WASHINGTON | Mnuchin urges senators to support easing Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON —Jan 15, 2019—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging senators to vote against a Democratic resolution that would maintain sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Mnuchin met with Republican senators behind closed doors Tuesday in the hours before a planned Senate vote on the sanctions resolution. The measure would block a Treasury … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mnuchin urges senators to support easing Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON | Democrats: Acting AG Whitaker will testify in February

WASHINGTON—Jan 15, 2019— House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has agreed to testify before his panel on Feb. 8. In a letter sent to Whitaker Tuesday, Nadler says he is “happy to have reached an agreement for you to appear” on that date. It will be one of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats: Acting AG Whitaker will testify in February

WASHINGTON | Karen Pence teaching art at religious school in Virginia

WASHINGTON—Jan 15, 2019— It’s back to school for Karen Pence, Vice President Mike Pence’s wife. Mrs. Pence began teaching art to elementary students at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia on Tuesday. Mrs. Pence accepted the job in December and was to have rebooted her teaching career on Monday. But classes were canceled after a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Karen Pence teaching art at religious school in Virginia

LONDON | Explaining the border ‘backstop’ that halted Brexit deal

LONDON —Jan 15, 2019— Much of the stated opposition to Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union centered on the “backstop.” The provision was designed to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU. After … Continue reading LONDON | Explaining the border ‘backstop’ that halted Brexit deal

GENEVA | German, Japanese leaders to attend Davos as Trump sits out

GENEVA —Jan 15, 2019— World Economic Forum executives say Germany’s Angela Merkel, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Shinzo Abe of Japan will be among dozens of heads of state and government attending its annual Davos event. Forum executives offered a preview Tuesday of the Jan. 22-26 gathering of political, business, cultural, academic and other elites, with … Continue reading GENEVA | German, Japanese leaders to attend Davos as Trump sits out

BOSTON | Documents: OxyContin maker boasted about potential sales

BOSTON —Jan 15, 2019—A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people gathered at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.” That’s according to court documents filed Tuesday in a case brought by Massachusetts … Continue reading BOSTON | Documents: OxyContin maker boasted about potential sales