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WASHINGTON | Pelosi claims she has votes, but race for speaker goes on

WASHINGTON— Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi‘s bid to regain the gavel intensified Friday as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday, an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw them welcome a historic class of newcomers to Capitol Hill and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi claims she has votes, but race for speaker goes on

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 claims ‘overwhelming support’ for 2nd act as speaker

WASHINGTON— Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she has “overwhelming support” from House Democrats to become the next speaker. Asked if sexism might block her second act, she shot back that’s a question for the mostly male lawmakers signing a letter against her. A group of 17 Democrats led by Rep. Seth Moulton D-Mass., have pledged to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi claims ‘overwhelming support’ for 2nd act as speaker

WASHINGTON | House Republicans elect McCarthy as leader with eye to 2020

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, handing the seven-term Californian a familiar role of building the party back to a majority as well as protecting President Donald Trump’s agenda. With Speaker Paul Ryan retiring and the House majority gone, the race … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House Republicans elect McCarthy as leader with eye to 2020

WASHINGTON | Trump ally McCarthy to lead House GOP, work to win majority

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election Wednesday to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, handing the seven-term Californian a familiar role of building the party back to a majority as well as protecting President Donald Trump’s agenda. With current speaker Paul Ryan retiring and the House majority gone, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump ally McCarthy to lead House GOP, work to win majority

WASHINGTON | Trump backs major rewrite of sentencing laws

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the first major rewrite of the nation’s criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation. “Today I’m thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump backs major rewrite of sentencing laws

WASHINGTON | Trump to back major rewrite of sentencing laws

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is planning to support the first major rewrite of the nation’s criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation. That’s according to a senior White House official familiar with the president’s plans who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Lawmakers reached agreement this week on legislation … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump to back major rewrite of sentencing laws

WASHINGTON | Lawmakers near prison reform deal, but Trump support crucial

WASHINGTON— Senators have reached a tentative accord on the first major rewrite of criminal justice sentencing in a generation, but now it’s up to President Donald Trump to decide if it’s worth making a push for the sweeping bipartisan bill during the lame-duck session of Congress. The package has been a top priority of Trump’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lawmakers near prison reform deal, but Trump support crucial