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Pelosi confident as Democrat defectors search for alternative speaker

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Nancy Pelosi continues to fend off a rebellion in her ranks, working to win the support of enough House Democrats to clinch the votes needed to become Speaker of the House.Lawmakers huddled Wednesday behind closed doors for the first time since winning back the majority in last week’s election, with several…read more »

As emergency court hearing looms, White House defends revoking Acosta’s press pass

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration defended revoking CNN chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’ press pass in new legal arguments filed Wednesday, just hours before an emergency court hearing in which CNN will seek to have Acosta’s credentials immediately reinstated.Acosta’s credentials were taken away because he “disrupted the fair and orderly administration of a press…read more »

President Trump set to endorse sentencing reform legislation

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — President Trump is set to announce his support for prison and sentencing reform legislation championed by his son-in-law Jared Kushner at a White House event Wednesday afternoon.“It’s huge,” the president’s domestic policy adviser Ja’Ron Smith said of the president’s support for the legislation. “What we’re doing here is finding a better way to…read more »

Republicans select House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as minority leader in next Congress

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — House Republicans have selected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve as minority leader in the next Congress, choosing the California Republican who was a key architect of the 2010 GOP wave.McCarthy defeated Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in the two-way race during a closed-door vote Wednesday afternoon.Jordan, a pugnacious conservative and former Division…read more »

First Lady Melania Trump calls for the firing of deputy national security adviser

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In a remarkable development Tuesday, first lady Melania Trump made a public call for the president’s deputy national security adviser, Mira Ricardel, to be fired.A statement released by her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said: “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor…read more »

DOJ releases memo defending Whitaker’s appointment as legal, constitutional

Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — A week after President Donald Trump forced Jeff Sessions to step down from heading the Justice Department and appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, the DOJ has now authored a memo defending Whitaker’s appointment as legal and constitutionally valid.The high-level appointment of Whitaker — a frequent critic of special…read more »

Democrats ramp up efforts to sideline Nancy Pelosi, without an alternative

Zach Gibson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A band of House Democrats determined to oppose House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s speaker bid are planning to release a signed letter as soon as this week indicating that they have gathered enough support to deny her the 218 votes needed to win the gavel on the House floor in January,…read more »

House Democrats, about to take control, debate party’s direction

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The two dozen activists who occupied House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office on Tuesday, demanding action on climate change, were greeted by an unusual sight: Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheering them on. “I just want to let all of you know how proud I am of each and every single one of you, for…read more »