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Past articles by Richard:

US lawmakers dig into partisan corners as debt ceiling default looms

U.S. lawmakers responded to news that the federal government could be unable to pay its bills as soon as June 1 by digging in on partisan positions, even as Democratic President Joe Biden agreed to meet with lawmakers on the debt ceiling next week. → Read More

McCarthy's debt-ceiling bill tests unity of U.S. House Republicans

The U.S. House of Representatives could as early as Wednesday vote on a bill to sharply cut spending for a decade in exchange for a short-term hike in the debt ceiling, though it was unclear if it had enough support in the Republican majority to pass. → Read More

Analysis: Why Biden pushes an assault weapons ban despite the political odds

Flags are lowered, sorrowful statements are issued, pleas to lawmakers are made, again. → Read More

Hardliner Jim Jordan emerges as a Republican alternative for U.S. House speaker

For much of the last 16 years Republican Jim Jordan's combative, in-your-face style of politics made the former college wrestler a constant source of trouble for his party's leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. → Read More

Judicial security focus of U.S. Chief Justice Roberts' annual report

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday focused a year-end report on the judiciary on the need for stepped up security for federal judges, amid a surge in threats and as the United States is embroiled in a bitter debate over abortion. → Read More

U.S. House to vote on $1.66 trillion funding bill amid Republican anger

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Friday began debate on a $1.66 trillion government funding bill, with Republican leader Kevin McCarthy railing against the measure funding all federal agencies through Sept. 30. → Read More

U.S. Senate moves $1.66 trillion spending bill toward passage

A $1.66 trillion U.S. government spending bill, delayed by weeks of policy disagreements over immigration and overall levels of funding, was inching toward passage in the Senate on Thursday following a deal on amendments that would be allowed. → Read More

U.S. Congress to advance $1.7 trillion govt funding bill

Negotiators in the U.S. Congress unveiled a $1.7 trillion government funding bill on Monday, as lawmakers scrambled to pass the measure, which includes record military spending, before temporary funding runs out at the week's end. → Read More

U.S. Congress aims to pack additional measures into government funding bill

The U.S. Congress faces a tricky task this week as lawmakers try to use a $1.7 trillion government funding bill to also address other priorities, including tweaks to election rules, reforms to drug sentencing and a ban on TikTok from government-owned devices. → Read More

Window closing for deal in U.S. Congress to protect 'Dreamer' immigrants

Over 200 advocates from around the United States converged on Capitol Hill this week with an 11th-hour mission: persuade lawmakers to provide citizenship to "Dreamer" immigrants who illegally entered the United States as children. → Read More

U.S. Congress creeps toward deadline to pass $1.5 trillion funding bill

The U.S. Congress faces a Friday deadline to fund the federal government, as Democrats and Republicans bicker over the details of an expected roughly $1.5 trillion funding bill in the final weeks that Democrats control both the House and Senate. → Read More

U.S. Senator Sinema leaves Democratic Party, saying she has "never fit"

U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona said on Friday she is leaving the Democratic Party and registering as an independent, in an announcement just days after Democrats won a Senate race in Georgia to secure 51 seats in the 100-member chamber. → Read More

Democrats in U.S. Congress aim to pressure Republicans with go-it-alone funding bill

Democrats in the U.S. Congress plan to unveil a bill to fund the government through the end of the current fiscal year in a bid to pressure Republicans ahead of a Dec. 16 funding deadline, a top Senate Democrat said on Thursday. → Read More

U.S. Congress tax panel chief backs requiring presidents to make tax returns public

The chairman of the U.S. Congress committee that has been given access to Donald Trump's tax returns on Thursday said he supported legislation requiring future presidents to make such information public. → Read More

Hakeem Jeffries favored to lead U.S. House Democrats after Pelosi exit

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to step down from her leadership role after her fellow Democrats lost their majority in last week's midterm elections positions Hakeem Jeffries - a liberal congressman from New York - as a likely top contender to lead the party for the next two years. → Read More

Democrats clinch control of U.S. Senate with win in Nevada

Suspense over Senate control came as it remained unknown which party will hold the majority in the House. Republicans continued to have an edge, but returns were still flowing in for several races, including many in liberal-leaning California. → Read More

Analysis: How Congress might look for Biden post midterms: The good, bad, and the ugly

The midterm elections in the United States on Nov. 8 will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control each house of Congress, and the results will have a profound impact on the next two years of President Joe Biden's White House tenure. → Read More

Trump is not 'man enough' to testify in Jan. 6 probe, Pelosi says

Former President Donald Trump is too much of a coward to obey a subpoena from the U.S. Congress compelling him to testify to a special committee investigating his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested on Sunday. → Read More

U.S. Congress could be in for bruising debt-ceiling fight after midterms

If Republicans win control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November's midterm elections, they expect to use a powerful and potentially dangerous tool as leverage in their dealings with Democratic President Joe Biden: The federal debt ceiling. → Read More

U.S. Congress unveils stopgap bill to avert shutdown, aid Ukraine

The U.S. Senate will take an initial vote on a stopgap spending measure to keep federal agencies running past the end of this week, while Congress continues to negotiate bills to fund the government through the next fiscal year. → Read More