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House Democrats to test Republicans on Trump’s wall demand

WASHINGTON: On the 19th day of a partial U.S. government shutdown, Democrats were set on Wednesday to test Republicans’ resolve in backing President Donald Trump’s drive to build a wall on the border with Mexico, which has sparked an impasse over agency funding. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats, who took control of the chamber last week, plan to advance a bill to immediately reopen the Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and several other agencies that have…

US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

WASHINGTON: A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats quickly vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling came on the eve of the Saturday deadline to sign up for 2019 coverage in the federal health care program, known officially as the Affordable Care Act. The White House said it expects the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court. "Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place," it said in a…

Impeaching Trump not on House Democrats’ to-do list for now

Whatever happened to trying to impeach President Donald Trump? As House Democrats begin laying out the vision for their new majority, that item is noticeably missing from the to-do list and firmly on the margins. The agenda for now includes spending on public works projects, lowering health care costs and increasing oversight of the administration. It's the balance that Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is trying to strike in the new Congress between those on her party's left flank who are eager to confront the president,…

Defiant Trump blames media, fellow Republicans for House losses

WASHINGTON: The day after his party lost its lock on the U.S. Congress, President Donald Trump walked into a White House press conference ready for political combat, name-checking Republicans who he blamed for losing their seats and lashing out at reporters who challenged his assertions. Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives to Democrats, but Trump shrugged that off, casting Tuesday’s congressional election results as “very close to complete victory” for Republicans and saying he could negotiate easier…

Trump tastes election defeat but finds some wins

WASHINGTON: By the time President Donald Trump and his team tucked into hamburgers and hot dogs at a White House election watch party on Tuesday night, he was ready for the bad news. His closest aides tried to focus him on the positives. Working on just a few hours’ sleep after a heavy final day of campaigning, Trump spent much of Tuesday on the phone, checking in with friends and advisers, talking to state and national Republican Party officials and White House aides to get a picture of what to expect. What he…

Democrats capture US House majority in rebuke to Trump

WASHINGTON: Millions of Americans voted Tuesday, and results have been projected in several races in the US midterms, the critical first nationwide election seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency. Here is the state of play so far: Democrats take the house The House of Representatives has flipped from Republican control into the hands of the Democrats, US networks projected. Early results showed Democrats winning pick-ups in congressional districts in Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado and New…

Twitter CEO to testify before US House panel

WASHINGTON: Twitter Inc’s chief executive will testify before a US House of Representatives committee on September 5, the panel said on Friday, after some Republicans raised concerns about social media companies removing content from conservatives. The House Energy and Commerce Committee “intends to ask tough questions about how Twitter monitors and polices content,” Republican Representative Greg Walden, the panel’s chairman, said in a statement. “We look forward to Mr. Dorsey being forthright and transparent…