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Democrat impeachment talk gains as Trump blocks lawyer testimony

May 22, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report only enhances the President's appearance of guilt,' says US Representative Mark Pocan, one of the leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party

A name card is set for former White House lawyer Don McGhan who is expected to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019. US President Donald Trump has told McGhan to ignore a subpoena from Congress to testify about the president's alleged obstruction of justice, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on May 20. MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Trump says will sign 'emergency' to build border wall

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:52 PM

President Donald Trump repeats his claim that a wall is needed to stop an 'invasion' of drugs, gangs, human traffickers and undocumented migrants over the US border with Mexico

BORDER WALL. US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Doug Mills/Pool/AFP

Trump says Democrat probes into him should 'never be allowed'

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Adam Schiff, the congressman heading the House intelligence committee, says it will look into suspicions of collusion between Trump and Russia and also broader allegations of financial wrongdoing in Trump's inner circle

RUSSIA PROBE. US President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. AFP file photo

It's official: Divided government arrives on Capitol Hill

Jan 03, 2019 - 2:13 PM

January 3 brings an end to US President Donald Trump's one-party rule in Washington, a massive boost for Democrats who felt deflated after Trump's 2016 victory

US CONGRESS. This photo shows the US Capitol on December 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Former FBI chief lashes out at Trump, Republicans

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'The FBI's reputation has taken a big hit because the president of the United States, with his acolytes, has lied about it constantly,' says former FBI director James Comey

COMEY. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Washington careens toward government shutdown with no deal in sight

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:22 AM

The White House appears dug in on Donald Trump's call for Congress to budget $5 billion in 2019 to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border that he insists will check illegal immigration

LATE NIGHT. Night view of Capitol Hill on January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Republican wins Mississippi's racially-charged Senate runoff

Nov 28, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith's victory preserves the 53-47 majority that Republicans will hold in the Senate when the new Congress convenes in January

REPUBLICAN WIN. Incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith manages to hold her US Senate seat in the final race of 2018. File photo from Smith's Facebook page

Florida braces for recounts in governor, Senate races

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Democrats Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races are tilting in favor of their Republican rivals

RECOUNT. Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors. File photos from Gillum and Abrams' official Facebook pages

Democrats seize U.S. House but Trump averts 'blue wave'

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Democrats will now be able to block legislation and light a fire under Donald Trump's feet with investigations of his opaque finances and Russian interference in the 2016 election

US CONGRESS. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Democrats snatch first House seats from Republicans in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Democrats must gain 21 more seats in the 435-member House of Representatives to regain control of the chamber, which is currently led by President Donald Trump's Republicans

FIRST HOUSE SEATS. Democrats seize their first two Republican-held seats of the US midterm elections, as networks project the win of Jennifer Wexton (L) and Donna Shalala (R). Wexton file photo from Facebook, Shalala file photo from Twitter

Election Day test for Trump as America votes

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(4th UPDATE) With control of Congress and Trump's agenda at stake, early voting has hit record levels and turnout appears high across the country

ELECTIONS. California's multi-language 'I Voted' stickers on offer for early voters at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California on November 5, 2018, a day ahead the November 6 midterm elections in the United States. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/

Trump, Democrats in frenzied final push ahead of U.S. elections

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:31 AM

Political passions rise to a rare peak, with early voting in some states already running far ahead of normal levels

THE NOVEMBER VOTE. A display that reminds people to vote on November 6 is seen November 3, 2018 in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court nominee assault storm fans #MeToo flames

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Sexual assault survivors – women and men alike – tweet their messages of solidarity for Christine Blasey Ford using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court nominee accuser gets more time to decide on hearing

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers calls as 'arbitrary' the first deadline set by the US Senate Judiciary Committee for her to testify against nominee Brett Kavanaugh over a sexual assault allegation

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says U.S. not 'migrant camp' amid family separation crisis

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:01 PM

'You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States,' President Donald Trump says. 'Not on my watch.'

US BORDER. People wait outside the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry, where tents have been built to house unaccompanied migrant children on June 18, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Photo by Christ Chavez/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Democrats release counter-memo over Russia probe

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The Democrats' document is the latest salvo in a partisan fight over the Russia investigation

FBI HQ. The FBI headquarters is seen on February 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) The legislation amounts to a narrow, technical fix, leaving unaddressed the broader, divisive issue of permissive gun laws under a constitutional amendment that protects the right to bear arms

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriff's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2017.  File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Bipartisan group in U.S. Senate unveils immigration plan, defying Trump

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The potential breakthrough comes as efforts to resolve the fate of 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children entered a crucial period in a week set aside for debate on immigration

BIPARTISAN LEADER. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill on February 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images/AFP

Trump blocks release of Democratic memo on Russia probe

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:30 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Trump has instructed DOJ officials to be available to help the House intelligence committee revise the Democrats' memo, if it so wishes, so as to 'mitigate the risks'

PRESIDENT TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. Congress gridlocked as budget, immigration deadlines loom

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Bitterly divided US lawmakers return this week to face a shrinking window for reaching deals on immigration, federal spending and the debt

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. lawmakers warn Trump vs firing DOJ, FBI chiefs over memo

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:54 AM

The warnings come after the Republican-led House intelligence committee released a declassified memo that claims Democrat-funded research prompted the FBI to spy on a former Trump campaign aide

PUBLIC. The Republican memo released by Congress is displayed on a journalist's computer screen at a newsroom in Washington DC, on February 2, 2018. Eric Baradat/AFP

FBI challenges White House over explosive Russia case memo

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:40 AM

(UPDATED) The release of the memo could sour relations between the president and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which Trump has repeatedly attacked as biased against him

The FBI seal is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, DC on July 5, 2016. Yuri Gripas/AFP

Trump calls for unity after tumultuous first year

Jan 31, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Trump seeks to put the spotlight on the economic achievements of his first year in office and calls on a packed joint session of Congress to enact hardline curbs on immigration

SOTU. US President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. casino mogul resigns from Republican finance post

Jan 28, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Las Vegas casino billionaire Steve Wynn steps down as Republican National Committee finance chairman, following allegations of decades of sexual misconduct

RESIGNED. In this file photo taken on May 17, 2011, Steve Wynn speaks at a press conference in Macau. Mike Clarke/AFP

U.S. Congress votes to end shutdown, Trump claims victory

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:46 AM

(UPDATED) US government operations will essentially return to normal on Tuesday, January 23

BACK IN BUSINESS. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018 after the US Senate reached a deal to reopen the federal government, with Democrats accepting a compromise spending bill. Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. shutdown extended as crunch vote delayed

Jan 22, 2018 - 6:57 AM

(UPDATED) The shutdown casts a huge shadow over the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration as president and highlights the deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats

LATE NIGHT. Night view of Capitol Hill on January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Mitt Romney set for comeback as Orrin Hatch to retire

Jan 03, 2018 - 7:02 AM

Senator Hatch's announcement that he will not run in this year's mid-terms could spell bad news for President Donald Trump

RETIRING. This file photo taken on January 19, 2001 shows US Senator Orrin Hatch, R-UT, arriving at the US Capitol to attend the inauguration of former US President George W. Bush. Don Emmert/AFP

Trump faces consequences of Alabama election upset

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:04 AM

Some in Trump's inner circle now wonder whether Alabama shows the limits of his approach: If it does not work in deep red Alabama, where can it work?

STILL 'MAGA' Supporters of Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore watch for results at an election night party in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 12, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Alabama Democrat in shock U.S. Senate win over Trump-backed Republican

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) It marks a bitter blow to the president in one of the reddest of deep South states, and hands opposition Democrats a cherished Senate seat

WINNER. Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones prepares to greet voters outside of a polling station at the Bessemer Civic Center on December 12, 2017 in Bessemer, Alabama. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Alabama chooses a senator in test for scandal-buffeted Republicans

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:31 PM

US President Donald Trump has made the special election a test of his brand of populism

STILL FOR MOORE. People attend a campaign rally for Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore at Jordan's Activity Barn on December 11, 2017 in Midland City, Alabama. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Alabama votes after vicious contest dogged by claims against candidate

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:30 AM

For the people of Alabama this week's special election isn't quite that simple

SUPPORT. A sign is held up as people attend a campaign rally for Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore at Oak Hollow Farm on December 5, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Trump endorses accused child molester Moore for U.S. Senate

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) The Alabama race, which is being held to replace Jeff Sessions, who Trump named US attorney general, has national repercussions because Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate

ENDORSED BY TRUMP. In this file photo, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaks as his wife Kayla Moore looks on during a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, November 16, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Trump shrugs off Flynn guilty plea in Russia probe

Dec 03, 2017 - 10:11 AM

As the Russia probe overshadows his big legislative win, the Senate's passing of landmark tax cuts, Trump again insists he and his campaign did not collude with Russia

GUILTY PLEA. Michael Flynn (left), former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, arrives for his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump again backs alleged harasser, Democrat gives up key post

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:32 AM

US President Donald Trump redoubles his support for embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore, ignoring the sexual harassment allegations plaguing the ex-Alabama judge's campaign

NOT QUITTING. In this file photo, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaks as his wife Kayla Moore looks on during a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, November 16, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Republican candidate Roy Moore denies sexual misconduct allegations

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:51 AM

The issue has reverberated through Washington weeks ahead of a special US Senate election in Alabama

EMBATTLED. In this file photo, Roy Moore, GOP Senate candidate and former chief justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, speaks during the annual Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shorham Hotel on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Democrat Phil Murphy wins NJ governor race, vows to push back vs Trump

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Phil Murphy will succeed Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey

NEXT GOVERNOR. NJ governor elect Phil Murphy says he'll 'push back against the mean winds blowing at us from Washington DC.' Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

Virginia elects Democrat governor, in rejection of Trumpism

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:36 AM

(UPDATED) A handful of US states held elections Tuesday, November 7, one year after Donald Trump's shock presidential victory

VOTE. Karina Smith holds her 2-year-old son Kyler as she fills out her ballot at the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Bush Sr. voted for Clinton, called Trump a 'blowhard'

Nov 05, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The revelations, contained in historian Mark Updegrove's 'The Last Republicans,' represent the strongest criticism to date from the Bush clan on why their Republican successor is uniquely unfit to hold office

BUSH SENIOR. In this file photo, former US President George H.W. Bush arrives for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Tax rollout delayed to November 2 as U.S. Congress braces for overhaul

Nov 01, 2017 - 10:44 AM

The delay in the unveiling of the Donald Trump-backed tax overhaul signals potential trouble ahead

TAX HQ. A view of the Internal Revenue Service's headquarters March 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Anti-Trump headwinds roil U.S. Congress as Republicans blast president

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:36 AM

(UPDATED) One Republican senator announces he is quitting Congress and another attacks the president for debasing the country

NOT RUNNING AGAIN. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and his wife Cheryl Flake leave the U.S. Capitol as they are trailed by reporters, October 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

In flip-flop, Trump cools to bipartisan health deal

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

A bipartisan effort to stabilize Obamacare's individual health insurance markets runs into political headwinds when US President Donald Trump warned against the plan

In this file photo, Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:35 AM

US senators announce they have reached a bipartisan deal to continue a program that helps low-income Americans purchase health insurance

An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. Rhona Wise/AFP

Republicans freeze as Democrats demand action on gun violence

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Lawmakers in US President Donald Trump's party appear stymied over what legislative steps, if any, to take to contain US gun violence in the aftermath of America's deadliest shooting in modern history

FIRST RESPONDERS. An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Trump and Republicans roll out U.S. tax reform plan

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:25 AM

Trump dismisses the existing tax code as a 'relic' that impedes economic expansion, and calls the Republican plan 'the largest tax cut, essentially, in the history of our country'

TAX TALK. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks as Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and other congressional Republicans listen during a press event on tax reform September 27, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Senate Republicans pull plug on latest Obamacare repeal bid

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:31 AM

The collapse, yet again, of an effort to fulfill one of Donald Trump's primary campaign pledges is sure to be an embarrassment to the White House, which has seen several Obamacare repeal and replace bills crash and burn this year

REPEAL FAIL. (L to R) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) hold a news conference following their weekly policy luncheon, September 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Two more U.S. senators signal opposition to Obamacare overhaul

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:39 AM

It could deal a potentially fatal blow to one President Donald Trump's top legislative goals

OPPOSING GRAHAM-CASSIDY. This file photo taken on March 28, 2017 shows US Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins speaking to a reporter as she makes her way to the Senate subway at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

McCain torpedos Republican effort to repeal Obamacare

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:14 AM

The senator says he could not 'support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it'

OPPOSING GRAHAM-CASSIDY. Senator John McCain is not voting for the Graham-Cassidy bill, the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Defiant Republicans in last-gasp Obamacare repeal bid

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:17 AM

(UPDATED) After falling one vote short this summer, Republicans have revived efforts to shred Obamacare. Momentum swelled in the past week

The U.S. Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Lawmaker offered White House deal to let off Assange – report

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:01 PM

The Wall Street Journal says Republican lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher told WikiLeaks' Julian Assange that in exchange, he would receive a 'pardon or other act of clemency' from President Donald Trump

MIDDLE MAN. A report says Republican lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher offers a White House deal to Julian Assange. Photo from Rohrabacher's Facebook page

Trump strikes slew of budget deals with Democrats

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:42 PM

US President Donald Trump shocks Republicans by agreeing to ease US borrowing limits forestall a government shutdown and approve hurricane relief siding with opposition Democrats

US President Donald Trump meets with congressional leadership in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 6, 2017. (From L to R), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Nicholas Kamm/AFP