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Republicans dash to defend perilous 2022 Senate map

Republicans dash to defend perilous 2022 Senate map

GOP leadership is moving quickly to lock down incumbents in key swing states.Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley speaks at a hearing. He'll be 89 in 2022. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesSen. Chuck Grassley will be 89 when the 2022 midterm campaign rolls around. Republicans are counting on him to run for an eighth term.“I hope Chuck Grassley comes back. He’s very healthy and I hope he comes back really strong. That will be really important,” said incoming National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott of Florida in an interview. “I don’t think Chuck Grassley is beatable.”Grassley, who has...

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Pelosi formally seeks another 2 years as speaker

Pelosi formally seeks another 2 years as speaker

"I am writing to request your support to be re-elected as Speaker."Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters about Election Day results at Democratic National Committee headquarters on Nov. 3. | Alyssa Schukar/The New York Times via AP, PoolSpeaker Nancy Pelosi wants another two-year term running the House, cementing her role — for now — as the most powerful woman in Washington.The 80-year-old Pelosi is coming off a disappointing Election Day, where her party lost at least five seats so far in the House, but the California Democrat intends to stay in the speaker’s chair during...

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Pelosi begins mustering Democrats for possible House decision on presidency

Pelosi begins mustering Democrats for possible House decision on presidency

The speaker sent a letter emphasizing local races, in case a tie in the Electoral College requires state delegations to vote.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Pelosi has been mobilizing Democrats for the possibility that the House might decide who the winner of the 2020 election will be. | AP Photo/Jose Luis MaganaSpeaker Nancy Pelosi has begun mobilizing Democrats for the possibility that neither Joe Biden nor President Donald Trump will win an outright Electoral College victory, a once-in-a-century phenomenon that...

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Pelosi and Mnuchin make one final attempt at Covid talks before elections

Pelosi and Mnuchin make one final attempt at Covid talks before elections

Top Democrats spent much of the weekend and Monday finalizing a roughly $2.2 trillion relief package.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. | AP Photo/Jose Luis MaganaSpeaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are making one final attempt at striking an agreement on a massive coronavirus relief deal on Monday night, even as House Democrats race ahead with their own partisan stimulus package lacking GOP support.Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke Monday evening, according to Drew Hammill,...

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McConnell vows Senate will hold vote on Ginsburg’s replacement

McConnell vows Senate will hold vote on Ginsburg’s replacement

His decision has outraged Democrats, who have already called for McConnell to delay a confirmation fight until next year.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Friday that President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will be put to the Senate floor for a vote, setting off a titanic political clash over the future of the high court and plunging the Senate into a crisis less than 45 days before the voters head to the polls to pick the next president.The upcoming confirmation...

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Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to launch long-shot bid to oust Pelosi

Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to launch long-shot bid to oust Pelosi

The procedural gambit has virtually no chance of success, but it could force vulnerable Democrats to align with the speaker ahead of the election.Then-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy listens at a July 24, 2018, press conference on Capitol Hill. | Win McNamee/Getty ImagesMembers of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are quietly working to convince GOP leadership to sign off on a long-shot bid to oust Nancy Pelosi from the speakership, according to multiple sources, which would represent a major affront to the California Democrat if they follow through with the plan.House Minority...

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Pelosi and Mnuchin fail to reach deal on coronavirus aid package

Pelosi and Mnuchin fail to reach deal on coronavirus aid package

But the two sides hope to reach an accord on Friday, which would pave the way for House passage. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin came up short of agreement Thursday night on a sweeping aid package for Americans affected by the coronavirus, although the two sides hope to reach a deal by Friday morning. "We have, or are near, to an agreement, subject to the exchange of paper. We hope to have an announcement tomorrow," Pelosi told reporters following a Democratic leadership meeting. “We’re close to a deal. Obviously, it takes time to...

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