Blumenauer wins top trade spot on Ways and Means

Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) was elected Tuesday to lead the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee. The Oregon lawmaker won the spot over Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), who was the subcommittee’s ranking Democrat for the last two years and made…

House Dems wrestle with issuing harsher punishment for Steve King

House Democrats are grappling with whether to take the rare step of censuring Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) after the House Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to condemn the controversial lawmaker. Some rank-and-file members are eager to more severely punish King…

Dems flip another California district after Valadao concedes

OAKLAND, Calif. — Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) conceded to Democrat TJ Cox on Thursday, cementing a 7-seat gain in California for Democrats on their path to the House majority next year. Valadao’s defeat marked a reversal of early…

North Carolina GOP ‘fully’ supports new election if inquiry shows fraud

The executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party said Thursday that the GOP would support a new election in North Carolina’s 9th District if alleged fraud in the district was shown to have “changed the race.” The…

POLITICO Playbook: R.I.P. George H.W. Bush

WE WILL NEVER HAVE another man in public life quite like George Herbert Walker Bush. A war hero. A two-term congressman. Ambassador to the U.N. and China. Chair of the RNC. CIA director. Vice president. President. HE WAS…

A president with a poet’s eye

He lodged in the public’s affectionate imagination as a sometimes tongue-tangled verbal bungler, the president who once called the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band the “Nitty Ditty Nitty Gritty Great Bird.” But put George Herbert Walker Bush in front…

Trump tweets on a ‘mean & nasty world,’ ‘unsafe’ judges and, yes, Thanksgiving

  Trump makes Thanksgiving threat to close border President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost “control” on…

Nigerian army uses Trump rhetoric to justify shooting at rock-throwing activists

The Nigerian Army on Friday seized on the inflammatory immigration rhetoric of President Donald Trump to justify shooting at about 1,000 protesters in the capital city of Abuja earlier this week. Trump on Thursday used what was purported…

Vise tightens around Zinke

‘People are assuming that there is something there,’ one former administration official says, as some one-time allies distance themselves. Embattled Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is finding himself with fewer defenders inside or outside the Trump administration, as one-time…

Obama boosts Abrams, bashes Kemp on voting rights in Georgia speech

The former president touted Stacey Abrams ahead of Georgia’s vote for governor. ATLANTA — Former President Barack Obama joined the chorus of Democrats criticizing Georgia Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp for his record on voting rights, contrasting the…