Boehner re-elected US House Speaker

2015-01-07 10:25

John Boehner has narrowly won a third term as House of Representatives speaker surviving a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans.

Democrats have million-dollar-day on impeachment

2014-07-29 23:03

Impeaching President Barack Obama may be highly unlikely, but election-year chatter about it among conservatives has helped Democrats raise $1m in one day.

Obama to bypass gridlock in Congress - speech

2014-01-29 10:40

President Barack Obama, looking to energise his sluggish second term, used his biggest speech of the year to push for programmes to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor.

Republicans rebuke 'war on poverty'

2014-01-09 13:52

US conservatives have seized the 50th anniversary of the launch of president Lyndon Johnson's "war on poverty" to dispute the effectiveness of existing policies.

US Republicans attack 'Obamacare'

2013-10-23 07:54

Republicans have revived attacks against their favorite target "Obamacare" by seizing on technical failures to try to delay its rollout, amid some fraying of Democratic support.

US avoids default as Congress ends shutdown

2013-10-17 07:59

The US government has reopened its doors after Congress passed legislation to end a government shutdown and - just in the nick of time - avert a US debt default.

US races to strike last-minute deal

2013-10-16 17:22

US Senate leaders have raced to strike a last-minute deal to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing authority.

Budget rift pushes Washington to the brink

2013-10-15 22:39

A dramatic day of political breakdowns has thrust the United States dangerously close to a debt default deadline and left the global economy exposed to unpredictable knock-on turmoil.

Obama set to hear new fiscal plan

2013-10-14 19:04

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has voiced optimism over progress in fiscal negotiations, saying he hoped to present a new proposal to President Barack Obama.

Obama calls in lawmakers on political crisis

2013-10-09 22:17

President Barack Obama has announced plans to invite all Republican and Democratic lawmakers to the White House to talk about the bitter impasse which shut the government.

New plan to resolve US fiscal standoff

2013-10-08 20:20

US House Speaker John Boehner is offering a new approach to resolve the fiscal standoff, proposing deficit-reduction talks and ways to end the government shutdown.

Boehner: US on path to default

2013-10-06 22:31

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has vowed not to raise the US debt ceiling without a "serious conversation" about what is driving the debt.

US Republican seeks compromise on shutdown

2013-10-04 12:01

Just hours after the first US government shutdown in 17 years began at midnight on Monday, Republican Representative Charlie Dent was looking for a way to end it.

White House talks fail to end shutdown

2013-10-03 07:28

Talks between an "exasperated" US President Barack Obama and top Republicans have failed to end a government shutdown, with both sides accusing the other of refusing to negotiate.

Obama warns 'extreme' Republicans on health law

2013-09-17 11:00

President Barack Obama, facing a potential federal shutdown, warned congressional Republicans they could trigger national "economic chaos" if they delay his signature health care law.

US lawmakers rally behind Syria strike plan

2013-09-04 08:00

Top US lawmakers have begun rallying behind President Barack Obama's plan to launch military strikes against Syria as a warning to other nations against the use of chemical weapons.

US making case for action against Syria

2013-08-30 08:05

Barack Obama has faced push back on a military strike against Syria, with lawmakers in both the US and Britain demanding more proof of the Assad regime's chemical attack in Syria.

Obama must explain Syria action: Republican

2013-08-29 10:00

The top Republican in Congress has demanded an "unambiguous" explanation from President Barack Obama of his objectives in Syria ahead of any US military strike.

Republicans eye White House amid scandal

2013-05-20 21:35

Scandals dogging President Barack Obama are a political gift to Republicans, who could use some good luck after recent election losses.

US gun measures face tough road ahead

2013-01-17 17:49

President Barack Obama's sweeping gun-control package faces an uncertain future in Congress, where majority Republicans in the House of Representatives are rejecting his proposals.

Obama to host fiscal cliff talks

2012-12-28 07:40

US President Barack Obama has asked congressional leaders to convene for last-minute talks on a "fiscal cliff" deal that avoids tax increases and spending cuts that threaten the economy.

US House puts off 'fiscal cliff' vote

2012-12-21 07:28

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have abandoned a vote on legislation aimed at averting a fast-approaching "fiscal cliff", after failing to gather enough support.

Obama vows to veto fiscal cliff plan

2012-12-19 22:07

President Barack Obama has warned Republicans he would veto their "Plan B" to avert the looming fiscal cliff crisis, saying it would dump pain disproportionately on the middle class.

Boehner, Obama meet over 'fiscal cliff'

2012-12-14 10:02

President Barack Obama and Republican John Boehner have met as frustration mounts over the lack of progress on averting the "fiscal cliff" of steep tax increases and spending cuts.

Obama, top Republican meet on fiscal cliff

2012-12-10 08:06

President Barack Obama and House of Representatives speaker John Boehner have met to discuss the so-called impending fiscal cliff of steep tax hikes and spending cuts.


Republican House will fight Obama immigration action

2014-11-21 20:32

US House Speaker John Boehner says that President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration has sabotaged chances for bipartisan legislation.

US panel votes to authorise lawsuit against Obama

2014-07-25 08:53

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have taken another step toward authorising a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers.

US $1 trillion bill awaits Obama signature

2014-01-17 09:12

Marking a truce after years of fiscal feuding in Washington, Congress has passed a $1.1 trillion spending package that effectively ended the threat of an election-year government shutdown.

US health chief defends 'Obamacare'

2013-10-30 13:13

The top US health official is to issue a trenchant defence of "Obamacare," defying critics who argue the reforms were leaving some Americans uninsured.

Republicans: Obamacare the next target

2013-10-20 21:58

"Obamacare" has escaped unharmed from the government shutdown Republicans hoped would stop it, but just as quickly they have opened a new line of attack.

Senator: US budget, debt deal in hand

2013-10-16 17:31

Senate leaders have agreed to a bipartisan plan to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the federal government after a 16-day closure.

Republican chaos, House effort flops

2013-10-16 15:57

US Senate leaders are optimistic on a debt limit, shut-down deal after the House Republican effort flopped.

Senate leaders nearing US debt ceiling deal

2013-10-15 09:26

With a potential debt default looming, Senate leaders are nearing completion on a deal to stave off a self-inflicted political calamity that would shred US credibility.

Obama to seek opening with Republicans

2013-10-10 08:00

President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans to seek an opening in an impasse that has shut down much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default.

Obama pressures Boehner over shutdown

2013-10-08 22:39

President Barack Obama has stepped up pressure on House Republican to hold votes to reopen the federal government and prevent a potentially disastrous US government default.

US gov't shutdown enters 2nd week

2013-10-07 09:04

The US government shutdown has entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs about debt limit prospects.

Republicans rip White House

2013-10-04 21:11

Republicans have launched an angry counter attack as the US government shut-down dragged deep into a fourth day.

Obama directly attacks Boehner

2013-10-03 17:34

President Barack Obama has directly attacked Republican Speaker John Boehner, saying he could end a "reckless" US government shut-down in just five minutes.

Fears that US shutdown may last weeks

2013-10-02 07:29

Democrats and Republicans have blamed each other as much of the vast machinery of the US government ground to a halt, amid fears that the shutdown could last for weeks.

French parliament to debate Syria strikes

2013-09-04 11:03

The French parliament will debate whether the nation should launch strikes against Syria, though France's president says he will wait for a decision from the US Congress.

US readies possible solo strike on Syria

2013-08-30 11:02

President Barack Obama has prepared for the possibility of launching unilateral American military action against Syria within days as Britain opted out in a stunning vote by Parliament.

Syria govt carried out chemical attack: US

2013-08-29 12:01

President Barack Obama has declared unequivocally that the United States has "concluded" that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians.

US assesses damage after NSA leak

2013-06-11 21:43

The Obama administration has launched an internal review to assess damage to US national security from last week's leak of top-secret details of NSA surveillance programmes.

US Congress OKs stopgap spending bill

2013-03-22 12:08

American lawmakers have averted a government shutdown by approving a stopgap spending bill, but heated debate over future federal spending has taken shape as they clash over budget plans.

Obama warns Republicans on debt ceiling

2013-01-05 15:01

US President Barack Obama has warned Republicans against what he called a "dangerous game" with the country's economy as lawmakers prepare for a new battle over the national debt ceiling.

Way forward on US 'cliff' uncertain

2012-12-21 18:30

The task of picking up the pieces of the "fiscal cliff" talks is likely to largely to President Barack Obama after the rebuke of his chief Republican negotiating partner.

Plan B US fiscal cliff bills in House

2012-12-20 23:05

The US House of Representatives has cleared the way for debate and votes later in the day on two Republican tax and spending-cut bills opposed by President Barack Obama.

Obama softens stance in search of a deal

2012-12-18 16:04

Obama has softened his stance to try doing a deal with Republicans in 'fiscal cliff' talks.

No progress in US 'fiscal cliff' talks

2012-12-13 10:00

Sharp differences remain between congressional Republicans and the White House in talks to avert the "fiscal cliff" of steep tax hikes and budget cuts.

Bank laws unable to stop JPMorgan loss

2012-05-20 21:34

US banking reforms could not have prevented JPMorgan Chase & Co's trading losses, and those involved in the activities that went awry should be held accountable, the US House of Representatives Speaker says.

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