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Comey: 'Happy Thanksgiving. Got a Subpoena'

Loretta Lynch is in the same boat

(Newser) - Reports that House Republicans probing alleged bias against President Trump at the FBI and Justice Department were preparing to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch proved to be true. "Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans," Comey tweeted Thursday, noting he'... More »

Jordan Challenges McCarthy for Leadership of House GOP

He says the party needs a fighter to confront Democrats

(Newser) - The speaker's gavel now out of reach, Republican Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus in closed-door elections that will determine party leadership and set the tone for the new Congress. The race for minority leader is McCarthy's to lose Wednesday, but the... More »

Trump Has a Gift for House Republicans

The president releases funds from his campaign coffers

(Newser) - House Republican candidates, check your campaign accounts: A nice donation may be headed your way. President Trump himself has let his re-election campaign share funds with 100 GOP candidates in House and Senate races—not a ton, but still thousands per lucky contender, Politico reports. And the Republican National Committee... More »

Report: Trump Meeting With House GOP 'Didn't Move Needle'

But he wants them to send him an immigration bill

(Newser) - President Trump met with House Republicans Tuesday amid mounting public outrage over the separation of children from their families at the border—but insiders say that while the closed-door address was vintage Trump, he didn't leave lawmakers with a clear path to a deal on immigration. Lawmakers say Trump... More »

Paul Ryan's Speakership May End Early

Multiple reports suggest the lame duck might be ousted before the election

(Newser) - One thing is not in dispute: Paul Ryan will not be House speaker next year. In fact, he won't even be in Congress now that he's not running for re-election . But new reports are raising the question of whether Ryan will even be allowed to finish his current... More »

Trump's House Allies Ready 'Last Resort' Move

Republicans have drafted articles of impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein

(Newser) - Democrats warned such a move could be coming. Now, House Republicans allied with President Trump have drafted articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who's overseeing Robert Mueller's investigation into links between Trump's campaign and Russia, the Washington Post reports. "It's sickening,"... More »

RNC Makes a Big Bet on 2018

GOP is dropping $250M on strategy to hold House majority at all costs

(Newser) - The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all: Preserve the House majority for the rest of President Trump's first term. Facing the prospect of a blue wave, the White House's political arm is devoting unprecedented resources to... More »

Big Ryan Question: Will He Have to Step Down Early?

Some in GOP don't want a lame-duck speaker ahead of the midterms

(Newser) - Paul Ryan's surprise decision to announce his retirement from Congress before the midterms now raises one big question: Will Republicans allow him to remain as House speaker through the end of his term or try to get a new leader in place as quickly as possible? Politico , for instance,... More »

GOP Congressman Abruptly Quits

Blake Farenthold of Texas wasn't running for re-election anyway after harassment allegations

(Newser) - A Texas congressman beset by a slew of sexual harassment issues is leaving office sooner than expected. Republican Blake Farenthold, who previously decided not to seek re-election, has abruptly resigned—as of 5pm Friday, reports USA Today . “While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in... More »

Republicans Probing Alleged DOJ, FBI Corruption: Report

Group has met secretly for weeks to build case: Politico

(Newser) - President Trump has called the investigations into his campaign's ties to Russia a "witch hunt." This week, Donald Trump Jr. suggested they were part of a "rigged system" of "people at the highest levels of government" working to hurt the president. Some House Republicans apparently... More »

A Dozen Republicans Voted Against Tax Plan

Lawmakers from high-tax states join Democrats in opposition

(Newser) - When House Republicans vote on their tax plan for a second time Wednesday, it's likely that 12 of their own lawmakers will be joining Democrats in voting no. The House passed the measure 227-203 on Tuesday, but some parliamentary logistics mean they'll have to do it again on... More »

House Republicans Nearing Agreement to Pass Tax Package

But they're still working out how to pay for new tax breaks

(Newser) - Congressional Republicans on Tuesday were speeding toward an agreement on a massive tax package that would ease the hit on Americans living in high-tax states and appease corporations that could have lost precious tax breaks. Negotiators were working to expand a deduction for state and local taxes to allow individuals... More »

Key Differences Between House, Senate Tax Bills

2 chambers will have to craft a compromise

(Newser) - The Senate passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax overhaul early Saturday after some late changes were made to the bill. The House passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill two weeks ago that differs in key respects, and the two chambers will have to craft a compromise to... More »

Rep. Barton Threatened to Call Police on Former Lover

He says he may be victim of 'revenge porn'

(Newser) - Rep. Joe Barton threatened to call the police on a former lover who contacted other women he was in relationships with and sent them explicit materials he had shared with her, according to a recording provided to the Washington Post . In the 2015 phone call, the Texas Republican tells the... More »

After Much Bickering, House Tax Panel Amends GOP Plan

Panel votes on party lines for amendments

(Newser) - After a day of partisan bickering over whether the Republicans' sweeping tax plan would truly help the middle class, a key House panel on Monday approved late changes. Lawmakers restored the tax exemption for employees receiving child care benefits from their companies, but also put new requirements on a tax... More »

House GOP Won't Cut Taxes for Wealthiest Earners

But corporate tax rate will be slashed from 39% to 20%

(Newser) - Furiously working to finish a tax bill, House Republicans have decided to keep the income tax rate for the wealthiest earners in the face of Democratic criticism that the overhaul pushed by President Trump would benefit the rich. The GOP blew past its self-imposed deadline for public release, with the... More »

Close House Vote May Not Bode Well for Tax Overhaul

Budget measure passes, but lawmakers from 'high-tax' states nearly derail it

(Newser) - The House has narrowly passed a $4 trillion budget that clears a key hurdle toward President Trump's goal of cutting taxes, per the AP . The 216-212 vote allows Republicans to begin work on a $1.5 trillion tax cut and move it through Congress without fear of blocking tactics... More »

GOP Lawmaker Takes Step Toward Killing Mueller Probe

Rep. Ron DeSantis suggests investigation is a 'fishing expedition'

(Newser) - A Florida Republican is looking to halt funding for Robert Mueller's special investigation into ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia and bar review of all matters before Trump's campaign kicked off. The amendment put forth by Rep. Ron DeSantis would block Mueller from investigating "... More »

House Budget Plan Sets Stage for High-Risk GOP Fight

If they can't pass it, Republicans' tax reform might be doomed

(Newser) - House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a budget that proposes trillions of dollars in cuts to the social safety net and other domestic programs while sharply boosting military spending, a blueprint that elicited criticism from conservatives and moderates. The GOP plan, authored by Budget Chairman Diane Black, R-Tenn., is critical to... More »

Republicans Have 20 New Reasons to Worry About 2018

Or 46. Or 58. Or 7.

(Newser) - As Republicans voted to replace ObamaCare Thursday, Democrats were heard singing the sports-anthem taunt, "Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye." A new report from political forecaster the Cook Political Report shows why: In the aftermath of the vote, Cook downgraded Republican chances in 20 congressional races in 2018. The scary... More »

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