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First GOP Subpoena Goes Out in Trump Case

Jordan summons a former special assistant district attorney over Trump case

(Newser) - Two days after former President Donald Trump was charged by the Manhattan district attorney, congressional Republicans responded with the first subpoena in their investigation of the handling of the case. Rep. Jim Jordan, a fervent ally of Trump's, wants Mark Pomerantz, a former special assistant district attorney in the...

Rep. Tom Reed Calls It Quits
Rep. Tom Reed Calls It Quits

Rep. Tom Reed Calls It Quits

GOP lawmaker gave no reason,, but he was dogged by a sexual misconduct allegation

(Newser) - New York Congressman Tom Reed is resigning, leaving office more than seven months before the end of his term. Reed said last year that he would not seek reelection after he was accused of sexual misconduct , but he announced in a speech on the floor of the US House that...

GOP Rebuilds House Districts to Win for Years

New lines set up Republicans to take control next year

(Newser) - The redrawing of congressional district lines is not only giving Republicans a shot at flipping five or more House seats, it's taken another step toward making elections less competitive and the nation more divided. With approval ratings already down for President Biden and Democrats, the GOP could be unbeatable...

Democrats Are Giving Trump What He Wants
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Democrats Are Giving Win to Main Heckler

Trump wants GOP to make sure Biden has no congressional successes, Susan Glasser says

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump is watching Democrats in Washington fight this week, rooting for them to fail. And so far, they're accommodating him. Trump's position that President Biden is weak and will fail is as close to platform or policy as the Republican Party gets, Susan Glasser writes...

House, Led By Democrats, Kicks Greene Off Committees

Lawmaker had said she 'absolutely' regretted her previous views

(Newser) - House Democrats on Thursday stripped controversial GOP lawmaker Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments. The nearly party-line vote was 230-199, the Washington Post reports, with 11 Republicans voting against her. The rare move came a day after House Republicans opted not to take action against the Georgia Republican. Coverage:...

Lawmaker Reportedly Pushed School Shooting Conspiracies

Before in office, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene allegedly called Sandy Hook, Parkland attacks staged

(Newser) - As Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene filed impeachment articles against President Biden on his first full day in office, she was facing calls for her own removal over her support for conspiracy theories, one of which claims the Parkland, Fla., school shooting was staged. The left-leaning watchdog group Media Matters has...

Congressman Unapologetic Over Fake Obama Picture

GOP's Paul Gosar defiant after posting doctored photo of ex-president, Iranian President Rouhani

(Newser) - A GOP congressman circulated a fake photo of former President Obama on Monday, showing him shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted the photo, adding the caption, "The world is a better place without these guys in power." The photo has long been...

Court Decision Makes Dem House Takeover More Likely

The US Supreme Court and a federal panel rejected challenges to a new Pennsylvania congressional map

(Newser) - Boosting Democrats' chances of retaking control of Congress in this fall's midterm elections, the US Supreme Court and a federal panel on Monday rejected GOP challenges to a newly redrawn congressional map imposed on Pennsylvania by the state's high court. The courts dismissed requests to throw out or...

GOP Pulls Out All Stops to Win Kansas Special Election

President Trump even sent out tweet promoting Ron Estes for congressional seat

(Newser) - There's no place like home when you're from Kansas, though Republicans vying to take hold of a congressional seat left empty by Rep. Mike Pompeo when he left to head President Trump's CIA hope they'll still feel that way after Tuesday's special election. The GOP...

Haters Really Hate Democrats: Poll

They're sick of both parties, Obama, but going to vote GOP

(Newser) - Had it up to here with the president and both parties on the Hill? You're a "hater," according to a new poll, and odds are, if there were an election today, you'd vote for a Republican in your House district. Some 72% of haters would choose...

For 2M Jobless, Benefits Set to Dry Up

Congress isn't looking likely to pass an extension

(Newser) - Some 1.3 million Americans could lose their unemployment benefits at the end of the year, with another 850,000 seeing benefits expire in March 2014 if Congress doesn't extend an emergency plan that ends Dec. 31. And though congressional Democrats and the White House are urging an extension,...

The Shutdown: Democracy at Work?
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The Shutdown: Democracy at Work?

Debate rages over the GOP's big stand

(Newser) - The first government shutdown since the Clinton/Gingrich years has some people bemoaning our divided government. And yes, "separation of powers is inefficient," admits Charles CW Cooke at the National Review ; "it will not only 'allow' gridlock, but it is explicitly designed to encourage it." And...

Obama's New Hurdle: Ticked-Off Democrats

Opposition has centered on Syria, NSA, Summers

(Newser) - House Republicans haven't made things easy for President Obama—but now, he's facing hurdles within his own party. The New York Times notes that liberals have lately disagreed with Obama on Syria, NSA surveillance, and the consideration of Larry Summers for the Fed chairmanship; they're also unhappy...

Bachmann: I Won't Run for Re-Election

Says decision not related to ethics inquiry or poll numbers

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann, lately behind in polls and facing an ethics probe into her 2012 presidential campaign, has announced that she won't seek re-election to her Minnesota House seat, reports the New York Times . "This decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities...

Obama Approval Slips Down to 50%
 Obama Approval 
 Slips Down to 50% 

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Obama Approval Slips Down to 50%

Loses big edge over GOP on economy

(Newser) - Before his second inauguration, President Obama enjoyed a 55% approval rating—but thanks to concerns over the economy, the figure has dropped again to 50%, a Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. Following Obama's reelection, Americans trusted him over congressional Republicans on the economy by 18 points; now the gap...

White House: We Had Nothing to Do With Freed Illegals

Decision came from immigration officials, says press secretary

(Newser) - As the sequestration game of "not it" continues, the White House yesterday insisted it played no part in the decision to release hundreds of detained illegal immigrants , as some Republicans had alleged. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials made the move "without any input from the White House, as...

Gingrich to House GOP: Quit Threatening to Default

Instead, he suggests, focus on sequester, continuing resolution

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich has a message for House Republicans: Stop making empty threats. Congressional Republicans are saying they'll gladly default if President Obama doesn't agree to budget cuts as part of a debt ceiling deal, but that's "a fight they can't sustain," Gingrich said today...

Majority of House GOP Totally Cool With Defaulting

Even more are OK with government shutdown: sources

(Newser) - More than half of House Republicans are OK with a government default if President Obama won't accept their budget-cut demands, party officials tell Politico . Even more GOP lawmakers are willing to allow a government shutdown come March 27. Taking the shutdown route would help ensure "President Obama understands...

Hurry, Mint That Platinum Coin
 Hurry, Mint That Platinum Coin 
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Hurry, Mint That Platinum Coin

Paul Krugman: It's kind of a joke, but so is the current predicament

(Newser) - Despite facing plenty of blowback from wags, wonks, and politicos over the past week—such as Ezra Klein in the Washington Post —Paul Krugman is continuing his push for the $1 trillion platinum coin option to bypass the looming debt ceiling debate. ( Here's a summary of how...

Quick Debt Ceiling Fix: $1T Coin
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 Ceiling Fix: 
 $1T Coin 
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Quick Debt Ceiling Fix: $1T Coin

Or, Obama could just raise limit himself

(Newser) - Think the whole debt-ceiling debate is silly? Paul Krugman does, too, and he's been pushing an admittedly "silly" way out of it. A legal loophole intended for making commemorative coins, he writes in the New York Times , could come in handy: Thanks to the rule, the US Treasury...

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