the Women's March protesting the policies of President Donald Trump. Both Trump's supporters and women and men who took part in the massive march against him in Washington on Saturday contemplated the vestiges of protest and ruminated about the convulsive first 48 hours under the Republican president.