The Trump administration

WASHINGTON | US frees up fraction of frozen Syria funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has freed up a fraction of some $200 million in frozen funds for Syria stabilization programs, leaving nearly $195 million in limbo. The State Department said Thursday that President Donald Trump had authorized $6.6 million to support the White Helmets, a Syrian civil defense organization, and the International, Impartial … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US frees up fraction of frozen Syria funds

WASHINGTON | US lifts sanctions placed on Colombian soccer team in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration lifted Thursday U.S. sanctions that had been placed on a popular Colombian soccer team for alleged ties to a drug cartel Under the Obama administration in 2015, the Treasury Department placed Envigado soccer club and owner Juan Pablo Upequi on its foreign narcotics kingpins list. The U.S. accused Upequi … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US lifts sanctions placed on Colombian soccer team in 2014

WASHINGTON | Obama-era clean-air rule on methane emissions blocked again

WASHINGTON  | April 5, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  An on-again, off-again effort to restrict harmful methane emissions on federal lands is off — again. A federal judge in Wyoming has halted the clean-air rule indefinitely. Judge Scott Skavdahl says it “makes little sense” to force oil and gas companies to comply with the Obama-era rule when the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Obama-era clean-air rule on methane emissions blocked again

Trump EPA expected to roll back auto gas mileage standards

DETROIT /March 30, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards that were a pillar in the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change. It’s not clear whether the announcement will include a specific number, but current regulations from the Environmental Protection … Continue reading Trump EPA expected to roll back auto gas mileage standards

US charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme

WASHINGTON /March 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies. The nine defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, hacked the … Continue reading US charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme

The Latest: Trump move on tariffs sparks trade debate

WASHINGTON /March 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on U.S.-China trade (all times local): 1:30 p.m. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s moving to impose steel tariffs of up to $60 billion worth of Chinese imports is rattling financial markets and touching off a fresh economic debate. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says “imposing taxes on … Continue reading The Latest: Trump move on tariffs sparks trade debate

Worries about China tariffs send stock market sharply lower

NEW YORK /March 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Stocks are falling sharply and bond prices are climbing after the Trump administration moved to place tariffs on some goods imported from China and restrict Chinese investment. The Chinese government said it will defend itself and investors fear that trade tensions will spike between the world’s largest economies. Industrial … Continue reading Worries about China tariffs send stock market sharply lower

The Latest: White House readies tariffs on China

WASHINGTON /March 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on U.S.-China trade (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The Trump administration is readying restrictions on Chinese investment and tariffs on nearly $50 billion worth of Chinese imports to punish Beijing for stealing American technology and pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over. China is already warning that it … Continue reading The Latest: White House readies tariffs on China

US slaps sanctions on French chemical weapons expert for IS

WASHINGTON/March 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on a French chemical weapons expert accused of making and using such munitions for the Islamic State group in Syria. The State Department on Thursday identified Joe Asperman as a “specially designated global terrorist.” The listing comes with penalties including the freezing of any assets … Continue reading US slaps sanctions on French chemical weapons expert for IS

Which countries will dodge tariff ax? Answer by end of April

WASHINGTON /March 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Trump administration will decide by the end of April which countries will be spared from steep taxes on steel and aluminum imports. U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer told the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday that some countries won’t have to pay the tariffs, which take effect Friday, while … Continue reading Which countries will dodge tariff ax? Answer by end of April

Trump bans US use of Venezuelan cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON /March 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  The Trump administration is banning all use by Americans of Venezuelan cryptocurrency, saying that its introduction is intended to skirt U.S. sanctions. In an executive order issued on Monday, President Donald Trump declared illegal all transactions related to Venezuelan digital currencies, coins or tokens. The prohibition applies to all people … Continue reading Trump bans US use of Venezuelan cryptocurrency

Supreme Court won’t upend Arizona licenses for immigrants

WASHINGTON /March 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  The Supreme Court is rejecting Arizona’s plea to stop issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants known as “Dreamers” who are protected from deportation. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place an appeals’ court decision in favor of the immigrants who sought licenses. About 20,000 young immigrants in … Continue reading Supreme Court won’t upend Arizona licenses for immigrants

US says Russia hacks energy grid, critical infrastructure

WASHINGTON /March 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of a concerted operation to hack the U.S. energy grid and other critical infrastructure including aviation, and separately imposed sanctions on a raft of Russian officials for alleged high-tech interference in the 2016 American presidential election. The moves were the strongest to … Continue reading US says Russia hacks energy grid, critical infrastructure

US accuses Russia of ongoing operation to hack energy grid

WASHINGTON /March 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of a concerted, ongoing operation to hack and spy on the U.S. energy grid and other critical infrastructure, and separately imposed sanctions on Russian officials for alleged high-tech interference in the 2016 American presidential election. U.S. national security officials said the FBI, … Continue reading US accuses Russia of ongoing operation to hack energy grid

Trump uses page from ‘smart policymaking 101’ on health care

WASHINGTON /March 10, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A smartphone app that lets Medicare patients access their claims information. Giving consumers a share of drug company rebates for their prescriptions. Wider access to websites that reliably compare cost and quality of medical tests. The Trump administration is taking a pragmatic new tack on health care, with officials … Continue reading Trump uses page from ‘smart policymaking 101’ on health care

Justice Department proposes banning rapid-fire bump stocks

WASHINGTON /March 10, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Trump administration said Saturday it has taken the first step in the regulatory process to ban bump stocks, likely setting the stage for long legal battles with gun manufacturers while the trigger devices remain on the market. The move was expected after President Donald Trump ordered the Justice Department … Continue reading Justice Department proposes banning rapid-fire bump stocks