Majority Leader

  • Governor Nov 26, 2019

    How Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Survives Scandal by Staying Out of Sight

    He promised to start an honest conversation about race and how to heal the lingering wounds of Virginia’s painful past. Then he disappeared.

  • United States Nov 26, 2019

    Democrats Push For Early Voting in Connecticut

    State Democrats Tuesday pushed for early voting for elections in Connecticut.

  • Thea Digiammerino Nov 14, 2019

    Hartford City Council Passes New Housing Regulations

    The passage of a new housing code by the Hartford City Council marks the first time in 42 years that the code has been updated, and it means a major change to the way landlords do business in the capital city.

  • Donald Trump Nov 13, 2019

    Pact Reached to Avert Government Shutdown Through Dec. 20

    A top House lawmaker announced Tuesday that Congress will pass a governmentwide temporary spending bill to keep the government running through Dec. 20, forestalling a government shutdown as the House turns its focus to impeachment hearings. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., made the announcement after meeting with Senate counterpart Richard Shelby, R-Ala., in hopes of kick-starting long-delayed efforts to...

  • Majority Leader Nov 10, 2019

    Virginia Democrats Nominate First-Ever Female Speaker of the House

    Democrats from Virginia’s House of Delegates have nominated Eileen Filler-Corn to be the first female Speaker of the House in state history.

  • Donald Trump Oct 24, 2019

    House Democrats Pass Election Security Bill Amid Impeachment

    The House approved legislation Wednesday to better protect the country’s elections from foreign interference, the third major bill the Democratic-controlled chamber has passed this year addressing problems that arose in the 2016 presidential election. The 227-181 vote comes as lawmakers pursue an impeachment inquiry centered on allegations that President Donald Trump improperly solicited election help from Ukraine ahead of the...

  • Donald Trump Oct 20, 2019

    Analysis: Confronted by Impeachment, Trump Adds to the Chaos

    The impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump has thrust Washington into a political crisis. And Trump keeps adding to the chaos. In the four weeks since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., launched the investigation, Trump has taken steps that have drawn more criticism, not less, repeatedly testing the loyalty of his stalwart Republican allies. His actions have both intensified the...

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2019

    Trump Touts Turkey Cease-Fire, Even as It Appears Shaky

    President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touted a cease-fire agreement that seemed at risk as Turkey and Kurdish fighters differed over what it required and whether combat had halted.

  • Donald Trump Oct 13, 2019

    Impeachment Dominates, But Much Other Work Awaits Congress

    Impeachment may have leapfrogged to the top of the national agenda, but members of Congress still have their day jobs as legislators, and they’re returning to Washington this coming week with mixed hopes of success. It’s a volatile, difficult-to-predict time in Washington as lawmakers end a two-week break. The notion that President Donald Trump could do much significant dealmaking with...

  • Donald Trump Oct 11, 2019

    Trump Attacks Biden, Slams Impeachment Probe at Minn. Rally

    President Donald Trump was defiant in the face of an impeachment probe Thursday as he sought to convert the threat to his presidency into a weapon on the campaign trail, with biting and unsupported attacks on potential Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Confronting an investigation provoked by his unprecedented calls for Ukraine and then China to assist in digging up dirt...

  • Donald Trump Oct 5, 2019

    Abortion, Immigrants, LGBT Rights Top High Court's New Term

    Abortion rights as well as protections for young immigrants and LGBT people top an election-year agenda for the Supreme Court. Its conservative majority will have ample opportunity to flex its muscle, testing Chief Justice John Roberts’ attempts to keep the court clear of Washington partisan politics. Guns could be part of a term with plenty of high-profile cases and at...

  • NBC Sep 29, 2019

    A Cold Call From Harry Reid Changed Elizabeth Warren's Life

    Elizabeth Warren was a professor at Harvard Law School, preparing barbecue and peach cobbler for a group of students expected at her home. The phone rang. The owner of the faint voice on the other end of the line was well known, but they had never met. “Who?” Warren asked. “Harry Reid,” he replied. “Majority leader, U.S. Senate.” That was...

  • leader Sep 25, 2019

    Al Franken to Make Return on Weekly SiriusXM Radio Show

    Al Franken, who resigned his U.S. Senate seat in 2017 amid sexual misconduct charges, will re-emerge into the public sphere on Saturday when he starts a new weekly radio show on the SiriusXM satellite service. The Minnesota Democrat is perhaps the most prominent public figure felled by the #MeToo movement to step back into public life. He said he has...

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2019

    AP Fact Check: Trump's Twisted Reality on Guns, Environment

    President Donald Trump is twisting reality on gun control and the environment. Pressed over the weekend for his position on gun legislation, the president declined to answer whether he would support expanded background checks in the wake of deadly mass shootings and blamed Democrats in Congress for “doing nothing” on the issue. That’s not true.

  • Donald Trump Sep 12, 2019

    Chief Executives of 145 Companies Urge Senate to Pass Gun Control Laws

    Leaders of 145 companies wrote a letter to the Senate Thursday, urging the governmental body to take action on gun safety. The letter notes recent gun violence in Chicago, Newport News, Virginia and other places, calling it a “public health crisis.” But the leaders also say that gun violence is preventable, and lawmakers can step in to prevent tragedies.

  • Donald Trump Sep 10, 2019

    Democrats Will Try to Block Trump's Border Wall Maneuver

    Senate Democrats are moving on two fronts to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military base construction projects like new schools to pay for new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border. First, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York announced Tuesday that he will force a vote to reject the plan, saying the vote...

  • director Aug 25, 2019

    Elizabeth Warren's Rise Started by Looking at the Bottom

    As a young scholar, Elizabeth Warren traveled to federal courthouses, studying families overwhelmed by debt. She brought along a photocopier, gathering reams of statistics as she tried to answer one question: Why were these folks going bankrupt? Warren, then a law professor, wasn’t satisfied with textbook explanations; she wanted to hear directly from people drowning in debt. So she sat...

  • Donald Trump Aug 18, 2019

    Suburban Voters Are Pressuring Republicans to Act on Guns

    Following the news has grown stressful for Angela Tetschner, a 39-year-old nurse raising four children in this sprawling Phoenix suburb of tile roofs, desert yards, young families and voters who are increasingly up for grabs. “Sometimes I do think about the school shootings,” said Tetschner, who doesn’t pay much attention to politics but has been disappointed in President Donald Trump,...

  • California Aug 11, 2019

    Congress Weighs Gun Control Measures After Latest Mass Shootings

    Amid renewed calls for urgent action on gun control, members of Congress are weighing potentially bipartisan ideas to curb gun violence after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, California, over the last two weeks have left nearly three dozen people dead. The legislative proposals under consideration include stronger background checks, “red flag” laws that prevent those...

  • Donald Trump Aug 10, 2019

    Trump-McConnell 2020? Senate Head Sets Himself Up as Wingman

    It’s not quite “Trump-McConnell 2020,” but it might as well be. As he runs for reelection, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is positioning himself as the president’s wingman, his trusted right hand in Congress, transformed from a behind-the-scenes player into a prominent if sometimes reviled Republican like none other besides Donald Trump himself. “In Washington, President Trump and I are...

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