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Senate rebuffs White House, moves to debate military aid to Saudi Arabia

4:10 pm Nov. 28, 2018

Angered by the Trump Administration’s reaction to the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as well as the official U.S. response to the involvement of Saudi leader Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud in that killing, the Senate on Wednesday ignored requests from the White House and voted 63-37 to start debate on a plan which would stop U.S. military aid going to the Saudis in support of that nation’s war

Congress gears up for year-end legislative rush

3:00 am Nov. 28, 2018

With less than a month before Christmas – and ten days until funding runs out for a chunk of the federal government – Congressional leaders are racing to cut deals on everything from general spending to farm policy, reforms to the criminal justice system, a package of temporary tax breaks, and a showdown over the high profile issue of how much to spend on security along the southern border.

“We’re trying

Mississippi win cements two seat Senate gain for GOP

9:26 pm Nov. 27, 2018

After three weeks of depressing results from close races in the U.S. House, Republicans on Tuesday got a dose of good news as Mississippi GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a special Senate runoff election, defeating ex-Rep. Mike Espy (R-MS), and giving Republicans a three seat majority in the 116th Congress which begins in January.

Hyde-Smith’s victory came a day after both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence went to

Trump threatens to cut subsidies for GM after layoff announcements

1:21 pm Nov. 27, 2018

A day after expressing his disappointment with an announcement by General Motors to shutter automobile production plants in Ohio and Michigan, President Donald Trump and a top White House economic official on Tuesday publicly threatened to strip the automaker of any government subsidies.

“We’re going to be looking at certain subsidies regarding electric cars and others,” said White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, as he complained that GM was planning to

Democrats could gain 40 House seats as GOP Rep. falls behind in California

8:10 pm Nov. 26, 2018

The 2018 mid-term Congressional election catastrophe for Republicans in the state of California may not be over, as three weeks after Election Day, Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) has seen his re-election lead evaporate, with the latest vote counts showing a narrow edge for his Democratic challenger T.J. Cox, giving Democrats the chance to gain 40 seats in the U.S. House.

In new figures released by Kern County on Monday, Cox erased