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The GOP-led Ohio state Senate on Wednesday passed a ban on abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and Republican Gov. John Kasich has sent signals that he will soon sign the measure into law....more
Sources in the Senate tell CNN they have been worried about Sen. John McCain recently, following a week when the Arizona Republican was kept from the Senate to address side effects from his brain cancer treatment.
Will they be successful?...more
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s political future returned to the speculation spotlight Thursday amid reports that he’s eyeing an exit from Congress after the 2018 midterms....more
Politicians on both sides of the aisle spoke out Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commissions voted to dismantle Obama-era regulations....more
Omarosa Manigault Newman, the White House aide whose resignation was announced on Wednesday, denied reports that she left the White House after a dramatic confrontation with White House chief of staff John Kelly.
Al Franken, John Conyers and Blake Farenthold are among the politicians who have been accused of sexual misconduct in 2017....more
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, told congressional leadership that he will not support the latest version of the GOP tax bill if the legislation doesn't make the child tax credit more generous.
Alberta & Bade, Politico
He felt he was made for this moment.' But now, on the verge of achieving his long-sought legislative dream, he's got his eyes on the exits....more
Chris Smith, Vanity Fair
The F.B.I. team had plowed through 50,000 Hillary Clinton e-mails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop in less than one week. Yet on Saturday night, November 5—less than three days before polls opened for Election Day, 2016—there were 3,000 more to review. Pizza was ordered. Around 2 a.m. the job was done, and an e-mail was written informing Director James Comey that nothing new or incriminating had been discovered....more
Maxim Suchkov, Al-Monitor
Many believe Russia aims to be the ringmaster of the Syrian show, but currently Moscow is walking a tightrope tethered between opposing forces....more
Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal
In the interest of full disclosure: Since Nov. 30, my face has appeared on nearly a score of email fundraising appeals from Roy Moore â??and not, as you might have guessed, in a positive light. My mug was sandwiched between Hillary Clinton and Gloria Allred under a headline reading Defeat the Elite....more
Heying & Weinstein, DC Examiner
For today's social justice warriors, only one narrative shall be allowed. It is unquestionable. Those who dissent are guilty....more
Andrew McCarthy, Washington Post
That this is a fair question to ask is itself troubling. Our justice system strives to avoid the appearance of impropriety. Sure, we pounce when we detect actual corruption. But the rule of law requires that the public integrity of law enforcement be safeguarded. It is not enough to be fair. Things must appear fair — even more so when a special counsel, appointed precisely to avoid the appearance of bias, is concerned....more
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight
But in third and fourth place1 were two special elections to the U.S. Senate: Scott Brown’s January 2010 election in Massachusetts and Doug Jones’s victory on Tuesday night in Alabama. Each occurred at roughly the same point in Obama’s and Trump’s respective terms....more
David Moore, FOX News
The agreement in principle announced Wednesday by House and Senate Republican leaders on a tax cut bill â?? heralded by President Trump at the White House â?? is good news for the American people....more
Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic
This is not a widely accepted point, granted. The share of Americans who say that their taxes are too high is at roughly 50 percent, a 15-year peak. Moreover, Republicans have sold their tax bill as an essential tax cut for America’s income-starved, tax-strangled families and businesses, promising to deliver $4,000 a year to the average family and huge boosts to corporate investment. “Today, America has one of the least competitive tax rates on planet Earth, 60 percent. Think of that, 60 percent higher than the average in the developed world. So our taxes are 60 percent......more
Charles Blow, New York Times
Doug Jones’s defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election is yet the latest signal that the accommodators of Donald Trump, those who have normalized and bolstered him, the gutless, schismatic conservatives who abandoned principle to follow a pariah, will have hell to pay in 2018....more
Michael Graham, Boston Herald
Imagine the NFL stripping Tom Brady and the Patriots of their Super Bowl XLIX rings over #DeflateGate — but without any evidence of a deflated ball, and the officials making the call are all lifetime season-ticket fans of the Seahawks.That, in a nutshell, is what is happening right now with the FBI, the Justice Department and the Russia investigation — only worse....more
Standing in front of a display of recovered missile debris, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley presented what she called "concrete evidence" of Iran's weapons proliferation on Thursday at a military base in Washington and called on the international community to join "a united front in resisting this global threat."
An American diplomat who resigned in disgust last week has told CNN that she believes the Trump administration is putting American citizens abroad at risk by sidelining the State Department.
Two Republican senators indicated Thursday they were holding back support for the final $1.5 trillion GOP tax reform bill unless a larger child tax credit is included....more
Rep. Blake Farenthold, who's under fire for accusations of sexual harassment, is not planning to run for re-election, a Republican source familiar with situation told CNN on Thursday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has had soul searching conversations about his future with friends, some of his close friends tell CNN.
When you walk into Sen. Chris Murphy's Senate office, one of the first things you might see is a large poster of children's TV host Mr. Rogers with a quote on it.
Friday marks the 226th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Since the Bill of Rights is a favorite of many people -- most notably of late failed Senate candidate Roy Moore -- it seemed like a good time to go back and see why the first 10 amendments to the Constitution are so great.
On average, nearly two dozen House members retire each cycle without seeking another office....more
Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold will not seek re-election following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and other abusive behavior....more
President Donald Trump delivered a very important speech on tax reform in front one of the White House's 50+ Christmas trees on Wednesday. He tied it into the speech, promising Americans a tax cut for Christmas. The holiday is an important one for him and he came into office promising Americans they'd be saying "Merry Christmas" again.
White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," plans to leave the White House next month, according to a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Former Vice President Joe Biden says he owes Anita Hill an apology for not doing more for her during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
US military advisers and their local Syrian partners killed 15 ISIS fighters and captured 15 more during a battle near a key strategic base Tuesday, a military official with the US-led coalition fighting ISIS told CNN.
A growing number of senators have called for President Donald Trump's resignation in the face of such sexual harassment and assault accusations.
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, a move that Republicans say would preserve a “free and open” Internet but has triggered protests from consumer groups, Internet companies and Democratic lawmakers....more
A second woman has come forward alleging that Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., made inappropriate sexual advances toward her – claiming he asked her to sit on his lap and sent dozens of suggestive Facebook messages and hundreds of text messages....more
Democrats began the year with a string of frustrating special election defeats and a feeling that the party, shell-shocked by 2016 and lacking ideas for 2018, was doomed to further losses and increasingly caustic internal bickering.
US Vice President Mike Pence has delayed his upcoming visit to Israel for several days, spokespeople for the Speaker of the Israeli Parliament and Foreign Ministry told CNN on Thursday.
Sixteen states will run out of federal funding for CHIP -- the Children's Health Insurance Program -- by the end of January, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Three-quarters of all states expect to exhaust funds by the end of March unless Congress can agree to fund it.
In decades to come, people will talk about the Trump tax cuts as they now reminisce over the Reagan, Bush and Kennedy giveaways.
Roy Moore continues to refuse to concede the Alabama special election, saying in a new video that his campaign is waiting for ballots to be certified.
Peter Wehner, RCP
I’ve been quite critical of Donald Trump, in part because of his sustained attacks on reality. But in the case of his decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the president did the opposite: He recognized reality, even as his critics insist that we inhabit the world of make-believe. Jerusalem is the de facto capital of modern-day Israel. It has been since the nation’s establishment in 1948. Today it’s the home of the Israeli parliament and Supreme Court, the residence of both the president and prime minister, the location of many government......more
Doyle McManus, LA Times
A pattern is emerging in President Trump’s foreign policy: Time after time, he’s doing what he promised to do. Last week, Trump announced that the United States is formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving its embassy there, even though some of his aides warned that the move could derail peace negotiations...more
Ken Blackwell, Townhall
A year ago the Department of Justice was finishing up eight long years of a scandal-plagued term under Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, as President Obama’s political arm. A year later, the department has done a complete 180 degree turn back to upholding – instead of undermining – the rule of law, and restoring law and order....more
Bernie Marcus, The Hill
I am not part of the middle class — I grew up poor before achieving “The American Dream” by co-founding The Home Depot — but I spent my career helping middle-class Americans to achieve their personal and professional goals. I feel comfortable speaking on their behalf to rebut these attacks by people such as fellow billionaire Tom Steyer...more
Paul Krugman, New York Times
A Treasury report on tax cuts that's a sick joke, but very much in the modern G.O.P. tradition....more
D.C. McAllister, The Federalist
How do people from different walks of life, diverse experiences, and varied points of view live together peacefully within a civil society? What is the main ingredient necessary for democracy to thrive? It can be boiled down to one word: trust. Civil society is built on relationships, friendships, and associations that foster confidence in one’s fellow man or woman....more
Thomas Edsall, New York Times
The Democratic Party has taken a very clear stand on sexual misconduct, setting its sights on President Trump....more
Byron York, DC Examiner
A suspicious reading of the message would be about some scenario in which Trump would lose the election without anyone in the room doing any......more
Cedric Alexander, CNN
If Trump were truly a...more
Ann Coulter, Townhall
Rep. Mo Brooks was the true Trumpian candidate in Alabama, which is why I endorsed him in the primary (here, here and here). When the accusations against Roy Moore first arose, I proposed that the president make a deal to replace Moore with Brooks....more
Ross Douthat, New York Times
A defeat in Alabama should inspire a course correction in the White House â?? but it won't....more
James Warren, US News & WR
As Alabama goes, so goes ... ah ... just Alabama?It's inviting to posit the notion of sweeping impact to Doug Jones's Senate victory in Alabama or, as it will be better known, the defeat of Roy Moore (and Steve Bannon and President Donald Trump). But some, not all, smart folks demur and would have done same even if the poster child of poor candidates had won....more
A former senior aide to Rep. Blake Farenthold has approached the House Ethics Committee to share a damning account of working for the Texas Republican, with the intent of describing the congressman as verbally abusive and sexually demeaning -- and his congressional office as an intensely hostile environment that drove the aide to physical and emotional distress.
Alan Abramowitz, Washington Post
Republican Roy Moore was the most important reason that Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s U.S. Senate election on Tuesday. Moore was simply an atrocious candidate. This can be seen clearly in exit poll results showing that only 41 percent of voters in this Republican stronghold had a favorable opinion of the scandal-plagued GOP nominee. In contrast, 51 percent had a favorable opinion of Jones....more
Ned Ryun, FOX News
Roy Moore, the Republican defeated Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, turned out to be a deeply flawed candidate and one who traditional Republican voters â?? including people of faith and suburban men and women â?? could neither muster enthusiasm for nor support....more
Jonathan Allen, NBC News
The women of Alabama sent an unmistakable message about how much was too much....more
Mitch McConnell was worried about Alabama.
The White House and State Department both stated Wednesday that the US is not ready to begin talks with North Korea, a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had suggested the two sides could start talks without preconditions.
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
Republican Roy Moore's defeat in Alabama Tuesday signaled the power of sexual misconduct, even when only alleged, as an issue in U.S. politics. The dynamics at play seemed to provide a winning formula for Democrats after a previous string of red-state election losses. But the party is not ready to claim "Me Too" as its midterm campaign slogan just yet....more
Carl Cannon, RealClearPolitics
Doug Jones: Little-known inside Alabama and utterly unknown outside the state, the Democratic candidate finally found his voice in the waning days of the campaign. “I’ll never embarrass you” hardly has the ring of “It’s Morning Again in America,” but it nicely summed up what this election was about — and got the job done....more
After decisive victories in this year's Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama statewide elections, Democrats are seeing the emergence of a path forward in the Donald Trump era that could carry the party to control of the House -- and even make the Senate competitive -- in 2018's midterm election.
Sen. Bernie Sanders has joined the list of lawmakers calling on President Donald Trump to resign.
House and Senate Republicans have struck a tentative deal on a tax bill Wednesday, a major step in ensuring the GOP majority is on its way to deliver an overhaul of the US tax system by the holidays.
As a cold morning broke at the White House on Wednesday, questions mounted about who was to blame for the remarkable loss of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Doug Jones' stunning victory in Alabama on Tuesday night sent a very clear signal heading into the 2018 election: No Republican Senate seat is safe.