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Liberal U.S. lawmakers withdraw Ukraine letter after blowback
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Liberal U.S. lawmakers withdraw Ukraine letter after blowback

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – A group of liberal U.S. Democrats withdrew a letter to the White House urging a negotiated settlement to the war in Ukraine, the group’s chairperson, Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal, said on Tuesday, after blowback from within their own party. “The Congressional Progressive Caucus hereby withdraws its recent letter to the...

Midterm elections outlook darkens for Biden’s White House
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Midterm elections outlook darkens for Biden’s White House

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – The White House has lowered its earlier optimism about the midterm elections and is now worried that Democrats could lose control of both chambers of Congress, administration officials say. Recent polls have shown Democrats who once had comfortable leads in some Senate races on a knife’s edge, and Senate elections...

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

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – 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. “I don’t think...

Trump summoned to testify to Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot panel
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Trump summoned to testify to Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot panel

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump was ordered on Friday to testify under oath and provide documents to the House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. The committee said it had sent a subpoena to Trump requiring documents to be submitted to...

U.S. 2022 budget deficit halves to $1.375 trillion despite student loan costs
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U.S. 2022 budget deficit halves to $1.375 trillion despite student loan costs

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday reported that its fiscal 2022 budget deficit plunged by half from a year earlier to $1.375 trillion, due to fading COVID-19 relief spending and record revenues fueled by a hot economy, but student loan forgiveness costs limited the reduction. The U.S. Treasury said the $1.400...

Trump ex-adviser Bannon sentenced to four months for contempt of Congress
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Trump ex-adviser Bannon sentenced to four months for contempt of Congress

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Steve Bannon, a one-time adviser to former President Donald Trump, was sentenced by a judge on Friday to four months in prison for refusing to cooperate with lawmakers investigating last year’s U.S. Capitol attack. Bannon was found guilty in July on two counts of contempt of Congress for failing to...

Georgia man, 80, arrested at U.S. Capitol with guns in his van
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Georgia man, 80, arrested at U.S. Capitol with guns in his van

Oct 19 (Reuters) – An 80-year-old Georgia man illegally parked on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, saying he wanted to deliver documents to the Supreme Court, was arrested on Wednesday after three guns were found in his van, police said. Tony Payne of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, was taken into custody three weapons-related...

Biden calls testimony, video from Jan. 6 committee hearing ‘devastating’
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Biden calls testimony, video from Jan. 6 committee hearing ‘devastating’

PORTLAND, Oregon, Oct 15 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said testimony and video from a Jan. 6 committee hearing two days ago, featuring congressional leaders in tense phone calls with Pentagon and White House officials during the assault on the U.S. Capitol, was “devastating.” Biden was speaking to reporters during a stop at an...

Biden arrives in Oregon as Democratic hold on governorship is threatened
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Biden arrives in Oregon as Democratic hold on governorship is threatened

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in Oregon on Friday to rally support for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who is in danger of losing in a state where a Republican has not been elected governor since 1982. The race for the governorship pits Democrat Tina Kotek against Republican Christine Drazan...