Tag: Elections, House of Representatives

Screenland: Ocasio-Cortez Is Finding a New Model for How to Work in Public

The level of attention surrounding Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is, by any measure, extraordinary, bordering on Kardashian-grade. This goes for both the positive and the negative attention, each of which can feel more like a self-serving projection than an accurate representation of who Ocasio-Cortez is or what she’s doing. The congresswoman has become a handy and versatile […]

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Democrats Pledged to Lower Health Costs. They Just Haven’t Figured Out How.

WASHINGTON — No issue animated the Democrats’ 2018 congressional campaigns like health care and the promises to expand access to insurance and to lower costs. But as House Democrats sit down to draft their vision of governance in the coming weeks, lawmakers find themselves badly divided on the issue that delivered their majority. Centrists from […]

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In Most Diverse House, Aides of Color Join the Ranks of ‘Firsts’

WASHINGTON — A day after House Democrats retook the majority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a message to her colleagues that would soon be adopted as a creed. “We know that the diversity in our ranks is a strength,” Ms. Pelosi wrote, “and a reflection of the American people that it is our great honor to […]

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After Week of Infighting, Democrats Wonder Where to Draw Line on Speech

WASHINGTON — Democrats filed into the House chamber on Thursday — depleted and punch drunk — to vote for an overstuffed resolution condemning prejudice — and end, or so they hoped, a week of infighting that vividly illustrated the perils of policing their own speech. “I hope this puts an end to all of this,” […]

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Senator Martha McSally Says Superior Officer in the Air Force Raped Her

WASHINGTON — She paused to maintain her composure as she spoke. She recalled the attacks, and how her reports of them were handled. The despair, she said, almost made her leave the military. Senator Martha McSally, Republican of Arizona and the first woman in the Air Force to fly in combat, told a hushed Senate […]

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Martha McSally Says She Is a Survivor of Sexual Assault in the Military

WASHINGTON — Senator Martha McSally, Republican of Arizona and the first woman in the Air Force to fly in combat, said on Wednesday that she had been raped by a superior officer while serving, an experience that almost led her to quit the military after 18 years. Ms. McSally, who previously spoke during her Senate […]

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How Much Does Nancy Pelosi Have to Worry About a Left-Center Split?

There is a larger story behind the bitterness expressed inside the House Democratic caucus last week after 26 moderate Democratic members defied the leadership to support a Republican proposal to require reporting undocumented immigrants who try to buy guns to immigration authorities. Two key wings of the congressional Democratic Party have divergent political interests — […]

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North Carolina Sets New Date for Redo Election in Congressional House Race

North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District will remain without representation in the House until at least September. The state elections board, which concluded last month that fraud had tainted November’s voting for the seat, ruled on Monday that a new open primary would be held in the district on May 14 and a new general election […]

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With Sweeping Document Request, Democrats Launch Broad Trump Corruption Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee delivered a flurry of document demands to the executive branch and the broader Trump world on Monday that detailed the breadth of the Democrats’ investigation into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by President Trump and his administration. In the two months since […]

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North Carolina Operative Indicted in Connection With Absentee Voter Fraud

L. McCrae Dowless Jr., the North Carolina political operative whose illicit voter-turnout effort on behalf of a Republican congressional candidate led the state to order a new election, has been indicted, a North Carolina prosecutor said Wednesday. Four other people were also charged. Mr. Dowless, 63, faces the gravest set of accusations, including three counts […]

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Mark Harris, Tainted by Fraud Allegations, Will Not Run in New North Carolina Election

Mark Harris, the North Carolina Republican who nearly won a seat in Congress last year but saw his political fortunes collapse after the revelation that his campaign had financed a fraud-tainted voter-turnout effort, said on Tuesday that he would not run in a new election. In a statement on Tuesday, less than one week after […]

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In Conservative Districts, Democrats Have to Answer for Party’s Left Wing

NEPHI, Utah — In the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Representative Ben McAdams, a freshman, was grilled by constituents about the “socialism” and “anti-Semitism” that they saw coming out of the new Democratic House. “How long do you intend to ride that train with those people?” one Utahan asked. In Michigan, Representative Haley Stevens was […]

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Justice Democrats Helped Make Ocasio-Cortez. They’re Already Eyeing Their Next Targets.

WASHINGTON — Less than a month into the 116th Congress, Sean McElwee, the liberal co-founder of Data for Progress, rattled off a list of sitting Democratic House members who should face a primary from the left, his exposition punctuated with dismissive expletives. There was Representative Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts, a moderate, perennial primary target […]

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Why Nigeria’s Elections Won’t Change Anything

Nigeria has come a long way from 1999 when the army handed over power to a democratically elected government, but the bar must rise from simply conducting marginally free and fair elections and having scheduled transitions. After being postponed for a week by the national electoral body for “logistics and operational problems,” national elections will […]

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New Election Ordered in North Carolina Race at Center of Fraud Inquiry

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina election authorities on Thursday ordered a new contest for Congress in the state’s Ninth District after the Republican candidate, confronted by days of evidence that his campaign underwrote an illegal get-out-the-vote effort, abandoned his defense and called for a new vote. The unanimous ruling by the North Carolina State […]

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North Carolina Republican at Center of Fraud Inquiry Calls for New Election

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina whose campaign is at the center of a fraud inquiry, on Thursday called for a new election. “I believe a new election should be called,” Mr. Harris told the North Carolina State Board of Elections on Thursday, the fourth day of a […]

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Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify Next Week, Setting Stage for a High-Stakes Hearing

WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen has agreed to testify in public next Wednesday before Congress about his work as President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, but lawmakers said they would limit the scope of their questioning in deference to the special counsel. The hearing next week before the House Oversight and Reform Committee will […]

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Inside a Fly-by-Night Operation to Harvest Ballots in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kelly Hendrix was recruited into an illicit effort to sway a congressional race by a customer at the fast-food restaurant where she worked. One day, Ms. Hendrix was serving burgers and biscuits at a Hardee’s in Bladen County. Soon after that, she was engaged in political shenanigans at the behest of her […]

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Election Fraud the G.O.P. Won’t Stress About

Memo to President Trump and the Republican Party: This is what actual voting fraud looks like. North Carolina election officials are detailing how a longtime political operative, working for a Republican candidate, conspired to steal last year’s election for the state’s Ninth Congressional District. L. McCrae Dowless Jr. dispatched minions to collect absentee ballots from […]

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In North Carolina, Investigators Find Ballot ‘Scheme’ in House Race

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina elections regulator said Monday that “a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” potentially involving more than 1,000 absentee ballots or request forms took place last year in the state’s Ninth Congressional District. The regulator, Kim Strach, the executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, […]

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