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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 eyes gavel once more

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to become speaker of the House, a position she held for 4 years from 2007, when she made history as the first woman ever to rise to that post

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

Trump slams 'gutless' New York Times 'resistance' op-ed

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:05 AM

But Donald Trump insists his administration is 'doing a great job.' He also unloads on the 'failing New York Times' for running an 'anonymous - meaning gutless - a gutless editorial.'

Screenshot of New York Times op-ed; Trump file photo by AFP

Damning Woodward book depicts 'Crazytown' Trump White House

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Bob Woodward's investigation carries particular weight coming from the man who together with Carl Bernstein authored the Watergate expose that brought down Richard Nixon

New Yorker drops Steve Bannon from festival lineup after outcry

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:53 AM

The decision comes after several panelists said they would not share a platform with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon

STEVE BANNON. In this file photo, Senior White House adviser Steve Bannon (L) listens as US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before he meets with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump insists White House a 'smooth-running machine'

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:12 AM

President Donald Trump also brands the Mueller probe as 'illegal' – despite the fact his own Justice Department says the opposite

MUELLER PROBE. In this file photo US President Donald Trump speaks to the media after holding a press conference ahead of his early departure from the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. File photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

Trump unblocks more critics on Twitter as ordered by court

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The Knight First Amendment Institute argues that it is incumbent on the White House to immediately unblock any Twitter users shut off from the president's account because of political viewpoints

Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Donald Trump's about-face comes after he found himself mired in controversy over his rather conspicuous failure to pay tribute to McCain

TRIBUTE TO MCCAIN. The US flag above the White House flies at half-staff in the evening in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

McCain takes parting shot at Trump in final message

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:29 AM

'Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here,' John McCain says, adding that the country 'will get through these challenging times'

LAST MESSAGE. In this file photo, Senator John McCain attends a hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee July 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump predicts stock market would crash if he were impeached

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:38 AM

'I'll tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor,' says President Donald Trump

IMPEACHMENT? In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on January 14, 2018. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Michael Cohen, Trump fixer who pledged to 'take a bullet' for the president

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:47 AM

'I'm the guy who stops the leaks. I'm the guy who protects the president and the family. I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president,' Cohen says in a 2017 interview

MICHAEL COHEN. His once-deep loyalty to Donald Trump melted away when he stunningly implicated the US president in two felony crimes. AFP file photos

U.S. media counters Trump with #EnemyOfNone campaign

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:53 AM

More than 200 news organizations participate in a coordinated campaign with editorials about the importance of an independent media

Trump file photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump calls former aide Omarosa a 'dog'

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:48 PM

President Donald Trump ratchets up the war of words to a level of nastiness rarely seen, even from a president who has shown he does not pull punches when insulting his critics

BREACH OF TRUST? US President Donald Trump looks on during a press conference on April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Omarosa's White House recordings fuel Trump woes

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The recording by former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman represents another stunning breach of presidential trust

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Ivanka Trump: Family separations a 'low point,' media not the enemy

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Ivanka Trump takes a decidedly different approach than her combative father to stress that the immigration crisis has caused her anxiety. She also distances herself from her father's relentless condemnation of the media.

IVANKA. US President Special advisor and daughter Ivanka Trump participates in a conversation on workforce development and news of the day at the Newseum in Washington on August 2, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Ex-lawyer says Trump knew of 2016 meeting with Russians – report

Jul 27, 2018 - 11:35 AM

According to CNN and NBC, Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen claims he was present when Donald Jr told his father about the Russians' offer to meet, and Trump approved it

COHEN. This file photo taken on December 16, 2016 shows attorney Michael Cohen as he arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with US President Donald Trump in New York. File photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP

Democrat Crowley ousted by political novice in U.S. shocker

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:33 PM

According to a detailed profile this week in Vogue, just months ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was still working as a server in a restaurant. She identifies as a Democratic socialist.

VICTORY PARTY. Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joined by New York gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP

Trump urges Republicans to fix family separation crisis

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) A handful of House Democrats yell out at Donald Trump in a rare face-to-face demonstration against a president by sitting members of Congress

US IMMIGRATION. (R-L) U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) hold signs as they stage a protest outside a meeting between US President Donald Trump and House Republicans at the US Capitol June 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Watchdog faults Comey over Clinton probe, but says no bias

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The report reviews one of the most controversial chapters of the 2016 election battle between the Republican Trump and his Democratic rival Clinton.

CLINTON PROBE. In this file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Judiciary Committee September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Standing ovation for Robert De Niro's expletive at Trump

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:39 PM

CBS television network, which broadcast the Tony Awards Sunday night, bleeped out De Niro's expletive

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Robert De Niro speaks onstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions/AFP

Top Republican Ryan says Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Jun 07, 2018 - 11:38 AM

Asked by a reporter Wednesday if President Donald Trump has the power to pardon himself, House Speaker Paul Ryan answers, 'Obviously the answer is he shouldn't, and no one is above the law.'

TRUMP VISITS CONGRESS. In this file photo, then President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump (L) meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at The Capitol Building on November 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. United States. File photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP

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

Trump determines fate of Iran nuclear deal

May 08, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) Officials and diplomats expect the pugnacious US leader to ignore last-ditch European pleas and move to withdraw the United States from a 2015 agreement

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump defends CIA nominee Haspel amid questions about torture role

May 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The little-known Gina Haspel, who spent 3 decades in the agency's covert services and is currently CIA deputy director and acting director, will face questioning at a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, May 9

TRUMP'S PICK. CIA nominee Gina Haspel (R) is seen waiting for the Senate subway while she is on Capitol Hill for meetings with senators May 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP