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Biden urges COVID booster to counter waning vaccine efficacy
by Michael Mathes - August 19, 2021 - 9:09am
US President Joe Biden said he will make COVID-19 booster shots available to all American adults beginning next month, as his administration warned that vaccines are showing a declining effectiveness against in...
US Senate greenlights huge innovation bill to counter China
by Michael Mathes - June 9, 2021 - 8:26am
With both American political parties increasingly worried about competition from Asia's largest power, the measure cleared the chamber on a 68-32 vote.
Biden agenda under threat — from within his party
by Michael Mathes - June 8, 2021 - 8:20am
Demonized as an obstructionist within the party by some progressives, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin from ultra-conservative West Virginia also doubled down on his refusal to kill the filibuster, a blocking tactic...
Biden victory as huge US pandemic relief plan hurdles Congress
by Michael Mathes - March 11, 2021 - 8:15am
The $1.9 trillion plan, months in the making, is one of the largest US rescue packages ever. It will be signed on Friday.
Trump acquitted, again, by US Senate
by Michael Mathes - February 14, 2021 - 10:12am
The defense team swatted the evidence away, arguing that Trump's appeal to supporters to "fight like hell, at the rally that preceded the attack," was merely rhetorical.
Trump trial begins but Republicans signal likely acquittal
by Michael Mathes - February 10, 2021 - 7:29am
Donald Trump's second impeachment trial began Tuesday with harrowing video footage of his supporters' assault on Congress, but Republican senators made clear how difficult it will be to win a conviction.
'Democracy has prevailed': Biden becomes 46th US president
by Michael Mathes - January 21, 2021 - 7:32am
"Democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed," Biden said before a National Mall that was virtually empty due to the ultra-tight security and a raging COVID-19...
Trump leaves White House, skipping Biden inauguration
by Michael Mathes - January 20, 2021 - 9:43pm
"I just want to say goodbye," Trump told the gathering, calling his time in office "the honor of a lifetime."
Biden to be sworn in as 46th US president, ending Trump era
by Michael Mathes - January 20, 2021 - 7:26pm
Biden, a 78-year-old former vice president and longtime senator, will take the oath of office at noon (1700 GMT) on the US Capitol's western front, the very spot where pro-Trump rioters clashed with police two weeks...
Trump impeached for unprecedented second time
by Michael Mathes - January 14, 2021 - 7:36am
Donald Trump became the first US president in history to be impeached twice when the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to charge him with inciting last week's mob attack on Congress.
US Congress certifies Biden win over Trump
by Michael Mathes - January 7, 2021 - 3:37pm
Congress formally certified Joe Biden as the next US president on Thursday, dealing a hammer blow to Donald Trump whose supporters stormed the Capitol hours earlier,  triggering unprecedented scenes of mayhem...
Combative Trump says pandemic almost over, Biden says he did 'nothing'
by Michael Mathes - October 16, 2020 - 10:13am
President Donald Trump gave a combative, at times agitated defense of his COVID-19 response Thursday while his election challenger Joe Biden -- offering a glaring contrast in style in a rival televised...
George Floyd's brother implores US Congress to act on police reform
by Michael Mathes - June 11, 2020 - 7:55am
One day after burying his brother in Houston, Philonise Floyd appeared in person before a House hearing, where he described the anguish of watching a viral video of George's death and demanded lawmakers act to fix...
US Congress ramps up China pressure over Uighur rights
by Michael Mathes - May 28, 2020 - 7:38am
The US Congress on Wednesday authorized sanctions against Chinese officials over the mass incarceration of Muslim Uighurs, ramping up pressure on another front in the troubled relationship between the Pacific p...
US passes dire milestone of 100,000 COVID-19 deaths
by Michael Mathes - May 28, 2020 - 7:27am
With the European Union unveiling a massive recovery plan to step up its emergence from the crisis, the catastrophic US figure was a reminder of the devastation being wreaked across the ocean all over the hard-hit...
As Europe reels, US braces for staggering virus death toll
by Michael Mathes - April 1, 2020 - 8:25am
With more than 42,000 already killed by the disease barrelling around the globe, the United States, home to the largest number of confirmed infections, hit a bleak milestone as its national death toll surpassed...
Trump in State of Union speech: 'I keep my promises'
by Michael Mathes - February 5, 2020 - 10:28am
President Donald Trump was to deliver a triumphant State of the Union speech Tuesday on the eve of near certain acquittal in his impeachment trial, setting the stage for his re-election bid with a boast of "I keep...
US Senate returns amid standoff over impeachment trial
by Michael Mathes - January 3, 2020 - 9:04am
US lawmakers return to Washington Friday with President Donald Trump's upcoming impeachment trial looming over the first Senate session of 2020, but congressional leaders are locked in stalemate over how to pro...
Heated moments as Democrats clash in presidential debate
by Michael Mathes - December 20, 2019 - 4:52pm
One day after Trump's ignominious impeachment, seven candidates united on Thursday to declare the president must be defeated at the 2020 ballot box.
Solemnity, tension for Trump impeachment reckoning
by Michael Mathes - December 19, 2019 - 9:00am
As lawmakers trickled into the US House of Representatives Wednesday to debate the impeachment of Donald Trump, the congresswoman who gaveled in the session felt the full weight of history upon her shoulders.
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