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US plan to arm Syria rebels gains support in Congress
US plan to arm Syria rebels gains support in Congress

President Barack Obama's plan to provide vetted Syrian rebels with weapons and strategic military aid has gained traction in Congress.

US plan to arm Syria rebels gains support in Congress
U.S. congressman calls to investigate Rakhat Aliyev
U.S. congressman calls to investigate Rakhat Aliyev

American congressman Brad Sherman has called the European Commission to investigate into the allegations of human rights violations against Rakhat Aliyev.

U.S. congressman calls to investigate Rakhat Aliyev
Outgoing acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. ©REUTERS/Jason Reed
IRS chief insists abuses were not political

The outgoing head of the IRS told Congress Friday that the US tax agency made "foolish mistakes" in targeting conservative groups, but insisted the action was not politically motivated.

IRS chief insists abuses were not political
US leaders urge Congress to ratify IMF reforms
US leaders urge Congress to ratify IMF reforms

Nineteen US leaders, including former Treasury secretaries, urged Congress Tuesday to ratify International Monetary Fund (IMF) reforms and remove the key obstacle to its implementation.

US leaders urge Congress to ratify IMF reforms
Obama's emotional gun control push at heart of speech
Obama's emotional gun control push at heart of speech

President Barack Obama brought the wounds inflicted by the recent spate of shooting deaths to Congress Tuesday, ending his State of the Union address with an emotional plea for tougher gun control.

Obama's emotional gun control push at heart of speech
'Dysfunction' in Congress puts US at risk: Panetta
'Dysfunction' in Congress puts US at risk: Panetta

Chronic deadlock in Congress threatens to derail the US economy, damage national security and undermine public trust in its leaders.

'Dysfunction' in Congress puts US at risk: Panetta
US lawmakers introduce gun trafficking bill
US lawmakers introduce gun trafficking bill

Lawmakers from both parties unveiled a bill Tuesday cracking down on "straw purchasers" who traffic firearms to criminals, the first in a series of new gun control measures expected in Congress.

US lawmakers introduce gun trafficking bill
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. ©REUTERS
US House Republicans back 3-month debt limit rise

Republicans proposed a three-month increase to the US debt ceiling Friday as they mulled breaking a protracted fiscal impasse, but warned any long-term deal would require Congress to pass a budget that cuts spending.

US House Republicans back 3-month debt limit rise
Obama denies being aloof, says 'I like a good party'
Obama denies being aloof, says 'I like a good party'

President Barack Obama on Monday dismissed the perception that he is aloof and disdains the backslapping bonhomie a US leader sometimes requires to drive his priorities through Congress.

Obama denies being aloof, says 'I like a good party'
US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. ©
Bernanke urges Congress to lift debt ceiling

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday urged Congress to raise the nation's borrowing limit as Democrats and Republicans battle over the federal budget.

Bernanke urges Congress to lift debt ceiling
US Congress less popular than cockroaches: poll
US Congress less popular than cockroaches: poll

The little loved US Congress, fresh off its fiscal cliff budget crisis, is now less popular than cockroaches and lice, a survey released Tuesday found.

US Congress less popular than cockroaches: poll
Fresh start for Congress, but fiscal battles loom again
Fresh start for Congress, but fiscal battles loom again

With nearly 100 new members, the US Congress convened Thursday fresh from the year-end "fiscal cliff" fiasco, as lawmakers cast a wary eye towards the tough budget battles ahead.

Fresh start for Congress, but fiscal battles loom again
US fiscal cliff deal boosts world markets
US fiscal cliff deal boosts world markets

World markets soared Wednesday after a tense New Year break, relieved after US lawmakers agreed a last-minute deal to avert massive tax hikes and pull their nation back from the fiscal cliff.

US fiscal cliff deal boosts world markets
Obama says fiscal cliff deal made tax system fairer
Obama says fiscal cliff deal made tax system fairer

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he had fulfilled a campaign promise to make the US tax system fairer with a deal to avert the fiscal cliff crisis that passed after a fierce duel in Congress.

Obama says fiscal cliff deal made tax system fairer
Obama, Boehner meet in fiscal cliff talks
Obama, Boehner meet in fiscal cliff talks

President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner held surprise talks Thursday, as time ran short for hopes of a pre-Christmas deal to solve a fiscal crisis that could cause a recession.

Obama, Boehner meet in fiscal cliff talks
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White men to head all committees in US House

US House Republicans, ruing a presidential election loss in which it failed to attract enough women and minorities, has picked leaders for the 19 committees in the upcoming Congress, and they are all white males.

White men to head all committees in US House
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Musicians blast bill to trim Pandora royalties

A group of 125 leading musicians is calling on the US Congress to kill a bill backed by online broadcaster Pandora that would slash royalties on Internet radio.

Musicians blast bill to trim Pandora royalties
Money flowed in for 2012 elections, but with little gain
Money flowed in for 2012 elections, but with little gain

Despite their funding deluge from wealthy donors, Republicans failed to overwhelm President Barack Obama and Democrats at the ballot box. So was throwing all that money at the 2012 election worth it?

Money flowed in for 2012 elections, but with little gain
Top Republican 'confident' of US immigration deal
Top Republican 'confident' of US immigration deal

US House Speaker John Boehner expressed confidence Thursday that he and his Republicans can work with President Barack Obama to hammer out a comprehensive deal on immigration.

Top Republican 'confident' of US immigration deal
US Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). ©REUTERS
Record number of women elected to US Congress

One of America's most male-dominated clubs is about to become a little less so, after historic election gains that will see the largest number of women ever seated in the US Congress.

Record number of women elected to US Congress