WASHINGTON — The White House could announce even tighter travel restrictions to and from China as soon as Friday, Jan. 31, in response to the growing threat posed by the coronavirus, three senior administration officials said. Tighter restrictions, or even an outright ban on all China travel, could formalize and broaden individual announcements that multiple airlines have already made. A number of lawmakers have been pressing the White House to make an announcement immediately.
HONG KONG - The State Department issued a travel advisory urging Americans not to visit China, the highest level of caution that is in place against only a handful of countries including Iraq and Afghanistan, as the numbers of those infected by the deadly coronavirus continued to soar.
WASHINGTON - Health officials reported the first U.S. case of person-to-person transmission of the new coronavirus Thursday as the World Health Organization set in motion a global effort to fight the outbreak by declaring it a public health emergency.
WASHINGTON - The House approved two measures Thursday aimed at restraining President Donald Trump from targeting Iran militarily, as lawmakers clamor to force his administration to consult Congress before taking actions that could provoke a war.
WASHINGTON - The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is headed for a critical vote Friday, Jan. 31, that will determine whether the Senate hears from witnesses over allegations that the president pressured Ukraine to launch investigations for his own political benefit. But Senate Republicans are increasingly confident no new testimony will be heard and they can start on a sprint toward Trump's acquittal.
WASHINGTON — The House is expected to pass two bills Thursday, Jan. 30, that seek to restrain President Donald Trump's ability to target Iran militarily, as lawmakers continue to insist that the administration consult them before taking action that could lead toward war.
The WHO on Thursday declared the China coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency, marking an escalation in the global response to an outbreak that has sickened more than 8,100 people and killed over 170 in that country, and led to growing spread of the virus through person-to-person transmission in the United States, Germany, Japan and Vietnam. The designation gives the global health agency the ability to ramp up the responses of governments and organizations around the world as they try to control the outbreak.
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top lieutenants on Wednesday outlined a $760-billion infrastructure package, appealing to President Donald Trump to join in jump-starting a bipartisan priority he once hoped would serve as a key part of his legacy. The Democrats' ambitious and at times detailed proposal for building roads, transit systems, airports and water projects came with a glaring - and strategic - omission: They avoided saying how most of it should be paid for, arguing that Trump should be out front on that issue.
NEW YORK - Two former waitresses faced Harvey Weinstein at his criminal trial Wednesday, describing casting-couch promises that lured them into the powerful producer's orbit, before he allegedly sexually assaulted them in the mid-2000s. One of the women, the fourth to testify, was model Tarale Wulff. Now 43, she was in her late 20s and hoping to find work as an actress when she encountered Weinstein at New York's Cipriani Downtown restaurant in early 2005. "You have a great look," Weinstein said, according to her testimony. "You should come talk to my people."
WASHINGTON - On Friday, President Donald Trump is expected to attend a White House summit organized by his daughter Ivanka on human trafficking, an issue he frequently invokes as a top priority. But some of the country's most prominent anti-trafficking organizations and advocates won't be there. They have decided to boycott the event.