US House Democrats elect Hakeem Jeffries as first Black party leader

US House Democrats elect Hakeem Jeffries as first Black party leader

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Hakeem Jeffries was unanimously elected on Wednesday to become the Democratic Party’s top leader in the US House of Representatives beginning in January, making him the first Black American to hold such a high-ranking position in Congress. The vote by Jeffries’ fellow Democrats also marked the rise of a younger … Read more

Taiwan president quits as party head after China threat bet fails to win votes

Taiwan president quits as party head after China threat bet fails to win votes

TAIPEI, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday after her strategy to frame local elections as showing defiance to China’s rising bellicosity failed to pay off and win public support . The elections for mayors, county chiefs and local councilors are ostensibly … Read more

Republicans win US House majority, setting stage for divided government

Republicans win US House majority, setting stage for divided government

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Republicans were projected to win a majority in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday, setting the stage for two years of divided government as President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party held control of the Senate. The victory gives Republicans the power to rein in Biden’s agenda, as well as to … Read more

Trump greets supporters, aides file paperwork for 2024 White House bid

Trump greets supporters, aides file paperwork for 2024 White House bid

PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov 15 (Reuters) – Donald Trump aides filed paperwork for a 2024 presidential bid on Tuesday as the former president greeted supporters at his gilt-edged Florida resort, where he was expected to announce a new White House bid. “America’s comeback starts right now,” Trump told a phone-waving crowd of donors and longtime … Read more

US House control hinges on tight races after Democrats take Senate

US House control hinges on tight races after Democrats take Senate

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Control of the US House of Representatives hinged on Monday on several tight races that could secure a majority for Republicans following midterm elections that saw President Joe Biden’s Democrats beat expectations and retain the Senate. Republicans were closer to winning the House, having secured 211 seats compared to Democrats’ … Read more

Biden pleased with election turnout, says reflects quality of party’s candidates

Biden pleased with election turnout, says reflects quality of party's candidates

PHNOM PENH, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Joe Biden said on Sunday he was “incredibly pleased” with the turnout in the US election after Democrats clinched control of the Senate, a major victory for the president as he looks to his next two years in office. Speaking to reporters in Cambodia ahead of an East Asia … Read more

Republicans close in on US House majority, Senate still up for grabs

Republicans close in on US House majority, Senate still up for grabs

WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Republicans were edging closer to securing a majority in the US House of Representatives early on Thursday, while control of the Senate hung in the balance, two days after Democrats staved off a Republican “red wave” in midterm elections. Republicans had captured at least 210 House seats, Edison Research projected, … Read more

Control of US Congress unclear as Republican ‘red wave’ fizzles

Control of US Congress unclear as Republican 'red wave' fizzles

Republicans still favored to win House Key races in both chambers too close to call Biden’s next two years at play ALPHARETTA, Ga./PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov 9 (Reuters) – Republicans made modest gains in US midterm elections but Democrats performed better than expected, as control of the Senate hinged on three races that remained too close … Read more

Republican senators win re-election in initial US midterm results

Republican senators win re-election in initial US midterm results

ALPHARETTA, Ga./PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov 8 (Reuters) – Several Republican senators easily won re-election on Tuesday in US midterm elections that could usher in an era of divided government and scale back President Joe Biden’s power in Washington. With polls closed in six states, the initial results would not alter the balance of power in the … Read more

In final midterm push, Biden warns of threats, Trump hints at another run

In final midterm push, Biden warns of threats, Trump hints at another run

YONKERS, NY, Nov 6 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden warned that a Republican win in Tuesday’s midterm elections could weaken US democracy, while former President Donald Trump hinted at another White House bid, two days before votes in which Republicans could gain control of both chambers of Congress. The comments, made at dueling rallies held … Read more