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Folksy John Kennedy gets serious pushback on Ukraine mess

“I gave two press conferences yesterday. I’ve done two interviews today. I’ve said all I want to say,” Kennedy said in an interview. “I believe what I believe. I showed everybody the articles. And reasonable people disagree sometimes.” While Kennedy’s comments earned him a shout-out from Trump on Twitter Monday, lawmakers have only raised more […]

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Who to know and what to look for as impeachment moves to its next phase

Democrats have eyed Christmas as an unofficial deadline to impeach Trump on the floor and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which indicates a pretty quick turnaround if the committee holds hearings into next week. But Pelosi has publicly insisted there is no hard timetable to vote on articles, which suggests the process […]

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House Judiciary reveals witnesses for first impeachment hearing

While Democrats tapped Gerhardt for Wednesday’s hearing, his expertise in the past has been sought by both sides of the aisle. He’s testified multiple times via invitations from both Republicans and Democrats who wanted to hear him discuss his books and other published research, including a conclusion he reached in 1996 that impeachable offenses weren’t […]

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Maxine Waters’ new challenge: AOC and freshman upstarts

To be certain, the freshmen share many positions with Waters. “Auntie Maxine,” as she is affectionately known by her supporters, has used her committee gavel to refocus the panel’s agenda on protecting consumers and expanding opportunities for minorities. Waters, a Los Angeles Democrat, has summoned powerful Wall Street executives to testify at hearings, giving her […]

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White House won’t take part in first House Judiciary impeachment hearing

“Under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), adding that “an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the president with any semblance of a fair process.” […]

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Quicksand engulfs a bipartisan plan that even Trump backs

The standstill — even on an issue that has bipartisan backing and the support of a fickle president — reflects the unceasing gridlock of today’s Senate and how difficult it is to move any major legislation through the upper chamber. With Democrats in control of the House, the GOP-controlled Senate has shifted virtually its entire […]

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Adam Schiff says Intel panel will continue to investigate Trump

Even as House Democrats consider more testimony, Schiff made it clear the impeachment inquiry will still move quickly as it progresses into its next phase, saying he is unwilling to “wait months and months as the White House plays rope-a-dope with an attempt to stall.” “We are not going to let the administration stonewalling us […]

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Bumbling Congress gives Trump the budget freeze he wanted

It’s an outcome that would not only highlight congressional dysfunction but also deny the Pentagon and domestic programs potentially critical funding boosts. Congress passed a massive budget deal earlier this year, but lawmakers still need to pass individual spending bills to divvy up the money. Until those measures are signed into law, Mulvaney and his […]