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Politics Nov 11After push from Perry, backers got huge gas deal in Ukraine
In a meeting during a trip to Ukraine, Energy Secretary Rick Perry handed the new Ukrainian president a list of people he recommended as energy advisers. One of the four names was his longtime political backer Michael Bleyzer.
Politics Oct 07Trump allies pursued business deals in Ukraine
People with ties to Trump and his administration have pursued business deals in Ukraine that went far beyond advancing the president's personal political interests.
Politics Oct 07New whistleblower may give House Democrats fresh information
A second individual has emerged who could corroborate the original whistleblower's complaint gripped Washington and potentially heightened the stakes for Trump.
Politics Oct 06Lawyer: 2nd Trump whistleblower spoke to inspector general
A second whistleblower has spoken to the intelligence community's internal watchdog and has information that backs the original whistleblower's complaint about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, according to the lawyer for the two.
Politics Sep 26Eugene Scalia confirmed as Trump’s new labor secretary
The Senate voted Thursday along party lines, 53-44, to approve the nomination.
World Sep 25Ukraine’s new president entangled in U.S political storm
President Donald Trump's calls for Ukraine's new president to investigate the family of a political rival have thrust the East European nation into an American political storm for the second time in three years.
Nation Sep 24Senate committee approves Scalia to head Labor Department
The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved lawyer Eugene Scalia's nomination, 12-11, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote.
Politics Sep 19WATCH: Labor nominee Scalia testifies at confirmation hearing
The Republican GOP-led Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee panel has set a vote on the nomination early next week.
Nation Sep 10EPA to scale back use of animals to test chemical toxicity
A directive signed Tuesday by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said that "scientific advancements exist today" that permit the agency to better predict potential hazards to humans while reducing or avoiding animal testing.
Nation Jul 10WATCH: Labor Secretary Acosta defends handling of Epstein case
Acosta is being assailed for his part in the secret 2008 plea deal he signed that let Epstein avoid federal prosecution on charges that he molested teenage girls. But he was unapologetic Wednesday as he declared his office did the…