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Optimism growing that U.S. foreign investment bill will pass: official

Negotiators working to revise a bill before Congress that would tighten scrutiny of foreign investment in order to limit Chinese efforts to acquire sophisticated U.S. technology are optimistic the measure will be signed into law by the end of the year, a senior U.S. Treasury official said on Thursday.

Senate Ethics Committee admonishes Menendez for improper gifts

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics said on Thursday that Senator Robert Menendez violated congressional rules by "knowingly and repeatedly" accepting impermissible gifts over a six-year period and must repay their fair market value.

Trump says he is weighing options for North Korea meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he is considering three or four dates as well as five locations for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, adding that it remains unclear whether the meeting will occur.

Senate confirms ambassador to Germany

The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Germany on Thursday, just before Chancellor Angela Merkel was due in Washington for talks on Berlin's desire that Trump preserve the international nuclear agreement with Iran.

Senate confirms first Trump picks for Federal Trade Commission

WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to confirm five nominees for the Federal Trade Commission, the first commissioners chosen by President Donald Trump to be approved in the 15 months since his inauguration.

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