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U.S. Justice Department drops probe of John Bolton's book

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Justice Department has closed its criminal investigation into whether a book by John Bolton about his time as President Donald Trump's national security adviser illegally disclosed classified information, Bolton's lawyer said on Wednesday.

Biden pointedly asks Putin about cyberattacks at summit

GENEVA (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday how he would feel if someone carried out a ransomware attack on Russian oil pipelines, a pointed question during their summit that illustrated the breadth of their disagreements.

Fed signals rate hikes for 2023, start of bond-buying taper talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Federal Reserve on Wednesday brought forward its projections for the first post-pandemic interest rate hikes into 2023 and opened the debate on when and how it may be appropriate to start tapering the U.S. central bank's massive bond-buying program.

Kamala Harris launches campaign for voting rights across U.S.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday promoted the Biden administration's efforts to advance voting rights when she met 16 fellow Democrats from the Texas state legislature who successfully blocked a bill they said would make it harder for Blacks and Hispanics to vote.

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U.S. Senate leader backs repealing 'forever war' authorization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday threw his weight behind an effort to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that allowed the war in Iraq, saying it would prevent "military adventurism" such as former President Donald Trump's 2020 airstrike on a Baghdad airport.