Congress

Senate Dems block Republicans’ narrow Covid relief plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week he would hold a vote on a package, but did not specify when. McConnell has been primarily focused on confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the high court before the election. McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer traded jabs ahead of the vote, with […]

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Pelosi holds firm grip on power as Dems dream of a sweep

“My experience with the president is that he has, really, almost a historic lack of knowledge about the issues and the legislative process,” Pelosi told POLITICO in an interview on Friday. “He has no relationship, no affiliation with fact, data, truth or evidence. And he has a very small view of the future.” Pelosi will […]

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No apologies: McConnell says Barrett a ‘huge success for the country’

Now, Trump’s sinking approval ratings may bring down McConnell’s Senate majority. The Kentucky Republican himself called it a “50-50” proposition whether the GOP would hang on at this point, though forecasters have begun giving the edge to Democrats. But McConnell argued Barrett’s confirmation would deliver for Republicans — in the current battle for the Senate […]

Defense

On defense spending, a Democratic brawl is brewing

Pocan, Rep. Barbara Lee of California and other progressive lawmakers pressed to slash the military budget by 10 percent this summer as part of annual defense policy legislation. The effort fizzled with just 93 lawmakers supporting the measure. But securing those cuts the next time around is chief among progressive spending priorities for the coming […]

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Pelosi signals Covid deal possible before January

But others have argued that Republicans might be more eager for a deal in the lame duck session if they’re losing the White House and possibly their Senate majority come January. Some Democrats have privately said in that case it would make more sense to wait until the new year, when Republicans have less negotiating […]

Defense

U.S. agreement with Israel opens the door to F-35 sales to UAE

In response, some lawmakers introduced bills that would slow down the potential sale by placing conditions and requiring the government to maintain Israel’s military advantage in the Middle East. The news: Gantz and Esper signed an agreement Thursday that would secure Israel’s “qualitative military edge” in the region and would also allow Israel to buy […]

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Van Drew’s defection to GOP haunts him in tight race

Van Drew, like many of his Republican colleagues, now finds himself having to answer for an unpopular president, whose shaky handling of the coronavirus and inflammatory rhetoric has damaged the GOP’s standing nationwide, especially in the suburbs. Van Drew currently trails in the polls to a well-funded Democratic challenger in Amy Kennedy, a former public […]

Defense

U.S. plans to sell 50 F-35 fighter jets to the UAE after accord with Israel

Israeli officials initially objected to UAE buying the planes due to a long-standing requirement that Tel Aviv have a military advantage over other Middle Eastern nations. But last week, Israel agreed to allow the U.S. to sell “certain weapons” to the UAE after Pentagon officials promised to sell Israel more U.S.-made military equipment to maintain […]

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AOC: ‘I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever’

President Donald Trump has taken particular pleasure in warning that Ocasio-Cortez poses a threat to Schumer, while describing prominent Democratic leaders including presidential nominee Joe Biden as beholden to her more liberal agenda. Ocasio-Cortez is also viewed as one of the likeliest inheritors of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ progressive coalition if she were to run […]