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French President's pointed speech to Congress takes aim at Trump agenda

Macron speaks to CongressEmmanuel Macron may be known in the US for his close relationship to President Donald Trump, but in his address to Congress on Wednesday, the French President took aim at several key points of Trump's agenda.

Speaking before US lawmakers from both the Senate and the House, Macron pressed the United States to engage more in global affairs, contrasting with the steps the Trump White House has taken toward isolationism since he came into office. Macron also pushed the US to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, which Trump announced his country would leave last year, and made the case for supporting the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump has sharply condemned.
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Mulvaney to bankers: Lobbying lawmakers pays off

Mulvaney: Lobbying pays off

Mick Mulvaney, the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has a message to people seeking to gain access to Congress: A lawmaker’s constituents should always get a hearing, no matter what.

But outside lobbyists, he said, may have to pay to get in the door.

Speaking at an American Bankers Association event on Tuesday, Mulvaney discussed the “hierarchy” in his former congressional office as he urged bankers to lobby their representatives in Congress.

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Senators delay hearing for VA nominee Ronny Jackson to further vet his record

Ronny Jackson to be vetted more closelySenators are delaying a confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson, President Trump's nominee to take over the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

The hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs chaired by Isakson had been scheduled Wednesday but is being postponed to give lawmakers more time to examine information related to his service as a physician.

Jackson has served as a White House physician since 2006 and was selected by President Barack Obama to be the chief doctor in the White House medical unit in 2013.

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GOP lawmakers: Trump orders officials to look into re-entering TPP trade pact

GOP lawmakers: Trump looking to rejoin TPPpresident Trump has instructed top administration officials to explore re-entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact he pulled the U.S. out of last year.

Speaking after a trade meeting with Trump, Republican senators said the president told National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to look into re-joining the negotiations.

“The president multiple times reaffirmed in general to all of us and looked right at Larry Kudlow and said, ‘Larry, go get it done,' " Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), a vocal proponent of free trade, told reporters at the White House.

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US House Speaker Paul Ryan to quit in blow to Republicans

Ryan to resignUS House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election this year, in a big blow to Republicans with mid-term elections looming.

Congress' most powerful lawmaker said he would not stand for another term in his Wisconsin district this November. Republicans already face a tough challenge from Democrats to keep control of the lower chamber.

Mr Ryan joins nearly 30 House Republicans who have announced this year they are retiring outright. Democrats need 23 seats to take over the House.

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Mark Zuckerberg starts testifying before Congress

Zuckerberg testifies before Congress- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg started testifying before Congress on Tuesday as he looks to fend off the possibility of new regulations as a result of the privacy scandal engulfing his social network.

The 33-year-old internet mogul faces tough questioning from a joint hearing of the U.S. Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees.

John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee, struck an adversarial tone in his opening remarks here.

“In the past, many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been willing to defer to tech companies’ efforts to regulate themselves. But this may be changing,” he said.

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Zuckerberg testimony: 'We didn't do enough'

Zuckerberg: We didn't do enough

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will strike a contrite tone when he appears before Congress this week, saying that "we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm."

"That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake," Zuckerberg said in written testimony. "It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it and I'm responsible for what happens here."

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