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The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States, and consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election, though vacancies in the Senate may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment. Congress has 535 voting members: 435 representatives and 100 senators. The House of Representatives has six non-voting members representing Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia in addition to its 435 voting members. Although they cannot vote in the full house, these members can address the house, sit and vote in congressional committees, and introduce legislation.

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Cindy Axne, Congresswoman From Iowa Swing District, Endorses Joe Biden

With the endorsement of Ms. Axne, a freshman who flipped a district that President Trump carried in 2016, Mr. Biden now has the backing of two of Iowa’s three Democrats in Congress.
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Schiff warns that not removing Trump would be ‘an unending injury’ to U.S.

The lawmaker implored senators not to set a precedent that would cede Congress’s investigative authority to the executive branch for generations to come.
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Ordering witnesses not to testify is 'obstruction, plan and simple' -Lofgren [Video]Ordering witnesses not to testify is 'obstruction, plan and simple' -Lofgren

U.S. representative Zoe Lofgren on Friday argued during the Senate impeachment trial that President Donald Trump's order to top U.S. officials not to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives is..

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Trump 'never explained' why Ukraine aid withheld: Dem [Video]Trump 'never explained' why Ukraine aid withheld: Dem

Democratic Congressman Jason Crow, a House manager in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, said it was never "explained" why Trump "arbitrarily" held and then released to Ukraine. Crow..

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Case against Trump 'undeniable': Gillibrand [Video]Case against Trump 'undeniable': Gillibrand

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday told her Senate colleagues before Trump's impeachment trial resumed: "Don't bury your head in the sand and then complain it's dark."

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Schumer: 'We're not trading' evidence with GOP [Video]Schumer: 'We're not trading' evidence with GOP

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer after day two of President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial said there are no "discussions" being had with Republicans over potential evidence or..

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Trump isn't 'America First', he's 'Trump First': Nadler [Video]Trump isn't 'America First', he's 'Trump First': Nadler

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, one of the House managers in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial said Trump put his personal interests above all else and said that if..

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GOP 'nothing new' argument 'rings hollow': Schumer [Video]GOP 'nothing new' argument 'rings hollow': Schumer

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said Republicans who voted against seeing new evidence in the Trump impeachment trial, but also said they heard "nothing new" after House managers..

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'Somebody needs to look at' Biden: Graham [Video]'Somebody needs to look at' Biden: Graham

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a day after Democrats made their opening case for the removal of President Donald Trump from office said, "I don't think Joe Biden's corrupt, but I don't think he's..

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Schiff: Nothing more dangerous than president acting with impunity [Video]Schiff: Nothing more dangerous than president acting with impunity

The lead Democratic prosecutor, Representative Adam Schiff, said in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday that "nothing could be more dangerous to a democracy than a commander in chief who believed that he..

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Impeachment veteran makes case for evidence [Video]Impeachment veteran makes case for evidence

Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, the only member of Congress to work on both the Nixon and Clinton impeachment hearings, on Tuesday made the case for evidence to be produced by the White House for..

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Schiff, Trump's lawyer make initial cases to Senate [Video]Schiff, Trump's lawyer make initial cases to Senate

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the House Democrat leading the impeachment case against President Donald Trump, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone argued their points for and against removing the..

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Schiff on Senate rules: 'This is the process for a rigged trial' [Video]Schiff on Senate rules: 'This is the process for a rigged trial'

Democratic Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, one of the House impeachment managers, slammed Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposed Senate trial rules.

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Democrats call Trump a national security risk before Senate trial [Video]Democrats call Trump a national security risk before Senate trial

Both Republicans and Democratic senators get ready to make their case for or against U.S. president Donald Trump's impeachment in a trial beginning this week. Freddie Joyner reports.

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Feeling in Senate is 'solemn, serious, profound': Schumer [Video]Feeling in Senate is 'solemn, serious, profound': Schumer

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said he saw senators on "both sides of the aisle" visibly "gulp" when they were sworn in by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts in the Trump impeachment..

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White House broke law by withholding Ukraine aid: watchdog [Video]White House broke law by withholding Ukraine aid: watchdog

The White House violated federal law by withholding security aid approved by lawmakers for Ukraine, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog said on Thursday. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Schiff reads articles of impeachment on Senate floor [Video]Schiff reads articles of impeachment on Senate floor

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff formally presented the articles of impeachment on the Senate floor Thursday, reading through the allegations against U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Ukraine probing whether U.S. envoy was surveilled [Video]Ukraine probing whether U.S. envoy was surveilled

Ukraine's interior ministry announced an investigation into the possible illegal surveillance of the then American ambassador to Kiev, Marie Yovanovitch, following messages contained in documents..

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Trump Impeachment Hearings: Highlights From Today's Trial

House managers are wrapping up their oral arguments that President Trump should be removed from office, focusing Friday on the obstruction of Congress charge. Here are the highlights so far.
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Kellyanne Conway jabs at Congress and the Bidens.

Her comments are part of a defense by Republicans that argues President Trump’s interest in investigating the younger Biden’s work in Ukraine was reasonable.
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Lawmakers say repetition puts facts into context.

They are repeating the same facts again and again in service of their argument about the president’s obstruction of Congress.
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Peruvians to vote for new Congress as country seeks to turn page on crisis

Peruvians will head to the polls on Sunday to choose a new Congress that will be in place for just over a year, as the copper-rich South American nation seeks to overcome a political crisis that led to..
Reuters - Published

New U.S. law requires government to report risks of overseas activities by ex-spies

Troubled that former American spies are plying their trade for foreign governments, Congress has passed new legislation requiring U.S. spy agencies to provide an annual assessment detailing the risks..
Reuters - Published

Bolivia Congress rubber stamps November resignation of Evo Morales

Bolivia's Congress on Tuesday formally accepted the November resignation of leftist leader Evo Morales and his deputy Álvaro García Linera, rubber stamping the end of his 14-year socialist..
Reuters - Published

White House lawyer in Trump trial is both defender and key witness to events

When White House counsel Pat Cipollone argues President Donald Trump's case in a Senate trial this week, he will also be defending his role in a controversial legal strategy that helped lead to Trump's..
Reuters - Published

White House lawyer defending Trump in trial seen as no 'showboat'

When White House counsel Pat Cipollone argues President Donald Trump's case in a Senate trial in the coming days, he will also be defending his role in a controversial legal strategy that helped lead..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Abuse of power, obstruction - the charges against Trump explained

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday may begin to hear opening arguments in an impeachment trial to determine whether to remove President Donald Trump from office on charges that he abused his power and..
Reuters - Published

It's time to rethink the congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force

Congress has the sacred duty to sanction military force. It's time lawmakers take that duty back and take it seriously.
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Trump rejects impeachment charges as an affront to U.S. Constitution

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the Democratic-led House of Representatives' impeachment charges, describing the allegations that he had abused his power and obstructed Congress as..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: As Trump goes on trial, a fight over witnesses remains unresolved

President Donald Trump goes on trial in the U.S. Senate this week on charges he abused his office and obstructed Congress, with one of the most contentious questions still unresolved - should senators..
Reuters - Published

Senate's McConnell keeps cool in heated Trump impeachment trial

U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, which begins next week, may pose one of the greatest political challenges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has faced in more than three decades in..
Reuters - Published

Struggle Between N.S.A. and Congress Over Ukraine Records Breaks Into Open

Representative Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, said the agency was withholding documents from his panel, including some that might be useful in the impeachment trial.
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Congressional endorsements roll in as Iowa caucus nears

Weeks before the Iowa caucuses, members of Congress delivered endorsements to Democratic presidential hopefuls hoping to parlay the support into momentum ahead of the first votes.
Reuters - Published

Minor league baseball teams are in jeopardy. Here's how Congress can save them.

Now that Major League Baseball may eviscerate more than 25% of minor league teams, Congress must search for ways to protect America's pastime.
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Lev Parnas, Rudy Giuliani associate, wants to testify against Trump to win leniency in his criminal case. Sound familiar?

Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has given Congress evidence that could play into Trump's impeachment trial.
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Lev Parnas' allegations about Trump's knowledge of Ukraine scheme has striking similarities to another fixer, Michael Cohen

Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has given Congress evidence that could play into Trump's impeachment trial.  
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Trump to sign disaster declaration for quake-hit Puerto Rico - U.S. Congress representative

U.S. President Donald Trump will sign a major disaster declaration for quake-hit Puerto Rico on Thursday, the island’s nonvoting representative to the U.S. Congress, Jenniffer Gonzalez, wrote in a..
Reuters - Published

House presents articles of impeachment to Senate

Congress opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump Thursday with House Democrats reading the formal charges in the well of the Senate for only the third impeachment trial in U.S. history...
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Watchdog Says Trump Administration Broke Law in Withholding Ukraine Aid

The Government Accountability Office said blocking the military assistance violated a law that limits a president’s power to withhold money allocated by Congress.
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Congress honors former Saints' player battling ALS

Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress can award to a civilian, at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. (Jan. 15)  
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Quake-hit Puerto Rico to get $8.2 billion in delayed U.S. aid

Puerto Rico will be allowed access to $8.2 billion in delayed disaster-aid funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the island's non-voting member of the U.S. Congress..
Reuters - Published

Trump impeachment: Was someone tracking the U.S. ambassador in Kiev?

A top Democrat in Congress vowed on Wednesday to investigate "profoundly alarming" messages suggesting that the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was subject to surveillance before President Donald..
Reuters - Published

Who is Val Demings? Impeachment Manager Offers Law Enforcement Experience

Ms. Demings, a relatively junior member of Congress from Florida who had been a police chief, has become a respected questioner on both the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.
NYTimes.com - Published

Peru's top court says Vizcarra's closure of Congress was legal

In a win for Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, the country's top court ruled on Tuesday that his dissolution of Congress amid a long-running standoff with lawmakers was legal.
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories January 14 P

Here's the latest for Tuesday January 14th: Pompeo fails to show for Congressional panel; Large blaze knocks out market in Haiti; St. Louis prosecutor files suit against city alleging racism; Harvey..
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White House contender Warren sees path to cancel student loan debt without Congress

Democrat Elizabeth Warren outlined on Tuesday how, if elected to the White House, she would on the first day of her presidency cancel federal student loan debt by using the Department of Education's..
Reuters - Published

Trump Plans to Divert Additional $7.2 Billion From Military to Wall

The amount far exceeds what Congress allocated for border barriers this year as the president, with his eye on his re-election campaign, rushes to show major progress on a signature promise.
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In McGahn Case, an Epic Constitutional Showdown

The Supreme Court has never definitively resolved whether Congress can sue the president.
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The resolution to limit Trump's war powers is nothing but an empty political gesture

A war powers resolution won't stop Trump from doing anything he would do anyway in Iran. It's just a signal that Congress doesn't trust Trump.
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Doug Collins Apologizes for Claiming Democrats Are ‘In Love With Terrorists’

Mr. Collins walked backed his statement made Wednesday amid a fiery debate over Congress’s role in matters of war and peace.
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House votes to restrain Trump's Iran actions

The Democratic-controlled House has approved a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran. (Jan. 9)  
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Frederick Richmond, Disgraced Brooklyn Congressman, Dies at 96

One of the wealthiest House members and a champion of liberal causes as a civic leader, he was forced to quit Congress in 1982 in a corruption scandal.
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China says U.S. congress report on China's human rights neither objective nor credible

China's foreign ministry said on Thursday that a U.S. Congressional report that called for sanctions against Beijing over human rights abuses was neither objective nor credible.
Reuters - Published

Resigning California congressman's seat to be left vacant for year

California Governor Gavin Newsom has decided against calling a special election to fill the seat U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter will leave vacant in Congress next week when he resigns following his..
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U.S. lawmakers predict passage of bill backing China's Uighurs

Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. Congress predicted on Wednesday that the House of Representatives and Senate would agree on a compromise version of legislation requiring a tougher Trump..
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With legislation threatened, Trump administration to brief Congress on Iran crisis

Trump administration officials will brief the U.S. Congress on Wednesday on the killing of an Iranian commander that has sparked a new Middle East crisis, as Democrats push for legislation to rein in..
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Trump aides to brief Congress on Iran as Tehran retaliates over killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani

Pompeo, Esper, Milley and Haspel are expected to face questions about the administration's assertion that Soleimani was planning imminent attacks.
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'World cannot afford war': U.S. Democrats respond to Iran missile strike

Democrats in the U.S. Congress and some of the party's presidential contenders warned on Tuesday about escalating conflict in the Middle East after Iran launched a retaliatory missile strike against..
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Rep. Duncan Hunter will resign from Congress, effective Jan. 13

Hunter was indicted on 60 counts of campaign finance violations by federal prosecutors in Aug. 2018 and pleaded guilty to a single charge in December.
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More briefings set for U.S. Congress on Iraq-Iran: House aides

Trump administration officials will provide a classified briefing on developments in Iraq and Iran on Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT) for congressional leaders and Republican and Democratic leaders of..
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Senate awaits Trump answers about Soleimani killing

Congress, which has the sole power to declare war wants answers from President Donald Trump on the strike that killed Iranian official.  
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VP Pence praises Venezuela's Guaido on election win

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence congratulated Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido for his re-election as head of Congress, describing Guaido as the "only legitimate president" of Venezuela, a..
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 'In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party'

When asked how she would fit into Congress during a potential Joe Biden presidency, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez replied with a groan, "Oh, God."
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Dems push to limit military action against Iran

Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a war powers resolution to limit the president's military actions against Iran. Kaine wants Congress to go on the record..
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Lima Group backs Guaido re-election as Venezuela's Congress splits

The Lima Group regional bloc said on Monday it backed the re-election of opposition leader Juan Guaido as head of Venezuela's Congress after Nicolas Maduro's socialist government forced a separate vote..
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Nancy Pelosi says House will vote to limit Trump's war powers on Iran as tensions grow

In a letter to Democratic members of Congress, Pelosi said the airstrike on Soleimani was "provocative and disproportionate."
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