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The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States, and consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election, though vacancies in the Senate may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment. Congress has 535 voting members: 435 representatives and 100 senators. The House of Representatives has six non-voting members representing Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia in addition to its 435 voting members. Although they cannot vote in the full house, these members can address the house, sit and vote in congressional committees, and introduce legislation.

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U.S. Democrats want Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference

Senior U.S. Democrats said on Monday that President Donald Trump's administration should immediately impose sanctions on Russia after U.S. intelligence officials told members of Congress that Russia..
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Trump’s Doctor Thought He Had a Ticket to Congress. It Hasn’t Been So Easy.

Ronny Jackson is one of 15 candidates in a crowded Republican primary. And the White House hasn’t gone out of its way to help.
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Trump says Russia supporting his reelection 'another misinformation campaign' [Video]Trump says Russia supporting his reelection 'another misinformation campaign'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said on Twitter that the idea that Russia wants him to win re-election was "another misinformation campaign" launched by Democrats. This report produced by Chris..

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Trump ally Stone sentenced to 40 months for lying to Congress [Video]Trump ally Stone sentenced to 40 months for lying to Congress

Donald Trump's longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone was sentenced to serve 40 months in jail in a case that embroiled the Justice Department in political controversy and provoked the ire of the U.S...

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Trump Taking Billion From Navy To Build Wall [Video]Trump Taking Billion From Navy To Build Wall

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chad Swysgood The Trump administration is again raiding Pentagon funds in order to defy Congress and pay for the construction of a border wall..

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Trump defends 'legal right' to interfere in criminal cases [Video]Trump defends 'legal right' to interfere in criminal cases

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he has "the legal right" to interfere in criminal cases, capping a tumultuous week that raised questions about whether he is eroding the independence of the..

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Pelosi: Trump comments on Stone are 'abuse of power' [Video]Pelosi: Trump comments on Stone are 'abuse of power'

U.S. President Donald Trump's comments this week weighing in on the trial of his longtime associate Roger Stone amount to political interference in the judiciary and are "an abuse of power," House..

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Trump to take billions more from military for wall [Video]Trump to take billions more from military for wall

The U.S. Defense Department sent Congress a request to shift nearly $4 billion from the military budget to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, a central promise of President Donald Trump's..

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U.S. Senate rebukes Trump, votes to limit war powers on Iran [Video]U.S. Senate rebukes Trump, votes to limit war powers on Iran

The U.S. Senate backed legislation on Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran, rebuking him after a strike against an Iranian military commander and Tehran's..

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Trump Taking $3.8 Billion From Military For Border Wall [Video]Trump Taking $3.8 Billion From Military For Border Wall

Defense Department sent Congress a request to shift nearly $4 billion from the military budget to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, a central promise of President Donald Trump’s campaign for..

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Will Congress limit Trump's power to strike Iran? [Video]Will Congress limit Trump's power to strike Iran?

U.S. Congress has moved closer to passing legislation that would limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran. But he can still veto it, and its unlikely that enough Republican..

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Trump thanks Justice Dept. for intervening in his friend Stone's case [Video]Trump thanks Justice Dept. for intervening in his friend Stone's case

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to say whether he is considering pardoning longtime adviser Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness..

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Trump declines to say if he's considering pardoning Stone [Video]Trump declines to say if he's considering pardoning Stone

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to say whether he is considering pardoning longtime adviser Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness..

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Trump hails Barr for 'taking charge' of Stone case [Video]Trump hails Barr for 'taking charge' of Stone case

Donald Trump on Wednesday praised the head of the Justice Department for intervening on behalf of one of the president's friends and advisers who is facing sentencing after he was found guilty of seven..

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Prosecutors quit after DOJ backtracks on Stone [Video]Prosecutors quit after DOJ backtracks on Stone

Under pressure from President Donald Trump, the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday abruptly moved to seek a shorter prison sentence for veteran Republican operative and long-time Trump adviser Roger..

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S&P 500, Nasdaq edge up to record highs [Video]S&P 500, Nasdaq edge up to record highs

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq inched up to their second consecutive record closing highs on Tuesday after Chinese officials said the deadly coronavirus epidemic could be contained by April. Fred Katayama..

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White House Asks For Bigger NASA Budget [Video]White House Asks For Bigger NASA Budget

The White House asked Congress for $25.2 billion for NASA in 2021, the biggest budget in decades. The request would raise the budget for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s by 12..

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Trump To Propose New Budget With $4.8 Trillion Proposal [Video]Trump To Propose New Budget With $4.8 Trillion Proposal

President Donald Trump is expected to unveil his latest budget, a $4.8 trillion proposal. According to Business Insider, he will ask Congress for $2 billion for the border wall. Additionally, Trump..

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Appeals court tosses Democrats' lawsuit challenging Trump businesses [Video]Appeals court tosses Democrats' lawsuit challenging Trump businesses

A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by Democratic lawmakers alleging President Donald Trump's overseas business dealings violate the U.S. Constitution's anti-corruption..

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As Trump Seizes Wall Money, Congress’s Spending Power Weakens

The administration’s plan to divert more military funds to building a border wall is the latest example of the long-running erosion of Congress’s power of the purse.
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Russia denies backing Trump re-election, critics express alarm

The Kremlin on Friday denied Russia was interfering in the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign to boost President Donald Trump's re-election chances following reports that American intelligence officials..
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AP Top Stories February 21 A

Here's the latest for Friday February 21st: Intelligence officials warn Congress of Russian 2020 election interference; Early Nevada caucus voting; Shooting in Idaho senior apartment complex; More..
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John Rood, Top Defense Official, Latest to Leave After Impeachment Saga

Mr. Rood told Congress that Ukraine had made necessary reforms to justify sending the country aid, undermining an argument made by President Trump’s defenders in the impeachment battle.
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Salvadoran president sends more soldiers to fight crime after standoff with lawmakers

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele deployed hundreds of soldiers on Tuesday to fight gangs, days after facing criticism for barging into Congress with the army to pressure lawmakers over his security..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro offers credit for indigenous farmers as he pushes to open their lands

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday said he was pushing a bill through Congress to allow commercial mining and agriculture on protected indigenous lands, as he met with tribal leaders to..
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White House Memo Justifying Suleimani Strike Cites No Imminent Threat

A new report sent to Congress about the drone strike that killed Iran’s top general contradicted the original justification the administration provided.
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Illegal alien or undocumented immigrant? Colorado the latest to debate replacing terms

A Colorado lawmaker proposed replacing illegal alien with undocumented immigrant, bringing arguments heard in New York and Congress to a swing state.
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Administration to Divert Billions From Pentagon to Fund Border Wall

The formal notification to Congress prompted bipartisan outcry and accusations that the administration had again overstepped its constitutional authority.
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Senate acts to restrain Trump's powers against Iran

A bipartisan Senate majority voted to pass a resolution Thursday limiting President Donald Trump from ordering future strikes against Iran without first seeking Congress' explicit permission. (Feb...
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Trump administration taking $3.8 billion more from military for Mexico border wall

The U.S. Defense Department sent Congress a request to shift nearly $4 billion from the military budget to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, a central promise of President Donald Trump's..
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Brazil lawmakers urge Congress to shelve indigenous mining bill

Opposition lawmakers called on Brazil's Congress on Thursday to reject a proposal by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to open indigenous reservations to commercial mining, saying it endangered some..
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House to vote to allow ratification of Equal Rights Amendment for women

The House is expected to vote Thursday to remove the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. It's uncertain if Congress can do that, even if the Senate would follow suit.
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Attorney General William Barr will testify before members of Congress on March 31

The letter says Barr will be questioned about "the misuse of our criminal justice system for political purposes."
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Democrats demand probe of Trump role in Stone case; Republicans unmoved

Republicans in Congress on Wednesday brushed aside calls to investigate possible political interference at the U.S. Justice Department after the agency asked for a lighter prison term for President..
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Will Census 2020 count be accurate? Congress questions the readiness of the Census Bureau

Democrats question whether the 2020 Census count will be accurate and whether the Census Bureau is doing enough to hire workers and reach out to minorities.
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Republicans shrug off calls to probe Trump influence in criminal case

Republicans in Congress on Wednesday rejected calls to investigate possible political interference at the U.S. Justice Department after the agency asked for a lighter prison term for President Donald..
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Trump declines to say if he is considering pardoning Stone

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to say whether he is considering pardoning longtime adviser Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness..
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Mexican president intends to send judicial reform proposal to Congress

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday he will send Congress a proposal crafted by the Supreme Court that aims to strengthen the judiciary to combat corruption and abuse of..
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Prosecutors Recommend Roger Stone Receive 7- to 9-Year Sentence

President Trump’s former campaign adviser was convicted of lying to Congress and trying to block a witness in order to impede an investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.
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Roger Stone should serve 7 to 9 years in prison for lying to Congress, prosecutors say

Roger Stone was convicted in November of lying to Congress and obstructing the Russia investigation to protect President Donald Trump.
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President Donald Trump's budget reflects campaign priorities such as immigration, defense spending

The budget President Donald Trump will deliver to Congress reads more like a 2020 campaign document than a spending proposal that can win approval.
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Academy Award winners, Trump's budget proposal, Harvey Weinstein trial: 5 things to know Monday

President Trump will deliver his latest budget proposal to Congress, the Westminster dog show resumes and more news to start your Monday.
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Trump's proposed budget to call for increases in military spending, cuts in domestic programs

President Donald Trump's latest budget proposal, to be delivered to Congress on Monday, would slash non-defense programs by 5 percent.
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Congress approved $25M in funding for gun safety research. Now what?

Gun safety researchers may finally be able to answer basic questions about gun ownership, policies and violence prevention programs.
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Greta Beer, Who Fought Swiss Banks for Family Assets, Dies at 98

Rebuffed by the banks, she pressed her fight and her testimony in Congress helped bring about a billion-dollar settlement over accounts of Holocaust victims that were long hidden.
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Senate acquittals of President Donald Trump leave a damaging legacy

52-48 on abuse of power; 53-47 on obstruction of Congress. Next Democratic president will recall Senate cowards and conclude — anything goes: Our view
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'Pelosi disgraced herself': GOP outraged by Pelosi ripping up Trump State of the Union speech

"Nancy Pelosi disgraced herself, her title, the US Congress, and our great country with this disgusting response," said Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.
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Brazil's lower house of Congress approves coronavirus quarantine bill

Brazil's lower house of Congress late on Tuesday approved a bill laying out rules for the quarantine of Brazilian nationals returning from China who may be infected with coronavirus, as well as other..
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Congressmembers give Trump speech mixed reviews

Members of Congress largely split along party lines as they reviewed President Trump's State of the Union address. (Feb. 5)  
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In political speech to Congress, Trump pokes at Democrats' divide on healthcare

Democrats campaigned on healthcare when they won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. President Donald Trump made plain on Tuesday that he would try to use the issue to his advantage..
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Trump-Pelosi feud erupts during speech to Congress as impeachment trial nears end

A bitter feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi boiled over at his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, with Trump denying her a handshake and Pelosi ripping apart a..
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Emerging from impeachment shadow, Trump uses speech to ridicule Democrats, tout economy

Only hours before his expected acquittal on impeachment charges, U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to go face to face with his accusers and defenders in Congress, ridiculing Democratic healthcare..
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Democratic women in Congress wearing white to Trump's State of the Union to honor suffrage movement

The color choice honors the women's suffrage movement that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 to grant women the right to vote.
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With impeachment almost over, Trump faces Congress in prime-time speech

With the impeachment drive against him ebbing, U.S. President Donald Trump faces his Democratic accusers on Tuesday night at a State of the Union speech where he is expected to push his case for..
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Factbox: Trump impeachment - What happens next?

The U.S. Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump is now in its final stages, with senators devoting Tuesday to short speeches laying out their positions on whether the president should be acquitted or..
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What to Expect Ahead of Trump’s State of the Union Address

President Trump will speak in front of a joint session of Congress the day before the Senate is expected to acquit him in the impeachment trial.
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State of the Union Address Guide: Start Time, How to Watch and More

President Trump will speak in front of a joint session of Congress the day before the Senate is expected to acquit him in the impeachment trial.
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Dogged by impeachment, Trump goes head to head with Congress in big speech

With the impeachment drive against him ebbing, U.S. President Donald Trump will face his Democratic accusers on Tuesday night at a State of the Union speech where he is expected to push his case for..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro tells Congress priorities are tax reform, jobs

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said in a message sent to Congress on Monday that his legislative priorities for the year are tax reform, central bank autonomy, job creation and enacting regulatory..
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After a Century of Waiting, the Little Shell Celebrate Recognition

For decades, the Native American tribe in northern Montana had no legal status. That changed in December, when Congress passed a provision granting federal recognition to the tribe’s 5,300 members.
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Donald Trump to make 'school choice' a major topic at State of the Union address

President Trump's plans to offer tax credits for private school scholarship donations faces an uphill fight in Congress, especially in an election year.
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'The Russians are coming', and other moments from a busy day in Congress and the impeachment trial

The Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump has reached a crossroads that could either extend the trial for days or see it end Friday.
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Dozens of transgender detainees transferred from criticized New Mexico ICE facility

Members of Congress demanded ICE move or release the transgender migrant detainees amid safety concerns.
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