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The Federal Government of the United States (U.S. Federal Government) is the national government of the United States, a constitutional republic in North America, composed of 50 states, one district, Washington, D.C. (the nation's capital), and several territories. The federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the president, and the federal courts, respectively.
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  • Family grateful for Utah man's 'miracle' Venezuela release
    Associated Press

    Family grateful for Utah man's 'miracle' Venezuela release

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Utah man jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges nearly two years ago was released Saturday after a U.S. senator pressed for his freedom in a surprise meeting with President Nicolas Maduro.

  • A 'futile and stupid gesture' by NC Republicans
    charlotteobserver

    A 'futile and stupid gesture' by NC Republicans

    Toward the end of Animal House, the Delta House fraternity brothers make a decision. They are in so much hot water that, as Otter puts it, “this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part.” Bluto adds, “We're just the guys to do it.” In Raleigh, Republican legislative leaders are poised this week to launch their own futile and stupid gesture, and they're just the guys to do it. The Deltas, about to be kicked out of college, figured they had nothing to lose. The Republicans, ensconced in safe gerrymandered districts, figure they have nothing to lose. So far, they've been right. The Republicans are upending generations of history with a maneuver

  • Trump's dizzying shifts on issues from NK, guns, health care
    Associated Press

    Trump's dizzying shifts on issues from NK, guns, health care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — From "Little Rocket Man" to the scheduling of a historic peace summit and back again, President Donald Trump's dizzying back-and-forth on North Korea is par for the course for a president who likes to keep his audience guessing. As Trump himself said Friday, "Everybody plays games."

  • Trump takes steps to ease firing of federal workers
    Associated Press

    Trump takes steps to ease firing of federal workers

    President Donald Trump on Friday signed a trio of executive orders to overhaul the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire federal workers for poor performance and misconduct, requiring that departments and agencies negotiate better union contracts and limiting the amount of time certain federal workers can spend on union business. "These executive orders will make it easier for agencies to remove poor performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used," Andrew Bremberg, Trump's chief domestic policy adviser, told reporters at a briefing.

  • 'Trump's son should be concerned': FBI obtained wiretaps of Putin ally who met with Trump Jr.
    Yahoo News

    'Trump's son should be concerned': FBI obtained wiretaps of Putin ally who met with Trump Jr.

    The FBI has obtained wiretapped conversations involving Alexander Torshin ahead of his meeting with the president's son.

  • At Harvard, Clinton warns of threats to American democracy
    Associated Press

    At Harvard, Clinton warns of threats to American democracy

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton implored a crowd at Harvard University on Friday to stand up for "the truth, facts and reason" as attacks on the rule of law, free press and elections threaten to undermine American democracy.

  • Putin: We're held hostage to political strife around Trump
    Associated Press

    Putin: We're held hostage to political strife around Trump

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday bemoaned troubled relations with the United States, saying Russia wants to improve them but is effectively held hostage by the disputes surrounding President Donald Trump.

  • ETF Trends

    Risk-Off Sentiment Propels Treasury Bond ETFs

    Government bonds and Treasury-related exchange traded funds continued to strengthen Friday as fearful investors turn to safe-haven assets. On Friday, the PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Treasury Index ETF ...

  • Reuters

    Trump administration opposes requiring 'reasonable' airline baggage fees

    The U.S. Department of Transportation told Congress it opposes a Senate bill that would require new rules prohibiting airline fees that are not "reasonable and proportional," along with many other new consumer protections that the administration deems "unnecessary and wasteful," according to a letter seen on Friday by Reuters. The U.S. House in April passed a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration by a 393-to-13 vote. It now moves to the Senate, which could take up the issue as early as next month.

  • Why Goldman Sachs Believes US Fiscal Outlook Is Troubled
    Market Realist

    Why Goldman Sachs Believes US Fiscal Outlook Is Troubled

    The prominent investment firm Goldman Sachs (GS) shared its latest view on the US economy (QQQ) (SPY), US fiscal deficit, and the US debt level in a research report on May 21. According to the investment firm, the US fiscal outlook “is not good” due to the rising debt level in the economy and the widening federal budget deficit.

  • T-Mobile says ex-Trump campaign manager advising on Sprint merger
    Reuters

    T-Mobile says ex-Trump campaign manager advising on Sprint merger

    T-Mobile US (TMUS.O) said it is getting advice on its proposed $26 billion merger with Sprint Corp (S.N) from a lobbying firm whose staff includes several members of President Donald Trump's election team such as former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski is among those advising the No. 3 wireless company on its deal as it bolsters its defenses ahead of a what will likely be a tough regulatory review process, T-Mobile said in a statement last week. T-Mobile US agreed in April to buy Sprint in an $26 billion, all-stock deal that will combine the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers.

  • Trump has given us the ultimate Chinese import: American princelings
    Yahoo News

    Trump has given us the ultimate Chinese import: American princelings

    In China, princelings are privileged relatives of high-level government officials. Princelings benefit from nepotism and cronyism, using their family ties to conduct business and accumulate wealth. Now President Trump has given us the ultimate Chinese import: American princelings.