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A year before 2020 election, a divided and 'angry' America

Nov 03, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The building political clash – fueled by the House's impeachment inquiry into Trump – appears to virtually guarantee another year of sharp division in a nation long weary of such drama

'TRUMP 2020.' A torn sign lies on the ground after a 'Keep America Great' campaign rally for President Donald Trump at BancorpSouth Arena on November 1, 2019 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Photo by Brandon Dill/Getty Images/AFP

Trump rallies Republicans as impeachment probe goes public

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'If we don't hold this president accountable, we could be ceding our ability to hold any president accountable,' says Jim McGovern, chariman of the House Rules Committee

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

David Koch, billionaire donor to Republican causes, dies at 79

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM

'We wish for all to celebrate the life and impact of this most generous and kind man,' his brother Charles Koch says in a statement

DAVID KOCH. In this file photo taken on November 4, 2011, billionaire David Koch, chairman of the board of the conservative Americans for Prosperity advocacy group, attends a 'Cut Spending Now' rally at AFP's 'Defending the American Dream Summit' in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Democrat impeachment talk gains as Trump blocks lawyer testimony

May 22, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report only enhances the President's appearance of guilt,' says US Representative Mark Pocan, one of the leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party

A name card is set for former White House lawyer Don McGhan who is expected to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019. US President Donald Trump has told McGhan to ignore a subpoena from Congress to testify about the president's alleged obstruction of justice, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on May 20. MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Turkish election body sticks to disputed Istanbul rerun decision

May 09, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The election board has voided the opposition Republican People's Party narrow victory in Turkey's biggest city and economic hub Istanbul and ordered a replay of the vote

RERUN. Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, on May 8, 2019, following a decision by the authorities to re-run the city's mayoral election. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Erdogan welcomes controversial rerun of Istanbul vote

May 07, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The loss of Istanbul, the country's economic hub, was a shocking defeat for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party

RERUN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin and has refused to accept defeat. File photo by AFP

Turkey opposition leader attacked at soldier's funeral

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Video of the incident on social media shows a mob pushing and shoving around Republican People's Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu as he makes his way through the crowd

Turkey opposition win in disputed Istanbul vote confirmed – party

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The loss of the capital Ankara and Istanbul to the Republican People's Party is a major setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP after a decade and a half in power

OPPOSITION WIN. Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (C) arrives to receive his mandate certificate from authorities at the local courthouse in Istanbul on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Trump says will sign 'emergency' to build border wall

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:52 PM

President Donald Trump repeats his claim that a wall is needed to stop an 'invasion' of drugs, gangs, human traffickers and undocumented migrants over the US border with Mexico

BORDER WALL. US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Doug Mills/Pool/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

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

U.S. judge says Obamacare can stand while appeal is heard

Dec 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

If the decision declaring Obamacare as unconstitutional is upheld, it could significantly disrupt the US health care system

OBAMACARE. An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/ AFP

Former FBI chief lashes out at Trump, Republicans

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'The FBI's reputation has taken a big hit because the president of the United States, with his acolytes, has lied about it constantly,' says former FBI director James Comey

COMEY. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. 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

U.S. judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:32 PM

The ruling came one day before the Saturday, December 15 deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2019

OBAMACARE. An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/ AFP

Republican wins Mississippi's racially-charged Senate runoff

Nov 28, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith's victory preserves the 53-47 majority that Republicans will hold in the Senate when the new Congress convenes in January

REPUBLICAN WIN. Incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith manages to hold her US Senate seat in the final race of 2018. File photo from Smith's Facebook page

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

Florida braces for recounts in governor, Senate races

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Democrats Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races are tilting in favor of their Republican rivals

RECOUNT. Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors. File photos from Gillum and Abrams' official Facebook pages

Midterm election a 'big day' for Republicans – Trump

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:56 AM

In his first press conference after the midterm election, the US president also calls on Republicans, Democrats to 'work together'

US President Donald Trump speaks during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018.   Jim WATSON / AFP

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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

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, Democrats in frenzied final push ahead of U.S. elections

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:31 AM

Political passions rise to a rare peak, with early voting in some states already running far ahead of normal levels

THE NOVEMBER VOTE. A display that reminds people to vote on November 6 is seen November 3, 2018 in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

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

Supreme Court nominee assault storm fans #MeToo flames

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Sexual assault survivors – women and men alike – tweet their messages of solidarity for Christine Blasey Ford using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court nominee accuser gets more time to decide on hearing

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers calls as 'arbitrary' the first deadline set by the US Senate Judiciary Committee for her to testify against nominee Brett Kavanaugh over a sexual assault allegation

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Fired-up Obama attacks Trump and Republicans

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:13 AM

This marks the first time former President Barack Obama has directly criticized President Donald Trump since leaving office

US President Barack Obama speaks during the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm

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

Russian hackers went after conservative U.S. groups – Microsoft

Aug 21, 2018 - 11:12 PM

The fake, lookalike websites were aimed at diverting users from the real ones in order to siphon off email and passwords, Microsoft says

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Jun 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Trump says U.S. not 'migrant camp' amid family separation crisis

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:01 PM

'You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States,' President Donald Trump says. 'Not on my watch.'

US BORDER. People wait outside the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry, where tents have been built to house unaccompanied migrant children on June 18, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Photo by Christ Chavez/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. attorney general cites Bible to defend family separations

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:55 PM

President Donald Trump's administration backs separating immigrant children from their parents, but some Republican lawmakers are growing uneasy about such border security rules implemented to deter other migrants

INHUMAN. A Mission Police Dept. officer (left), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/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

New York attorney general resigns after sexual abuse report

May 08, 2018 - 6:53 PM

It was an abrupt fall from power for Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general and a Donald Trump opponent whose office had launched multiple legal challenges against the Republican administration

RESIGN. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned after four women accused him of physical abuse. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/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

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) The legislation amounts to a narrow, technical fix, leaving unaddressed the broader, divisive issue of permissive gun laws under a constitutional amendment that protects the right to bear arms

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriff's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2017.  File photo by Saul Loeb/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

Trump blocks release of Democratic memo on Russia probe

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:30 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Trump has instructed DOJ officials to be available to help the House intelligence committee revise the Democrats' memo, if it so wishes, so as to 'mitigate the risks'

PRESIDENT TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/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 gridlocked as budget, immigration deadlines loom

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Bitterly divided US lawmakers return this week to face a shrinking window for reaching deals on immigration, federal spending and the debt

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

U.S. lawmakers warn Trump vs firing DOJ, FBI chiefs over memo

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:54 AM

The warnings come after the Republican-led House intelligence committee released a declassified memo that claims Democrat-funded research prompted the FBI to spy on a former Trump campaign aide

PUBLIC. The Republican memo released by Congress is displayed on a journalist's computer screen at a newsroom in Washington DC, on February 2, 2018. Eric Baradat/AFP

Trump, Republicans release memo targeting FBI's Russia probe

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:32 AM

US Donald Trump defies his own FBI director and the Justice Department to declassify the 4-page Republican document, which implies malfeasance and partisanship at the very top of American law enforcement

RUSSIA PROBE. The Republican memo released by Congress is displayed on a journalist's computer screen at a newsroom in Washington DC, on February 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

FBI challenges White House over explosive Russia case memo

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:40 AM

(UPDATED) The release of the memo could sour relations between the president and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which Trump has repeatedly attacked as biased against him

The FBI seal is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, DC on July 5, 2016. Yuri Gripas/AFP

Trump calls for unity after tumultuous first year

Jan 31, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Trump seeks to put the spotlight on the economic achievements of his first year in office and calls on a packed joint session of Congress to enact hardline curbs on immigration

SOTU. US President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. casino mogul resigns from Republican finance post

Jan 28, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Las Vegas casino billionaire Steve Wynn steps down as Republican National Committee finance chairman, following allegations of decades of sexual misconduct

RESIGNED. In this file photo taken on May 17, 2011, Steve Wynn speaks at a press conference in Macau. Mike Clarke/AFP

U.S. Congress votes to end shutdown, Trump claims victory

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:46 AM

(UPDATED) US government operations will essentially return to normal on Tuesday, January 23

BACK IN BUSINESS. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018 after the US Senate reached a deal to reopen the federal government, with Democrats accepting a compromise spending bill. Mandel Ngan/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