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Speaker of the House Mike Johnson speaks to the media in Washington on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 18, 2024
Defying hardliners, Johnson presses ahead on Ukraine and Israel plan
The Republican leader outlined a $95 billion aid package after intense discussions with ultraconservatives.
U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson
WORLD / Politics
Jan 15, 2024
U.S. Congress unveils temporary spending bill to avert shutdown
The temporary spending bill would extend funds for some agencies that face a Jan. 20 deadline.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy speaks at the Capitol after he was ousted as speaker of the House, in Washington on Tuesday. The ouster is without precedent in modern U.S. history and leaves the chamber without a leader, plunging it into chaos.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 4, 2023
U.S. House speaker ouster means more chaos as shutdown fight looms
Kevin McCarthy lost his post after hardliners in his party revolted over his compromise with Democrats to avert government shutdown.
A downgrade by Fitch Ratings is being viewed as a condemnation of partisan U.S. politics, including the recent debt ceiling standoff and the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
BUSINESS
Aug 3, 2023
Fitch’s U.S. downgrade stokes the very fight it warned against
Washington’s hostile political factions have quickly taken up the agency's downgrade of U.S. government debt as a new weapon of political combat.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 22, 2023
Biden and McCarthy to meet Monday as staff debt-limit talks resume
Investors are girding for more volatility in markets this week as the two sides grapple for a deal.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 12, 2023
Biden’s debt ceiling meeting with McCarthy pushed to next week
The delay likely signals that staff-level talks on energy permitting reform and government spending have yielded progress.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 7, 2023
‘Crisis and confusion’: Four days of Republican barbs, chaos and cigars
Establishment Republicans were horrified, while Democrats snickered and comedian Jon Stewart called it the best season of C-SPAN ever.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 6, 2023
McCarthy fails in 11th U.S. Speaker vote, cementing longest fight since 1859
The stalemate has left House Republicans fractured after they reclaimed the majority in the November election and has stopped all other business in the chamber.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 4, 2023
U.S. House adjourns with Kevin McCarthy’s speaker bid still in doubt
It was the first time in a century that the House hasn't elected a speaker, the top position in Congress, after one round of balloting.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Dec 3, 2022
Biden is staffing up for GOP probes even while downplaying risks
The White House is bracing for the onslaught by ramping up the team that will handle the probes, including bringing on a key staffer from a powerful congressional committee.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 18, 2022
House GOP primed to hit Biden with avalanche of investigations
GOP lawmakers have been setting the groundwork for wide-ranging investigations that, at least in part, will serve as payback for probes of Donald Trump.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 18, 2022
Nancy Pelosi to exit as top House Democrat, ending historic era
Pelosi, 82, is leaving the post as Republicans are set to take control of the House in January after winning the majority in the midterm election.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 8, 2022
Biden and his party look for midterm boost from breakthrough bill
The president and his party finally scored the win they've been waiting for heading into the November congressional elections. But it's uncertain it will be enough to save them.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 4, 2022
White House lobbies Democrats to halt bill upgrading Taiwan ties
The legislation would designate Taiwan as a major non-NATO ally, support its participation in international organizations and provide $4.5 billion in security aid.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Apr 7, 2021
Biden plan still faces Senate hurdles even after procedural win
While the U.S. president now likely has several chances to pass parts of his economic agenda without needing any Republican votes, he still needs to keep his party unified.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 24, 2018
Trump's team attempts to reassure markets Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's job is safe
Trump administration officials moved to reassure financial markets that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's job is safe following a report that said President Donald Trump has repeatedly discussed firing the central bank chief after last week's Fed rate hike.

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