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Trump Critic in the GOP Makes Surprise July 4 Announcement

Rep. Justin Amash is leaving his party

(Newser) - He'd already quit a Republican caucus ; now Justin Amash is abandoning the GOP altogether. In a Fourth of July surprise, the Michigan congressman, who's made recent headlines for being the "lone-wolf GOP Trump critic," made a big announcement in the Washington Post : "Today, I am... More »

David Brooks: Republicans Face an 'Apocalypse'

'To put it bluntly, young adults hate them'

(Newser) - Columnist David Brooks foresees an "apocalypse" on the way for Republicans, and it can be summed up in eight words: "To put it bluntly, young adults hate them," he writes in the New York Times . Brooks isn't talking specifically about the 2020 vote so much as... More »

Talk of 'Jail on Capitol Hill' as Democrats Fight Trump

Dems mull their options as Trumps blocks investigations

(Newser) - They're talking about jailing people at the Capitol. Imposing steep fines. All sorts of extraordinary, if long-shot measures to force the White House to comply with Democratic lawmakers' request for information about President Trump stemming from the special counsel's Russia investigation, the AP reports. This is the remarkable... More »

Romney 'Can't Understand' Trump's Attacks on McCain

He praises 'exemplary' senator

(Newser) - The Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee isn't happy about what the 2016 candidate is saying about the 2008 nominee. In a tweet Tuesday night, Sen. Mitt Romney wondered why President Trump had renewed his attacks on John McCain seven months after the Arizona senator's death, USA Today... More »

GOP Cable News Hire Gives Up Job After Backlash

Sarah Isgur apparently asked for the change

(Newser) - A recent CNN hire that caused all kinds of waves has reached safe, dry land: a less powerful job. The network said Friday that Sarah Isgur, a former GOP operative, will be a political analyst instead of a political editor as originally planned, Bloomberg reports. "And news: I will... More »

Now Dividing House Dems, GOP: Nickelback

Congressmen spar over the notorious '90s band

(Newser) - It seems Democrats and Republicans can't even agree on one of the world's most-hated bands. "I didn't think we were gonna talk about Nickelback on the floor today," Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, said Thursday after he himself broached the subject while stating... More »

GOP Operative Handled Ballots Illegally: NC Elections Chief

Congressional contest between Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready hangs in the balance

(Newser) - A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina's elections director said Monday. The director's testimony came on the first day of a hearing into whether mail-in ballots were tampered with in... More »

Coulter Leads the Zinger Parade: Trump Is 'an Idiot'

But others are critical on both sides of the aisle

(Newser) - Reactions are percolating around America to President Trump's declaration of a national emergency—not the least of which comes from his political frenemy Ann Coulter, per USA Today . "The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot," she said Friday on KABC Radio in Los... More »

Ocasio-Cortez Jumps Into the Fray Over Vulgar Word

Rep. Rashida Tlaib got it started on Friday

(Newser) - Washington is fighting about everything—why not dirty words? On Saturday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed "Republican hypocrisy" amid outcry over a vulgarity uttered by her fellow congresswoman Thursday night, the Washington Post reports. Rep. Rashida Tlaib's remark that "we're gonna impeach the motherf---er" (guess who that'... 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 »

GOP Candidate Accused of Anti-Semitism Over This Mailer

Connecticut Republican chair says it's 'false outrage' by Dems over Ed Charamut's ad

(Newser) - Just days after the slaying of 11 Jewish congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue, a GOP candidate for a state Senate seat in Connecticut is accused of sending a mailer using an "age-old anti-Semitic trope." The ad sent out by Ed Charamut includes what the Washington Post calls a... More »

Grassley Explains Lack of Women on Judiciary Committee

The veteran senator says it might be 'workload'

(Newser) - "It's a lot of work—maybe they don't want to do it." So says Sen. Chuck Grassley on why the Senate Judiciary Committee that supported Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination had no female Republicans, per the Wall Street Journal . "My chief of staff of... More »

Ted Cruz Gets Forced Out of Restaurant

The Texas Republican faces anti-Kavanaugh protesters

(Newser) - Sen. Ted Cruz was heckled at a Washington, DC, restaurant Monday and walked out with his wife as activists chanted, "We believe survivors!" Two videos of the incident at Fiola, an Italian restaurant, show people asking the senator about his upcoming vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,... More »

New Poll Has Good News for Both Parties

More voters want a change in control of Congress, but GOP voter enthusiasm growing

(Newser) - A new poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal is good news for Democrats ahead of the midterms in one big way: It shows that 52% of registered voters want Democrats to take control of Congress, versus 40% who want Republicans to keep it. The Democrats' 12-point margin... More »

GOP Congressman Makes 'Inappropriate' Joke About RBG, Lincoln

SC rep Ralph Norman's 'groping' humor isn't going over well

(Newser) - "Scattered nervous laughter" was the first response to a joke a GOP congressman made during an election debate in South Carolina on Thursday, notes Roll Call . But disgust and "condemnation" took over afterward toward what some called an "inappropriate" reference to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court... More »

GOP Insurgent Spends $1M to Challenge Incumbent

Businessman Dave Dodson runs against mild-mannered John Barrasso

(Newser) - Years ago, orthopedic surgeon John Barrasso gave regular health advice on the evening television news, Wyoming-wide exposure that established a reputation as a mild, level-headed caregiver and helped launch his political career. Through 16 years in office, including two elections for the Wyoming Senate and two for the US Senate,... More »

GOP Rep Resigns After Ex Says He Used Nude Pics to Catfish

Former girlfriend says Ill. state Rep. Nick Sauer posted 'sexually explicit' pics of her online

(Newser) - Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer is out of a job after his ex-girlfriend accused him of posting her nude photos on a fake Instagram account, then impersonating her in "graphic" conversations when men corresponded with who they believed was Kate Kelly, Politico reports. "As a result of the... More »

GOP Ready to Impeach Rosenstein: Report

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows has the document in hand

(Newser) - Seems House conservatives are still hoping to see Rod Rosenstein hit the unemployment line. Conservative lawmakers were honing an impeaching filing for the deputy attorney general Friday at the same time he announced 12 indictments against Russians for alleged election hacking, Capitol Hill sources tell Politico . In fact, Rosenstein was... More »

Lawmaker Who Beat Mark Sanford Is Badly Injured

Katie Arrington is hospitalized in Charleston area

(Newser) - A South Carolina lawmaker who defeated US Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid has been seriously injured in a car wreck and will require weeks of recovery and more procedures, according to her spokesman, the AP reports. State Rep. Katie Arrington has undergone surgery for her injuries and was... More »

Conservative George Will's Push: Vote Dems in Midterms

Columnist rips on Paul Ryan, 'louts' Stephen Miller and Corey Lewandowski

(Newser) - George Will quit the Republican Party two years ago due to Donald Trump's candidacy. Now the conservative columnist is pushing a new strategy: to topple the GOP in the midterms. In a Washington Post op-ed with the explicit title "Vote Against the GOP in November," Will cites... More »

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