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…

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…

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…

Trump tests his stamina with intense midterm rally schedule

The 72-year-old president’s demanding pace on the midterm trail contrasts with long blocks of unstructured ‘executive time’ at the White House. President Donald Trump returned to the White House from a rally just before midnight Thursday. He was…