Tag: House of Representatives

Progressive Cori Bush Just Pulled Off the Upset for the Ages and Is Poised to Become the 1st Black Woman to Represent Missouri in Congress

Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Cori Bush celebrates with friends and family at her campaign office on August 4, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri.Photo: Michael B. Thomas (Getty Images) Sometimes a stone, a sling and immaculate aim is enough. On Tuesday, in what can only be considered a victory for the ages, Black Lives Matter organizer […]

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Rashida Tlaib Holds Off Primary Challenge in a Victory for Progressives

Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, beat back a formidable primary challenge Tuesday from a repeat rival, widening her 2018 margin of victory and helping to cement the staying power of the progressive women of color who have shaped the party’s House majority. Ms. Tlaib, 44, defeated Brenda Jones, 60, the president of the Detroit […]

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Rashida Tlaib Holds Off Primary Challenge in a Victory for Progressives

Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, beat back a formidable primary challenge Tuesday from a repeat rival, widening her 2018 margin of victory and helping to cement the staying power of the progressive women of color who have shaped the party’s House majority. Ms. Tlaib, 44, defeated Brenda Jones, 60, the president of the Detroit […]

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Cori Bush Defeats William Lacy Clay in a Show of Progressive Might

ST. LOUIS — Cori Bush, a progressive activist and a leader of the swelling protest movement for racial justice, toppled Representative William Lacy Clay Jr. of Missouri in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, notching the latest in a stunning string of upsets against the party establishment. Ms. Bush, 44, had captured nearly 49 percent of […]

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From Outsider to Insider: Karen Bass’s Unexpected Journey to Power

LOS ANGELES — In 2008, as California confronted its most severe fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, the center of power in the state capital was a tent. It was set up in the courtyard outside the office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an invitation-only retreat with folding chairs, a fake grass floor and ashtrays. Mr. […]

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Trump Appointee With History of Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Remarks Leaves Aid Agency

WASHINGTON — A Trump administration appointee whose anti-L.G.B.T.Q. comments had spurred calls for her removal has left the United States Agency for International Development, an agency spokeswoman said on Monday. The appointee, Merritt Corrigan, had drawn scrutiny shortly after becoming the agency’s deputy White House liaison this year because of her previous statements that America […]

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With Jobless Aid Expired, Trump Sidelines Himself in Stimulus Talks

On the first day of the first full week when tens of millions of Americans went without the federal jobless aid that has cushioned them during the pandemic, President Trump was not cajoling undecided lawmakers to embrace a critical stimulus bill to stabilize the foundering economy. He was at the White House, hurling insults at […]

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Rashida Tlaib Beat Her Primary Opponent by 900 Votes in 2018. How Will the Rematch Go?

DETROIT — Representative Rashida Tlaib, a first-term Michigan Democrat who rocketed to national attention as a vocal critic of President Trump, is fighting for her political life, locked in a close primary race that could be decided by a few hundred mail-in ballots. One of the first Muslim women elected to the House of Representatives, […]

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Congress, Test Thyself

Representative Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas, is not the first member of Congress to test positive for Covid-19. At least 14 lawmakers, hailing from both parties and both chambers, are known to have either tested or been presumed positive for the coronavirus. But something about the diagnosis of Mr. Gohmert, who has belligerently flouted public […]

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Relief Package Deal Remains Elusive as Impasse Over Jobless Benefits Persists

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration officials and lawmakers cautioned on Sunday that a deal over a new relief package to help people and businesses weather the coronavirus crisis remained elusive even as the debate over the details of the aid was set to take center stage in the coming week. A meeting on Saturday in […]

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Voting by Mail Is Crucial for Democracy

For a man who votes by mail himself, Donald Trump is strangely obsessed with the idea that it is the most dangerous method of casting a ballot. The president was at it again this week. “Rigged Election,” he tweeted of New York’s well-publicized struggles with counting mail-in votes. “Same thing would happen, but on massive […]

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Voting by Mail Could Save Lives and American Democracy

For a man who votes by mail himself, Donald Trump is strangely obsessed with the idea that it is the most dangerous method of casting a ballot. The president was at it again this week. “Rigged Election,” he tweeted of New York’s well-publicized struggles with counting mail-in votes. “Same thing would happen, but on massive […]

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Alienated by Trump, Suburban Voters Sour on G.O.P. in Battle for the House

BALLWIN, Mo. — For Heather Vaughn, a substitute teacher and graduate student, the decision last month to place the black sign with colorful lettering in her front yard — the one that said, “Black Lives Matter” and “Science is Real” — felt like an act of courage. In previous years, such a placard might have […]

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Louie Gohmert’s Coronavirus Case Reveals a Dangerous Reality in Congress

Representative Louie Gohmert, a mask-shunning Republican from Texas, might never have known he had the coronavirus had he not had a mandatory rapid test at the White House in line with its strict protocols put in place to protect President Trump. So when he tested positive this week, prompting alarm and anger on Capitol Hill, […]

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John Lewis Believed America Would Survive Trump

In June 2017, I ran into John Lewis outside of Atlanta, where he was campaigning for his former intern Jon Ossoff in the special election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. I asked him something I asked everyone in those days, when the horror of this administration was still fresh: How confident was he that America […]

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Big Tech’s Backlash Is Just Starting

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Wednesday’s five-plus-hour congressional probing of the bosses of America’s tech giants did not reveal a singular “gotcha” moment or smoking gun email. We’ve heard many of these examples of Big Tech abuse before. But the power of […]

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Louie Gohmert Tests Positive for Coronavirus After Refusing to Wear A Mask

Representative Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican who has frequently refused to don a face covering in the Capitol, confirmed on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus before a planned trip with President Trump on Air Force One, and he blamed his diagnosis on wearing a mask. The results immediately sent a shudder […]

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As Trump Undercuts Aid Talks, White House Says Extra Jobless Benefits Will Lapse

WASHINGTON — The prospects for a quick agreement between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats on a new round of aid for the ailing economy faded on Wednesday, as President Trump undercut his own party’s efforts to negotiate a deal and a top White House official declared that a lifeline to unemployed workers would run […]

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Ex-C.I.A. Chief Criticizes Silence of Top Republicans on Russian Interference

WASHINGTON — In the final days of the Obama administration, intelligence officials laid out evidence of Russia’s 2016 election interference campaign to congressional leaders, prompting Nancy Pelosi, then the House minority leader, to press for Moscow to be punished. “This can’t happen again,” she said. Two Republicans, Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senator Richard M. […]

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Lawmakers, United in Their Ire, Lash Out at Big Tech’s Leaders

WASHINGTON — The chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook, four tech giants worth nearly $5 trillion combined, faced withering questions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike on Wednesday for the tactics and market dominance that had made their enterprises successful. For more than five hours, the 15 members of an antitrust panel in […]

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Val Demings is on Biden’s VP List. Will Her Police Career Hurt or Help?

An Orlando police officer shoved a 27-year-old Hispanic woman down a flight of stairs, breaking her ankle. A jury ordered him to pay her medical bills. Another officer slammed an 84-year-old World War II veteran to the ground during a car-towing dispute, resulting in doctors’ putting him into a medically induced coma. The city had […]

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Congress Doesn’t Get Big Tech. By Design.

Members of Congress were fairly blamed for not understanding Facebook, but Zuckerberg didn’t get enough blame for failing to make Facebook understood. He dodged, occasionally misled and essentially tried to say as little as possible about how Facebook works. At points, he didn’t seem to know how Facebook worked, either. Executives from Facebook, Google, Amazon […]

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google are set to testify before Congress on Wednesday to make their case about why their companies actually are not that powerful. The four will answer questions from House lawmakers who have been investigating their companies’ business practices for […]

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google are set to testify before Congress on Wednesday to make their case about why their companies actually are not that powerful. The four will answer questions from House lawmakers who have been investigating their companies’ business practices for […]

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House Votes to Create a National Museum of the American Latino

Supporters of a National Museum of the American Latino are the closest they have ever been to gaining a spot on the National Mall. On Monday, the House passed a bill to establish such a museum within the Smithsonian, delivering a significant victory to a yearslong effort to build an institution devoted to the history […]

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The Battle Over Unemployment Benefits

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher A fight has erupted among congressional Republicans over how long and how generously the government should help those who are unemployed during the pandemic. But what is that battle really about? On today’s episode: ImageRepublicans have been […]

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Here Are the Differences Between the House and Senate Coronavirus Relief Bills

WASHINGTON — With the economic and public health toll of the coronavirus pandemic continuing to mount across the country, members of Congress are debating another round of federal relief for individuals and businesses. But it remains unclear how Democrats and Republicans will reconcile their vastly different proposals. They are staring down a tight deadline, with […]

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

WASHINGTON — After lawmakers collected hundreds of hours of interviews and obtained more than 1.3 million documents about Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, their chief executives will testify before Congress on Wednesday to defend their powerful businesses from the hammer of government. The captains of the New Gilded Age — Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim […]

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John Lewis Is the First Black Lawmaker to Lie in State in the Capitol Rotunda

Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a civil rights icon, will lie in state Monday in the Capitol Rotunda, the first Black lawmaker to receive one of the highest American honors, before a viewing for the public to be held outside. With the Capitol closed to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Lewis […]

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Trump Officials Float Idea of Narrow Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Top Trump administration officials proposed on Sunday potentially short circuiting free-ranging stimulus talks with Democrats to rush through a much narrower bill prioritizing an extension of federal unemployment benefits that are set to expire this week for millions of Americans. Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, said he would now like to see […]

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