Facebook, Twitter on defense in U.S. Congress over foreign bids to tilt politics

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Sept 5 : Top executives from Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc defended their companies in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday over what lawmakers see as a failure to combat continuing foreign efforts to influence U.S. politics. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who testified alongside Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, acknowledged […]

Mexico’s Lopez Obrador seen dominating Congress, as female lawmakers surge

By Gabriel Stargardter and Miguel Gutierrez MEXICO CITY, July 4 : The party of Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and its allies will have an outright majority in Congress but will not surpass the two-thirds threshold needed to change the constitution, estimates show. Lopez Obrador, a leftist, won a landslide victory on Sunday, and […]

Democrats ask U.S. EPA’s Pruitt for details on weapons, security buys

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Apr 12 : Democratic U.S. lawmakers asked embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday to provide documents about ethics issues they said were revealed to them by a former agency official, including spending on bulletproof vests, weapons, and a contract with an Italian security service. The Democrats, including Senators […]

U.S. Congress unveils $1.3 trillion spending bill as shutdown looms

By Richard Cowan and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON, Mar 22 : Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress late on Wednesday unveiled a $1.3 trillion bill to fund the government through September, which includes an additional $80 billion in national defense spending but fails to fund some of President Donald Trump’s immigration initiatives. If passed […]