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House, Senate Reject Challenge to Biden Arizona Win

As Mike Pence condemns the violence

(Newser) - Congress did indeed return to work Wednesday night after the afternoon violence in DC . The Senate was gaveled back into session shortly after 8pm, about six hours after pro-Trump protesters forced them to flee the Capitol. "Let's get back to work," Vice President Mike Pence told senators...

McConaughey Addresses Rumors of Run for Office

'It would be up to the people more than it would me,' he says of possible gubernatorial bid

(Newser) - He's been an astronaut, an assassin, and a stripper in the movies, and a university professor in real life. Now, Matthew McConaughey isn't ruling out a new real-life role—that of governor. The actor was speaking with radio host Hugh Hewitt about his new book on Tuesday when...

Mark Meadows Makes Startling COVID Comment

The White House chief of staff admits 'we are not going to control' it

(Newser) - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is making headlines Sunday with his comments about the coronavirus, CNN reports. "We are not going to control the pandemic," he said on State of the Union. "We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and...

Don't Like to 'Get Political'? These States Agree

WalletHub ranks the least, most politically engaged states

(Newser) - With just three weeks until Election Day, politics is at the top of many minds, though that may be more so in some states than in others. To see which of the Fifty Nifty boast the highest levels of political engagement, WalletHub crunched all of their numbers along nearly a...

Trump Adviser Slams 'Kumbaya of Incompetence'

Peter Navarro is unleashed on the Sunday talkies

(Newser) - A top White House economic adviser hit the talk-show circuit Sunday and slammed everyone from the CDC to China to former President Obama, Politico reports. "I'm glad Mr. Obama has a new job as Joe Biden's press secretary," Peter Navarro said on ABC's This Week,...

Biden Wants Michelle Obama on Board: Report

The de facto Democratic candidate wants her support

(Newser) - Michelle Obama, the VP pick? Probably not, but Fox News reports that Joe Biden's camp is talking to the former first lady about getting her endorsement and drawing her into his campaign. "We know what pretty much everyone in America does: Michelle Obama is probably the most beloved...

Bloomberg 'Just Went There' With Trump

And there's other political chatter on Sunday

(Newser) - In Politico 's words, "Mike Bloomberg's campaign just went there." Facing a wave of attacks from President Trump, the Democratic candidate fired back Sunday with "pathological liar"—not an unusual retort for Dems—then dared to engage in a game of personal insults. "...

Ms. Nevada Loses Crown Over Her Facebook Posts

Katie Williams describes 'hypocrisy' at Ms. America pageant

(Newser) - Organizers of the Ms. America pageant say Ms. Nevada was stripped of her crown for violating social media rules. Katie Williams says her conservative values are really at the root of the move. "I just don't understand how you can censor someone ... when I'm not even really...

O'Rourke: 'Let's Be Very Clear About What Is Causing This'

Other Democrats also react strongly to the latest mass shootings

(Newser) - Democratic candidates are hitting President Trump—and hitting him hard—after two mass shootings gut-punched America over the weekend. Beto O'Rourke appeared on CNN's State of the Union: "Let's be very clear about what is causing this and who the president is," said the former...

Dan Quayle Has Advice for Democrats

The former vice president opines on 'these socialist programs'

(Newser) - Dan Quayle began a talk-radio appearance by chatting about sports, but the conversation inevitably drifted to politics—and a little advice the former vice president has for Democrats, the Indianapolis Star reports. "You look at where we are (today) and I look back to how we got things done...

Beauty Queen Loses Her Crown Over Tweets

Kathy Zhu says she's 'seen this happen before'

(Newser) - For one beauty queen, her tweets meant her crown. Kathy Zhu, 20, has been told she's no longer Miss Michigan 2019 because her "social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content." Zhu blames her remarks about hijabs and black violence for the uncrowning: "I have...

Governor Sends Police After GOP Lawmakers in Hiding

Senators try to deny a quorum to block bill

(Newser) - The heat has been turned up on Republican state senators who went into hiding to prevent a climate bill from passing. Oregon State Police troopers have been dispatched to bring them back to the Capitol. "They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do,"...

President's Son Won't Rule Out a Campaign of His Own

'I love the fight,' Donald Trump Jr. says

(Newser) - In a new interview, Donald Trump Jr. says he's mostly concentrating on promoting his father's policies around the country. He fires up the pro-Trump crowds at rallies, for instance, as he did Thursday night with a shot at one of his father's foes: "This week only,...

Schiff: There's 'Direct Evidence'

And other talk around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Was Michael Cohen's testimony the smoking gun Democrats wanted? Maybe not , but Rep. Adam Schiff suggests he has enough evidence already: "I think there is direct evidence in the emails from the Russians through their intermediary offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what is described in...

Nikki Haley Is Asking $200K per Speech

Former UN ambassador also wants the use of a private jet

(Newser) - When Nikki Haley resigned as UN ambassador last fall, President Trump said she would "make a lot of money" in the private sector. She's certainly trying: Haley's asking price for a speech is $200,000 and the use of a private jet, CNBC reports, citing seven sources....

Democrats Pick a New Face for State of the Union Response

Stacey Abrams drew the party's attention in her close race for governor of Georgia

(Newser) - Stacey Abrams, the first black woman to win a major party nomination for governor, will deliver the Democrats’ response to President Trump’s State of the Union address next week. "She’s an incredible leader," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in making the announcement, per Politico . "...

Queen Sends Coded Brexit Message to Bickering MPs

It's the monarch's second Brexit intervention in 5 weeks

(Newser) - The queen's calming voice has been heard over the stormy seas of the Brexit process, calling on MPs to stop bickering. Without explicitly mentioning Brexit, at a speech to her local Women's Institute, the 92-year-old Elizabeth urged lawmakers to "seek common ground," reports Reuters . The date...

GOP Leader: 'Action Will Be Taken'

And other remarks around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - "That language has no place in America." So said Rep. Kevin McCarthy on CBS' Face the Nation about a recent remark by Rep. Steve King regarding white nationalism and white supremacy, CNN reports. "I have a scheduled meeting with him on Monday, and I will tell you...

Sanders: Trump Really Means It

And other talk around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - The government shuttered, for months or even years? So said President Trump , and Sarah Huckabee Sanders backed him up Sunday: "Absolutely—the president means what he says when he says that," she said on Fox News Sunday, per Fox News . She also criticized Democrats for opposing the border...

Sen. Graham Uses Language We Won't Print

And more around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Dana Bash's eyes widened in shock, and it's little wonder. Interviewing Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN's State of the Union, the host asked whether President Trump would be at fault if the Syria troop pullout ended up empowering ISIS. "Everything we're dealing with today falls...

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