US Politics

Fears that far-right Republicans would keep the debt ceiling bill from coming to the floor and risk a default turned out to be overblown. Instead, establishment Republicans worked with Democrats to secure a deal and pushed for provisions on how to keep supporting Ukraine.

Political rivals may have reached a deal, but it has exposed US political dysfunction, increased fears about economic hegemony and come at the expense of the welfare of ordinary citizens.

  • The ex-New Jersey governor is promising to be the only candidate in a crowded Republican field willing to directly take on the former US president
  • Christie’s entry into the race comes amid concerns from some in his party that a larger number of candidates will benefit Trump

This time the 76-year-old tycoon is the runaway front runner but the conventional wisdom remains the same: the larger the chasing pack, the more likely he is to win.

The White House announced the signing on Saturday, done in private at the White House with just two days to spare, in a statement in which the US president thanked congressional leaders for their partnership.


The US Senate voted to pass a controversial bill suspending the country’s US$31.4 trillion debt ceiling, all but ending a political stand-off that threatened to cause a first-ever US default.

At least two Republican lawmakers have threatened to tie up the Senate floor if their demands aren’t met, which could delay the vote past June 5.

The ex-president appeared in Iowa and invited the audience to ask him questions – something his chief Republican rival has seemed reluctant to do.

President Joe Biden took a face-first tumble after tripping over an obstacle on stage at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado, but he appeared unhurt – and joked about it later.

Donald Trump enjoys a solid lead in early polls for the Republican nomination and a crowded field could potentially benefit his candidacy in the presidential primaries.

Six months after he endured 15 humiliating floor votes just to be elected speaker, Kevin McCarthy navigated fierce hardline opposition to pass a debt ceiling bill in the US House before a fast-approaching deadline.

By a margin of 314 to 117, the agreement between Joe Biden and Kevin McCarthy wins bipartisan support, clearing path to avert unprecedented sovereign default.

Semiconductors, AI and quantum computing among targeted sectors, with aim of restricting flow of US investment dollars ‘that comes with know-how’.


The recording, which is in the hands of prosecutors, purportedly shows the ex-president understood he retained classified material after he left the White House.


A deal to raise the US debt ceiling faces a crucial vote in the House of Representatives, amid a conservative backlash that resurrected the threat of the country’s first-ever default.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis bashed Donald Trump on issues such as immigration, Covid policy and federal spending, suggesting that he had drifted away from conservative principles as president.

The House of Representatives Rules Committee is due to consider the 99-page bill on Tuesday, ahead of votes in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Backers of the spending deal have only a week to get the agreement through Congress before a possible June 5 default that could have catastrophic consequences.

The Interior Ministry issued the warrant after South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham appeared to cheer on Russian deaths in a video released by Ukraine’s presidential office.

Agreement to suspend the US$31.4 trillion debt ceiling until January 1, 2025, still needs to pass through a narrowly divided Congress before the June 5 ‘X-date’.

Deal includes a two-year debt limit increase and keeps non-defence spending by the government capped in the same time frame, a source tells the Post.