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U.S. independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks during a campaign event in Oakland, California, on March 26.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 7, 2024
'Real threat': U.S. presidential long-shot RFK Jr alarms Democrats
The environmental lawyer and conspiracy theorist has double-digit support and polling suggests he's hurting Biden more than Trump.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a news conference in Washington on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 15, 2024
U.S. Senate leader Chuck Schumer calls for new election in Israel
The rebuke came amid increased pressure from U.S. President Joe Biden over the mounting death toll in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 14, 2024
Biden and Trump prepare for marathon White House race
The 2024 election cycle is also expected to be the most expensive ever
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 3, 2024
How big primary wins are cloaking flaws in Trump re-election bid
The 77-year-old has been hemorrhaging moderate Republicans, who have signaled they'd prefer someone else — anyone else — in the Oval Office.
U.S. Senators raced on Thursday to revive a sweeping emergency national security aid bill for Ukraine and Israel that has stalled yet again on Capitol Hill amid Republican resistance.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 9, 2024
U.S. Senate votes to start work on Ukraine aid in shock turnaround
The procedural vote to at least consider the bill marked a stunning about-face by Senate Republicans.
U.S. President Joe Biden walks to board Marine One at Delaware Air National Guard Base, in New Castle, Delaware, on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 22, 2024
Did Biden blunder with New Hampshire primary snub?
After a dispute with officials in New Hampshire over scheduling, he will not be on the ballot when the state's primary kicks off the party's nomination process on Tuesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy unexpectedly canceled a scheduled videolink appeal to U.S. senators for more funding.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 6, 2023
U.S. senators face off at Ukraine briefing after Zelenskyy pulls out
Several Republican senators walked out of a classified briefing on Ukraine as it descended into a row over the border crisis.
Newly elected Speaker of the House Mike Johnson takes his oath of office after he was elected to be the new Speaker, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 26, 2023
Untested new U.S. House speaker faces daunting first days
Republican Mike Johnson, a conservative with little leadership experience, was elected as speaker on Wednesday.
U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana
WORLD / Politics
Oct 25, 2023
U.S. Republicans try, try again with fourth speaker nominee
Congress has been at a standstill and unable to address multiple global crises, as well as the fast-approaching threat of a government shutdown.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (left), former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (center) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at the first debate between Republican candidates on Wednesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 24, 2023
Absent Trump still steals show at raucous Republican debate
Trump's snubbing of the event deprived a chasing pack of rivals, whom he leads in polls, of the opportunity to direct shots at him live on stage.
Former U.S. President and 2024 Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump walks off stage after speaking at an event in Las Vegas on July 8.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 23, 2023
Trump set to upstage Republican rivals despite debate no-show
Five months ahead of the start of primary elections to choose the party's flag-bearer, the runaway front-runner's grassroots support is as strong as ever.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 13, 2023
Trump defiant ahead of secret documents court appearance
The runaway front-runner in the 2024 Republican primary said the latest indictment would not force him to quit the race.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 5, 2023
'The more, the merrier': Trump boosted by bloated 2024 race
The larger the chasing pack, the more Donald Trump is likely to win by dividing the anti-Trump vote.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 3, 2023
Investigations and gridlock: What to expect in the U.S. Congress in 2023
The 2021-23 Democratic-controlled Congress was one of the most productive in modern history, but Washington watchers fear the age of cross-party cooperation may be coming to an end.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 20, 2022
U.S. lawmakers call for criminal charges against Trump
The largely symbolic referral raises the stakes in a parallel criminal investigation that could put the former president in jail.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 25, 2022
Post-election U.S. sees rise of the 'Never Again Trumper'
These Republicans initially backed Donald Trump, turning a blind eye to his antics as long as he cut taxes, appointed conservative judges and, most importantly, won elections.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 23, 2022
U.S. midterms and the 'election deniers' threatening democracy
Two weeks ahead of the midterm elections, Republicans up and down the ballot are embracing Trump's false assertion that the 2020 election was stolen and that voter fraud is rife.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 11, 2022
Experts sound alarm over violent speech ahead of U.S. midterm elections
Many experts are bracing for a surge in the already burgeoning discourse around 'civil war' as the Nov. 8 midterm elections approach.

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