Author: Amber Phillips

All the ways House Democrats are planning to make Trump’s life miserable next year

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in December. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post) October 16 at 9:50 AM In their final pitch to voters before the November elections, Democratic leaders in Congress are avoiding impeachment talks, both of President Trump and newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. But House Democrats are talking a lot down the home stretch about other ways they could make Trump’s life difficult. And if Democrats win back the House of Representatives in the fall — which is likely — there’s a lot they could do short of the “i” word, from investigations...

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Trump and Macron can’t stop touching each other

A handshake is never just a handshake with these two. The last time we saw the hands of President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron meet, it didn’t look pleasant for either man. While Trump was visiting Paris in July, Macron grabbed the president’s hand and held onto it for a full 10 seconds, tightening his grip and pulling it further and further into his chest, as if Macron could bend the president of the United States to his will through sheer strength. It was as aggressive as a handshake could be, and that’s precisely what Macron was going for, he...

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Trump wants the Senate to get rid of the filibuster. Good luck with that.

President  Trump congratulates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. in December on final passage of a tax bill. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) Whenever President Trump is frustrated with Congress, he often falls back on one solution: Get rid of the filibuster in the Senate. He did it again this week, this time because of immigration. Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!...

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Another member of Congress lost their job over workplace misconduct. So why hasn’t Congress passed a bill to fix it?

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) (Zach Gibson/Getty Images) This post has been updated with the latest news. Earlier this year, it seemed as if Congress was going to do something to make it more difficult for lawmakers to use their power for sex or mistreatment in the workplace, and to prevent an environment in which their top aides do the same. But that momentum has stalled, even as lawmakers continue to lose their jobs over workplace misconduct. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) announced Monday she would not seek reelection after The Washington Post and other news outlets revealed she let her chief of...

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A top House Republican just split from one of his party’s key findings on Russia. That’s a very big deal.

South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, in January. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) There’s one finding in particular from House Republicans’ just-closed Russia probe that has critics and legal experts openly questioning the entire investigation’s credibility: In their 150-page report, Republicans said they could find no conclusive evidence that Russia meddled in the election to help President Trump win. That’s despite the CIA declaring more than a year ago that Russia actively tried to help him. Unless Republicans somehow have come across new information in the CIA’s own intelligence that the CIA missed, Democrats and some legal experts say it’s more likely...

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Nunes echoes Trump’s authoritarian view on press, says Stephen Colbert’s skit about him is a ‘danger’ to the country

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) waves as he arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) One of America’s exercises in democracy can be found on late-night TV. Hosts crack sharply critical jokes about the country’s politicians without fear of retribution from said politicians. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sees that exercise very differently. He told Fox News that a skit  Stephen Colbert did mocking Nunes’s memo alleging FBI bias in the Russia investigation is a danger to the country. “Devin Nunes is a REDACTED,” says a memo Colbert circulated on Capitol...

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Jared Kushner has gotten away with security clearance omissions that typically fell less-influential federal employees

The Washington Post’s White House team reports that Chief of Staff John F. Kelly really wouldn’t mind if Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump left their jobs at the White House. And it’s easy to see why Kelly feels that way. From the moment Kushner started working at the White House, he has walked on the edge of what’s ethically appropriate. The clearest example of this is his work with top-secret information despite not having been cleared to access it. Kushner had only an interim security clearance, and the full one was on hold more than a year later as...

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Why Senate Democrats are considering holding up a gun-control bill from one of their own

Democratic senators meet with reporters Tuesday to talk about gun control legislation. From left: Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.), Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.), Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.). (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Here’s how politically tricky the gun-control debate has become: A Republican-controlled Congress might soon vote on a bill to strengthen gun-control laws in the wake of the Florida shooting, and it’s the Democrats who aren’t happy about it. Even though one of their own is co-sponsoring the Fix NICS Act, which would punish federal agencies that don’t submit criminal records to the national criminal background check system...

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