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Biden White House cheers ‘red ripple’ as Republicans underperform midterm forecasts

Biden White House cheers ‘red ripple’ as Republicans underperform midterm forecasts

TREVOR HUNNICUTT and JEFF MASON U.S. President Joe Biden, who declared optimism about the midterm elections this week despite opinion polls predicting Republican wins, had reason to feel vindicated morning even though his Democrats could still lose control of Congress. Republicans may eke out a narrow majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate was still up for grabs with key races in Arizona, Georgia and Nevada undecided. But that was all part of better-than-expected news for the White House. Democrats bucked dire forecasts in national races, clinched governors' races in states seen as crucial to the next election in 2024,…
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Democrats urge Biden to revert to Obama-era Cuba detente

Democrats urge Biden to revert to Obama-era Cuba detente

SARAH MARSH EIGHTY U.S. House of Representatives Democrats urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to repeal Donald Trump's "cruel" sanctions on Cuba and renew engagement, an early sign of support in Congress for easing the clamp-down on the Communist-run country. In a letter to Biden seen by Reuters they urged the Democratic president to sign an executive order "without delay" to end restrictions on travel and remittances, noting that well over half of Cubans depend on the latter. "With the stroke of a pen, you can assist struggling Cuban families and promote a more constructive approach," they said. The letter…
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Democrats push toward second Trump impeachment

Democrats push toward second Trump impeachment

JOSEPH AX and RICHARD COWAN DEMOCRATIC-LED efforts to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump for a historic second time gained momentum over the weekend, although it looked far from certain whether enough Republicans would back the move with just days left in his term. Democratic members of the House of Representatives will introduce articles of impeachment on Monday after Trump encouraged his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Representative Ted Lieu said on Twitter. The California Democrat, who helped draft the charges, said the articles had drawn 190 co-sponsors by Saturday night. As of Saturday afternoon, no Republicans had…
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Biden moves forward as top Democrats blast Republican post-election ‘shenanigans’

Biden moves forward as top Democrats blast Republican post-election ‘shenanigans’

SUSAN CORNWELL, DOINA CHIACU and SIMON LEWIS U.S. President-elect Joe Biden moved ahead with planning his new administration on Thursday as his fellow Democrats in Congress blasted Republican "shenanigans" challenging Donald Trump's election loss and urged action on the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican president has refused to concede the election and his allies in Congress have declined to acknowledge Biden as the winner while Trump's campaign pursues legal challenges to vote counts in several states, based on unsubstantiated claims of voting fraud. The two top Democrats in Congress - House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck…
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US election: what the tight results mean for Democrats and Republicans

US election: what the tight results mean for Democrats and Republicans

AS vote counting continued in key battleground states in the US election, Joe Biden edged closer to the White House while Donald Trump launched multiple lawsuits. Whatever the final result, Democrats have not secured the resounding landslide against Republicans many of them had hoped for. Thomas Gift, associate professor and director of the Centre on US Politics at UCL, looked at what the close margin of the race means for both parties. THOMAS GIFT, Associate Professor of Political Science at UCL and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Programme, UCL Q: Whatever the final vote count, what does…
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