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Updated: US House in limbo as Republican Scalise appears short of votes for speaker

US House Majority Leader Steve Scalise speaks as he walks to a candidate forum at the Longworth House office building, after Kevin McCarthy was ousted as Speaker of the House, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on 10th October, 2023

Updated: 12:20pm (AEDT)Washington DC, USReuters Republicans who control the US House of Representatives on Wednesday nominated Steve Scalise to serve as speaker following last week’s ouster of Kevin McCarthy, but delayed further action when he appeared to be short of the support needed to win a vote of the full chamber. Scalise, now number two […]

Biden, McCarthy reach tentative US debt ceiling deal

General view of the US Capitol after US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached a tentative deal with President Joe Biden to raise the United States' debt ceiling and avoid a catastrophic default, in Washington, US, on 27th May, 2023

Washington DC, USReuters US President Joe Biden and top congressional Republican Kevin McCarthy reached a tentative deal to suspend the federal government’s $US31.4 trillion debt ceiling on Saturday evening, ending a months-long stalemate.  However, the deal was announced without any celebration, in terms that reflected the bitter tenor of the negotiations and the difficult path […]

Essay: Playing chicken over debt and spending bills

President Joe Biden meets with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California, to discuss the debt limit in the Oval Office of the White House, on Monday, 22nd May, 2023, in Washington

As the US debt ceiling crisis continues, US Catholic commentator THOMAS REESE expresses his hope that US Congress could look seriously at government programs to make them better and more efficient rather than grandstanding for the media and their partisan base…

Airman suspected of leaking secret US documents hit with federal charges

An undated picture shows Jack Douglas Teixeira, a 21-year-old member of the US Air National Guard, who was arrested by the FBI, over his alleged involvement in leaks online of classified documents, posing for a selfie at an unidentified location.

Boston, US Reuters A 21-year-old member of the US Air National Guard accused of leaking top secret military intelligence records online was charged on Friday with unlawfully copying and transmitting classified material.  Jack Douglas Teixeira of North Dighton, Massachusetts, who was arrested by heavily armed FBI agents at his home on Thursday, made his initial […]

Trump says he expects to be arrested on Tuesday, calls for protests

Former US President Donald Trump, who announced a third run for the presidency in 2024, hosts a New Year's Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, US, on 31st December 2022.

New York, USReuters Former US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he expects to be arrested on Tuesday as New York prosecutors consider charges over a hush money payment to a porn star, and called on his supporters to protest. “Illegal leaks from a corrupt & highly political Manhattan district attorney’s office…indicate that, with no […]

US cardinal asks bishops to challenge lawmakers who want to cut Ukraine aid

US Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego

Baltimore, USRNS America’s newest cardinal called on his fellow bishops to challenge lawmakers who want to cut Ukraine aid, urging prelates to speak out against leaders of a Republican majority in the next Congress angling to reduce US support for the country as it battles Russian invaders. Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego, who was elevated […]