Despite Objections, Congress Certifies Donald Trump’s Election

Congress made the election of Donald Trump official Friday, certifying the votes of the Electoral College in a formal joint session of Congress. Some Democratic House members attempted to object to some states Electoral College votes to protest the election results. But their objections went nowhere because they were unable to gain the support of a senator, per the rules. […]

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With New Congress Poised to Convene, Obama’s Policies Are in Peril

The most powerful and ambitious Republican-led Congress in 20 years will convene Tuesday, with plans to leave its mark on virtually every facet of American life — refashioning the country’s social safety net, wiping out scores of labor and environmental regulations and unraveling some of the most significant policy prescriptions put forward by the Obama administration. Even before President-elect Donald […]

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It’s mostly kumbaya so far for Trump and GOP in Congress

President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a cease-fire in his battle with the Republican leadership in Congress, which he repeatedly skewered during his election-season attacks on the Washington establishment. Trump has, by all accounts, patched up his once-turbulent relationship with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). To fill top jobs in his administration, Trump has chosen five sitting lawmakers, as well […]

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Trump Scores His First Win in Congress

It didn’t take long for President-elect Donald Trump to make his mark on legislation in Congress. Republican leaders announced Thursday they would punt major spending decisions into 2017 in accordance with the incoming administration’s wishes. That means Congress plans to pass only a stopgap bill that will fund the federal government through March rather than an omnibus appropriations bill that […]

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Justice officials warned FBI that Comey’s decision to update Congress was not consistent with department policy

Senior Justice Department officials warned the FBI that Director James B. Comey’s decision to notify Congress about renewing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was not consistent with long-standing practices of the department, according to officials familiar with the discussions. Comey told Justice officials that he intended to inform lawmakers of newly discovered emails. These officials told him […]

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After Election, Tension Between Liberal and Centrist Democrats in Congress May Surface Quickly

If Hillary Clinton wins in November, congressional Republicans will have to wrestle with the intraparty fracturing that cost them the White House. But Democrats on Capitol Hill will have their own divisions to contend with between the party’s liberal and centrist wings as they pivot from campaigning to legislating. Both Democratic factions are likely to begin next year flexing new […]

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Clinton blames Republican leaders for a “paralyzed” Congress

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton chastised Republican lawmakers on Sunday for a “paralyzed” Congress, saying they’ve fueled populist anger by refusing to “do their job.” Clinton ticked off a list of items that GOP congressional leaders have refused to schedule for a vote. They include a proposed immigration overhaul, holding confirmation hearings to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, and […]

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