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Top Democrats say Trump may face impeachment, jail over hush money

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U.S. President Donald Trump could face impeachment and jail time if hush money payments reported by his former lawyer are proven to be campaign finance violations, Democratic lawmakers said on Sunday. Court filings on Friday in cases that stemmed from a federal probe into Russian activities during the 2016 presidential… Read

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In rare on-camera clash, Trump, top Democrats argue about border wall

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U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office on Tuesday about government funding, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month. In a remarkable public argument, the likes of which is seldom seen before cameras,… Read

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Republicans beginning to worry about Trump re-election

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U.S. President Donald Trump's intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election. Trump, ever confident of his ability to bend… Read

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Embattled Trump struggles to fill key White House post

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A beleaguered President Donald Trump insisted Monday that hush payments made to women before the 2016 election were legal, as he struggled to fill the key position of chief of staff -- made toxic by two years of White House turmoil. While it remains unclear whether a sitting president can… Read

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Trump calls for end to Mueller probe despite Russian campaign bid findings

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday renewed his call to end a federal probe into Russian election meddling, describing the investigation as a "witch hunt" a day after U.S. prosecutors detailed a previously unknown attempt by a Russian to help his 2016 presidential election campaign. "Time for the Witch Hunt… Read

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Abe says he is aiming for constitution change by 2020

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he still aims to bring about the first-ever amendment of Japan's pacifist constitution by 2020, even as parliamentary discussions over the issue have ground to a halt amid a standoff between the ruling and opposition parties. "There is no change in my hope to… Read

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Language skills remain major concern for foreign nursing care workers

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While a new visa system approved by the Diet and to take effect in April has been welcomed by Japan's labor-short nursing care businesses, questions remain about how to provide sufficient Japanese language education for foreign workers. Despite the government's steps taken in recent years to relax rules on foreign… Read

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Ruling bloc to agree on tax reforms spurring car, home purchases

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Japan's ruling parties are set to agree on a tax reform package for fiscal 2019 that will give tax breaks for cars and homes in the hopes of underpinning demand for the big ticket items after next year's increase in the consumption tax, government sources say. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's… Read

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Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers

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The Diet on Saturday passed a bill to broaden the entry of foreign workers into the country's labor-hungry sectors, despite concern the plan lacks detail and may not ensure proper working conditions. Enactment of the legislation paves the way for Japan to formally open its doors to blue-collar workers, in… Read

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U.S. prosecutors name Trump in hush payments; detail Russian contacts

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U.S. prosecutors said on Friday President Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer to make illegal hush payments to two women ahead of the 2016 election, and also detailed a previously unknown attempt by a Russian to help the Trump campaign. In court filings, federal prosecutors in New York and those… Read

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