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U.S. senators misled over PH officials ban? De Lima: ‘Nakakatawa naman ito’

Dec 15, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Senator Leila de Lima tells Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo her detention is a 'test case for your boss’ attempt to flex his tyrannical ambitions'

'LAUGHABLE.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Hong Kong rights bill clears US Congress, heads to Trump

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:13 AM

The White House says US President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure

People are detained by police near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. Pro-democracy demonstrators holed up in a Hong Kong university campus set the main entrance ablaze November 18 to prevent surrounding police moving in, after officers warned they may use live rounds if confronted by deadly weapons.  DALE DE LA REY / AFP

U.S. Senate passes Hong Kong rights bill

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:37 AM

(UPDATED) China shoots back that it would 'have to take strong countermeasures to defend our national sovereignty, security and development interests' if the US carried on making 'wrong decisions'

ARRESTED. Police drag a protester along a road after they detained her during as attempt to escape the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Groups welcome proposed U.S. travel ban on officials in De Lima detention

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:55 PM

The Philippine government, meanwhile, tags the move as an intrusion of sovereignty

FREE LEILA. Senator Leila De Lima leave at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in Muntinlupa on 6 September 2019, after the court reschedule her trial on the trumped-up illegal drug trading charges filed against her. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

U.S. attorney general grilled over handling of Russia report

May 02, 2019 - 8:45 AM

After undergoing tough questioning in the US Senate, Bill Barr refuses to appear before the House

GRILLED. US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on 'The Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Barr faces tough questions on handling of Mueller report

May 01, 2019 - 11:12 PM

US Attorney General Bill Barr 'whitewashed the report,' Senator Dick Durbin, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tells CNN ahead of the hearing

MUELLER REPORT. In this file photo, US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Sotto, Lacson, Honasan seek Senate rebuke of US lawmakers

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:34 PM

The 3 senators file Senate Resolution 1037, seeking the rebuke of United States lawmakers for 'interfering' in Philippine affairs

'STRONG RESERVATIONS'. Senate President Vicente Sotto III urges President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the changes made by the House of Representatives in the 2019 bdget bill after ratification by both houses of Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

U.S. senators urge Philippines to drop charges vs De Lima, Maria Ressa

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:13 PM

US senator Marsha Blackburn says of the bipartisan resolution: '...while we value our relationship with the Philippines, the US Congress expects to see real change to the current practices of the Duterte government'

UNDER SIEGE. Composite file photos of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (left), and Senator Leila de Lima. Photo of Ressa by Leanne Jazul/Rappler; Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trump signs first veto to secure funding for border wall

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The US President overrides the Congress' decision to terminate his declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border

US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Senate rebukes Trump on border emergency; U.S. president vows veto

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Donald Trump's terse response: 'VETO!' he tweets after a dozen Republicans joined Democrats in voting down the emergency, declared as a way to secure alternative funding for the border wall denied to him by Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) talks to reporters after the Senate voted to overturn the President's national emergency border declaration, at the U.S. Capitol on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. 12 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against President Trumps emergency declaration. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP  MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

'Chilling' testimony promised from Trump's former lawyer

Feb 25, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Michael Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer to Donald Trump is set to appear before lawmakers eager to press for dramatic details of his former client's business and personal affairs

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen(C) leaves the US Courthouse in New York on April 26, 2018. US President Donald Trump acknowledged on Thursday that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, represented him in a "deal" involving porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump had previously denied knowledge of a $130,000 payment Cohen made to Daniels that she claims was to prevent her from talking about their alleged 2006 affair.Trump, in a wide-ranging telephone interview with "Fox and Friends," admitted for the first time that Cohen represented him in a "deal" with Daniels, who has filed a lawsuit seeking to have the "hush agreement" negotiated by Cohen thrown out.  / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

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

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

Saudi Arabia slams U.S. Senate vote as 'interference'

Dec 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The largely symbolic vote deals a fresh warning to President Donald Trump, who has staunchly backed the Saudi regime in the face of intense global outrage that analysts say has left the kingdom diplomatically weakened

Ex-U.S. senators warn of 'constitutional crisis' under Trump

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Forty-four former US senators urge current and future members of the US Senate to make sure that 'partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest'

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump casts a shadow as he addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. senators blast Saudi prince over Khashoggi, after CIA chief briefing

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept appraised of the situation all the way through it,' says Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker

ON KHASHOGGI. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on November 14, 2017. File photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Trump swoops in to support Republican in tense Senate race

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is locked in an unexpectedly tight runoff vote on November 27 in what should have been reliable Republican territory for the final Senate race of the 2018 midterms

TRUMP IN MISSISSIPPI. US President Donald Trump (C), Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (L), Vice President Mike Pence (2nd from R) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R) participate in a roundtable on the FIRST STEP Act in Gulfport, Mississippi on November 26, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

HOAX: 'US Senator' Richard Black calls Duterte a ‘druglord’

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:45 PM

(UPDATED) In the embedded interview video, the Virginia State Senator did not mention this term

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

Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Across the United States, protestors rally against the nominee who has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct. The confirmation ushers in Republican control of the top court, a major win for Trump

OPPOSED. Demonstrators take the steps of the US Supreme Court to protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

U.S. Senate poised to confirm Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, Trump will have succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court – a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term

PROTEST. Activists protest against the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the U.S. Supreme Court October 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Senate braces for key vote on embattled Supreme Court nominee

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Three key Republican lawmakers still officially undecided on Brett Kavanaugh, who has faced accusations of sexual misconduct

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  US President Donald Trump challenged the accuser of Kavanaugh for the first time on September 21, 2018, demanding she provide evidence that he sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers. "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / WIN MCNAMEE

Supreme Court nominee in unusual plea as U.S. Senate nears vote

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Furor over Kavanaugh's nomination has overshadowed next month's midterm elections in which control of Congress by Donald Trump's Republican Party could be at stake

VOTE. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. File photo by Tom Williams/AFP

Trump orders FBI probe of Kavanaugh as Senate delays final vote

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:23 AM

President Donald Trump's probe order comes after key Republican senator Jeff Flake threatened to break ranks with his party over the controversy

PROBE. President Donald Trump agrees with the Senate committee's request for an FBI prove into judge Brett Kavanaugh's sexual allegation cases. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Senate panel backs Trump's Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh

Sep 29, 2018 - 2:20 AM

The panel splits along strict party lines with the 11 Republican members backing Kavanaugh and all 10 Democrats voting against the president's controversial nominee.

PROTEST. Activists demonstrate against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in front of the court in Washington, DC, on September 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

First vote on embattled U.S. court nominee after fraught hearing

Sep 28, 2018 - 6:34 PM

(UPDATED) Friday's vote – set for 1:30 pm (1730 GMT; 1:30 am Saturday, Manila time) – will take place under an intense spotlight, following a historic day of testimony that put the toxic partisan feuding in Washington on full display

BRETT KAVANAUGH. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. Photo by Tom Williams/AFP

Trump backs embattled court nominee after fiery hearing

Sep 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

'I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr Ford,' says Brett Kavanaugh in his opening statement

TRUMP PICK. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Trump defends Supreme Court pick but says he could change mind

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Donald Trump says he is skeptical because he personally had been the target of 'false statements' in the past made by various women

BRETT KAVANAUGH. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Battle lines drawn for U.S. Senate showdown on Trump court nominee

Sep 24, 2018 - 7:54 AM

A university professor agrees to give her testimony publicly in the US Senate, accusing Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault

SUPPORT. In this file photo taken, an activist wears a button in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a high school party about 35 years ago, during a protest September 20, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in U.S. Senate – reports

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers have told the Senate judiciary committee she cannot appear at its hearing scheduled for Monday, September 24, calling the date Republicans set 'arbitrary'

KAVANAUGH. US Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on as the US President announces him as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey testify before U.S. Congress

Sep 06, 2018 - 12:41 AM

The two executives reassure lawmakers that they're not going to drop the ball again on foreign manipulation on social media but both acknowledge there is still a long way to go

UNDER OATH. CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey (r) and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (l) are sworn in to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP


LIVE: U.S. Senate hearing with Facebook, Twitter on foreign influence in social media

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:40 PM

Watch the US Senate's hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg live here


Twitter to verify those behind hot-button US issue ads

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:08 AM

In response to foreign meddling, Twitter sets new policy prohibiting state-owned media or national authorities from buying political ads on Twitter that will be shown outside their home countries

Photo from shutterstock


Democrats want Trump interpreter to testify about Putin summit

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:15 AM

'We want the interpreter to come before the committee. We want to see the notes,' says the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

INTERPRETER. In this file photo taken on July 16, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and US President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. At lest is Trump's interpreter Marina Gross. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. Senate votes to reimpose ban on China's ZTE, shares plunge

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

A Senate measure proposes an outright ban on the government buying products and services from ZTE and another Chinese telecoms firm, Huawei

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

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

LIVE: U.S. Senate panel hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on data privacy

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:12 AM

Tune in to the joint hearing on April 11, 2:15 am, Manila time

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

U.S. Senate blocks bid to end military involvement in Yemen

Mar 21, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Senators vote 55-44 to kill the bid after the Senate's Republican leadership and key figures from both parties on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came out against it

US Senate. The US Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

China lashes out at U.S. over bill promoting Taiwan ties

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:08 PM

(UPDATED) The Taiwan Travel Act says it should be US policy for high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the United States, meet with US officials and conduct business in the country

US-TAIWAN RELATIONS. This combo of file photos shows US President Donald Trump (L) in St Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016 and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Panama City on June 27, 2016. File photos from AFP

Senators to force vote on U.S. involvement in Yemen war

Mar 01, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy in a joint statement say that their resolution would force the first-ever vote in the Senate 'to withdraw US armed forces from an unauthorized war'

ON YEMEN. Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Mike Lee introduce a joint resolution to remove US armed forces from hostilities between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen, on Capitol Hill February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by 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

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. senator pregnant, set to be first to give birth in office

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:54 AM

In the history of the US Congress, 10 members have given birth in office – but they all belonged to the chamber's House of Representatives

MOTHER & SENATOR. US Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) speaks during a town hall meeting on April 11, 2017 in Palatine, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images/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

Whistleblower Manning seeks U.S. Senate seat

Jan 14, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Chelsea Manning has now gone from prison to US senatorial candidate in less than a year during which she often made headlines

RUNNING FOR SENATE. In this file photo, Chelsea Manning attends the OUT Magazine #OUT100 Event at the the Altman Building on November 9, 2017 in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for OUT Magazine/AFP