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Nancy Pelosi Cuts a Deal With Rebel Democrats

She's agreed to step down by 2022

(Newser) - Democratic rebels wanted new blood at the top and they're going to get it—but possibly not until 2022. In a deal with rebels that will pave the way for Nancy Pelosi's return as House speaker, she has agreed to limit her time in the role to a... More »

House Committee: Here's What Comey Told Us

A transcript of his closed-door interview is released

(Newser) - The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning, per the AP . Comey... More »

Dems Pick Pelosi as Speaker, but 'Showdown' Vote Looms

The full House will vote Jan. 3

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi has won the battle but not the war. She was on Wednesday nominated to be speaker by her fellow House Democrats, but what the AP calls a "showdown vote" looms: The full House will vote on Jan. 3. Politico reports the final tally in what was a... More »

Democrats Flip Another House Seat

McAdams beats Rep. Mia Love in Utah

(Newser) - Democrat Ben McAdams has flipped a US House seat in deep-red Utah, defeating incumbent Republican US Rep. Mia Love by fewer than 700 votes in a race that took two weeks to settle, the AP reports. McAdams defeated Love by a margin barely over what would have been needed to... More »

Pelosi's Future as Speaker 'in Serious Jeopardy'

16 House Democrats vow to oppose her

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi continues to face a revolt from within her own party . Sixteen House Democrats released a letter Monday vowing not to vote for her as speaker, the Washington Post reports. It's unclear exactly how many Democrat votes Pelosi will need to prevail in her bid to once again... More »

House Republicans Choose Their Leader

Kevin McCarthy handily beats Jim Jordan

(Newser) - The race for House minority leader was Kevin McCarthy's to lose on Wednesday, and lose it he did not. Politico reports the Republican successfully fended off a challenge from conservative Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan, with Republican sources saying the final count was 159 to 43. The remainder... 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 »

Democrats Retake House for First Time Since 2010

Pelosi promises a 'new day in America'

(Newser) - It wasn't exactly a blue tsunami, but Democrats regained control of the House for the first time since 2010 in Tuesday's midterm elections after flipping at least 26 seats on their way to the 218 needed for a majority, dealing a massive blow to President Trump's hopes... More »

Women Elected to House in Record Numbers

At least 84 elected across US

(Newser) - The current record of 84 women serving at the same time in the US House of Representatives will be broken in the next Congress. With ballots still being counted across the country, women have won 75 seats and are assured of victory in nine districts where women are the only... More »

Control of the House: Democrats Get 2 Early Flips

GOP in danger of losing the chamber

(Newser) - Democrats were off to a good start in their quest to take control of the House. They flipped two early seats, one in Virginia and another in Florida (by Donna Shalala), and Politico sees them as being on track toward getting the necessary minimum of 23 flips. In fact, Fox... More »

We May Not Know Who Won the House for Weeks

Postal ballots in California and Washington may need to be counted first

(Newser) - Polls show Democrats have a strong chance of retaking the House on Tuesday, but they shouldn't open the champagne yet—even if they do win, it could take weeks to be confirmed, according to a New York Times analysis. Around 30 races considered tossups by the Cook Political Report... More »

Democratic Candidate Dies Suddenly in Florida

April Freeman's rival suspends campaigning

(Newser) - Republican House candidate Greg Steube has canceled campaign events for a week after the sudden death of his rival. April Freeman, the Democrat seeking to replace retiring Rep. Tom Mooney in Florida's 17th District, died Sunday night of what husband David Freeman believes was a heart attack, the Sarasota ... More »

6 Siblings of Ariz. Rep Appear in Political Ads— for His Opponent

Paul Gosar's brothers and sisters don't hold back

(Newser) - Recruiting one of your opponent's family members to appear in your political ad would be considered a minor coup; pulling in six of them would be quite "stunning." That's how ABC News describes the latest spots from David Brill, a Democrat running against GOP incumbent Paul... More »

Indicted Congressman Does U-Turn, Revives Campaign

Chris Collins says the 'stakes are too high'

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker who dropped out of a House race in upstate New York after being charged with insider trading has decided to drop back in. Rep. Chris Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse President Trump, said in a statement that constituents in his Buffalo-area district can now... More »

Democratic Surge Isn't Translating to Senate

FiveThirtyEight sees Republicans with strong chance of retaining control

(Newser) - The latest analysis from about how the midterms will affect the Senate is good news for Republicans. The forecast gives the GOP a 67% chance of retaining control. Despite an expected strong performance by Democrats in House elections—one that could easily result in their party taking over... More »

Powerful Incumbent Loses Mass. Democratic Primary

Ayanna Pressley slams Trump, party establishment

(Newser) - Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley scored an upset win in a Massachusetts primary Tuesday night and is set to become the state's first black congresswoman—especially since no Republican is running against her in the 7th Congressional District. Pressley defeated 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano, who had been endorsed by... More »

Abuse Allegations Surface Days Before Minn. Primary

Rep. Ellison denies abusing ex-girlfriend

(Newser) - An ex-girlfriend has made disturbing allegations of domestic abuse against US Rep. Keith Ellison, days before the Democrat faces a five-way primary for Minnesota attorney general. Karen Monahan says a Facebook post made by her son, who said he'd seen video of Ellison dragging her off a bed and... More »

Indicted GOP Rep Changes His Plans

Chris Collins suspends his re-election campaign

(Newser) - In an about-face, US Rep. Chris Collins is ending his re-election bid days after the Republican was charged with insider trading. Collins released a statement Saturday morning saying he will suspend his campaign and fill out the rest of his term, the AP reports. Collins was indicted Wednesday on charges... More »

Democrat Won't Concede in Ohio Special Election

Republican rival's lead is shrinking

(Newser) - President Trump has already congratulated the Republican candidate in a closely watched special congressional election in Ohio—but election officials say the race has actually tightened. Officials in Franklin County, where Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor are competing for a House seat, say they found 588 previously... More »

GOP Declares Victory in Tight Ohio Race

Trump congratulates Balderson on 'great victory'

(Newser) - The year's last special election for a House seat was too close to call Tuesday night—but that didn't stop Republicans from declaring victory in an Ohio district they've held since 1983, the Washington Post reports. GOP state Sen. Troy Balderson was 1,754 votes ahead of... More »

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