PUBLISHED: 20:28 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 20:28 15 January 2019 Prime Minister Theresa May speaks after losing a vote on her Brexit deal in the House of Commons. Photo: House of Commons/PA Wire MPs have rejected Theresa May’s Brexit plans by an emphatic 432 votes to 202 in a historic vote which has thrown the future of her administration and the nature of the UK’s EU withdrawal into doubt. The humiliating rebuff was delivered in the House of Commons just moments after the Prime Minister made a last-ditch appeal for MPs to back the Withdrawal Agreement which she sealed with Brussels in November after almost two years of negotiation.The 230-vote margin of defeat was by far the worst suffered by any Government in a meaningful division since at least the First World War and in normal circumstances would be enough to force a Prime Minister from office.But there was little doubt in Westminster that Mrs May would hang on - and was likely to survive a motion of no-confidence … [Read more...] about Theresa May suffers embarrassing Brexit defeat in House of Commons
House Democratic leaders are expanding the roster for the chamber’s coveted tax-writing panel after an outcry from lawmakers about the lack of Hispanic representation on the committee. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a second-term Democrat from California, was tapped to join the ranks of the Ways and Means Committee on Monday night, nearly a week after leadership announced the Democratic slate for the panel.Story Continued Below The move comes after multiple Democrats voiced alarm about the lack of Latinos on Ways and Means, one of the most sought-after committees in the House. Without the addition of Gomez, Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) would have been the only Hispanic lawmaker on the committee out of two dozen Democrats. “In terms of the increased diversity of the incoming class, we should have more Latinos on Ways and Means,” Sánchez told POLITICO. “Adding Jimmy will be a good first step, but clearly we need to do more.” The Congressional Hispanic … [Read more...] about House panel adds member after complaints from Hispanic Democrats
By Brian Rogers Published 11:02 am CST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Curtis Holliman has been charged with murder in the death of Dexter Taylor of Houston. Police say Holliman threw gasoline on Taylor and a second male victim during an argument and lit them on fire. Taylor died from his injuries. The second victim's injuries were not life-threatening. (Houston Police) less Curtis Holliman has been charged with murder in the death of Dexter Taylor of Houston. Police say Holliman threw gasoline on Taylor and a second male victim during an argument and lit them on fire. Taylor died ... more Photo: Houston Police Photo: Houston Police Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Curtis Holliman has been charged with murder in the death of Dexter Taylor of Houston. Police say Holliman … [Read more...] about Murder trial starts in Houston lawyer’s 2016 fatal house fire
Updated 9:29 am PST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 New Mexico lawmakers including state Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, left, and Rep. Patria Lundstrom, D-Gallup, announce a proposal on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M. The proposal for an 11 percent increase in general fund spending for the coming fiscal year amid a surge in state government income. Most of the new spending would go toward efforts to improve public education as the judiciary threatens to intervene to ensure adequate resources for struggling schools. Stewart is the chairwoman of the Legislative Education Study Committee and Lundstrom is chairwoman of the Legislative Finance Committee. less New Mexico lawmakers including state Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, left, and Rep. Patria Lundstrom, D-Gallup, announce a proposal on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M. The proposal for an 11 percent ... more Photo: Morgan Lee, AP … [Read more...] about The Latest: House speaker sets high bar for Legislature
For two years, Democrats, and their base of supporters, have craved the chance to conduct rigorous oversight of President Donald Trump and his administration. Thanks to the 2018 midterm, they now have it — but figuring out how to put that authority to use is no easy task. With potential topics of investigation into Trump administration actions numbering in the dozens — as many as 85, by one estimate — Democrats have to make choices about what to prioritize. Should they come out of the gate with an investigative salvo into the Trump campaign’s alleged hush money payments to Stormy Daniels in 2016? What about looking into how much Trump’s businesses are benefiting from his presidency? The administration’s response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico? Its botched ban on transgender Americans serving in the military? The list goes on and on, and Democrats aren’t exactly united on how best to proceed — both in terms of what to tackle … [Read more...] about With control of the U.S. House, Democrats have real power to investigate the Trump administration. But where should they start?