Tag: House of Representatives

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Back First 2020 Challenger to Sitting Democrat

WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans on Tuesday to announce her endorsement of Marie Newman, a progressive candidate seeking to oust Representative Daniel Lipinski, a conservative-leaning Illinois Democrat, marking her first move of the 2020 campaign cycle to back a primary challenger to an incumbent. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s high-profile support amounts to a powerful seal of […]

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Lewandowski Cleared for Limited Testimony in House Inquiry, as White House Blocks Others

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday blocked two more former aides to President Trump from testifying in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, but cleared a third witness, Corey Lewandowski, to appear publicly on Tuesday and answer limited questions about potential obstruction of justice by the president. The White House decisions amounted to mixed news for […]

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Schumer and Pelosi, Talking to Trump on Guns, Try to Sweeten the Deal

WASHINGTON — The top two Democrats in Congress, seeking to ramp up pressure on Republicans to pass legislation extending background checks to all gun buyers, told President Trump on Sunday that they would join him at the White House for a “historic signing ceremony at the Rose Garden” if he agreed to the measure. The […]

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Impeachment Inquiry or Just Plain Oversight? It Depends on Who You Ask

WASHINGTON — An impeachment investigation to potentially try to remove the president of the United States for high crimes and misdemeanors would seem to be fairly clear-cut. But as the House Judiciary Committee pushed ahead this week with a wide-ranging investigation it said was designed to determine whether to recommend impeaching President Trump, Democrats found […]

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Trump Inspires California Lawmakers to Go on Offense

When President Trump flies into San Francisco next week for his first visit to the Bay Area as president he will set down in a state that has never fully welcomed him. Harmeet K. Dhillon, a member of the Republican National Committee and a host of a fund-raising luncheon on Tuesday where seats for a […]

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Liz Cheney, Tart-Tongued Fighter, Is Warring With Rand Paul Over Who’s Trumpier

WASHINGTON — After becoming the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, Representative Liz Cheney, the sharp-tongued lawmaker from Wyoming, wasted little time establishing her reputation as one of her party’s most combative partisan brawlers. Ms. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, routinely lashes out at Democrats and detractors of President Trump. She branded […]

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House Antitrust Panel Seeks Documents From 4 Big Tech Firms

A House committee investigating Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google over possible antitrust violations on Friday sent the four companies detailed requests for documents, emails and other communications. House investigators are seeking information on the big technology companies’ businesses, acquisitions and conduct in digital markets including internet search, advertising and e-commerce. The formal requests for information […]

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As Democrats Debate, Trump Offers Alternative: A Rambling Speech

BALTIMORE — Moments after Democrats took the debate stage on Thursday night, President Trump delivered a rambling and disjointed 68-minute speech accusing the news media and the “radical left” of wanting to destroy America. “Whether you like me or not, it doesn’t matter,” Mr. Trump told an audience of Republican House lawmakers at a conference […]

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North Carolina Sends Democrats a Wake-Up Call

When it comes to North Carolina politics, there’s not much left to say, and yet there is everything to shout. Last night, rightwing Republican Dan Bishop claimed the 9th District over moderate Democrat Dan McCready in a heavily watched special election for the House of Representatives. The seat remained vacant after the 2018 midterms due […]

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With Trump Hungry for Credit, Advisers Brag About North Carolina Win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Trump’s top advisers claimed credit Wednesday for a Republican’s narrow victory in a special House election in North Carolina the night before, even as Democratic and Republican officials alike said Dan Bishop’s two-point win in a district Mr. Trump easily carried only underscored how the widening urban-rural divide is complicating 2020 […]

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Republicans Avoided Complete Disaster in North Carolina’s Special Congressional Election

Republicans pulled out a close race for an open House seat in North Carolina, averting what would have been a disastrous outcome in a district they’ve held for six decades. North Carolina state Sen. Dan Bishop (R) has narrowly defeated Democratic businessman Dan McCready (D) in the state’s ninth district. He led by 51%-49% lead […]

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With the Faithful at Trump’s North Carolina Rally: ‘He Speaks Like Me’

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Rick Myers traveled from central California — 2,861.9 estimated miles, according to a sign he was carrying — to arrive more than seven hours early at President Trump’s rally on Monday. “I wanted to see it for myself,” Mr. Myers said, pointing to the long line of people waiting to enter the […]

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After String of Mass Shootings, Democrats Begin New Push for Gun Control

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, seeking to seize the momentum after recent mass shootings and to pressure Republicans to embrace gun safety measures, will push forward on Tuesday with a new package of restrictions, including a bill that would ban the manufacture and sale of large-capacity magazines. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to approve the […]

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Elizabeth Warren Continues to Persist

Bret Stephens: Hi, Gail. Did you read our friend Frank Bruni’s column this past weekend? It’s one of the most thought-provoking articles I’ve read in a while about the likely shape of the 2020 race, and it contains this fascinating nugget: “19 Republicans in Congress have already announced that they won’t seek another term in […]

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Two Dans, Two Elections, and No Winners

Meet Dan. Dan is in favor of increasing the ballooning military budget. He likes Medicaid expansion, but isn’t so hot on this Medicare-for-all deal. He’s a solar energy entrepreneur, so he’s in favor of proactively tackling climate change, but also maybe wishes that Senator Bernie Sanders would cool it with the talk of nationalizing the […]

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Staring Down a 3-Week Deadline, Congress Braces for Another Brutal Funding Fight

WASHINGTON — Congress is bracing this month for another round of bitter spending battles over President Trump’s promised border wall and his immigration agenda, with only three weeks remaining before the government runs out of money. With the memory of the nation’s longest government shutdown still fresh in their minds, White House officials and congressional […]

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In North Carolina Do-Over Vote, a Reliable Republican District Is Up for Grabs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bob Dylan’s nasally voice singing of changing times blasted from the speakers and Democratic activists crowded the patio of a craft-beer emporium on Friday as Megan and Christopher Kubala explained why, after a lifetime of ignoring midterm elections, they had just voted to elect the first Democrat since the civil rights era […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Descend on U.S. Consulate, Seeking Support

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong demonstrated near the United States Consulate on Sunday in an effort to raise the pressure on the city’s leaders by appealing directly to Congress and the White House for support. The rally by tens of thousands of demonstrators began in a park near the consulate. Some sang […]

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Something Strange Is Going On With All Those Retiring Texans

AUSTIN, Tex. — The Republican Party of Texas appears to be molting. Last week, Representative Bill Flores became the 10th Texas Republican in the House to announce his retirement since the 2016 election, and the fifth this year. Others are expected this year. If Democrats can flip the congressional districts they lost by less than […]

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How Congress Passed an Assault Weapons Ban in 1994

WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton had just been ambushed by his own party. It was August 1994 and a coalition of House Democrats wary of any new gun restrictions joined Republicans to unexpectedly sink the administration’s big crime bill on a procedural vote that was usually a test of party loyalty. Afterward, Speaker Thomas S. […]

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