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Shkreli set to take the Fifth Amendment at hearing

Washington - Ex-pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli has stated he would like to "berate" and "insult" Congress. However, for this week’s hearing he is set to take the Fifth Amendment.

Congress passes bill requiring childproof liquid nicotine bottles

Washington - It's called the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, and it's intended to keep kids safer by making it more difficult for sticky little fingers to get into yummy-looking but highly toxic liquid nicotine. Congress passed the measure on Monday.

Obama seeks unilateral action on gun control

Washington - In an effort to curb gun violence in the U.S., President Barack Obama is looking for ways to take the issue of gun control out of the hands of Congress.

President considers tightening gun control laws without Congress

Washington - President Barack Obama plans to meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to devise strategies for tightening gun control without the help of ideologically deadlocked U.S. lawmakers.

Emerging powers rise in IMF as U.S. unblocks reforms

Washington - China, India and Russia will soon speak with a louder voice at the International Monetary Fund.

Brooklyn comedian launches campaign to stop 'racist' U.S. bill

Congress is getting ready to vote on a bill that will make it harder for people of certain ethnic backgrounds to enter the US from overseas, even if they're US citizens.

EU diplomats warn U.S. over visa threat

Washington - Diplomats from the 28-member European Union on Monday warned they could respond in kind if the United States makes good on plans to end visa-free entry for some EU nationals.

FBI chief: California killers radicalized before they met

Washington - The Muslim husband and wife who killed 14 people in an attack on a year-end party in San Bernardino, California were radicalized at least two years ago, before they met online, FBI Director James Comey said.

U.S. bill would have tech firms report terrorist activity

San Francisco - Two US senators introduced a bill that would compel tech companies, particularly social media firms like Facebook and Twitter, to warn law enforcement when they detect terrorist activity on their platforms.

U.S. House votes to tighten controls on visa-free travelers

Washington - American lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to impose restrictions making it more difficult for visitors to Iraq, Syria and countries listed as supporting terrorism to travel visa-free to the United States.

U.S. House blocks carbon emission rules, Obama to veto

Washington - US House Republicans voted Tuesday to block President Barack Obama's regulations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions -- a move certain to spark his veto -- as negotiators work on a global climate deal in Paris.

House votes to suspend US refugee program

Washington - The House of Representatives voted Thursday to ban Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the United States until tougher screening measures are in place, a move some slammed as giving in to xenophobia after the Paris attacks.

U.S. House bill would tighten refugee vetting

Washington - The House of Representatives could vote as early as Thursday on new legislation that requires stricter vetting for refugees fleeing Syria's civil war and seeking to settle in the United States.

Op-Ed: Republicans' best trick yet — Making Paul Ryan seem reasonable

Washington - Just when you thought the U.S. Congress couldn't get more out-of-touch with the American people they're supposed to be representing comes this: the House of Representatives has picked Rep. Paul Ryan to be speaker.

U.S. Senate passes budget deal to avert default

Washington - The US Senate passed a bipartisan, two-year budget deal early Friday that boosts federal spending by $80 billion, reduces a government shutdown threat and raises the debt ceiling through the end of Barack Obama's presidency.

Republican Paul Ryan elected US Speaker of the House

Washington - US lawmakers on Thursday elected Paul Ryan, a conservative Republican who helped steer budget and tax policy in Congress, as speaker of the House of Representatives, seeking to end months of political disarray.

Republicans choose Paul Ryan for US House speaker

Washington - US House Republicans on Wednesday elected Paul Ryan, a youthful, popular and wonkish conservative, as their candidate for speaker of the House of Representatives -- a move they hope will unite their fractured camp.

Clinton stands firm through marathon Benghazi grilling

Washington - Hillary Clinton stood her ground through a grueling 11 hours of questioning over the 2012 Benghazi attacks, parrying Republican blows at a high-stakes congressional hearing that could impact her bid for the White House.

Clinton faces Benghazi 'interrogation'

Washington - Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton faces a congressional grilling Thursday over her role during and after the deadly attacks on the US mission in Benghazi, a hearing one top Democrat blasted as a "political hit job.

Paul Ryan moves closer to U.S. House speaker's role

Washington - US congressman Paul Ryan and hardline Republicans signaled that he is closer to taking the role of speaker of the House after the majority of a conservative faction offered their support.

Ryan will run for U.S. House speaker, if conditions met

Washington - US congressman Paul Ryan announced he will run for the job of speaker of the House, if his fractious fellow Republicans are able to unify behind him.

Clinton aide testifies as Democrats slam Benghazi panel

Washington - Hillary Clinton's long-time confidante testified Friday before US lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Libya, as Democrats slammed the Republican-led actions as efforts to "derail" the ex-secretary of state's White House bid.

Congress chaos exposes U.S. Republican divide ahead of 2016

Washington - US Republicans have feuded since 2011. Now with the latest Washington chaos over who rises to House speaker, the GOP competes for the presidency struggling to show it can govern without compromising conservative doctrine.

Republican chaos as McCarthy quits US House speaker race

Washington - Conservative US Republicans drove frontrunner Kevin McCarthy out of the race to be the next speaker of the House, plunging their party into disarray and triggering a mad scramble to find the chamber's next leader.

Op-Ed: Amtrak plays 'Chicken' with Congress, threatens service cuts

The head of Amtrak has warned Congress that it will suspend parts of its national service in December if they are not given an extension on the year-end deadline for implementing advanced safety technology.

Bolivia's Congress votes to let Evo Morales run for re-election again

La Paz - Bolivia's Congress voted Saturday to amend the South American country's constitution to let President Evo Morales run for re-election again in five years, and potentially extend his presidency to 2025.

U.S. House speaker John Boehner to resign next month

Washington - US House Speaker John Boehner, who has spent years pushing back against a rebellious flank long seeking his ouster, told a closed-door meeting Friday that he will resign next month, his office and lawmakers said.

Pope arrives at U.S. Capitol ahead of speech to Congress

Washington - Pope Francis arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday ahead of his historic speech to US lawmakers, the first time the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has addressed a joint session of Congress.

Obama urges Congress to approve U.S. budget

Washington - President Barack Obama used his weekly radio and online address Saturday to urge the Republican-controlled Congress to pass a budget in a timely fashion.

Obama Democrats pave way for Iran nuclear deal

Washington - President Barack Obama's Democrats staved off a united Republican effort to sink the Iran nuclear deal Thursday, handing him a welcome foreign policy victory.
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