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New Committee to Watch How Stimulus Money Is Spent

Republicans say there's enough oversight already

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is launching a bipartisan committee to keep an eye on how the $2 trillion in the new stimulus bill is spent. "Where there's money there’s also frequently mischief," Pelosi said Thursday. "We want to make sure there are not exploiters out... More »

Biden Gets the Endorsement He Needed Ahead of Saturday

Rep. Jim Clyburn backs the VP for president

(Newser) - South Carolina has been described as a "must-win" state for Joe Biden , and he just got a major boost in his quest to take the state's primary on Saturday. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the House majority whip and a longtime Biden ally, has endorsed the former vice president. Clyburn... More »

Biden Needs a Win, and He May Get a Big Endorsement

South Carolina 'kingmaker' Jim Clyburn will announce his pick Wednesday

(Newser) - Joe Biden is riding momentum from his second-place finish in Nevada as he heads into what Politico sees as a "must-win" state for him, South Carolina. It now appears that Biden will get the influential endorsement of longtime ally Rep. Jim Clyburn, the House majority whip. Clyburn will announce... More »

Civil Rights Activist and Majority Whip's Wife Dead at 80

The Clyburns raised millions for scholarships

(Newser) - Emily Clyburn, the wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina who helped raise millions of dollars to help students attend the alma mater they shared, died Thursday in Columbia, according to the congressman's office. She was 80 years old. Rep. Clyburn and the woman known affectionately... More »

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 »

97 House Republicans Sign Anti-Rice Letter to Obama

But Rep. Clyburn sees 'code words' in letter

(Newser) - Nearly one-quarter of the House of Representatives is opposed to Susan Rice replacing Hillary Clinton as the secretary of state. In a letter to President Obama yesterday, 97 House Republicans said Rice's "misleading statements" in the wake of the Benghazi attack "caused irreparable damage to her credibility,... More »

Super Committee Dems Propose $3T Debt Deal

It includes big slashes to Medicare

(Newser) - Democrats threw a whopper of a deal onto the table in a closed-door super committee meeting yesterday, offering a plan that would slash between $2.5 trillion and $3 trillion from the deficit over the next 10 years, while providing between $200 billion and $300 billion in new stimulus spending,... More »

Budget Talks Look Doomed by Unlikely Participants

Cantor, Kyl, and Pelosi crew not the most credible bunch

(Newser) - Are the White House’s budget talks already doomed? That’s the conclusion some are reaching based on who’s going, according to the Huffington Post . Both sides were invited to send up to eight appointees, but Republicans will only send two: Eric Cantor and Jon Kyl, both political pugilists... More »

McCain: I'm Cool With Cindy's Ad

Senator respects 'First Amendment rights of every member of my family'

(Newser) - John McCain's just fine with wife Cindy's stance (or revised stance? ) on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, telling Meet the Press that "I respect the First Amendment rights of every member of my family." The missus McCain backtracked on her appearance in an ad calling for the repeal... More »

Hoyer, Clyburn Jockey to Be Pelosi's Right Hand

Deal will probably preempt secret ballot

(Newser) - The sound and fury of the midterm elections may be over, but the end of electoral voting brings about a round of behind-the-scenes jockeying for power. Reps. James Clyburn and Steny Hoyer are both plausible candidates for leading the Democratic minority in the house, but given that Nancy Pelosi will... More »

Dems Have No Idea Who'd Replace Pelosi

If they lose the House, expect big leadership shakeup

(Newser) - If the Democrats lose control of the House—as it is widely expected they will—Nancy Pelosi will probably step down, sparking a clean sweep of Democratic leadership. The only problem? Democrats have no idea who their new leaders would be. “This is a subject that everybody in town... More »

Clyburn Says SC Candidate Is a 'Plant'

Congressman wants a federal inquiry into 'fishy' Alvin Greene

(Newser) - Jim Clyburn thinks Alvin Greene, the Democrats’ anonymous , allegedly felonious new Senate candidate, is a ringer. “There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary,” the House Majority whip told a liberal radio show today, incredulous that the unemployed Greene could muster the $10,000... More »

Democratic Leaders at Each Others' Throats

Reid and Pelosi furious with each other, and President

(Newser) - The daggers are coming out among Democrats, with relations between the House, Senate, and White House strained to the breaking point. Nancy Pelosi and her allies are furious that President Obama forced them to take tough votes on cap and trade and health care while allowing the Senate to dither,... More »

Black Caucus Worries About Resurgent Racism

Anti-Obama anger troubles CBC ahead of triumphant annual conferences

(Newser) - The Congressional Black Caucus is enjoying unprecedented power, with more of their members in leadership roles than ever before, not to speak of one of their number in the White House, but many are disturbed by changes in the political atmosphere, Politico reports. As the 42-member group holds its annual... More »

Apologize for 'You Lie,' or Else: Dems to Wilson

Lawmakers want apology on House floor

(Newser) - Apologizing to Rahm Emanuel apparently wasn't enough. Now House Democrats plan to vote next week on whether to discipline Joe Wilson for his "You lie!" outburst, the Washington Post reports. Aides say Democratic leaders want Wilson to apologize on the House floor for violating rules of decorum,... More »

Emanuel: Tax Cut Will Go Ahead

Obama opposes tying a free trade deal to stimulus package

(Newser) - White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel told This Week that Barack Obama will move ahead with his plan to cut middle-class taxes despite rumors to the contrary, Politico reports. Other highlights from the Sunday talk shows:
  • Emanuel also told This Week that Obama opposes tacking a Colombia free trade
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Top Clintonites Push Hillary for Veep

Lanny Davis circulates petition

(Newser) - Mere hours after Barack Obama secured the Dem nomination, key Clinton insiders stepped up lobbying for a VP slot for her. Former White House staffer Lanny Davis started a petition drive—without campaign coordination, he insists—at Womenforfairpolitics.com, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We must field the strongest... More »

Clinton's Black Allies Defecting

John Lewis may switch vote; another House member already has

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is starting to lose the support of prominent black leaders—and superdelegates— who previously backed her. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who carries great influence in Congress, says he's now tilting toward Barack Obama. Another Georgia Democrat, David Scott, already switched, the AP reports. “Something is... More »

Key Black Leaders Back Clinton in SC

Clyburn stays out of it as 2 prominent women urge looking past race

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton won endorsements today from two influential black women in South Carolina, who both asked African Americans to look past their enthusiasm for Barack Obama, the AP reports. Clinton has concentrated on wooing white voters there, but today she visited historically black Benedict College, where dean Stacey Franklin Jones... More »

Invoking King May Backfire for Clinton in SC

Influential congressman reconsiders neutral stance in primary

(Newser) - The highest-ranking African American in Congress, Rep. Jim Clyburn, is reconsidering his neutrality in South Carolina’s Democratic primary after comments by Hillary Clinton he perceived as “denigrating” Martin Luther King. Competing with Barack Obama over the legacies of JFK and MLK, Clinton said: “King’s dream began... More »

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