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With Conan Sword in Hand, Arnold Issues Moving Video

Former Calif. governor delivers emotional speech about attack on US Capitol

(Newser) - While arrests continue in the aftermath of last week's deadly assault on the US Capitol, a big name is weighing in. With the California and American flags behind him and patriotic-sounding music scoring his words, Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a nearly eight-minute video of himself Sunday to deliver what CBS...

Impeachment Articles Charge 'Incitement of Insurrection'

They may be introduced as soon as Monday

(Newser) - Impeachment, Part II, may be coming to the US House of Representatives as early as Monday. A four-page impeachment resolution drafted by a group of House Democrats charges President Trump with “incitement of insurrection,” for “willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States” after a...

Lucy Lawless Slams 'Hercules' for Antifa Conspiracy Theory

'Xena' had some words for Kevin Sorbo on Twitter regarding the Capitol Hill riot

(Newser) - Xena the Warrior Princess doesn't mess around in battle, even on Twitter. That's where Lucy Lawless, the actor who played the ancient Greek fighter in the '90s TV series, ended up on Thursday, embroiled in what Fox News calls a "clash of superheroes" over a conspiracy...

A 'Day of Reckoning' for Social Media

Trump banned from FB, IG 'indefinitely,' while social media sees a 'reckoning' in general after DC riots

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Twitter and Facebook locked down President Trump's social media accounts after inflammatory posts he made during a day marked by chaos and violence on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took things further. "The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that...

Looter in Viral Pic in Pelosi's Office Left Profane Note

Richard Barnett of Gravette, Ark., says he also took a souvenir but that he paid for it

(Newser) - Amid the pro-Trump riot that left four dead in the nation's capital Wednesday was plenty of looting, and per the New York Times , House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office was an especially popular target. One man in particular—seen in a picture that's now gone viral, lounging in...

Pence, Grassley Rushed to Secure Location

Capitol invasion abruptly halted election certification

(Newser) - The certification of the election results Wednesday came to an abrupt and shocking halt amid scenes of chaos after pro-President Trump protesters stormed the Capitol building . The House and Senate sessions debating an objection to Arizona's result were gaveled out and both chambers were locked down before lawmakers were...

Protesters Storm Barricades, Breach the US Capitol

Romney: 'This is what the president has caused today, this insurrection'

(Newser) - Wild scenes in Washington, DC: Protesters have now breached the US Capitol building, with members of Congress inside the House chamber being told by police to don gas masks from under their seats due to tear gas that had been used in the Capitol Rotunda, reports the AP . The building...

Your $600 Check Stalls Over 'Arcane' Argument

Sen. Pat Toomey wants to curb Federal Reserve powers

(Newser) - An arcane battle over emergency Federal Reserve powers is frustrating efforts to lock down an agreement on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package, the AP reports. Saturday's impasse is just the latest stumble in a partisan, monthslong fight, and feelings hardened as the Senate congregated for a...

'My God': Pelosi Nixes In-Person Dinner Amid Backlash

The House speaker decides to be a 'model for the nation'

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi has called off an in-person dinner for new House members because there's, you know, a pandemic going on. "To be a further model for the nation, this event has been modified to allow Members-elect to pick up their meals to go in a socially-distanced manner,"...

Harry Reid: If Dems Win, Give GOP 'No More Than 3 Weeks'

The former Senate leader has advice about the filibuster

(Newser) - Former Senate leader Harry Reid says if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take "no more than three weeks" to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so Democrats can overcome what they call Republican obstruction and pass bills. The retired Nevada Democrat told the AP...

Pelosi Responds to the Latest White House Offer

The House Speaker dismisses the latest coronavirus relief package

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi on Saturday dismissed the latest White House offer in COVID-19 aid talks as "one step forward, two steps back," but said she is still hopeful that progress can be made toward a deal, the AP reports. The White House had boosted its offer before Treasury Secretary...

Pelosi Reacts to Trump's Latest COVID Relief Offer

The House Speaker says she won't go for piecemeal relief

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi swiftly rejected President Trump's idea of a stand-alone bill to send Americans $1,200 checks, NBC News reports. "All the president wants is his name on a check," she said Wednesday. "And that doesn't—we're here to honor our heroes, crush the...

Lawmakers Are Locked in COVID-19 Aid Talks

'It was more productive than the other meetings': Sen. Chuck Schumer

(Newser) - Lawmakers participating in rare weekend talks on a huge coronavirus relief measure reported progress on Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore a newly expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen, the AP reports. "This was the longest meeting we had and it was...

Pelosi Slams GOP Over New Virus Relief Plan

The House Speaker criticizes White House 'dissaray'

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday assailed Republican "disarray" over a new pandemic relief package as the White House suggested a narrower effort might be necessary, at least for now, the AP reports. The California Democrat panned the Trump administration's desire to trim an expiring temporary federal unemployment...

McConnell, Pelosi: We 'Respectfully Decline' Offer From Trump

The Senate is returning to work Monday, while the House stays away

(Newser) - Weighing the risks, the Senate will reopen on Monday as the coronavirus crisis rages and the House stays shuttered, an approach that leaves Congress as divided as the nation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to convene 100 senators at the Capitol during a pandemic gives President Trump the...

Here's the Story That Tanked Today's Rally

Sen. Bernie Sanders threatens to block $2T relief bill

(Newser) - The Senate's $2 trillion stimulus package ran into trouble Wednesday when Republicans looked at the fine print on unemployment insurance—and Sen. Bernie Sanders took a bold stand, CNBC reports. The provision allows for more unemployment insurance for a longer time, to help anyone who loses their job during...

Sen. Rand Paul: I've Got the Coronavirus

The Kentucky Republican says he's 'asymptomatic' and in quarantine

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday he's got the coronavirus, making him the third member of Congress to test positive. But the Republican from Kentucky says he's feeling fine under quarantine, USA Today reports. "He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to...

Outbreak Closes US Capitol, White House

They're closed to public until next month, thanks to coronavirus

(Newser) - Congress is shutting the Capitol and all House and Senate office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus, the AP reports. The House and Senate sergeants-at-arms said in a statement that the closure will begin at 5pm ET Thursday. Lawmakers, aides, journalists, and...

Pelosi Ends Blockade on Articles of Impeachment

Sources say the House will vote Wednesday

(Newser) - The House is preparing to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate to start the historic trial, several people tell the AP . Speaker Nancy Pelosi was meeting privately Tuesday at the Capitol with House Democrats about next steps, ending her blockade almost a...

Joaquin Phoenix, Martin Sheen Take One for Climate Change

Stars arrested during DC climate change protest organized by Jane Fonda

(Newser) - Two new stars have joined the likes of Sally Field , Sam Waterston , Rosanna Arquette , and Ted Danson, among others, in being detained by police for attending Jane Fonda's climate change protests in Washington, DC. Deadline reports Martin Sheen and Joker star Joaquin Phoenix were among the nearly 150 activists...

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