Beto skips town while his brain trust sketches 2020 plans

Beto skips town while his brain trust sketches 2020 plans

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke is leaning toward running for president, according to at least four sources who have spoken to him or his advisers, but he has kept a relatively low profile since leaving Congress earlier this year. | Loren Elliott/Getty Images EL PASO — Beto O’Rourke has left Texas, decamping for a highly anticipated…
GOP wants Mueller transparency — with caveats

GOP wants Mueller transparency — with caveats

“Some of it should be sanitized because there’s probably information that you don’t want the public to know,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham said of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo Congress The approach appears aimed at undercutting critics who worry the White House and AG nominee William Barr…
‘She’s satin and steel’: Pelosi wages war on Trump

‘She’s satin and steel’: Pelosi wages war on Trump

Nancy Pelosi’s letter to President Donald Trump suggesting he reschedule his State of the Union address until the government shutdown ends was a stunning rebuke for the president. | M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico Congress Her move to derail Trump’s State of the Union address underscores her aggressive challenge to the president. By JOHN BRESNAHAN, HEATHER CAYGLE…
Group aligned with Ocasio-Cortez prepares to take out Democrats

Group aligned with Ocasio-Cortez prepares to take out Democrats

As New York Democratic Rep. Aleandria Ocasio-Cortez’s following multiplies, so does the the Justice Democrat movement, an outside group focused on finding primary challengers for some incumbent Democrats. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo Elections Justice Democrats is forging ahead with plans to mount primaries against incumbent Democrats it deems too moderate — with the apparent backing of…
GOP bucks Trump but holds steady on the wall

GOP bucks Trump but holds steady on the wall

Republican Sens. John Boozman (right) and Jerry Moran (left) voted to keep the sanctions on companies linked to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Senate Republicans are hunkered down and refusing to cross President Donald Trump on the border wall. But the GOP is more than willing to challenge the administration on foreign…
Trump taps free government labor to execute political agenda

Trump taps free government labor to execute political agenda

Thousands of food, drug, medical and aviation safety inspectors have returned to work without pay to blunt the effect of the shutdown on the lives of everyday Americans. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images Government Shutdown Agencies have called back thousands of furloughed federal employees, raising questions about whether the administration is favoring politically advantageous policies. By…
Nancy Pelosi Might Have Just Blown Up the State of the Union. And That’s OK.

Nancy Pelosi Might Have Just Blown Up the State of the Union. And That’s...

In 1974, the Watergate investigation was blowing up around the White House, and Congress looked well on its way to impeaching President Richard Nixon. But on January 30 it all came to a standstill as Nixon walked into the Capitol, stood before Congress, and delivered the State of the Union address. Members of both parties…
Pelosi asks Trump to reschedule SOTU because of the shutdown

Pelosi asks Trump to reschedule SOTU because of the shutdown

"I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th," Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Government Shutdown The…
Pelosi gets revenge against one of the Dem rebels

Pelosi gets revenge against one of the Dem rebels

The decision by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to block Rep. Kathleen Rice from the House Judiciary Committee sparked outcry from members of the New York delegation | Win McNamee/Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exacted revenge against one of her most outspoken detractors Tuesday night, blocking Rep. Kathleen Rice from landing a seat on the…
Abrams and Gillum target Trump in 2020

Abrams and Gillum target Trump in 2020

Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams came out of the 2018 elections with a valuable fundraising email list that could help any candidate seeking statewide or national office. | John Amis/AP Photo Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum — two of the Democratic Party’s breakout candidates of 2018, despite losing their elections for governor of…
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