Schumer: Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch nomination

Senate hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ended Thursday on a confrontational note, with the body’s top Democrat vowing a filibuster that could complicate Gorsuch’s expected confirmation and ultimately upend the traditional approach to approving justices. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he will vote no on President Trump’s nominee and asked […]

5 things to watch as Gorsuch gets grilled

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee faces the Senate’s bright lights. Neil Gorsuch heads into his confirmation hearings on Monday with a singular goal: Be boring. The impeccably polished Supreme Court nominee has, so far, encountered few obstacles in his path toward confirmation. He’s privately impressed senators, while opponents have struggled to make criticism against him stick. Not […]

What the Senate Should Ask Judge Gorsuch

A few good questions could rescue the Supreme Court hearings from the charade they’ve become. Read more at Politico: What the Senate Should Ask Judge Gorsuch When Judge Neil Gorsuch faces the Senate Judiciary Committee today, will we see a series of crisp, clear exchanges on the nature of the Constitution, the role of precedent, […]

CBO: 24 million fewer insured under House bill repealing Obamacare

Roughly 24 million more people would be uninsured over a decade if the House Republican Obamacare repeal bill is enacted, according to a much-anticipated Congressional Budget Office analysis that could threaten GOP hopes of getting the measure through the House in the coming weeks. The legislation would lead to 14 million more people being uninsured […]

Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) led Congress in contributions from lobbyists

Sen. Chris Van Hollen‘s (D-Md.) star has been on the rise in the Democratic party: After seven terms in the House, he won a Senate seat last November, and now occupies a much-coveted spot on the Appropriations committee while also chairing the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the party’s fundraising arm for its Senate candidates. Read more at […]

WaPo: In the Trump administration, it’s always ‘A Day Without a Woman’

(OPINION) — By Dana Milbank — Let’s hope there’s generous funding in Republicans’ new health-care bill to prevent and cure tone-deafness. Wednesday was International Women’s Day, and to observe this annual commemoration House Republicans formally took up their legislation defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of health services for women. Read more at The Washington […]

Hillary coming to terms with her new life

“She’s in a much better place than she was in two months ago,” said one confidant. For months, in private conversations, Clinton has griped about Trump’s connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin and suggested that no one seemed to care about it during the election. At a gathering with donors in December, she was blunt. […]

Knives are out for Reince Priebus (White House Chief of Staff)

Trump’s chief of staff is becoming a singular target of criticism as persistent controversies plague the presidency. With the White House struggling to gain its footing almost two months into Donald Trump’s presidency, administration officials are increasingly putting the blame on one person: Reince Priebus. Read more at Politico: Knives are out for Reince In […]

Lawmakers stunned, baffled by Trump’s wiretap allegations

The White House, meanwhile, is pushing for a probe of the Obama administration. Congressional Republicans were flummoxed Sunday by President Donald Trump’s and his White House’s continued assertions — provided without evidence — that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. A day after Trump made the charge, Hill Republicans […]

AG Sessions recuses himself from Trump-Russia probe

The attorney general is removing himself following reports he met twice with the Russian ambassador during Trump’s campaign. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he will recuse himself from any investigations related to campaigns for president, including any probe into contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. “I have recused myself in […]