House Speaker

WASHINGTON | Pelosi meets with freshmen Democrats key to speakership bid

WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi met privately Friday with several newly-elected Democrats who could be crucial to her bid for House speaker, as she works to tamp down discord and fend off a challenge from a small but persistent group determined to stop her from reclaiming the gavel. The freshmen entering and exiting Pelosi’s stately office … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi meets with freshmen Democrats key to speakership bid

WASHINGTON | Pelosi sees vocal opposition to her return as House speaker

WASHINGTON  — If it was up to most of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi would be the obvious choice to become speaker of the House. But within the ranks of the chamber’s Democratic majority, there’s a small but persistent group pushing to topple her return as the first woman with the gavel. Pelosi appears be … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi sees vocal opposition to her return as House speaker

WASHINGTON | Conservatives push for change after GOP loses the House

WASHINGTON— As Nancy Pelosi wrangles votes in her bid for House speaker, another leadership battle is playing out on the Republican side, where Kevin McCarthy faces a challenge from conservative Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan to lead the new GOP minority. Republicans lost the House majority in this week’s midterm elections, and conservatives are blaming … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Conservatives push for change after GOP loses the House

WASHINGTON | Pelosi unveils plans to establish new House diversity office

WASHINGTON— Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi wants to establish a House diversity office to recruit and retain employees from different backgrounds to Capitol Hill as one of the first acts of the new Congress, according to a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. Pelosi told colleagues in the letter that Democrats “take great pride” in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi unveils plans to establish new House diversity office

WASHINGTON | Democrats vow action on gun control after Calif. shooting

WASHINGTON — Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control amid a rash of mass shootings, including a late-night assault at a California bar that killed 12 people. Measures including expanded background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons are likely to reach the House floor when Democrats retake control after eight years … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats vow action on gun control after Calif. shooting

SALT LAKE CITY | Only black GOP woman in Congress running in Trump-wary Utah

SALT LAKE CITY— The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban Utah district where many say they are wary of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Mia Love has sought to create some distance from the president while challenger Ben McAdams criticizes her … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | Only black GOP woman in Congress running in Trump-wary Utah

TOPEKA, Kan | GOP makes Pelosi issue even for Democrats who keep distance

TOPEKA, Kan  — Paul Davis kicked off a promising Democratic campaign to flip a GOP-leaning Kansas congressional district with a pledge to oppose Nancy Pelosi’s return as House speaker. It didn’t change the GOP’s strategy for keeping the seat: Republicans have branded him a “Pelosi liberal.” Davis is among dozens of Democratic candidates across the … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan | GOP makes Pelosi issue even for Democrats who keep distance

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. | House Speaker Paul Ryan uncovers Jewish roots on PBS show

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.  — House Speaker Paul Ryan was surprised and proud to find out he has Jewish roots. The Wisconsin Republican discovered his family history while filming a segment for the upcoming season of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.” Gates says he traced Ryan’s heritage back to his … Continue reading BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. | House Speaker Paul Ryan uncovers Jewish roots on PBS show