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Senate confirmation in doubt for Neera Tanden, Joe Biden's pick for budget director
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Senate confirmation in doubt for Neera Tanden, Joe Biden's pick for budget director

Some liberals on Capitol Hill were not enthusiastic supporters of Tanden — and even before Biden took office, some of them saw her nomination fight as a distraction

Donald Trump impeachment: Days after ex-US president's acquittal, Republicans ponder 'battle for soul of party'
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Donald Trump impeachment: Days after ex-US president's acquittal, Republicans ponder 'battle for soul of party'

Republicans remain in a bind. Those who have openly opposed the ex-president have faced fierce blowback from the party's base. Many remain fearful of his tendency to exact payback

Donald Trump impeachment: Ex-US president claims victory, but this was an escape and not an exoneration
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Donald Trump impeachment: Ex-US president claims victory, but this was an escape and not an exoneration

Seven Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump, the most senators of a president’s own party to turn against him in an impeachment trial in American history

Prosecutors rest their case, warning Donald Trump 'can do this again' if he is not convicted
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Prosecutors rest their case, warning Donald Trump 'can do this again' if he is not convicted

Republican senators who sat through a vivid retelling of an assault they lived through appeared unmoved from their determination to acquit Trump

Donald Trump's tweets take centre stage on second day of Senate impeachment trial
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Donald Trump's tweets take centre stage on second day of Senate impeachment trial

House impeachment managers delivered multimedia arguments on Wednesday as they started building their case that Trump was in no way an innocent bystander to the events of 6 January

US Senate decides to proceed With Donald Trump's impeachment trial after 56-44 vote
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US Senate decides to proceed With Donald Trump's impeachment trial after 56-44 vote

Even though Trump can no longer be removed from office, conviction would stand as a statement of repudiation for history and permit senators to bar him from running for federal office again

As Donald Trump's second impeachment gets underway today, here's how the trial is expected to unfold
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As Donald Trump's second impeachment gets underway today, here's how the trial is expected to unfold

The first public clash between the president’s legal team and the impeachment managers will be over the question of whether the trial is legitimate under the Constitution

US House delivers article of impeachment against Donald Trump to Senate, testing his sway over GOP
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US House delivers article of impeachment against Donald Trump to Senate, testing his sway over GOP

Arguments in the Senate trial will begin the week of 8 February, and the case against Trump, the first former president to face an impeachment trial, will test Republican Party

Nancy Pelosi to send impeachment article against Donald Trump to US Senate today, triggering trial
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Nancy Pelosi to send impeachment article against Donald Trump to US Senate today, triggering trial

Republican lawmakers signaled over the weekend that Democrats may struggle to secure Trump's conviction over the storming of the US Capitol earlier this month

An influential voice, a decisive vote: VP Kamala Harris is expected to play key role in Biden administration
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An influential voice, a decisive vote: VP Kamala Harris is expected to play key role in Biden administration

In one sign of how much she may be involved in legislative campaigns, Harris has been in touch with mayors around the country to preview Biden’s coronavirus relief package

Rachel Levine, Biden's pick for key health role, to become first trans woman federal official
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Rachel Levine, Biden's pick for key health role, to become first trans woman federal official

The professor of pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine has led Pennsylvania's response to the coronavirus outbreak as the country's top health official

Washington endures final convulsions of the fractious and divisive Donald Trump era
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Washington endures final convulsions of the fractious and divisive Donald Trump era

The US capital on Wednesday was a city on edge, bracing for possible violence and unrest, with downtown businesses boarding up their storefronts and windows

Democrats on brink of retaking US Senate; Raphael Warnock wins Georgia race, Jon Ossoff pulls into lead
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Democrats on brink of retaking US Senate; Raphael Warnock wins Georgia race, Jon Ossoff pulls into lead

If Ossoff wins, Democrats will have complete control of Congress, strengthening President-elect Joe Biden's standing as he prepares to take office on 20 January

US Congress set for tumultuous session; COVID-19, certifying Joe Biden's election to dominate proceedings
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US Congress set for tumultuous session; COVID-19, certifying Joe Biden's election to dominate proceedings

A dozen Republicans bound for the new Senate, and even more in the House, have vowed to become a resistance force to the incoming president, starting with efforts to subvert the will of American voters on 6 January

Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi's homes vandalised after US Congress fails to approve $2,000 stimulus checks
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Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi's homes vandalised after US Congress fails to approve $2,000 stimulus checks

At Pelosi's home in San Francisco, someone spray-painted graffiti and left a pig’s head and fake blood on New Year’s Day, while profanity directed at McConnell was painted under his mailbox

US Congress passes $740 million defence bill that calls out Chinese aggression against India at LAC
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US Congress passes $740 million defence bill that calls out Chinese aggression against India at LAC

The National Defense Authorisation Act included key components of Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi's resolution urging the Chinese government to end its military aggression against India

Joe Biden picks Pete Buttigieg as transport secy; ex-South Bend mayor to be first openly gay Cabinet member
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Joe Biden picks Pete Buttigieg as transport secy; ex-South Bend mayor to be first openly gay Cabinet member

Buttigieg, the former Democratic presidential rival of Joe Biden, is expected add a youthful dynamic to an incoming administration dominated by leaders with decades of Washington experience

'Electoral College has spoken': US Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell finally acknowledges Joe Biden's victory
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'Electoral College has spoken': US Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell finally acknowledges Joe Biden's victory

The Republican leader's statement, delivered in a speech on the Senate floor, ends weeks of silence over President Donald Trump's defeat

Flaws in US census count jeopardise Trump's plan to exclude illegal immigrants from congressional reapportionment
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Flaws in US census count jeopardise Trump's plan to exclude illegal immigrants from congressional reapportionment

The move, unprecedented in American history, would produce an older, whiter, more rural population base for reallocating House seats that would mostly benefit Republicans, analysts say

US Senate passes Bill eliminating per-country cap for all work visas; move to benefit Indians
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US Senate passes Bill eliminating per-country cap for all work visas; move to benefit Indians

The legislation eliminates the seven percent cap for employment-based immigrant visas, a provision that will facilitate the removal of the massive backlog of Indian IT professionals in the US