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With Ryan Out, Things Looking Up for the 'Iron Stache'

And more on what Ryan's retirement means

(Newser) - In explaining why he would not seek re-election in November, Paul Ryan on Wednesday used the phrase "weekend dad" at least three times. The House speaker noted that if he remained in Congress his three kids would "only know me as a weekend dad. That's it right... More »

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 »

Closely Watched Pennsylvania Election Could Go to Recount

Conor Lamb is just a few hundred votes ahead of Rick Saccone

(Newser) - The closely watched special election in Pennsylvania's 18th District was still too close to call at midnight Tuesday, with only around 600 votes separating Democrat Conor Lamb from Republican Rick Saccone and plenty of absentee ballots still uncounted. President Trump carried the district by 20 points in 2016 and... More »

Why the 'World Is Watching' One Pennsylvania District

Rick Saccone goes up against Conor Lamb in a special election in the 18th District

(Newser) - Taking southwestern Pennsylvania's 18th District was a cakewalk for Donald Trump: He snagged the district by 20 percentage points, reports CNBC . It was similarly a breeze for former GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, who won in 2014 and 2016 without even facing a Democratic challenger. But reports that Murphy urged... More »

House, Senate Pass Deal to Reopen Government

Deficit protest caused brief shutdown

(Newser) - While most Americans were sleeping, the government shut down and reopened. The Senate passed a bipartisan spending bill early Friday—almost two hours after Sen. Rand Paul forced a government shutdown by blocking the vote for as long as he could in a protest against deficit spending. When the vote... More »

Neo-Nazi Set to Win GOP Nomination in lllinois Race

Arthur Jones is running unopposed in primary

(Newser) - "I hate Illinois Nazis," declared John Belushi's character in The Blues Brothers. He would not have liked Arthur Jones. Jones, a neo-Nazi who describes the Holocaust as an "extortion racket," is set to win the Republican nomination for the state's 3rd Congressional District, which... More »

Bill Passes House, but Shutdown Still Looms

Senate Democrats are expected to kill it

(Newser) - A government shutdown starting midnight Friday is looking like a strong possibility: A short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown was passed by the House Thursday evening, largely along party lines, but the measure appears unlikely to pass the Senate, Reuters reports. After a last-minute deal with the conservative... More »

California Republican Says He Won't Defend His House Seat

He's the 29th House Republican to announce his retirement ahead of this year's midterms

(Newser) - Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California said Monday he will not seek re-election after serving out his 13th term in the House, the latest in a string of committee chairmen who have announced their retirement, the AP reports. Royce is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This was... More »

Conyers' Son Was Arrested After Domestic Incident

Girlfriend told police she was stabbed

(Newser) - Rep. John Conyers is retiring from the House seat he held for 52 years, and he wants his son to replace him—but voters in Michigan's 13th District may be wary of replacing a man accused of sexual misconduct with one accused of domestic violence. John Conyers III, 27,... More »

Conyers: 'I Am Retiring Today'

This after a new accusation from a woman who says he groped her in church

(Newser) - Despite numerous calls for him to do so, Rep. John Conyers won't resign—but he is retiring, and it looks like he's not waiting. "I'm in the process of putting my retirement plans together," he told Detroit radio host Mildred Gaddis in a call from... More »

Another Staffer Accuses Conyers of Misconduct

She says there was inappropriate touching

(Newser) - A former deputy chief of staff said Rep. John Conyers made an unwanted sexual advance toward her and touched her inappropriately twice in the late 1990s, the Detroit News reports in the latest sexual misconduct allegations against the veteran lawmaker. Deanna Maher, 77, who ran a Michigan office for the... More »

Al Franken Accused of Being 'Serial Groper'

2 more women have come forward

(Newser) - The accusations against Sen. Al. Franken are starting to stack up. Two more women came forward Wednesday to accuse the Democrat of groping them, bringing the total to four. One woman tells the Huff Post that in 2007, during Franken's first Senate campaign, he grabbed her buttocks during a... 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 »

Rep. Conyers: Yes, I Settled, but I'm Innocent

Congressman confirms payment to woman who accused him of sexual misconduct

(Newser) - Michigan Rep. John Conyers confirms that he did indeed pay a settlement to a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct, though he continues to deny the allegations. "My office resolved the allegations—with an express denial of liability—in order to save all involved from the rigors of... More »

Report: Rep Paid $27K to Keep Sex Misconduct Claim Quiet

Woman says she was fired for rejecting John Conyers' advances

(Newser) - The latest allegation of sleazy behavior on Capitol Hill involves Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House. According to BuzzFeed , the Michigan Democrat's office paid $27,000 in 2015 to settle a sexual misconduct complaint from a woman who said she was fired for rejecting his advances.... 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 »

New Allegations of Sex Misconduct, This Time in Congress

Current and former female lawmakers, including Mary Bono, reveal past instances of harassment

(Newser) - For years, GOP Rep. Mary Bono endured increasingly suggestive comments from a fellow House lawmaker. But when the congressman approached her on the House floor and told her he'd been thinking about her in the shower, she confronted the man, who she said still serves in Congress, telling him... More »

Do You Win or Lose? 8 Things in GOP Tax Plan

Your 401(k) is safe

(Newser) - The name "Cut, Cut, Cut Act" has been, well, cut, and that's not all. GOP House leaders are releasing what the Washington Post reports will be called the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," and details are emerging on precisely what's in it. Here are 8... 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 »

Trump Sides With Democrats on Harvey Relief, Debt Ceiling

President overrules lawmakers from the GOP

(Newser) - President Trump overruled congressional Republicans and his own treasury secretary Wednesday and cut a deal with Democrats to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit for three months, all part of an agreement to speed money to Harvey relief. In the course of a relatively brief negotiating session... More »

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