POLITICO Playbook: No deal in sight … yet

POLITICO Playbook: No deal in sight … yet

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks during a news conference following the 2018 midterm elections on Nov. 7. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images WE THOUGHT WE WERE SOMEWHERE, but in fact, we are nowhere. Yesterday afternoon, we started hearing that SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL was going to file a so-called minibus spending bill --…
Ocasio-Cortez weighs a new primary target: Hakeem Jeffries

Ocasio-Cortez weighs a new primary target: Hakeem Jeffries

Challenging fellow New York Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries would open an audacious new front in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s efforts to steer the direction of the Democratic Party. | Charles Krupa/AP Photo Elections Jeffries, the newly elected No. 5 Democrat in the House, has drawn criticism from the left since the party's leadership elections. By LAURA BARRÓN-LÓPEZ…
How to Fix the Democratic Presidential Debates

How to Fix the Democratic Presidential Debates

In my imagination, a weary Tom Perez turns to an aide at the Democratic National Committee and says, wistfully, “Tell me about how it was.” “Mr. Chairman, at the first televised presidential debate in 1960, there were just two candidates, sitting side by side in a Chicago TV studio. They each made opening statements of…
Why Trump still needs Obamacare

Why Trump still needs Obamacare

President Donald Trump wants lower drug prices, drastic action on the opioid crisis and protection for people with pre-existing conditions. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images A Texas judge’s stunning declaration that Obamacare is unconstitutional not only kneecaps the health care law, it would also cripple President Donald Trump’s entire health care agenda. Trump wants lower drug…
California muscles into 2020 presidential race

California muscles into 2020 presidential race

Sen. Kamala Harris is one of four homegrown would-be candidates out of California for the 2020 race. | John Locher, file/AP Photo For decades, California has been an afterthought in determining presidential elections. But that’s about to change. The nation’s most populous state, long a reliable fountain of campaign cash but not a force in…
Senate Republicans look to Trump to avoid shutdown

Senate Republicans look to Trump to avoid shutdown

President Donald Trump wants to “maximize drama,” per another Republican close to the White House. | Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images Senate Republicans are searching for a way out of the impending partial government shutdown. But they are waiting for President Donald Trump to weigh in before making a move, and he appears to be in no…
Sen. Lamar Alexander will not run for reelection

Sen. Lamar Alexander will not run for reelection

Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander's retirement means the state's delegation is losing significant seniority in the Senate. | POLITICO Photo Congress The Tennessee Republican is known for his ability to work with both sides of the aisle. By BURGESS EVERETT 12/17/2018 12:16 PM EST Updated 12/17/2018 01:39 PM EST 2018-12-17T01:39-0500 Sen. Lamar Alexander will not…
Flynn business associates charged with illegally lobbying for Turkish government

Flynn business associates charged with illegally lobbying for Turkish government

Michael Flynn's former business partners allegedly lobbied on behalf of Turkey illegally. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Legal By CAITLIN OPRYSKO 12/17/2018 11:14 AM EST Updated 12/17/2018 12:20 PM EST 2018-12-17T12:20-0500 Two former business partners of ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn have been charged with failing to register as foreign agents as they covertly lobbied on…
Pelosi’s balancing act: Protecting Mueller amid impeachment fervor

Pelosi’s balancing act: Protecting Mueller amid impeachment fervor

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and party leaders fear that appearing overeager to oust the president could blow back on Democrats and damage their 2020 White House chances. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Congress 'We must wait to see the entire picture and then engage the American people about how we go forward,' the incoming House…
‘He was willing to be tough’: Beto supporters brace for 2020 brawl

‘He was willing to be tough’: Beto supporters brace for 2020 brawl

Democrats predict Beto O’Rourke won't be likely to criticize rivals in an open primary — but his 2012 campaign for Congress demonstrated he has the stomach to do it. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 2020 Election O'Rourke's supporters point to his 2012 run for Congress as evidence that he can hold his own in a rough…
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Kavanaugh drama rattles GOP support

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, said the panel could vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination as early as Friday. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo Senate Republicans have gone from confidently predicting the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to a new message: It all comes down to Thursday. The…

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