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US lawmakers clash over President Joe Biden's handling of Chinese balloon
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US lawmakers clash over President Joe Biden's handling of Chinese balloon

With efforts to retrieve balloon debris continuing off the South Carolina coast one day after a US fighter jet downed the large airship, the incident sparked fiery debate over Biden's dealing with the matter and how US-Chinese ties might suffer

Explained: Why Republicans ousted Ilhan Omar from powerful Foreign Affairs House committee
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Explained: Why Republicans ousted Ilhan Omar from powerful Foreign Affairs House committee

Republicans in the House of Representatives booted Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for ‘repeated anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks’. She alleged the move is about ‘revenge’ to ‘appease’ the former president – Donald Trump

Republican leader Nikki Haley hints at US Presidential run, says Biden cannot get a second term
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Republican leader Nikki Haley hints at US Presidential run, says Biden cannot get a second term

Haley, the second governor of Indian descent after fellow Republican Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, has said it is time to bring in new leadership to the Republican Party ahead of the 2024 US Presidential election

White House says Republicans 'faking outrage' over Biden's classified documents
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White House says Republicans 'faking outrage' over Biden's classified documents

The counter-attack comes as the White House faces increasing pressure since the disclosure that a handful of sensitive government documents had been found sitting in Biden's former private office and at his Delaware home

2024 Republican nomination: Trump vs ‘White Knight’ Kemp, DeSantis and Trumpism
Opinion

2024 Republican nomination: Trump vs ‘White Knight’ Kemp, DeSantis and Trumpism

The race for the GOP’s presidential nomination heats up with rising chances of a cornered Trump contesting independently

Explained: Why special counsels appointed in Biden and Trump classified documents' case aren't fully independent
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Explained: Why special counsels appointed in Biden and Trump classified documents' case aren't fully independent

Ensuring impartiality in the Department of Justice can be difficult, as the attorney general is appointed by — and answerable to — a partisan president. This gives the president the power to try to compel attorneys general, who head the department, to pursue a political agenda

'Hypocrisy': Speaker Kevin McCarthy slams appointment of special counsel to probe President Biden’s classified documents
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'Hypocrisy': Speaker Kevin McCarthy slams appointment of special counsel to probe President Biden’s classified documents

US president Joe Biden is facing a Department of Justice investigation after his lawyers found classified documents at his Delaware residence and an office in Washington DC

US Republicans launch probe into chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal
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US Republicans launch probe into chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal

Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he had written to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting an array of records, from intelligence assessments to communications with the Taliban

Republican Kevin McCarthy's tidy first week as US House Speaker disguises trouble ahead
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Republican Kevin McCarthy's tidy first week as US House Speaker disguises trouble ahead

While the first bills the House Republicans easily approved were essentially GOP favourites, designed to unite their side of the aisle and even pull in some Democratic support, the next legislative lifts are expected to be more vigorous and politically risky

Arkansas bans term ‘Latinx’: What does it mean? Why is it so divisive?
Explainers

Arkansas bans term ‘Latinx’: What does it mean? Why is it so divisive?

Sarah Huckabee, a former spokesperson for ex-president Donald Trump, banned the gender-neutral term on official documents on her first day in office as Arkansas governor. Here’s why the term has become another brick in the culture war divide

Republicans push anti-abortion measures with new majority
World

Republicans push anti-abortion measures with new majority

The national sentiment has made some Republicans wary of the party’s traditional full-throated opposition to abortion rights

From family business to Afghanistan withdrawal: The many ways Republicans want to investigate Joe Biden
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From family business to Afghanistan withdrawal: The many ways Republicans want to investigate Joe Biden

The Republicans have already introduced a slew of impeachment articles against US president Joe Biden and members of his Cabinet, with some influential Republicans stating that they relish the prospect of prosecuting him for high crimes and misdemeanours

US political drama continues: Why Republicans are blocking Kevin McCarthy as US House Speaker
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US political drama continues: Why Republicans are blocking Kevin McCarthy as US House Speaker

After two days and six votes, Kevin McCarthy has been unable to secure the numbers needed to become the next US House Speaker. Twenty Republicans, many of them far-right, continue to block his bid to the top post, paralysing the proceedings

US: Donald Trump urges Republicans to back McCarthy's bid to become House speaker as deadlock continues
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US: Donald Trump urges Republicans to back McCarthy's bid to become House speaker as deadlock continues

One roadblock to McCarthy's anointment was the perception by some on his party's right wing that he is insufficiently loyal to Trump, who is running for the White House again after losing to Joe Biden in 2020

Explained: How Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House Speaker could cause chaos in US Congress
Explainers

Explained: How Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House Speaker could cause chaos in US Congress

While the election of the Speaker of the House is usually a rote affair, this time nominee Kevin McCarthy is in the fight of his political life. With the GOP set for one final meet on Tuesday and few credible alternatives, McCarthy’s allies are bracing for a brutal, drawn out battle

Explained: How the US House of Representatives elect their Speaker
World

Explained: How the US House of Representatives elect their Speaker

The House will convene to elect a Speaker for the new Congress. The majority of the Republicans plan to nominate Kevin McCarthy to lead them as they take over control of the chamber

Explained: The many challenges the Republicans and Democrats face before the 2024 elections
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Explained: The many challenges the Republicans and Democrats face before the 2024 elections

The Republicans and Democrats are being forced to confront critical questions about the people and policies they want to represent them as the next election season roars into view

Black support grows for Republicans
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Black support grows for Republicans

Republican candidates were backed by 14 per cent of Black voters, compared with 8 per cent in the last midterm elections four years ago, according to AP VoteCast, an extensive national survey of the electorate

Explained: How US is changing its electoral laws after 6 January Capitol riots
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Explained: How US is changing its electoral laws after 6 January Capitol riots

The House and the Senate are set to pass an overhaul of the Electoral Count Act, the arcane election law that then-President Donald Trump tried to subvert after his 2020 election defeat

US Supreme court hears case that could radically change elections in White House, Congress
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US Supreme court hears case that could radically change elections in White House, Congress

The court heard oral arguments put forth by Republican lawmakers in favour of the ‘independent state legislature’. The three judges hearing the case appeared highly sceptical as it could give state legislatures sole authority in deciding who votes, where and how in federal elections