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Impeachment horror plunges U.S. into early Halloween

Oct 25, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Washington DC, a city renowned for elegant, neo-classical buildings and buttoned-down bureaucrats, has become the set for a political slasher movie

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), speaks after introducing a resolution condemning House Impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, at the U.S. Capitol on October 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Trump defends Syria pullout, condemned by House in bipartisan vote

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) A total of 129 members of Trump's Republican Party joins Democrats as the House denounces the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria in a 354-60 vote

US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella to honor Italians Americans in the East Room of the White House on October 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi announces formal Trump impeachment inquiry

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:10 AM

'The actions of the Trump presidency revealed (the) dishonorable fact of the president's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections," says top Democrat Nancy Pelosi

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addresses a press conference after leading a high-level US Congressional delegation in participating in a NATO parliamentary assembly in Brussels on February 19, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Trump says minority congresswomen should 'apologize to America'

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:16 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments come a week after he sparked a firestorm of outrage when he attacked the left-leaning lawmakers with a series of tweets saying they should 'go back' to their countries of origin

US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 5, 2019. - Trump travels to Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Ilhan Omar, U.S. congresswoman in eye of political storm

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The Somali-born Muslim lawmaker came to the United States as a child and eventually won a seat in Congress

Ilhan Omar, Democratic congressional candidate, poses for a selfie with a supporter and her son while campaigning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018. Somali-American state legislator Ilhan Omar claimed victory in her primary in Minnesota in August, putting her on track to become one of the first female Muslim members of the US House of Representatives. Kerem YUCEL / AFP

U.S. House rejects bid to launch Trump impeachment proceedings

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:17 AM

The US House of Representatives votes 332 to 95 to table, or effectively kill, a resolution brought by Democrat Al Green that raised whether to begin procedures to remove Trump from office

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) speaks to reporters on the way to House Floor on July 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. The House voted to block an effort to impeach President Trump, in the first test of the divisive issue since Democrats took control of the chamber and the House voted to hold Attorney General Barr, Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt for failing to comply with subpoena on 2020 Census. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP  TASOS KATOPODIS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

U.S. House votes to condemn Trump's 'racist comments'

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Democrats hold a majority in the 435-member House but are outnumbered by Republicans in the Senate, where the resolution is unlikely to be considered

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the members of the media as she makes her way to the House chamber to vote on a resolution denouncing comments by President Trump targeting four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color on July 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. The resolution passed 240-187, with Republicans Will Hurd (R-TX), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Fred Upton (R-MI) Susan Brooks (R-IN) and independent Justin Amash (I-MI) joining Democrats. Pete Marovich/Getty Images/AFP  Pete Marovich / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP AFP

Main points from Michael Cohen's testimony about Trump

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:46 AM

Here are some highlights from Cohen's opening and closing statements to the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform

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.  Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP

Rebuking Trump, House votes to end U.S. help in Saudi's Yemen war

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The US House of Representatives approves historic legislation directing Trump to 'remove United States armed forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen'

REBUKE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. House holds first hearings on gun violence and climate change in 8 years

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:02 PM

'No more climate denialism. No more evasions. @HouseDemocrats are in charge,' tweets the House Natural Resources Committee

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

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

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

Democrats favored to take House, Republicans to hold Senate

Nov 02, 2018 - 8:09 AM

All 435 seats in the House are up for grabs on November 6, while 35 seats in the 100-member Senate are at stake. Americans will choose new governors in 36 states.

MIDTERM ELECTIONS. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. voters poised to elect two Muslim women to Congress

Oct 31, 2018 - 9:59 PM

In a historic first in American elections, voters are about to elect two Muslim women to congress

HISTORY. Ilhan Omar, Democratic congressional candidate, poses for a selfie with a supporter and her son while campaigning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018. Photo by Kerem Yucel/AFP

LIVE: U.S. House hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on transparency, accountability

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Dorsey faces the energy and commerce committee on September 6, 1:30 am


READ: Mark Zuckerberg's planned remarks for U.S. House of Representatives testimony

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Read Mark Zuckerberg's remarks for Facebook's upcoming hearing in the US House of Representatives on transparency and the use of consumer data

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify following a break during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/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

U.S. Congress approves funding stopgap averting gov't shutdown

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:33 AM

President Donald Trump will need to work with Democrats and his fellow Republicans in the coming weeks to thrash out a budget plan for fiscal year 2018 that earns the support of lawmakers battling over policy and spending priorities

BUDGET. The United States Congress passes a funding stopgap measure that averts a government shutdown. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Franken 'sorry' as U.S. Congress targets harassment

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:07 AM

(UPDATED) The US Congress returns to Washington after the Thanksgiving break determined to tackle sexual harassment within its ranks, following a string of allegations targeting sitting lawmakers

REGRET. Sen. Al Franken, (D-MN) speaks to the media after returning back to work in the Senate on Capitol Hill on November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. lawmakers to Duterte: ‘Sovereignty doesn't give gov'ts free rein to kill'

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM

US congressmen Randy Hultgren and James McGovern urge President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his drug war in keeping with the Philippines' obligations under international law

U.S. House approves $36B for disasters including Puerto Rico

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The measure outlining 'supplemental' disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

U.S. House votes to slap sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:19 AM

The sanctions package tightens the screws on our most dangerous adversaries in order to keep Americans safe House Speaker Paul Ryan said after the vote

ENEMY. An Iranian woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 9, 2016. Atta Kenare/AFP

Anti-Trump gunman attacks U.S. lawmakers, dies in shootout

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:16 PM

4th UPDATE A rifle wielding critic of President Donald Trump opens fire on US lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game seriously wounding a top Republican congressman and 3 others

CRIME SCENE. A view of a baseball field after a shooting during a practice of the Republican congressional baseball at Eugene Simpson Statium Park June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Obamacare repeal faces test in U.S. House

May 04, 2017 - 3:43 PM

The US House will vote on dismantling Barack Obama s signature health reforms

OUT SOON? An Obamacare logo is shown on a clinic in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. Rhona Wise/AFP

U.S. House votes to repudiate anti-Israel UN resolution

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Incensed US lawmakers have assailed Barack Obama s outgoing administration for abstaining in the December 23 vote instead of vetoing the UN resolution essentially clearing the way for its passage

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. In this file photo, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (C), R-Wisconsin, swears in the newly elected members of the House of Representatives during the opening of the 115th US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 3, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Republicans lock horns with Trump as new U.S. Congress sworn in

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:13 AM

House Republicans are forced to back down on plans to gut a congressional ethics office as Donald Trump rebuked them over the move

US Congressman Paul Ryan (R), R-Wisconsin, stands with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (L), D-California, after being elected Speaker of the House during the opening of the 115th US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 3, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Battle for US Congress: Republicans projected to hold House

Nov 09, 2016 - 11:08 AM

The party of populists presidential candidate Donald Trump is on track to take 235 seats to the Democrats 200

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

US House Speaker deals major blow to Trump unity efforts

May 06, 2016 - 6:48 AM

Speaker Paul Ryan on Trump: He s got some work to do

A file photo dated April 28, 2016 shows Republican Speaker of the House from Wisconsin Paul Ryan speaking to the media at his weekly press conference in Washington, DC, USA. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Republican Paul Ryan elected US Speaker of the House

Oct 29, 2015 - 10:55 PM

The nine term congressman from Wisconsin who replaces John Boehner earns a majority of votes in the 435 member chamber

NEW SPEAKER. Republican Speaker of the House from Wisconsin Paul Ryan (C) walks to a Republican conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, October 28, 2015. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Republican chaos as McCarthy quits US House speaker race

Oct 09, 2015 - 10:49 AM

The political pandemonium set off by McCarthy s announcement comes as Congress must dig into crucial federal budget and debt ceiling battles when a speaker s firm hand at the tiller might be most needed

MCCARTHY. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (C) speaks to the media after unexpectedly dropping out of consideration to be the next Speaker of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, October 8, 2015. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US House speaker John Boehner to resign in October

Sep 25, 2015 - 11:08 PM

Boehner s office confirmed the timing adding that while his original plan was to serve only through last year

US House Speaker John Boehner. Photo from http://boehner.house.gov/

US Republicans begin two years of congressional rule

Jan 07, 2015 - 7:11 AM

Republicans who now control both the US Senate and House of Representatives are making tactical strikes by voting this week on a series of conservative measures symbolizing their priorities for the 114th Congress

NEW YEAR, NEW CONGRESS. Republican Speaker of the House from Ohio John Boehner (C) swears-in the 114th US Congress on the floor of the House of Representatives in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 06 January 2015. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US House approves $1.1 trillion spending bill

Dec 12, 2014 - 11:23 AM

UPDATED The 219 206 vote follows a bruising day of arm twisting by the White House

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

US House leader eyes spending measure to avert shutdown

Sep 03, 2014 - 11:30 PM

The country s top Republican suggested a temporary spending measure known as a continuing resolution to avoid a fractious political brawl over federal spending

US House of Representatives votes to sue Obama

Jul 31, 2014 - 9:07 AM

The House voted to resort to the unprecedented move of taking the president to court for not having stringently followed the letter of the law while implementing his signature Obamacare health care reform bill

FACING A LAWSUIT. US President Barack Obama delivers remarks to support as he talks about the economy and to rally support for his current economic policies in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, 30 July 2014. Ed Zurga/EPA

Obama implores supporters for help on health law crisis

Nov 19, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Obama: It is a long race and we aren t near the tape yet we have just got to keep on running

FACE OF DISAPPOINTMENT. US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks on the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House while reporters do stand-ups on November 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP/Mandel Ngan

Obama: we deserved to be 'slapped' over health rollout

Nov 15, 2013 - 7:17 AM

Obama: These are two fumbles on a big game but the game s not over

FACE OF DISAPPOINTMENT. US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks on the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House while reporters do stand-ups on November 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP/Mandel Ngan

Clinton adds to Obama's health care headache

Nov 13, 2013 - 10:18 AM

The former president said that Obama should stick by his promise that if Americans liked their existing health insurance plans they should be able to keep them

PROBLEMATIC. A screenshot of Healthcare.gov on October 30, 2013.

Obama vows health website fix

Oct 31, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Republican critics jump all over the administration for the law itself

ADDRESSING OBAMACARE. United States President Barack Obama during his speech on the Affordable Care Act inside historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 30 October 2013. EPA/Yoon S. Byun / Pool

Top US official apologizes for 'Obamacare' website woe

Oct 30, 2013 - 8:19 AM

Marilyn Tavenner was testifying one day before her boss Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius faces what is sure to be a grilling by House lawmakers

PROBLEMATIC. A screenshot of Healthcare.gov on October 30, 2013.

US spy chief defends spying on foreign leaders

Oct 30, 2013 - 7:26 AM

James Clapper says seeking to discern the aims of foreign heads of state has long been a basic tenet for US spy agencies

INTEL CHIEF. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies in the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on "Potential Changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 29 October 2013. EPA/Shawn Thew

Foley, US House speaker turned Japan envoy, dead at 84

Oct 19, 2013 - 11:18 AM

Known for his dapper suits and poise under pressure Foley won a reputation for forging tough legislative compromises

FOLEY, 84. In this file photo, US Ambassador to Japan Thomas Foley delivers a speech during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo 09 April 1999. AFP/Toru Yamanaka

Asian shares up as Washington narrowly avoids default

Oct 17, 2013 - 1:34 PM

US lawmakers passed a last minute bill to reopen the government and raise the country s borrowing limit avoiding a devastating default that threatened to spark another global recession

Asian shares rise as US reaches debt deal in Congress. File photo by AFP

Fitch puts US debt rating on watch for downgrade

Oct 16, 2013 - 11:03 AM

The rating agency has warned US of the downgrade after Congress reached no deal to raise the debt ceiling

The 113th US House of Representatives during opening session at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB

Disarray in US House as debt-ceiling bills falter

Oct 16, 2013 - 7:10 AM

UPDATED The first effort never got off the ground and a rules committee postponed a key hearing that would allow the second measure to reach the floor

BROKEN IMAGE. The image of the US Capitol is reflected in the Capitol Reflecting Pool, during dusk on the fifteenth day of a partial shutdown of the federal government, in Washington DC, USA, 15 October 2013. EPA/Michael Reynolds

Budget rift pushes Washington to the brink

Oct 16, 2013 - 1:45 AM

Washington s risky game of political brinkmanship neared crisis point with no deal yet nailed down to avoid a catastrophic US debt default just 36 hours before a crucial deadline

NOT OPEN FOR BUSINESS. The United States federal government went into a partial shutdown October 1, 2013, after Congress failed to pass a budget bill. In this photo, a stop sign is seen next to the US Congress building in Washington DC, September 30, 2013. AFP/Mladen Antonov

White House, Republicans bicker, shutdown drags on

Oct 10, 2013 - 10:46 AM

Washington is lurching ever closer to an October 17 deadline to raise the US government s statutory borrowing limit

NOT OPEN FOR BUSINESS. The United States federal government went into a partial shutdown October 1, 2013, after Congress failed to pass a budget bill. In this photo, a stop sign is seen next to the US Congress building in Washington DC, September 30, 2013. AFP/Mladen Antonov