Graham: Senators seek bipartisan shutdown solution

(16 Jan 2019) Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says some Senate Republicans and Democrats are working together to try to end the partial federal government shutdown. (Jan. 16)

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GOP leaders defend action against Rep. Steve King

(15 Jan 2019) Republicans are making life in the House less comfortable for Rep. Steve King, with one GOP leader suggesting Tuesday that the nine-term Iowan leave Congress after the latest in a string of his “racist” comments. (Jan. 15)

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Pence says Democrats ‘unwilling to negotiate’

(9 Jan 2019) Republicans disputed the characterization by Democrats of President Trump’s shutdown meeting at the White House Wednesday and said Democrats were “unwilling to even negotiate.” (Jan. 9)

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Trump: Republicans ‘totally unified’ on shutdown

(9 Jan 2019) After a trip up to Capitol Hill, President Trump insisted Republicans are “very, very unified” in the shutdown standoff over his southern border wall, though some GOP lawmakers have been expressing concern about the partial government closure. (Jan. 9)

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Congress empty as US government shutdown continues

Halls in Congress appear empty as a partial US government shutdown extends into next week when the Senate is set to adjourn. President Donald Trump has threatened to seal the US-Mexico border “entirely” over the border wall funding dispute, an issue at the center of the political row preventing Republicans and Democrats from reaching an agreement in budget deliberations.

Trump tells House GOP he won’t sign Senate bill

(20 Dec 2018) President Donald Trump has told congressional Republicans he “will not sign” a spending bill passed by the Senate to avoid a partial government shutdown Friday, and he’s citing an impasse over money for a border wall with Mexico. (Dec. 20)

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(18 Dec 2018) Here’s the latest for Tuesday December 18th: Michael Flynn going to court; James Comey blasts congressional Republicans; Two Chicago police officers struck by train die; More big waves forecast for parts of California.

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Ex-FBI director Comey rips into Republicans over Trump’s lies

Former FBI director James Comey rips into President Trump and his Republican allies, arguing that attacks on the FBI make no sense. “So another day of Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Steele dossier,” Comey says to reporters waiting for him after a closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill. “This while the President of the United States is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI, and attacking the rule of law in this country. How does that make any sense?”

Comey: Someone has to stand up, speak the truth

(17 Dec 2018) Former FBI Director James Comey is calling on Republicans to ‘stand up for the values of this country.’ This comes after his second closed door meeting with GOP-led panels on Capitol Hill. (Dec. 17)

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Wisconsin Republicans Are Trying To Strip Power From Newly Elected Democrats (HBO)

MADISON — Republican lawmakers passed a series of bills designed to strip power away from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general today, in an extraordinary session that started on Tuesday afternoon and didn’t end until after dawn on Wednesday.

The laws included measures that would force the incoming governor, Tony Evers, to seek legislative approval for any changes to the state’s public benefits programs, including Medicaid, and severely curtail the ability of the new attorney general, Josh Kaul, to bring or leave lawsuits on behalf of the state. Evers and Kaul ran on a promise to end the state’s legal fight against the Affordable Care Act.

The laws now go to Republican governor Scott Walker for final approval. Walker didn’t respond to a VICE News request for comment, but he has previously said he would be willing to sign the bills.

The Wisconsin Capitol dome has been home to a furious protests during the eight years under Walker, most notably in 2011, when he sought to end the state’s longstanding practice of collective bargaining for public employees.

The outrage this week was far more muted. But Democratic lawmakers decried the Republican policies as an attempt to change the rules of government in the aftermath of an election loss, and part of a trend that has also seen Republican legislatures cut the powers of newly elected Democratic governors in North Carolina and Michigan in recent years.

“It is ridiculous that Republicans are more concerned with clinging to power, than accepting an election,” said Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) in a speech on the senate floor late Tuesday night. “Your antics today are what the voters rejected on November 6.”

Republicans, meanwhile, were relatively scarce. None of the dozen or so contact by VICE News agreed to an interview.

To some degree, that’s because their position in the legislature is secure. Gerrymandering in the state has all but guaranteed Republican control, even as the statewide vote tilts back Democratic. In November, for instance, while Democrats won most statewide elections, Republican candidates for the Assembly won 64% of the seats. They also gained one seat in the Senate.

If signed into law, the bills are likely to face legal challenges from none other than the incoming attorney general.

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