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Nation Jun 26Armed Services panel chairman seeks $696 billion DOD budget
An influential House committee chairman pressed his case Monday for $696 billion defense budget in 2018 — more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Politics Jun 22WATCH: Ryan says House wants to move on Iran, Russia sanctions bill
Senate Republicans are holding a private meeting to hear from leaders about their long-awaited plan for eliminating much of President Barack Obama's health law.
Politics Jun 20Some senators urge House to pass Russia sanctions bill ‘as quickly as possible’
Some proponents of Senate-passed legislation fear the Trump administration may seek to dilute the bill.
Politics Jun 17Republicans divided as Trump reverses some Obama Cuba policy
While anti-Castro conservatives hailed Trump's partial roll-back of President Barack Obama's detente, a number of other GOP lawmakers, particularly from farm states, criticized the change as misguided and isolationist.
Nation Jun 14Senate approves sanctions bill to punish Russia for meddling
The Republican-led Senate voted decisively to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election by approving a wide-ranging sanctions package that targets key sectors of Russia's economy and individuals who carried out cyber attacks.
Politics Jun 14WATCH LIVE: Tillerson to testify in House as Russia sanctions vote nears
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will testify before a House panel as momentum builds on Capitol Hill for a package of new Russia sanctions. Watch live here.
Politics Jun 13Tillerson says U.S. relationship with Russia is deteriorating
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. relationship with Russia is at an all-time low, yet he cautioned against taking steps that might close off promising avenues of communication between the two former Cold War foes.
World May 25Senate panel backs bill to authorize new sanctions on Iran
A Senate panel overwhelmingly backed bipartisan legislation that would authorize President Donald Trump to put new sanctions on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal with Tehran in place.
World May 23Top official says U.S. hasn’t verified ISIS claim on Manchester attack
The United States' top intelligence official says the U.S. has not yet verified that the Islamic State group is responsible for the attack in Manchester, England, but called the deadly incident a reminder of how serious the terror threat remains.
World May 22Senate confirms Iowa governor as ambassador to China
Senators voted 82-13 Monday to approve the nomination of Branstad, who is in his sixth non consecutive term as Iowa's governor.