Author: David Weigel

Nikki Haley is no stranger to politicizing music

After a skit during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tweeted her disapproval for politics in music. However, Haley is no stranger to using music to support her politics. After a skit during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tweeted her disapproval for politics in music. However, Haley is no stranger to using music to support her...

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Ryan’s ‘pro-white’ primary foe denounced by Breitbart after his anti-Semitic tweets

Paul Nehlen, a Republican primary challenger to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). (Scott Bauer/Associated Press) A Wisconsin businessman challenging House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in next year’s congressional primaries denounced “globalists from both parties” Wednesday, after his anti-Semitic tweets prompted Stephen K. Bannon and Breitbart News to distance themselves from his campaign. Paul Nehlen, who is challenging Ryan for the second time, responded to the accusations of anti-Semitism by saying he was “pro-white” and opposed to double standards. “Allow me to answer with this question: If pro-White is White supremacy, what is pro-Jewish?” Nehlen told The Washington Post in a...

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Democrats who supported spending bill face angry backlash over immigration

By David Weigel and Ed O’Keefe, Democrats who voted on a spending bill this week to keep the federal government open are facing backlash from their party for not demanding a permanent solution for thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Immigration advocates in and out of Congress are railing against those who voted for the stopgap spending bill Thursday despite promises from Democratic leaders that they would force action on the issue by the end of the year. Even before the Senate vote, a group of House Democrats burst into the office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, demanding an explanation. Protesters shouting “Shame on Kaine!” briefly occupied the office of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who said he voted for the measure to prevent a partial government shutdown and protect federal employees. “Every single Democrat who voted for the continuing resolution just voted to deport ‘dreamers’ and leave kids without access to health insurance,” said Murshed Zaheed, the political director of the California-based progressive group CREDO Action. “Quite frankly, it’s a pathetic way for the Democratic Party’s leadership to close out a year in which millions of Americans fought back and resisted the Trump regime’s racist, xenophobic and dangerous agenda.” The internal party drama is sure to increase the pressure on Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to...

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Doug Jones, eager to speak for the South, embraces the spotlight

Doug Jones and wife Louise wave to supporters before speaking during an election-night watch party Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala. (John Bazemore/AP) Doug Jones, weeks away from taking office as Alabama’s first Democratic senator since 1996, is not done talking about his win. On Wednesday, as national TV cameras rolled, he spent 26 minutes talking about his goals for 2018. On Thursday, he talked to the hosts of “Pod Save America” — a tastemaking podcast for liberals — about how he won. And on Sunday, he will be interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox broadcast channel, and the show will be repeated...

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Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations after a half-century in Congress – Washington Post

GOOGLE NEWS By Elise Viebeck and David Weigel, Facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) resigned as Congress’s longest-serving member Tuesday, becoming the first lawmaker to step down as Capitol Hill grapples with allegations of inappropriate behavior by lawmakers. Conyers, who represented the Detroit area for 52 years, yielded to mounting pressure from Democratic leaders to step aside as a growing number of female former aides accused him of unwanted advances and mistreatment. He has denied wrongdoing. From a hospital in Detroit, the 88-year-old congressman said he was “putting his retirement plans together” and endorsed...

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