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For GOP, the Perils of 'Trumpism Without Trump'

Democrats have a great night in Virginia and elsewhere

(Newser) - The dust is settled on Tuesday night's election results , and most pundits are declaring them worthy of a big celebration for Democrats. The big win, of course, came in Virginia, where Ralph Northam fended off Ed Gillespie in the governor's race, though there's disagreement on how much... More »

Amid 2017 Election Wave, Big Implications for 2018

Two House Republicans announced retirement Tuesday, as Dems eye grabbing power in House

(Newser) - Axios calls it "a big story that could get lost in the blizzard" of Tuesday's elections : Two longtime GOP lawmakers announced their retirements Tuesday from the House of Representatives, adding to the growing list of Republicans electing to leave Capitol Hill under the Trump administration rather than... More »

Trump Wants Hard-Line Measures in Return for DACA Deal

List makes no attempt at compromise, Democrats complain

(Newser) - The "deal" with President Trump on DACA that top Democrats spoke of last month is still very much a work in progress—and the two sides are so far apart that it might not happen at all. In a list of "principles" released by the White House Sunday... More »

Weinstein: I'll Reach Out to Ashley Judd 'in a Year'

He also tells Page Six the NYT was 'reckless'

(Newser) - Fallout from the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal , which broke in the New York Times Thursday, continues to rain down, and it's now hit congressional Democrats. The Times reports at least four senators—Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Patrick Leahy, and Martin Heinrich—will give money to charity equal to... More »

Coulter Raises Impeachment After Trump's DACA Moves

Right seethes amid confusion over status of president's supposed deal with Democrats

(Newser) - So is there is a deal between President Trump and Democrats to protect "Dreamers" or not? Based on Thursday's confusion , the answer apparently boils down to semantics, observes Politico . But this much is clear: Trump and Democrats are close enough that the president's right-wing base is furious.... More »

Democrats Unveil Their New 'Better Deal' for America

The party turns populist after 2016 debacle

(Newser) - Still smarting from November's brutal election and looking to push a more populist agenda in the lead-up to the 2018 midterms, Democratic Party leaders gathered in the small town of Berryville, Va., on Monday to announce their new "Better Deal " plan, the AP reports. "The focus... More »

DeVos Sued by AGs for Delay of Rules to Protect Students

Against abuses from for-profit colleges, per the suit brought by 19 attorneys general

(Newser) - Democratic attorneys general in 18 states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuses by for-profit colleges, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Washington and demands implementation of borrower... More »

Dems Need to 'Reject Siren Calls of the Left'

And embrace a more centrist perspective: 'NYT' op-ed

(Newser) - "Reject the siren calls of the left" is the advice Mark Penn and Andrew Stein offer for the Democratic Party in a New York Times op-ed. The two make a case for why Democrats have to move back to the centrist position advocated by President Bill Clinton in the... More »

Is Nancy Pelosi in Trouble?

Grumbles about Democratic leadership grow louder, but Pelosi herself is defiant

(Newser) - As the Democrats assess their 0-4 record in congressional special elections of late, one person who seems to be taking the lion's share of the blame is Nancy Pelosi. In Georgia, for instance, backers of winning GOP candidate Karen Handel unleashed a torrent of ads linking Democrat Jon Ossoff... More »

Poll: In 2020 Race, Trump Would Lose to Any Old Dem

But not specifically to Elizabeth Warren

(Newser) - Democrats are already eyeing the 2020 presidential race, and Elizabeth Warren has broken out of the pack as an early favorite who can persist against President Trump—but a recent poll indicates it may not be her persistence the Dems should be looking toward. The Politico/Morning Consult survey of 1,... More »

In Silencing Warren, McConnell Gave Dems a New Battle Cry

'Nevertheless, she persisted'

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have inadvertently handed Democrats—and feminists—a new rally cry with his move to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tuesday night. "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted," McConnell said, using an arcane rule to ban Warren from... More »

GOP Advances 2 Nominees With No Democrats Present

After Democratic boycott, Finance Committee Republicans change the rules

(Newser) - Democrats found a way Tuesday to use the Senate's own rules to stall two of President Trump's Cabinet nominees. On Wednesday, Republicans retaliated in the simplest of ways: They changed those rules. As a result, the names of Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin and Health and Human Services nominee... More »

GOP to Dems Skipping Cabinet Votes: 'Stop Acting Like Idiots'

Democrats want more information before votes for Mnuchin for Treasury, Price for HHS

(Newser) - Senate confirmation hearings for President Trump's Cabinet choices got heated Tuesday—or at least the ones that took place. Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee angered not only by Trump's recent travel ban , but also by his firing of acting AG Sally Yates , forced votes Tuesday to be... More »

Since Inauguration, 2.2K Progressives Decided to Run for Office

1K did so in the days after immigration order

(Newser) - A group determined to turn opposition to President Trump's policies into real change has signed up more than 1,000 young people to run for state or local office in the space of a few days. The Run for Something group, which is seeking people under 35 with progressive... More »

Beyonce 2020 Is Exactly What Democrats Need

Jeet Heer makes case for celebrity Democratic candidate

(Newser) - After Donald Trump's election victory, Michael Moore suggested Democrats should run a celebrity in 2020 . If they aren't already considering it, they should be, writes Jeet Heer at New Republic . Some argue that voters are actually turned off by celebrities, whose lectures can feel patronizing and whose bank... More »

Top 5 Democratic Presidential Candidates for 2020

Elizabeth Warren tops the list

(Newser) - “It appears we’re going to have an old-folks’ home," New York Magazine quotes Sen. Harry Reid as saying about hypothetical Democratic 2020 presidential contenders. "We’ve got Warren; she’ll be 71. Biden will be 78. Bernie will be 79.” Regardless, the Hill has ranked... More »

In 4-Hour Press Conference, Putin Gives Dems Some Advice

'Learn to lose with dignity'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin had this to say about Donald Trump in his 2015 December press conference: "He is an absolute leader in the presidential race." Now that Trump has won that race, the Russian president had more to say about him and US politics in this year's edition... More »

Democratic Favorite for 2020? None of the Above

Sorry Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - Democrats asked who they'd be "excited" to see run for president in 2020 overwhelmingly responded: Who else you got? USA Today conducted a poll of Democrats and independents and found 66% would be excited for "someone entirely new" to run; only 9% thought "someone entirely new"... More »

'Nuts' Mich. Rep Turned Out to Be Spot-On About Election

Debbie Dingell says she warned Dems that Clinton was ignoring key group

(Newser) - "That's Debbie, it's hyperbole, she is nuts." That's the vibe Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who represents her state's 12th Congressional District, says she received throughout Election 2016, when she tried to warn her fellow Democrats that no, Hillary Clinton was not on an... More »

Michael Moore to 'Shocked' Democrats: You Weren't Paying Attention

Filmmaker's 'Morning After To-Do List' is going viral

(Newser) - On Wednesday, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore penned a " Morning After To-Do List " for Democrats that has, as of Thursday morning, been shared more than 180,000 times, liked more than 350,000 times, and commented on more than 18,000 times. Item No. 1? "Take over... More »

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