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Trump sues banks in bid to block Congress subpoenas

Apr 30, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The suit accuses Congress of stepping beyond its law-making mandate into law enforcement, and says the subpoenas violate the privacy rights of Donald Trump and his family

TRUMP'S NEW SUIT. US President Donald Trump speaks to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the US State Department in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

[ANALYSIS] How Congress can and will follow up on a redacted Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Here are some of the ways the US House of Representatives will likely follow up with more investigation

CAPITOL BUILDING. By Noclip/Wikemedia Commons

Trump ex-lawyer has no proof of Russia collusion but 'suspicions'

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Michael Cohen believes Donald Trump had advance knowledge of a June 2016 meeting between campaign members, including his son, and Russians peddling 'dirt' on election rival Hillary Clinton

TESTIMONY. Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. House strikes down Trump's border emergency

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:42 AM

US President Donald Trump's emergency declaration now goes to the Republican-held Senate

US President Donald Trump arrives to deliver the State of the Union address, alongside Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence,at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

War of words rages as Pelosi blocks Trump's speech to Congress

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Trump tell reporters, the 'State of the Union speech has been cancelled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn't want to hear the truth' about border security, adding that he is considering an 'alternative' for the speech

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on January 17, 2019 shows a photo taken on January 9, 2019, of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi , in Washington, DC and a photo taken on January 14, 2019, of US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump insisted January 23, 2019 that his State of the Union speech next week will take place in the chamber of the lower house of Congress, regardless of the Democratic speaker's attempt to disinvite him. The spat about where the annual political set-piece will be staged is a sideshow to the struggle between the White House and Democrats in Congress over the now 33-day partial government shutdown.Trump wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying: "It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!"  SAUL LOEB, Jim WATSON / AFP

Ex-Trump lawyer to testify to Congress in February

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:24 AM

'I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired,' Michael Cohen says in a statement

COHEN. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 US President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen arrives at US Federal Court in New York. File photo by Corey Sipkin/AFP

America's youngest congresswoman launches term with radical plan

Jan 06, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposes taxing the ultra-wealthy up to 70 percent

YOUNGEST WOMAN. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) takes a photo with Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) prior to the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Democrats seize U.S. House control, but shutdown impasse remains

Jan 04, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) After a historic opening session of the 116th Congress, lawmakers take aim at a bipartisan priority of ending an embarrassing partial government shutdown

DIVIDED CONGRESS. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds up the gavel in the House of Representatives during the opening session of the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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

Trump warns U.S. government shutdown could last a 'long time'

Jan 03, 2019 - 8:33 AM

One day before Democrats take over the House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump shows no signs of backing away from his insistence that Congress cough up $5.6 billion for his 'beautiful' southern wall

TRUMP. A partial shutdown of the US government enters a 12th day Wednesday, January 2, 2019 as President Donald Trump prepares to meet top Democratic and Republican lawmakers in a bid to break the impasse over his demand for funding for a border wall with Mexico. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Trump signals retreat on wall funding, but shutdown threat remains

Dec 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'The president asked every one of his cabinet secretaries to look for funding that can be used to protect our borders,' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. 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

Trump calls for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to be jailed

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:26 AM

US President Donald Trump also praises another former advisor, Roger Stone, for refusing to testify against him

COHEN. Donald Trump file photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP. Michael Cohen file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Google CEO U.S. House appearance postponed to December 11

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The hearing will look at how internet firms may 'suppress particular viewpoints and manipulate public opinion,' says US lawmaker Bob Goodlatte

SUNDAR PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from Youtube livestream.


Pelosi nominated by Democrats to reclaim U.S. House speaker role

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:27 AM

Nancy Pelosi needs a simple majority on the House floor – 218 votes in the 435-member chamber – to prevail in January

NOMINATED. U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to members of the media at the lobby of Longworth House Office Building November 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. House Democrats have nominated Pelosi to run for Speaker of the House for the 116th Congress. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. lawmakers return to work, spending showdown ahead

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:41 AM

'The reality is that we still have a series of important, outstanding subjects to tackle between now and the end of this year,' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

BACK TO WORK. In this file photo, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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

Races to watch in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Here is a look at some of the most interesting contests

SENATE RACE. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke. Photos from Shutterstock

IN PHOTOS: Filipino WWII veterans receive US Congressional Gold Medal

Sep 14, 2018 - 11:18 AM

It is the first time a ceremony for the award is held in the Philippines

OVERDUE RECOGNITION. Technical Sergeant Sixto Navidad is the oldest Filipino veteran to receive the US Congressional Medal, the highest civilian award in the US, bestowed on a person or a group that performed an 'outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the US.’ Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

Google's 'no-show' in Congress adds to its political headache

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'You have to feed the beast. At the end of the day, it's better to be there and engage than it is to not be there and hope you avoid some tough questions,' says president of US think tank, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

GOOGLE. The seat for Alphabet (Google) CEO Larry Page sits empty as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP


Tech shares fall after congress grilling

Sep 06, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'When major companies testify in front of the Congress it's never a good thing' for their stock price, says a financial analyst

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP


Google lambasted for absence in congress hearing

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:22 AM

'There's an empty chair next to you for Google, they're not here today – maybe it's because they're arrogant,' says one Republican senator

EMPTY SEAT. The seat for Alphabet (Google) CEO Larry Page is unoccupied as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP


Facebook, Twitter say they are not heading to China

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:19 AM

Google's reported exploratory foray into China prompts US lawmakers to ask Facebook and Twitter executives if they have similar plans

DORSEY. Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


Top U.S. regulator calls for 'transparency' from tech giants

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:17 AM

'We need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations,' says US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai

AJIT PAI. In this file photo, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP


Facebook chief says internet firms in 'arms race' for democracy

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

A day before the tech hearings, Mark Zuckerberg chimes in

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a family picture with guests of the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. Photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Expert opinions: the September 5 Facebook-Twitter-Google hearing

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:35 PM

'The Democrats are upset about the spread of misinformation in the 2016 election, and the Republicans over the perception of bias,' says Roslyn Layton, a scholar specializing in telecom and internet issues

SANDBERG. The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, will join top representatives from Twitter and possibly, Google, in another high-profile congressional grilling on September 5. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP


Facebook, Twitter, Google are in the U.S. congress hot seat again. Here's why.

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and a yet-to-be-confirmed Google executive face US lawmakers on September 5 regarding Russian election interference

NEXT ROUND. The online giants, represented here by Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey, face off with US lawmakers again as issues of foreign interference persist. Sheryl Sandberg photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP; Jack Dorsey photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund/AFP


Facebook, Twitter executives to testify to U.S. Congress next week

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The US Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing will focus on 'social media companies' responses to foreign influence operations'


Trump warns of violent change if Republicans lose midterms

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Democrats 'will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently,' Trump says, according to a report from The New York Times

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

FBI, Justice Dep't reject probe criticism at testy U.S. hearing

Jun 29, 2018 - 6:13 PM

'I do not believe Special Counsel Mueller is on any kind of witch hunt,' says FBI director Christopher Wray

RUSSIA PROBE. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) and FBI Director Christopher Wray (L) testify during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook deals with Huawei draw ire from U.S. lawmakers

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:16 AM

Facebook counters, saying its deal with phone makers – which also includes other Chinese firms Lenovo, OPPO, and TCL – placed tight limits on what could be done with data


U.S. Senate confirms Gina Haspel as new CIA director

May 18, 2018 - 12:59 PM

President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency passes on a vote of 54-45, with half a dozen opposition Democrats bucking their party and supporting the controversial Haspel's nomination

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Mark Zuckerberg planning to testify before U.S. Congress – report

Mar 28, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Facebook sources say the social media network's CEO will be testifying within a matter of weeks, and is now crafting a strategy for the testimony

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo, the chief executive officer and founder of Facebook attends the fourth day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 14, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


U.S. Senate passes huge spending bill to avert gov't shutdown

Mar 23, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Triggering a 3rd government shutdown of the year would have been a deep embarrassment for the Republican-led Congress ahead of mid-term elections in November

AVERTING SHUTDOWN. Lights shine at The U.S. Capitol along with the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial in the early hours of Friday morning on February 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

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An Egyptian fisherman uses a pole to row along the River Nile near Abou Shosha village in the Qina governorate, some 600 kilometres south of the capital Cairo on March 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

U.S. lawmakers clinch spending deal to avert gov't shutdown

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:46 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan hails the $1.3 trillion spending bill as marking 'the beginning of a new era for the United States military,' while minority leader Chuck Schumer says it will fulfill Democratic priorities

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

France's Macron invited to address U.S. Congress in April

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:36 PM

'This is a special opportunity to build on the historic relationship between our countries, and to reaffirm our commitment to defeating terror both domestically and around the world,' Speaker Paul Ryan says

EMMANUEL MACRON. France's President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor give a joint press conference at the end of a European Union summit in Brussels on December 15, 2017.  File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.S. Congress inches forward with gun violence measure

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly to fund violence prevention measures at the nation's schools, including boosting school security and creating anonymous reporting systems for students

GUN CONTROL. Thousands of local students march down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the US Capitol during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in Washington, DC, March 14, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP PHOTO

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A man wades through a lake at sunset in Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil on March 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

House panel finds 'no evidence' of Trump-Russia election collusion

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) The panel concurs with the judgment of US spy chiefs from January 2017 on the Russian interference, except with respect to President Vladimir Putin's alleged preference for candidate Donald Trump

'NO EVIDENCE.' A US House panel says they 'found no evidence of collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russians. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Sister Act: U.S. women stampede toward elected office

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Twice as many women are on track to run for Congress in 2018 compared to 2016

PLANNING TO RUN. Lindsay Brown, a woman who wants to run for Congress, speaks during an interview with AFP at the her house on February 20, 2018, in Clark, New Jersey. Kena Betancour/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

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

U.S. Senate stumbles in seeking elusive immigration fix

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:48 AM

This raises prospects of Congress and President Donald Trump falling short in striking a deal on border security and the legalization of young immigrants

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

Trump budget includes infrastructure plan, steep social cuts, rising deficits

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:43 AM

The blueprint for the 2019 fiscal year abandons the long-held Republican goal of balancing the federal budget within a decade

BUDGET DOCS. A Congressional staff member delivers copies of US President Donald Trump's Fiscal Year 2019 Government Budget at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 12, 2018. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump signs bill ending government shutdown

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Trump announces the signing on his Twitter account, hailing the bill's passage in the early hours of Friday as a boost for the US military and 'JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!'

AVERTING SHUTDOWN. Lights shine at The U.S. Capitol along with the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial in the early hours of Friday morning on February 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. gov't in shutdown as Senate misses midnight funding deadline

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The upper chamber of Congress reopens in the dark of night for a new session at 12:01 am Friday, February 9, launching a new effort to pass a bill to extend federal funding for 6 more weeks

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