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Exclusive: Blackwater founder Prince takes role in COVID vaccine venture

Jun 04 2021

WASHINGTON Erik Prince, the founder of controversial private military firm Blackwater and a supporter of former President Donald Trump, jumped into the COVID-19 business late last year with a deal to distribute an experimental vaccine should it be approved, according to three people familiar with the arrangement and business records seen by Reuters.

Exclusive-Senate pushes FBI on intelligence “fail” on the Proud Boys

May 03 2021

WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chair is pressing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to explain how it failed to anticipate the violence of Jan. 6, despite having contact with several members of the far right Proud Boys in the months before the insurrection.

Senators examine Caterpillar tax probe under former AG Barr’s office

Apr 29 2021

WASHINGTON Two Democrat U.S. senators are questioning whether political interference during the Trump Administration hampered a Department of Justice investigation of heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc., according to an announcement this week by the Senate Finance Committee’s chairman. Former Attorney General William Barr, Caterpillar’s former lawyer, ran the department while the investigation was underway.

Exclusive: Before Jan. 6, FBI collected information from at least 4 Proud Boys

Apr 26 2021

WASHINGTON Among the far-right groups whose members are suspected of planning the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol are the Proud Boys. In March, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s director told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he “absolutely” wished the agency had penetrated the group beforehand, or knew its plans.

Liberty University sues ex-president Jerry Falwell Jr. for concealing affair

Apr 16 2021

(Reuters) -Liberty University has sued its former president Jerry Falwell Jr, a once influential figure among U.S. evangelical Christians, saying he undermined its moral standards by concealing his wife's affair with a pool attendant who attempted to extort them.

Biden administration enlists FEMA to help with surge of children at U.S.-Mexico border

Mar 14 2021

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Saturday ordered an emergency agency that usually responds to floods, storms and other major disasters to help care for a growing number of migrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. | Video

Exclusive: Proud Boys leader was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement

Jan 27 2021

WASHINGTON Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters. | Video

Trump campaign spent more than $2 million on election lawyers, including Jenna Ellis

Dec 04 2020

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign paid nearly $9 million in its so-far unsuccessful bid to overturn the results of the presidential election, including nearly $2.3 million to lawyers and consultants who helped bring a series of longshot court cases.

Exclusive: U.S. investigators were told to take 'no further action' on Caterpillar, ex-client of Barr

Nov 18 2020

WASHINGTON Before William Barr became President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, he represented Caterpillar Inc, a Fortune 100 company, in a federal criminal investigation by the department.

Thousands take to streets of U.S. in celebration of Biden victory

Nov 08 2020

WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA Days of pent-up post-election anxiety gave way to spontaneous street celebrations as Joe Biden supporters on Saturday cheered news of his presidential win with a cacophony of banging pots and pans, honking horns and dance music in cities across the United States. | Video

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U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait a week after large Chinese air incursion

A U.S. warship has again sailed through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China, a week after the Chinese-claimed island reported the largest incursion https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taiwan-reports-largest-incursion-yet-by-chinese-air-force-2021-06-15 to date of Chinese air force jets in Taiwan's air defence zone.