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Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert government shutdown

06 Dec 2018

WASHINGTON The U.S. Congress on Thursday approved a two-week stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, setting up a potential showdown over President Donald Trump's proposed border wall later this month.

'Badass' national security women offer Democrats a Trump antidote

05 Dec 2018

HENRICO, Va. Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger had a potent defense against attacks by President Donald Trump and other Republicans casting her party as weak on national security: her career as a covert CIA counter-terrorism officer.

Washington pays respects to Bush as he lies in state at Capitol

04 Dec 2018

WASHINGTON Washington's political elite paid tribute to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush as his body lay in state in the Capitol on Monday, evoking a bygone era of bipartisan civility in American politics. | Video

Trump would not intervene if Whitaker moves to curtail Mueller probe

19 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday he would not intervene if Matthew Whitaker, his acting U.S. attorney general, moved to curtail Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. | Video

Battle looms in U.S. Congress over money for Trump's border wall

08 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON When the U.S. Congress reconvenes on Nov. 13, it will face a deadline less than a month later to fund parts of the federal government and a possible showdown over money for President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Women candidates 'tired of waiting' make record gains in U.S. Congress

07 Nov 2018

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. First-time political candidate Jahana Hayes has a simple explanation for why she - and a record number of other women - ran for seats in the U.S. Congress this year. | Video

Democratic win of U.S. House would put Trump under microscope

01 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON If Democrats win control of the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate in the Nov. 6 elections, nearly every aspect of Republican Donald Trump's presidency could face swift examination – from his long-elusive tax returns to possible business ties with Russia and conflicts of interest.

With record number of women running in U.S. elections, gender gap could boost Democrats

25 Oct 2018

WASHINGTON The record numbers of women running for office in the United States this year are mostly Democrats, and their party is banking on their candidacies and a widening gender gap on key issues to achieve big wins in the Nov. 6 elections. | Video

Democratic victory in November would put Trump under microscope

18 Oct 2018

WASHINGTON If Democrats win control of the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate next month, nearly every aspect of Donald Trump's presidency could face swift examination – from his long-elusive tax returns to possible business ties with Russia and conflicts of interest, congressional sources say. | Video

After fight that split U.S., Kavanaugh wins place on Supreme Court

08 Oct 2018

WASHINGTON The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Saturday confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, dismissing anger over accusations of sexual misconduct against him and delivering a major victory to President Donald Trump who has now locked in a conservative majority on the court. | Video

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