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McGahn Is a No-Show, and Now Come the Consequences

'We will hold this President accountable—one way or the other,' says House Judiciary chair

(Newser) - The lines were drawn Tuesday as former White House counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena to testify in front of the House Judiciary committee, as expected . Also as expected, House Democrats indicated they would move to hold him in contempt. "Let me be clear. This committee will hear Mr.... More »

GOP Lawmaker Calls Trump Actions 'Impeachable'

Rep. Justin Amash speaks out on Twitter

(Newser) - A Republican congressman from Michigan on Saturday became the first member of President Donald Trump's party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in "impeachable conduct" stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the AP reports. But... More »

Trump Changes His Mind on Mueller

The president says he shouldn't be allowed to testify

(Newser) - President Donald Trump said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress, abandoning his previous declaration that he would leave that decision to his attorney general, the AP reports. Escalating tensions with House Democrats as they seek to bring Mueller before the House Judiciary Committee, Trump tweeted... More »

Trump Issues Another Veto

He won't stop funding Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen

(Newser) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end US military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, the AP reports. In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time earlier this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try to... More »

Mnuchin: 'Continue to Grill Me' and 'I Will Not Be Back'

Secretary leaves hearing after heated exchange with Maxine Waters

(Newser) - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters probably won't be exchanging holiday cards this year after things got a little tense during the Treasury secretary's testimony on Tuesday. Mnuchin had testified about his plans to respond to requests for President Trump's tax returns... More »

DeVos Grilled on Plan to Yank Special Olympics Funds

Education secretary says 'we had to make some difficult decisions' for the next budget

(Newser) - By her own words, Betsy DeVos thinks the Special Olympics is "an awesome organization"—just not one that should be funded by the federal government. The secretary of education appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday to try to explain nearly $7 billion in suggested cuts to education... More »

'Abominable': Congressman Links Democrats, Nazis

Mo Brooks isn't alone in calling Hitler a 'socialist'

(Newser) - Politico is pointing out that the National Socialist German Workers' Party, aka the Nazi Party, "was fascist, not socialist—the opposite end of the political universe from socialists" following what it calls an "inane debate" among members of Congress. It began Monday as Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks... More »

A New Anti-Semitic Allegation Is Jolting the House

Rep. Ilhan Omar may be rebuked, but she's pushing back against critics

(Newser) - It's easy to name the newest member of Congress making the most headlines: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . But another freshman lawmaker continues to generate controversy of her own, and it's about to intensify this week. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Somali-American, is again under fire for statements seen as anti-Semitic.... More »

GOP Rep Deletes Cohen Tweet, but It's Too Late

Rep. Matt Gaetz may have engaged in witness tampering

(Newser) - Rep. Matt Gaetz fired off a pretty threatening tweet Tuesday that he's since deleted and apologized for—but an investigation is still underway, the Washington Post reports. Gaetz's message was aimed at Michael Cohen on the eve of his congressional testimony : "Hey @MichaelCohen212—Do your wife &... More »

Trump May Have to Use His Very First Veto

Congress looks poised to vote against his national emergency declaration

(Newser) - If President Trump wants to keep his declaration of a national emergency in place, it's looking increasingly likely that he will have to use the first veto of his presidency. The House votes Tuesday on a measure to nullify the emergency, and the measure is expected to pass easily,... More »

Steve King: 'I Have Nothing to Apologize For'

Iowa congressman will run for 10th term after rebuke from peers over race comments

(Newser) - Firebrand congressman Steve King has no plans to give up his job, despite a recent rebuke from his own peers. The GOP representative from Iowa said Thursday that he plans to run for a 10th term next year, reports the Des Moines Register . "I have nothing to apologize for,... More »

Ocasio-Cortez Tasked With Investigating Trump

She's one of 3 newcomers named to House Oversight Committee

(Newser) - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has joined her second House committee—and it's the primary investigative body that will soon hear testimony from President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen. The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday announced the 29-year-old congresswoman from New York as one of four new Democratic members, but she'... More »

Trump: I May Call a National Emergency

The president spoke in the White House Rose Garden

(Newser) - President Trump opened a meeting with Congressional leaders Friday by launching into a 15-minute profanity-laced tirade and saying the federal shutdown is really a "strike," sources tell CNN . Trump also turned to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and touched on the issue of impeachment, prompting her to remind him... More »

New Rep. Issues Vulgar Call for Trump Impeachment

Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib didn't hold back

(Newser) - Some Democrats have adopted a cautious tone when discussing the possible impeachment of President Trump. And then there's Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib. The new congresswoman called for Trump's impeachment in a Detroit Free Press op-ed Thursday, and did so again using very different language that night, ABC News... More »

Muslim Congresswoman Sworn In Using Koran

She was also wearing a traditional Arab thobe

(Newser) - Rashida Tlaib was sworn in to Congress Thursday—as one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to the House of Representatives—and her swearing-in was historic in multiple ways. Tlaib, a Democratic Socialist representing Michigan’s 13th congressional district and the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in the... More »

Congress 'Like None Other' Gavels In

Academics are calling the more diverse House a 'reflective democracy'

(Newser) - The 116th Congress gaveled into session Thursday swathed in history, returning Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker's office and ushering in a diverse class of Democratic freshmen ready to confront President Trump in a new era of divided government. Pelosi was elected speaker 220-192, with 15 Democrats rejecting her,... More »

Democrats: We Won't Seat This Republican in the House

Incoming majority party says investigation must continue into Mark Harris' win in North Carolina

(Newser) - North Carolina might be short one member of Congress when the new term begins. Incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Friday that Democrats won't allow Republican Mark Harris to be sworn in next week because of an ongoing investigation into his November victory, reports the AP . "Given... More »

Dems Say They'll 'Vote Swiftly' to End Shutdown

Funding bill expected on Jan. 3

(Newser) - For the first time since the end of 1995, the US is on course to start a new year amid a government shutdown. Both houses of Congress adjourned Thursday with no deal to end the partial shutdown that began at midnight on Dec. 21, the Guardian reports. With President Trump... More »

Strike 'Government' Off Your Christmas Wish List

Lawmakers, White House fail to bridge the gap

(Newser) - The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over his border wall with Mexico with no breakthrough Saturday, the AP reports. Vice President Mike Pence arrived on Capitol Hill with a counter-offer to Democrats after the two... More »

The Shutdown Begins: What's Affected

Partial government shuttering triggered after deal on border wall can't be reached

(Newser) - For the first time in four decades, the US government is seeing a shutdown three times in one year. That stat cited in the Guardian came to pass Friday at midnight, when a partial shutdown was triggered by a lack of a deal between GOP and Dems in Congress, the... More »

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