House passes emergency migrant care funding bill

The House of Representatives passed a $4.5 billion emergency border aid package to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate has a different version of the bill. (June 26)

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Dems In Congress Can’t Decide If They Should Impeach Trump (HBO)

To impeach, or not to impeach?

Elizabeth Warren broke the ice for the 2020 field on Friday afternoon when she called for Trump’s impeachment in a Twitter thread.

And during a town hall on Monday night, two top-tier candidates – Senator Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg- joined the call to bounce Trump from office.

“I think he’s made it pretty clear that he deserves impeachment,” said Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who’s surging in polls right now.

But Mayor Pete and senators don’t make that decision- at least for Warren and Harris, not yet.

The people who will really decide this are the Democrats in the House of Representatives. And right now, they’re struggling with the question that Democrats always seems to be struggling with: what’s more important—principles or politics?

Speaker Pelosi seems to be trying to strike a balance: move forward slowly, play down the impeachment talk, and characterize your investigations as regular old fact-finding. She held an all-caucus call on Monday to rally her base, and in a readout provided by a person on the call she called on Democrats to “save our democracy.”

“Whether it’s articles of impeachment or investigations, it’s the same obtaining of facts. We don’t have to go to articles of impeachment to obtain the facts, the presentation of facts.”

A lot of House Dems seem to be following that lead for now. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon represents a mostly blue-collar district west of Philly. She’s a freshman elected last fall on the anti-Trump wave. She’s also the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee—the committee that is normally tasked with an impeachment investigation.

When asked bluntly if she would impeach the president today, Scanlon said no.

“I wouldn’t right now. I think we have a lot of work to do to get there. It’s not something you jump into. There’s so many important avenues of investigation that we’re not finished with,” she said in her district office on Wednesday morning.

The office says that in the last week, they’ve received 178 letters or emails asking for impeachment; 85 letters or emails saying that oversight should happen first; and 124 people have asked for the Mueller report to fully released to the public.

One constituent call that Vice News was allowed to listen to on Wednesday featured a woman struggling with the impeachment decision- but for different reasons. But she urged members of Congress to “get to the bottom of this” Mueller report.

“I’m not sure about impeachment. I’d love it but Pence is evil. I’m concerned about him being president. At least Trump is dumb,” she explained to a Scanlon staffer.

But for the Congresswoman Scanlon this isn’t a question about Trump being dumb or not. It’s a question of how congress should do its job. Is the moral high ground to impeach Trump?

“I think acting as a check and balance on an administration that’s out of control in a lot of ways is the moral high ground. It’s why a lot of us ran and that’s why a lot of us were elected,” Scanlon told VICE News. That’s the question that Scanlon thinks faces each member of Congress: “When you look at all of the evidence does it lead you to conclude that for the good of our country. Impeachment is what we have to do that. That it’s an executive who cannot function.”

Scanlon thinks that if impeachment were to happen in the House, that Republicans may be on board.

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High court weighs citizenship question on census

The Supreme Court heard arguments about the government’s plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and their decision could affect federal spending decisions and how apportionment is divided in the House of Representatives. (April 23)

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McConnell calls anti-Israel attitudes disturbing

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he finds rising anti-Israel sentiments “disturbing,” including by “some of the new members of the House of Representatives.” (March 5)

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Democrats seize US House control, but shutdown impasse remains

US Democrats sweeps back to power in the House of Representatives with veteran Nancy Pelosi at the helm, but they came face to face with what may be a new divided government normal in Washington: legislative gridlock.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sworn in as youngest US Congresswoman

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old Democrat from New York, is sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives, officially making her the youngest woman elected to the US Congress.

‘I’m not a big fan of yours’: Trump bashes media, again

Donald Trump has lashed out once again at the media, blaming it for division within the United States.

That’s as the US Congress is now split between America’s two major parties, with the Democrats seizing the House of Representatives and Republicans keeping the Senate.

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US midterms, provisional results

Updated videographic showing provisional results in the US midterms at 09:00 GMT November 8. Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday in an election setback for Donald Trump, but the US president managed to avoid a feared “blue wave” as his Republican Party expanded its Senate majority.VIDEOGRAPHICS

Pelosi outlasts GOP attacks, aims at House speaker

(7 Nov 2018) Democrats won back control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s midterm election and Californian Nancy Pelosi is in line to be re-elected speaker. Pelosi was frequently a target of Republicans on the campaign trail. (Nov. 7)

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