‘He’s Barack Obama, but white’: Beto O’Rourke blows up the 2020 Democratic primary

‘He’s Barack Obama, but white’: Beto O’Rourke blows up the 2020 Democratic primary

The ascent of Rep. Beto O'Rourke reflects the volatility of a 2020 presidential primary that has flummoxed Democratic donors and activists for months. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 2020 Elections Top party donors and operatives are eager to see the Texas congressman jump into the presidential race. By DAVID SIDERS 11/19/2018 05:04 AM EST Sparked by…
Inclusivity, allyship and POC: 2020 Democrats go all-in on identity politics

Inclusivity, allyship and POC: 2020 Democrats go all-in on identity politics

Potential 2020 candidates of color like Sen. Kamala Harris are leaning into race in a way that Barack Obama felt he could not throughout much of his presidency. | Lynne Sladky/AP Photo Elections They're shrugging off fears of driving more white voters to Donald Trump. By ALEX THOMPSON 11/19/2018 05:05 AM EST Democrats thinking about…
Maxine Waters wants to investigate Trump, but her party may resist

Maxine Waters wants to investigate Trump, but her party may resist

Rep. Maxine Waters, the incoming chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, has promised to follow the “Trump money trail." | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Congress More moderate Democrats fear that oversight investigations will be a distraction or cause political blowback for the party. By ZACHARY WARMBRODT 11/19/2018 05:07 AM EST Rep. Maxine Waters is…
How Democrats plan to save the agency Republicans love to hate

How Democrats plan to save the agency Republicans love to hate

Party lawmakers have seethed for the last year at the cutback on enforcement and curtailed funding requests at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Congress A maligned consumer protection bureau gets new allies in the Democratic House. By KATY O'DONNELL 11/18/2018 06:50 AM EST Newly empowered…
Finnish president denies ever discussing ‘raking’ with Trump

Finnish president denies ever discussing ‘raking’ with Trump

President Sauli Niinistö of Finland said he didn't discuss raking with President Donald Trump during their brief meeting in Paris last weekend. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The leader of Finland denied on Sunday that he’d ever told President Donald Trump that the small Nordic nation relies upon “raking” its forests to prevent wildfires — even…
Trump blasts ‘little Adam Schitt’ on Twitter

Trump blasts ‘little Adam Schitt’ on Twitter

Rep. Adam Schiff is poised to take the helm of the powerful House Intelligence Committee. | Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Rep. Adam Schiff — along with “Crooked Hillary Clinton,” “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer” and “Crazy Maxine Waters” — has long been a target of mockery on Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. But in a post Sunday, the president may…
Scott headed to Senate as Nelson concedes in Florida

Scott headed to Senate as Nelson concedes in Florida

Sen. Bill Nelson's defeat represents the loss of the de facto head of the Florida Democratic Party. | AP Photo Elections By MATT DIXON 11/18/2018 02:50 PM EST Updated 11/18/2018 03:57 PM EST 2018-11-18T03:57-0500 TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott will be the next senator from Florida after two rounds of recounts finalized his razor-thin victory…
Republicans battle to defend Trump from threat of impeachment

Republicans battle to defend Trump from threat of impeachment

President Donald Trump has already given Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) a boost by pushing him for a top committee spot. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Congress Lawmakers are jockeying for the top GOP spot on the House Judiciary Committee, which will be ground zero for Democratic attacks on the president. By KYLE CHENEY 11/18/2018 06:59…
Trump tells Chris Wallace he gives himself an A+

Trump tells Chris Wallace he gives himself an A+

"I’m loving what I’m doing, I did well in France, I did have a problem where I wasn’t able to go to a cemetery because the Secret Service would not let me do it," said President Donald Trump. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images SNEAK PEEK … THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK: Monday: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and First Lady…
Racial Justice and Legal Pot Are Colliding in Congress

Racial Justice and Legal Pot Are Colliding in Congress

CADIZ, Ky. —Congressman James Comer stood in front of a local hemp harvest stacked shin-deep for hundreds of feet in every direction, a tangled mass of bushy branches that looked more like evergreen trimmings than marijuana buds. Little yellow butterflies flitted across the surface of the crop that filled the once-vacant warehouse with the comforting…

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