White House rejects Democrats' requests for information on Trump-Putin talks

Reuters | March 22, 2019

The White House rejected a request by congressional Democrats that it provide information about President Donald Trump’s communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin, House Democratic leaders said on Thursday, suggesting they would take further action. U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel and Elijah Cummings, the chairmen of the House of Representatives Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees, respectively, said in a statement the rejection was part of a “troubling pattern” by the White House.

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According to its Health and Wellness 2015 report, The Hartman Group (see infographic), Bellevue, Wash., food processors should develop simpler ingredients lists for their products, as 59 percent of consumers in its study believe the government should require certain products to be labeled as 'natural.'

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