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 […]

Palestinian national council meeting faces more obstacles

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, April 22 : More than 100 members of the 700-seat Palestinian National Council (PNC) want to delay a rare session of the Palestinians’ top decision-making body, saying on Sunday they were concerned some factions would be shut out. The PNC is due to convene in the city of Ramallah on April […]

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 […]

Trump’s dealmaker image tarnished by U.S. government shutdown

By James Oliphant WASHINGTON, Jan 21 : For President Donald Trump, this weekend was supposed to be a celebration. On the first anniversary of his presidency on Saturday, with the stock market roaring and his poll ratings finally rising, he had planned to rest at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, feted by friends and admirers. […]

U.S. Senate leader McConnell sees a more collegial 2018

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, Dec 22 : U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday said a shifting landscape will lead him to work with Democrats on immigration and financial regulation early in the new year, following a year of acrimony and partisan legislation. In an end-of-year news conference, McConnell touted a list of Republican […]