Senate Republicans on the Foreign Relations Committee appeared dissatisfied with a Trump administration briefing Monday on the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The briefing came after the administration said in February that it had the right not to comply with demands from lawmakers under the Magnitsky Act, which requires that the president provide Congress with a report on Khashoggi’s killing. President Donald Trump has refused to implicate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder, despite reported conclusions from U.S. intelligence officials that he ordered the killing — angering members of his own party.Story Continued Below Monday’s briefing from Manisha Singh, acting undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment at the State Department, and Andrea Gacki, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department, offered little comfort to lawmakers. “We learned very little,” said Sen. … [Read more...] about Senate Republicans leave Khashoggi briefing dissatisfied
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Maybe you’ve heard the warning: The country is beset by a menace. A fringe conservative minority is holding Congress hostage, extracting radical policy concessions over the will of the majority. And it’s leading the nation to fiscal, environmental and moral ruin. Maybe you haven’t heard this part: These dangerous conservatives are Democrats.Story Continued Below “I am talking about the radical conservatives in the Democratic Party,” said Saikat Chakrabarti. “That’s who we need to counter. It’s the same across any number of issues—pay-as-you-go, free college, “Medicare for all.” These are all enormously popular in the party, but they don’t pass because of the radical conservatives who are holding the party hostage.” Not long ago, this would have been an outlier position even among American liberals. Today, it’s the organizing principle of a newly empowered segment of the Democratic Party, one with a … [Read more...] about ‘There Is Going to Be a War Within the Party. We Are Going to Lean Into It.’
By Lauren Hernández Updated 11:02 pm PST, Thursday, December 13, 2018 FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) less FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press Image 1 of / 43 Caption Close Image 1 of 43 FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye … [Read more...] about California’s Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye leaves the GOP, registers as no-party-preference voter
In a year of political upheaval, Colorado’s anti-politician lost his job as secretary of state Tuesday night.El Paso County’s most prominent elected official, Wayne Williams paid a price for his Republican ties, losing to a virtually unknown Democrat even though his politics are best described as purple.It’s a strange thing for a man who shunned a push to put him in the governor’s race. Williams declined, he says, because he just doesn’t like politics that much. He loves policy but could live without the partisan bickering.“For me, it’s more about getting things done,” he said. “I can rail against the pothole, or I can fix it. I’d rather fix things.”But Williams, from his post as the state’s top vote counter, says Colorado has entered a period of rigid partisanship with the blue wave that swept the GOP from every statewide office on the ballot.“For the first time in state history, we saw a straight, pure … [Read more...] about Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams leaves office as he entered: building bridges
THE midterm elections are fast approaching - and both Republicans and Democrats are fighting for control of Congress. Here, we look back at how a President's popularity affects which party controls the House and Senate. When did the Republicans win the Senate? Since the American Civil War, the president's party has lost an average of 32 seats in the House and two in the Senate in the midterm elections. When the Republicans took control of both House and Senate in 1994, Democratic president Bill Clinton faced a six-year battle to get his policies through congress. It was the first time the Republicans won control of both houses since 1952 - and it came in the middle of Clinton's term in office. Almost a decade later, in 2006, the Democrats retook both chambers, which meant President Obama was able to push through his policy agenda for the first two years of his presidency. However, the Republicans won back the house in 2010, which significantly hindered Obama's ability to … [Read more...] about US Midterms history – when did the Republicans win the Senate and when did the Democrats last control both chambers?