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Pelosi Keeps Her Job

She fends off challenger Tim Ryan of Ohio, will remain minority leader

(Newser) - House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader on Wednesday. The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, reports the AP . Her win came despite disenchantment among some in the Democratic caucus over the party's disappointing performance in... More »

GOP Keeps Control of the House

Notable: Liz Cheney grabs dad's old seat for Wyoming

(Newser) - An analyst declared days ago that "the race for the House is over," with "zero chance" of it going to the Dems, and it appears that prediction has now come to fruition. Both ABC News and NBC News have projected the GOP will keep control of the... More »

On Election Eve, 'the Race for the House Is Over'

Analysts say Republicans will keep control, but by a smaller margin

(Newser) - When Hillary Clinton was up big in the polls, Democrats entertained at least faint hopes of flipping the 30 seats that would be necessary for them to gain control of the House. And now, with the election upon us? "The race for the House is over: Republicans are going... More »

Democrats End Gun-Control Sit-In After 25 Hours

They've declared victory despite no vote

(Newser) - Democrats ended their gun-control sit-in at the House of Representatives on Thursday after more than 25 hours on the floor, the AP reports. According to Reuters , Democratic lawmakers, who had stayed overnight while chanting and singing, were trying to force a vote on legislation to expand background checks and stop... More »

Democrats' Dramatic Sit-In Now in Second Day

But Ryan officially adjourns House until July 5

(Newser) - Democrats are calling their sit-in protest on the House floor a success, even though it hasn't led to the votes on gun-control legislation they demanded. About two dozen lawmakers were still taking part Thursday morning, even after House Speaker Paul Ryan adjourned the chamber about 3am until after the... More »

House Dems Stage Sit-In Over Gun Control

Accuse GOP of turning off C-SPAN cameras, demand House not go to recess until vote

(Newser) - Less than a week after Sen. Chris Murphy's filibuster for gun control on the Senate floor (and two days after the Senate voted down a series of gun control measures), another power move, this time by House Democrats: a sit-in protest Wednesday, per the AP . With Georgia Rep. John... More »

House: Confederate Flags Only Twice a Year at Some Graves

Amendment vote included almost all Dems, 84 Republicans

(Newser) - Republicans and Democrats came together Thursday in a House of Representatives vote that agreed to limit the use of Confederate flags in national veterans cemeteries, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Per the approved amendment to a veterans and military spending bill, the controversial flag won't be able to be... More »

House Approves Controversial Zika Bill

But it's way less than Senate funding and White House request

(Newser) - Congress can't even come close to agreeing on how much money to allocate to the Zika virus. The House on Wednesday night passed a bill that would provide $622 million in funding, but that's way below a $1.1 billion measure in the Senate and even further below... More »

Pull a Swatting Prank, Spend 2 Decades in Jail? Maybe

The bill just passed a committee vote

(Newser) - It's a "potentially lethal" prank that could soon be attached to some pretty serious legal consequences. The Washington Post reports a bill that would make the penalty for swatting—calling in false threats to prompt an armed law enforcement response on unsuspecting victims—up to 20 years in... More »

Congress Gives Thumbs-Up to $1.14T Spending Bill

Obama will sign it next to avoid shutdown

(Newser) - Congress on Friday sent President Obama a bipartisan but deficit draining year-end budget package that boosts federal agency spending and awards tax cuts to both families and a sweeping array of business interests. A 65-33 Senate vote on the measure was the last act that shipped the measure, combining $1.... More »

47 Democrats Buck Obama on Syrian Refugees

House easily passes measure to tighten screening

(Newser) - The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday to make it harder for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the United States. The AP calls the 289-137 vote a "stinging rebuke" to President Obama, and the Hill points out that 47 Democrats bucked the White House and supported the measure. It... More »

Paul Ryan Has New Title, 'New' Name

That's Paul D. Ryan to you, sir

(Newser) - House Republicans officially nominated Paul Ryan as speaker Wednesday, CNN reports. Er, excuse us, Paul D. Ryan. Also Wednesday, the congressman asked the Clerk of the House to formally change his name on all official documents and offices to Paul D. Ryan, Politico reports. His full name is Paul Davis... More »

It's Got to Be Paul Ryan

Columnists explain why

(Newser) - With the sudden withdrawal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the presumed next speaker of the House, on Thursday, Republicans are going back to the drawing board to find a replacement for the outgoing John Boehner. One familiar name is being bandied about by politicians and the media: Paul Ryan. Though Ryan... More »

Legislator Trolls Republicans With Fake Craigslist Ad

'Babysitting experience STRONGLY PREFERRED' for next speaker

(Newser) - "Proven ability to work with irrational people who pursue narrow priorities at the expense of millions of others." That's one of the main job requirements for speaker of the House, at least according to a fake Craigslist ad posted to social media Thursday by a Democratic congressman'... More »

McCarthy Drops Bomb, Quits Speaker Race

He stuns House GOP members with announcement

(Newser) - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped a political bombshell on his Republican colleagues Thursday morning by dropping out of the race for House speaker. McCarthy was the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring John Boehner at the end of the month, though he faced long-shot challenges from Reps. Jason Chaffetz... More »

House Creates Panel on Planned Parenthood

Expect issue to stretch into election year

(Newser) - John Boehner's resignation may have avoided a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding, but the issue now seems likely to remain in play well into the 2016 election year: The House on Wednesday created a special committee to investigate the handling of fetal tissue and other abortion-related issues, reports... More »

House May Not Be Able to Elect a New Speaker

Conservative bloc holds the trump cards, writes Russell Berman

(Newser) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy is the heavy favorite to be the next House speaker, but he's got a big math problem at the moment: When the full House votes on Oct. 29, he needs 218 ayes—and a group of about 30 conservative Republicans can prevent him from getting there,... More »

WikiLeaks Offers $100K Reward for Secret Trade Deal

Julian Assange: 'Let's open the TPP once and for all'

(Newser) - If you've somehow gotten your hands on the "missing chapters" from the ultra-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, WikiLeaks will give you $100,000 to hand them over. As for where that hundred grand is coming from, well, the organization hopes users are so anxious to see the document... More »

'Downton Abbey' Congressman Resigns

Aaron Schock's move follows reports of lavish spending, shady campaign financing

(Newser) - Republican Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, dogged by irregularities in his campaign finance and congressional spending accounts, announced today that he would resign his House seat at the end of the month. "I do this with a heavy heart," Schock said in a statement. He said he had... More »

Congress Averts Shutdown of Homeland Security

House, Senate agree to one-week reprieve

(Newser) - Congress passed a one-week bill late tonight to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Obama's immigration policy intact. The final vote of a long day and night was... More »

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