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WASHINGTON | Trump’s national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump‘s declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall is ending one political problem for the White House and allies on Capitol Hill, but launching another. Republicans are torn over Trump’s decision to invoke executive power to obtain funds for the wall along the Southern border. Some … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress

WASHINGTON | Trump grounds Pelosi after she imperils his big speech

WASHINGTON  —Jan 17, 2019— She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her an aircraft to visit troops abroad. The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinksmanship, with both flexing their political powers from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump grounds Pelosi after she imperils his big speech

WASHINGTON | Trump denies Pelosi aircraft for planned trip abroad

WASHINGTON  —Jan 17, 2019—It took President Donald Trump one day to flex his executive power back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, denying her an aircraft to visit troops abroad in apparent response to her attempt to delay his State of Union address. The nation’s two most powerful leaders appeared to be engaged in a game … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump denies Pelosi aircraft for planned trip abroad

WASHINGTON | Impeachment talk flares after Democrats take power in House

WASHINGTON— Jan 04, 2019—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had only been in office for a few hours when a handful of Democrats defied her persistent calls not to begin the new Congress by talking about impeachment. Just after Pelosi was sworn in Thursday, longtime Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas introduced … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Impeachment talk flares after Democrats take power in House

WASHINGTON | Pelosi doesn’t want to talk impeachment, but some Dems do

WASHINGTON —Jan 04, 2019— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had only been in office for a few hours when a handful of Democrats defied her persistent calls not to begin the new Congress by talking about impeachment. Just after Pelosi was sworn in on Thursday, longtime Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi doesn’t want to talk impeachment, but some Dems do

WASHINGTON | Amid shutdown over wall funding, Trump to meet Hill leaders

WASHINGTON — Jan 02, 2019—President Donald Trump is convening a border security briefing Wednesday for Democratic and Republican congressional leaders as a partial government shutdown over his demand for border wall funding entered its 12th day. The president “wants an agreement that reopens the government AND keeps Americans safe,” the White House said on Twitter. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Amid shutdown over wall funding, Trump to meet Hill leaders

WASHINGTON | Hill leaders, Trump to meet on border in WH Situation Room

WASHINGTON  —Jan 02, 2019— Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are expected to attend a briefing on border security at the White House as the government remains partially shut down and President Donald Trump asks in a tweet, “Let’s make a deal?” The partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22. Funding for Trump’s pet project, a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Hill leaders, Trump to meet on border in WH Situation Room

WASHINGTON | Government unlikely to get fully back to business for days

WASHINGTON — It looks like Christmas will be over and done with before the federal government will have a chance to get fully back to business. Even a temporary measure to end a partial shutdown seems out of reach until the Senate returns for a full session Thursday. President Donald Trump wants money for a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Government unlikely to get fully back to business for days

WASHINGTON | Holiday-season gridlock in DC brings partial federal closure

WASHINGTON — Christmas-season gridlock descended on the nation’s capital Saturday liked an unwelcomed present just before the holiday as America‘s elected leaders partially closed down the government over their inability to compromise on money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Congressional Democrats are refusing to accede to President Donald Trump‘s demands for $5 billion … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Holiday-season gridlock in DC brings partial federal closure

WASHINGTON | Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON — The fight over President Donald Trump‘s $5 billion wall funds has deepened, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. It wasn’t always like this, with Congress and the White House at a crisis over government funding. The House and Senate used to pass annual appropriation … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON | No tea party here: House Democrats can’t wait to govern

WASHINGTON  — As House control is about to switch, it serves as a reminder about Democrats: They like government. And governing. While tea party Republicans swept to power to stop things — repeal Obamacare, roll back environmental regulations and decrease the size and scope of government — Democrats are marching into the majority to build … Continue reading WASHINGTON | No tea party here: House Democrats can’t wait to govern

WASHINGTON | Trump prods McConnell on sentencing bill: ‘Go for it Mitch!’

WASHINGTON  — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. And on Friday, it also brought on a tweet from President Donald Trump. “Hopefully Mitch McConnell will … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump prods McConnell on sentencing bill: ‘Go for it Mitch!’

WASHINGTON | Pelosi: House could take ‘extraordinary step’ on NC election

WASHINGTON — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the chamber could take the “extraordinary step” of calling for a new election in a North Carolina congressional district if the winner is unclear amid allegations of voter fraud. Pelosi said Thursday the House “retains the right to decide who is seated.” She said “any member-elect can … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi: House could take ‘extraordinary step’ on NC election

WASHINGTON | Senate resolution would blame Saudis for journalist’s death

WASHINGTON  — A bipartisan group of senators is introducing a measure that says Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The resolution is largely symbolic, but it registers the Senate’s unrest with the killing and the Trump administration’s response. It’s among several measures being considered after a closed CIA … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate resolution would blame Saudis for journalist’s death

WASHINGTON | CIA director to brief Senate leaders on Khashoggi’s slaying

WASHINGTON— CIA Director Gina Haspel is headed to Capitol Hill to brief Senate leaders Tuesday on the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as senators weigh their next steps in possibly punishing the longtime Middle East ally over the killing. The CIA director is set to meet Republican and Democratic Senate leaders, as well as … Continue reading WASHINGTON | CIA director to brief Senate leaders on Khashoggi’s slaying

WASHINGTON | House Democrats’ 1st bill aims for sweeping reforms

WASHINGTON— House Democrats on Friday unveiled more details of their first bill for the new Congress, a good-government package that would limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote and require presidents to disclose their tax returns. The legislation, called H.R. 1, sets the tone for Democrats as they take the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House Democrats’ 1st bill aims for sweeping reforms

WASHINGTON | Washington’s new power standoff _ Trump, Pelosi

WASHINGTON— They haven’t spoken in days, not since President Donald Trump called to congratulate Nancy Pelosi on Democrats’ election night win. But they don’t really need to. Trump and Pelosi go way back, from the time she first showed up at Trump Tower fundraising for the Democrats long before he would become president or she … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Washington’s new power standoff _ Trump, Pelosi

WASHINGTON | Pelosi nominated to reclaim speakership, still faces test

WASHINGTON  — Nancy Pelosi was nominated by fellow Democrats to be House speaker on Wednesday, but she still faces a showdown vote when the full House convenes in January. Pelosi entered the closed-door caucus election in an unusual position — running unopposed for the nomination despite the clamor by some Democrats for new leadership. The … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi nominated to reclaim speakership, still faces test

WASHINGTON | Pelosi poised to be nominated by Democrats for speaker

WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi entered the House Democratic leadership elections on Wednesday in an unusual position: She’s running unopposed. Pelosi was expected to be nominated as her party’s choice for House speaker by Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts, with no fewer than eight colleagues set to second the choice, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi poised to be nominated by Democrats for speaker

WASHINGTON | Impeach the president? House Democrats saying not so fast

WASHINGTON — Whatever happened to trying to impeach President Donald Trump? As House Democrats begin laying out the vision for their new majority, that item is noticeably missing from the to-do list and firmly on the margins. The agenda for now includes spending on public works projects, lowering health care costs and increasing oversight of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Impeach the president? House Democrats saying not so fast

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

WASHINGTON | Pelosi starts bid for speakership with kind words from Trump

WASHINGTON  — Vilified by Republicans on the campaign trail, Nancy Pelosi emerged Wednesday as President Donald Trump’s preferred choice to become speaker of the House, arriving on Capitol Hill with an air of inevitability after leading her party back to the majority. The Democratic leader is positioned to return to the speaker’s office after Democrats … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi starts bid for speakership with kind words from Trump

WASHINGTON | Voters give House Democrats a check on Trump

WASHINGTON — The Democrats took back the House with a surge of fresh new candidates and an outpouring of voter enthusiasm Tuesday, breaking the GOP’s monopoly on power in Washington and setting the stage for a multitude of investigations of President Donald Trump that could engulf his administration over the next two years. Ending eight … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Voters give House Democrats a check on Trump