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Trump, Pelosi trade barbs as impeachment talk stirs anger

May 24, 2019 - 8:11 AM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump has ordered the US intelligence community to 'fully cooperate' with an investigation into what he has termed 'spying' on his 2016 election campaign

TRUMP AND PELOSI. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address, alongside Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Russian agent Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months

Apr 27, 2019 - 12:06 AM

The leader of a small Russian gun rights group, Maria Butina used her ties to the NRA firearms lobby to build a network of powerful Republican contacts

GUILTY PLEA. This August 17, 2018, photo courtesy of the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff'€™s Office, shows Maria Butina's booking photograph when she was admitted into the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandia. AFP PHOTO / Alexandria Sheriff'€™s Office

U.S. state Georgia passes bill banning first-heartbeat abortion

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Georgia's lower house approves the 'heartbeat bill' which prohibits abortions as soon as the first beats of the fetus are heard – from 6 weeks – something that happens when most mothers still don't know they are pregnant

Mueller report to be released by mid-April – attorney general

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:38 AM

A redacted version of the 400-page report is set to be released

PUSH BACK. Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Mueller submits report on bombshell Trump-Russia probe

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The report is confidential, but Attorney General Bill Barr says he will summarize its 'principal conclusions' for Congress

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russia investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington. - An explosive report from BuzzFeed News alleging that US President Donald Trump directed his lawyer to lie to Congress is "not accurate," a spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said on January 18, 2019, a rare statement disputing a news report. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Trump communications director Bill Shine abruptly resigns

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:02 AM

The White House did not go into Bill Shine's resignation but says he will still support Donald Trump's agenda and will even be a senior advisor for the 2020 polls

STILL IN TRUMP TEAM. Bill Shine will continue to back President Trump and will work for his 2020 reelection bid. Photo by Alex Wong / Getty Images / AFP

Former Trump lawyer back in Congress for third day of testimony

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Unlike the riveting nationally televised public testimony on February 27, Michael Cohen's appearance on February 28 before the House Intelligence Committee is being held behind closed doors

THIRD DAY. In this file photo, Michael Cohen exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Trump on Cohen's testimony: 'He lied' and 'no collusion'

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:49 PM

President Donald Trump insists that Michael Cohen's testimony has provided no evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia in the 2016 US election

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

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

Trump branded a 'conman' as ex-lawyer savages him in U.S. Congress

Feb 27, 2019 - 6:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) Michael Cohen says Trump directed him in an illegal scheme to pay hush money to a porn star, and knew in advance in 2016 that WikiLeaks would publish dirt on Hillary Clinton

Pelosi pledges long-term U.S. backing of NATO, EU

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:22 PM

In an implicit message the Republican president is not omnipotent, the most powerful Democrat says she and fellow visiting congressmen are asserting the role of their legislative branch as co-equal to the executive

US BACKING. 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

Bernie Sanders announces he is running for U.S. president

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Senator Bernie Sanders, 77, makes the announcement in a radio interview in his home state of Vermont

RUNNING AGAIN. In this file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with candidate Hillary Clinton at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Long-serving U.S. lawmaker John Dingell dead at 92

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:40 PM

In recent years, in retirement, John Dingell was known for stinging criticism of President Donald Trump

JOHN DINGELL. Former US Representative John Dingell died on February 7, 2019 at the age of 92, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer confirms on Twitter. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images North America/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

Stacey Abrams to deliver Democrat rebuttal to Trump speech

Jan 30, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Stacey Abrams is a former Georgia legislative leader but holds no current political office, an unusual status for someone delivering a national party's response to the president

REBUTTAL. This file photo shows then Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addressing supporters at an election watch party on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. File photo by Jessica McGowan/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

2018: Trump's year of disruption – and danger ahead

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world

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

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

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

Trump hits back at U.S. Supreme Court chief justice after rare rebuke

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Chief Justice John Roberts, who rarely makes political statements, rebukes criticism of the courts by President Donald Trump, insisting that the judiciary is 'independent'

REBUKE. In this file photo taken on January 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America/AFP

Ivanka Trump used personal email for gov't business – report

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:17 PM

President Donald Trump has repeatedly pilloried Hillary Clinton, his rival in the 2016 presidential election, for her use of a private email server for government business while she was secretary of state

U.S. mail bomb suspect pleads not guilty in New York

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The charges against Cesar Sayoc include 5 counts of use of a weapon of mass destruction, 5 counts of interstate transportation of explosives, and 5 counts of threatening interstate communications

CESAR SAYOC. Sayoc is accused of sending 16 pipe bombs to liberal critics. Photo from Getty Images North America/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

Marijuana, abortion, greyhounds: The local issues on U.S. midterm ballots

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:38 AM

From legalizing recreational marijuana to banning greyhound racing, here are local initiatives that Americans voted on during the midterm elections

VOTE. Americans also vote on local initiatives during the US midterm elections 2018. File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In announcing the resignation – in a tweet thanking him 'for his service' – Donald Trump right away names as acting attorney general Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker

FIRED. In this file photo, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Nancy Pelosi: Former U.S. House speaker set to reclaim gavel

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) Keeping Donald Trump in check will be among the California Democrat's top challenges as she presides over the House of Representatives through the 2020 elections

PELOSI. In this file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference at the National Press Club. File photo from Shutterstock

Colorado elects first openly gay governor in U.S.

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Jared Polis will succeed Democrat John Hickenlooper, who has been in office since 2011

COLORADO. Networks project that Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has won the governor's race in Colorado. File photo from Polis' official Facebook page

Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib become first Muslim women in U.S. Congress

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Ilhan Omar, 37, and Rashida Tlaib, 42, are Democrats from the Midwest and outspoken advocates of minority communities

ADVOCATES. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress. File photos from Facebook

2 Native American women break ground in election to U.S. Congress

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The two are among a record number of Native Americans who ran in the midterm elections for congressional seats, governor's offices, state legislatures and other elected posts

FIRST. Democrat candidates Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland become the first Native American women elected to Congress. Davids file photo from Twitter, Haaland file photo from Wikipedia

Ted Cruz reelected to Senate in Texas in win for Republicans

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Ted Cruz overcomes major deficits in fundraising to ultimately defeat his charismatic rival Beto O'Rourke, whose campaign electrified Democrats across the country

WIN FOR REPUBLICANS. In this file photo, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Get Out The Vote Bus Tour rally at the Redneck Country Club on November 5, 2018 in Stafford, Texas. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY Democrat rock star makes history

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have made history tonight,' the grinning 29-year-old tells cheering supporters at her victory party in Queens

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

Voters crowd polling stations as U.S. delivers verdict on Trump

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:23 AM

Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, November 6, in the first major voter test of Donald Trump's chaotic, often controversial presidency

US VOTES. Voters fill out their ballots at Minneapolis College of Art and Design on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, United States. Photo by Stephen Maturen/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

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 says American dream at stake in U.S. midterms after polarizing campaign

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) Hitting 3 states in one day, with a final late rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Donald Trump hammers home his boast that 'the Republican agenda is the American dream'

MIDTERM ELECTIONS. President Donald Trump makes a final push across 3 states on Monday, November 5. File photo by Don Emmert/Agence France-Presse

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

Trump hits election trail threatening troop surge on Mexico border

Nov 01, 2018 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump makes the troop announcement before flying to Florida for the last stage of campaigning ahead of the midterm elections

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Hollywood star De Niro, former VP Biden latest targets of suspected mail bombs

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:42 PM

The latest targets of a spree of suspicious packages and pipe bombs are actor Robert de Niro and former US vice president Joe Biden

OPEN SEA LANES. US Vice President Joe Biden says US and China must find new ways to work together and manage future competition. AFP file photo

Mail bombs to U.S. political figures, media: What we know

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Here's what we know so far about the mail bombs and suspicious packages that were sent to prominent Democratic critics of President Donald Trump

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES. CNN's office at the Time Warner Center is evacuated Wednesday morning, October 24, after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other prominent political figures.

Trump praises congressman who assaulted Guardian reporter

Oct 19, 2018 - 1:37 PM

'To celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has taken an oath to defend it,' says The Guardian US editor John Mulholland

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pence paints China as enemy in U.S. election

Oct 05, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Vice President Mike Pence accuses China of waging an 'unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion' ahead of critical congressional elections on November 6

US ELECTIONS. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. / File photo Dominick Reuter/AFP

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

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

Admiral who blasted Trump steps down from Pentagon body

Sep 14, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Admiral William McRaven, who supervised the 2014 Special Forces raid in Pakistan that killed Al-Qaeda kingpin Osama Bin Laden, has resigned last month from the Defense Innovation Board

STEPPING DOWN. In this file photo taken on March 11, 2014, Commander of US Special Operations Command, Admiral William H. McRaven (R), and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Michael D. Lumpkin (L) testify before the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities at the US Capitol in Washington. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump says Woodward's White House book a 'scam'

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:52 PM

'The Woodward book is a scam. I don't talk the way I am quoted. If I did I would not have been elected President. These quotes were made up. The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle,' Trump tweets.

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump waves to the crowd during a "Make America Great Again" rally in Billings, Montana on September 6, 2018. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump calls on Times to reveal 'coward' behind critical op-ed

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:45 AM

'Unidentified deep state operatives who defy voters to push their secret agendas are truly a threat to democracy itself,' says US President Donald Trump

ON NEW YORK TIMES. In this file photo, 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. File photo by AFP

Officials rush to assure Trump they didn't pen op-ed criticizing him

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Amid frenzied speculation about who is hiding behind a cloak of anonymity, Vice President Mike Pence is the first to assert that he did not pen the New York Times piece

ASSURANCE. Senior officials rush to assure US President Donald Trump they didn't write the New York Times 'resistance' op-ed published on Wednesday, September 5. AFP file photo