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Trump picks opponent of higher minimum wage for Labor Dept 7:49pm EST

WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump named fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, drawing criticism from labor advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation of the workplace.

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U.S. Congress passes $618.7 billion annual defense bill

WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise version of an annual defense policy bill on Thursday without controversial provisions such as requiring women to register for the draft or allowing contractors to make religion-based hiring decisions.

Election 2016, 4:58pm EST

Temporary U.S. government funding bill hits snag in Senate

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation to keep federal agencies funded until April 28 and avert government shutdowns at the end of this week when existing appropriations expire.

Election 2016, 6:09pm EST

U.S. Congress votes to apply Magnitsky human rights act globally

WASHINGTON Legislation expanding the 2012 U.S. Magnitsky human rights act from Russian citizens to cover abusers in any country passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday as part of an annual defense policy bill, leaving the landmark measure on the verge of becoming law.

U.S., Election 2016, Russia 1:35pm EST
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U.S. senators urge Trump to take tough line on Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON A bipartisan group of 27 U.S. senators sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to take a tough line against Russia over what they termed its "military land grab" in Ukraine.

Election 2016, Russia 3:30pm EST