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2 Republicans Make Unusual Request: Vote Democratic

Anti-Trump moderates say it's necessary for the good of the country

(Newser) - Not unusual: The New York Times is running an opinion piece urging people to vote Democratic in the upcoming midterms. The weird part: The piece is authored by two Republicans. Specifically, it's Christine Todd Whitman, the former governor of New Jersey who ran the EPA under George W. Bush,...

Pelosi Struggles to Bridge Chasm Within Her Party
Biden Will Try to Break
Logjam Himself

Biden Will Try to Break Logjam Himself

And Bernie Sanders is ticked at two fellow Democratic senators who remain holdouts

(Newser) - The shutdown has been averted , at least temporarily. Now the focus is solely on whether Democrats can reach a compromise on legislation crucial to President Biden's agenda. Toward that end, Biden himself will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with House Democrats later Friday afternoon, reports the Hill and...

Enough Democrats Return to Give Texas a Quorum

Voting restrictions legislation now is back in play in state House

(Newser) - For the first time since July, the Texas House had a quorum on Thursday, after a few Democrats returned from their stay in Washington. Democratic members had left the state to prevent the Republican-controlled House from passing election legislation that Democrats say would restrict participation. The end of the stalemate,...

Texas House Speaker Signs 52 Arrest Warrants for Dems

Following state Supreme Court ruling overturning restraining order on arrests, 80-12 vote in House

(Newser) - On Tuesday, the Texas Supreme Court overturned a district court's restraining order that blocked the arrest of Democrats in the state's House of Representatives who fled Texas last month for DC to break quorum and keep the chamber from voting on restrictive voting bills. The all-Republican high court...

Republicans and Democrats Agree on This

They view the Supreme Court evenly, and not especially well

(Newser) - Just 49% of Americans approve of the performance of the Supreme Court, down from 58%—a 10-year high— a year ago . That's according to a Gallup poll conducted from July 6 to 21 and released Wednesday. It brings the court's first approval rating below 50% since 2017, per...

Lawmakers Agree to Deal to Investigate Capitol Attack

House could vote on proposed bipartisan commission next week

(Newser) - House lawmakers have reached a bipartisan deal to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, and it does not include a look at violence alleged to have come from left-wing groups last summer, as some Republicans had hoped. The proposed 10-person commission would focus only on the attack...

Oldest Supreme Court Justice Under Pressure to Retire
Oldest Supreme Court Justice
Under Pressure to Retire
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Oldest Supreme Court Justice Under Pressure to Retire

Some want Stephen Breyer, 82, to clear way for younger liberal

(Newser) - President Biden could have a Supreme Court seat to fill come summer. There is "immense urgency" among progressive Democrats for liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who was nominated to the court by President Clinton in 1994, to retire after the court wraps up its current term around the end of...

There Are 9 Supreme Court Justices. New Bill Would Make It 13

Observers note legislation set to be introduced by Dems is unlikely to pass anytime soon, however

(Newser) - Last week, President Biden signed an executive order to set up a commission dedicated to studying possible reforms to the Supreme Court, including an increase in the number of justices on the bench. Congressional Democrats, however, aren't waiting for the results of the panel's report due out in...

Iowa Candidate Accepts Loss by 6 Votes

Republicans were beginning to go after other Democrats over the issue

(Newser) - In the face of GOP threats to go after at-risk Democrats in races around the country, Rita Hart has withdrawn a challenge of her six-vote loss last November to Iowa Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. A recount of the almost 400,000 ballots had confirmed Miller-Meeks' victory, the closest US race since...

As Kemp Signed Bill She Knocked on His Door, Got Arrested

Rep. Park Cannon was protesting election legislation

(Newser) - A Black Democratic state lawmaker was arrested in Atlanta as she tried to witness Georgia's governor sign into law new voting restrictions in the state. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Rep. Park Cannon was at the state Capitol on Thursday, right outside the office where Gov. Brian Kemp was putting...

House Democrats Outline Their Case Against Trump

Legal brief: 'If provoking an insurrectionary riot' isn't impeachable, what is?

(Newser) - The formalities have begun ahead of former President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate next week. On Monday, House impeachment managers outlined their case in a legal brief, reports the Hill , the Washington Post , Forbes , and the AP . Excerpts from the brief and other details from those sources:
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Dem Lawmaker Claims Capitol Raid Was an Inside Job

Mikie Sherrill says she saw lawmakers leading people through Capitol on 'reconnaissance' mission

(Newser) - Rep. Mikie Sherrill is claiming that members of Congress led people through the Capitol on a "reconnaissance" mission a day before last week's riot. Sherrill, a New Jersey Democrat, took to Facebook Live on Tuesday to explain why she voted in favor of a resolution asking Vice President...

3rd Lawmaker Tests Positive, Points a Finger

Rep. Brad Schneider blames Republicans, too

(Newser) - Make that three lawmakers who've tested positive for coronavirus after sheltering at the US Capitol. Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider announced Tuesday that he had tested positive, joining fellow Democrats Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state. Coleman and Jayapal both assigned blame...

House Democrats Introduce Article of Impeachment

Vote could take place this week

(Newser) - The first moves in what promises to be another tumultuous week in DC have been made: House Democrats on Monday introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump, formally accusing him of inciting last week's riot, reports the Hill . The move by Democrats David Cicilline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie...

Democrats Retake Senate as Ossoff Wins in Georgia

News comes amid bedlam in DC

(Newser) - Under normal circumstances, it would be the biggest story of the day: Democrat Jon Ossoff has won his Senate runoff race in Georgia, a victory that gives Democrats control of the Senate, reports the AP . Ossoff defeated GOP incumbent David Perdue in a close race, and fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock...

Pa.'s Statehouse Descends Into Chaos

State-certified election winner Jim Brewster denied oath of office in Pa.

(Newser) - Republican senators in Pennsylvania refused to seat a Democrat on Tuesday despite his state-certified election win, resulting in chaos . Democratic State Sen. Jim Brewster of Allegheny County defeated Republican challenger Nicole Ziccarelli by just 69 votes in the Nov. 3 election, according to state-certified returns. But Ziccarelli has sued in...

Turns Out There Was a 2nd Ill-Advised Napa Valley Dinner

London Breed dined at French Laundry the night after Gavin Newsom

(Newser) - Gov. Gavin Newsom caught flak for dining at the esteemed French Laundry in November. He wasn't the only high-profile California Democrat to make that choice last month. The Chronicle reports San Francisco Mayor London Breed ate at the three-star Michelin restaurant in Yountville the night after Newsom did as...

Pelosi Gets a Nod From House Dems to Be Speaker
In a House
Divided, a
Nod to Nancy

In a House Divided, a Nod to Nancy

She gets the nomination from Dems to be the next speaker, but there's friction

(Newser) - House Democrats nominated Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday as the speaker to lead them into Joe Biden's presidency, but she'd be guiding a smaller and ideologically divided majority as she tries shepherding his agenda toward enactment. Democrats used a voice vote to make Pelosi their choice to serve two...

After House Results, Grumbles About Pelosi Surface

And centrists reportedly blame liberal members for pushing ideology that's a turnoff

(Newser) - As Joe Biden inches closer to a White House win, Democrats are starting to celebrate. But the mood wasn't one of elation during a Thursday conference call among House Dems, who sources tell the Washington Post engaged in a three-hour-plus "bitter exchange" in which centrists accused more progressive...

Newly Elected Lawmaker Just Pulled Off a Bunch of Firsts

Mauree Turner is first openly nonbinary state lawmaker, first practicing Muslim in state House

(Newser) - America's first openly nonbinary state lawmaker has been elected in the Bible Belt. Mauree Turner, a 27-year-old criminal justice advocate, won Oklahoma's 88th state House district on Tuesday, achieving her goal of making the state legislature more diverse. Not only does the Democrat—who uses the pronouns she/her...

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