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Congresswoman Who Served 16 Terms Dead at 88

New York's 'tough as nails' Louise Slaughter was planning on going for her 17th term

(Newser) - An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year-old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died. Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, per the AP . She was the first woman to chair that committee when she led... More »

Democrat Scores Upset Win in Florida

Republicans outnumber Dems in district by 12K

(Newser) - A Democrat has won a closely watched Florida House special election in a legislative district that President Trump carried in 2016. Uncertified results from the Sarasota County elections office show that Margaret Good took more than 52% of the vote in Tuesday's race, while Republican James Buchanan had nearly... More »

Dems React as Trump Blocks Memo: 'Hypocrisy at Its Worst'

President has sent Dems' memo back to HIC for revisions due to 'classified' and 'sensitive' passages

(Newser) - Earlier Friday, President Trump spoke to reporters about the 10-page Democratic rebuttal memo to the GOP memo alleging wrongdoing in the FBI and DOJ, noting that the Dem memo is "going to be released soon." "Soon" may be relative, however, as Trump, via a letter sent Friday... More »

White House Walks Back Trump's 'Treasonous' Remark

It was 'tongue in cheek,' spokesman says

(Newser) - The White House says President Trump wasn't speaking seriously when he said it was "treasonous" for Democrats not to clap during his State of the Union address. He was speaking "tongue in cheek" and trying to emphasize positive changes under his leadership that all Americans should celebrate,... More »

#MeToo Dress Code Is Moving to Capitol Hill

Rep. Jackie Speier, other Dems encouraging black attire for President Trump's State of the Union

(Newser) - The red carpet turned dark at the Golden Globes on Sunday, where the majority of celebrities dressed in all black to recognize the sexual misconduct issue in Hollywood marked by the "#MeToo" and "Time's Up" movements. Now it's Congress' turn, with an invite from the House... More »

As Jan. 19 Budget Deadline Approaches, 'It's a Mess'

President Trump to meet with Republicans, Democrats Tuesday

(Newser) - Simply put, "it's a mess," or so an unnamed person involved in Washington's attempt to come to an agreement on a long-term spending plan—something that has to happen by Jan. 19—tells CNN . The hangup isn't spending, but immigration, with Republican John Cornyn accusing... More »

This Is the Woman Replacing Al Franken in the Senate

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith plans to run again for the seat in 2018

(Newser) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election, per the AP . Smith was widely seen as Dayton's top choice from the moment... More »

Now in DC Spotlight: Kirsten Gillibrand

She led the charge against fellow Democrat Al Franken

(Newser) - The demise of Al Franken's career in the US Senate was hastened along by members of his own party who called for him to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations. Chief among them: New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who helped turn up the heat on Franken this week by... More »

With Franken Out, GOP Has Dream Candidate in Mind

A once-safe seat for Democrats is now up for grabs in 2018

(Newser) - Democrats aren't in immediate danger of losing Al Franken's Senate seat. Minnesota's governor is a Democrat himself and will choose within the party for his temporary replacement. After that, however, all bets are off. And that's bad news for Democrats, explains the AP : Franken would not... More »

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 »

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