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Congress braces for painful veto clash with Trump on defense bill

Congress braces for painful veto clash with Trump on defense bill

Lawmakers are likely to have a narrow window to override the president's veto.Sen. Jim Inhofe speaks during a press conference. | Stefani Reynolds/Getty ImagesCongress is gearing up for the first veto override of Donald Trump's presidency. The question on Capitol Hill is when that will happen — and just how messy will it be.Congressional leaders are scrambling to avoid an unusual scenario in which lawmakers are summoned back to Washington in the days between Christmas and New Year’s for a dramatic, eleventh-hour vote to overturn Trump's promised veto of a massive national defense...

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How Georgia is driving Congress toward a stimulus deal

How Georgia is driving Congress toward a stimulus deal

Republicans and Democrats see Covid relief as a winning issue in the battle over the Senate.Sen. Kelly Loeffler gestures to supporters after speaking at a campaign rally in Marietta, Ga., on Nov. 11, 2020. | John Bazemore/AP PhotoIf you’re wondering what’s driving Congress to finally compromise on a new Covid stimulus bill after eight months of deadlock and more than 300,000 dead, look no further than Georgia.The uncertainty of Senate control and the two looming runoffs in the state are driving political incentives for both parties to compromise. After battling into a stalemate on multiple...

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Pelosi secures nomination to lead Dems amid narrow majority

Pelosi secures nomination to lead Dems amid narrow majority

Some in the party have openly wondered if the California Democrat still plans to step down in two years.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pauses as she meets with reporters on Capitol Hill on Nov. 12. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP PhotoSpeaker Nancy Pelosi secured her caucus’ nomination for another term leading the House on Wednesday as Democrats kicked off their multiday leadership elections for the new Congress.Pelosi is running unopposed and only needed a simple majority of the Democratic Caucus during the secret ballot vote. But she’ll still have to clinch 218 votes on the House floor in...

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The congressional underclass erupts in fury after Gohmert gets Covid-19

The congressional underclass erupts in fury after Gohmert gets Covid-19

The men and women who make Capitol Hill run are anxious and angry about the risks they've been forced to take amid the pandemic.The U.S. Capitol Building. | Susan Walsh/AP PhotoThe revelation Wednesday that Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, a renegade lawmaker known for stalking the halls of Congress without a mask, tested positive for Covid-19 has unleashed a fusillade of anger on Capitol Hill — a sudden release of built-up tension over how the institution has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic within the confines of its own workplace.For months, the leaders of Congress have allowed...

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