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Beto O'Rourke is organizing wellness checks for seniors during Texas' blackouts. Ted Cruz is in Cancun.

Beto O'Rourke is organizing wellness checks for seniors during Texas' blackouts. Ted Cruz is in Cancun.

MenuSee More Speed ReadsBeto O'Rourke is back is the spotlight as Texas continues to face a statewide crisis.Hundreds of thousands of Texans remain without power Thursday morning as millions more deal with burst pipes and other consequences of unprecedented winter weather. O'Rourke, the former 2020 Democratic presidential and 2018 Texas Senate candidate, has been making the TV rounds to call out the Republicans who've shifted the blame for the power shortages — and is organizing to check in on senior citizens throughout it all.On Wednesday night, O'Rourke announced he and volunteers had...

February 18, 2021
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Trump's lawyers claim he never knew Pence was in danger. A Republican senator has said otherwise.

Trump's lawyers claim he never knew Pence was in danger. A Republican senator has said otherwise.

MenuSee More Speed ReadsLawyers for former President Donald Trump have contradicted a Republican senator's account of what happened in the Senate chamber during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.After lawyers for Trump finished their defense of his impeachment for inciting the insurrection, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) questioned the timing of Trump's "disparaging tweet" about Pence during the attack. At 2:24 p.m., 11 minutes after Pence was escorted from the chamber as Trump backers stormed the building, Trump tweeted that Pence "didn't have the courage to do what he should've done" and somehow...

February 12, 2021
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Trump's lawyers argue Democrats impeached him both too slow and too fast

Trump's lawyers argue Democrats impeached him both too slow and too fast

MenuSee More Speed ReadsFormer President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial began Tuesday with a debate over the constitutionality of the trial and his impeachment in the first place. And in their attempt to dismiss the trial entirely, Trump's lawyers claimed the whole process was moving along both too quickly and too slowly.Trump lawyer David Schoen followed Bruce Castor's on Tuesday, at one point arguing that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) "streamlined the impeachment process" to let it go "straight to the floor for a vote without the ability for amendments." There were "no...

February 9, 2021
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GOP congressmembers won't reject Electoral College vote because party 'depends' on it for presidential wins

GOP congressmembers won't reject Electoral College vote because party 'depends' on it for presidential wins

MenuSee More Speed ReadsRepublican House members against an attempt to oppose the certification of the Electoral College's vote are of their argument very, very loud.A of 11 GOP senators are planning to join with some to oppose the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win on Wednesday, giving debunked claims of election fraud as their reasoning. But another group of seven House congressmembers warned against undermining trust in the Electoral College, saying in a Monday statement that doing so could cost the party its only chance to win a future presidential election.Reps. Thomas...

January 4, 2021
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Bernie Sanders rails against McConnell's assertion that $2000 checks are 'socialism for rich people'

Bernie Sanders rails against McConnell's assertion that $2000 checks are 'socialism for rich people'

MenucloseSee More Speed ReadsAfter Congress agreed to send $600 stimulus checks to Americans, President Trump decided he wanted to push for $2,000 checks instead, launching Trump and some Republicans into an with Democrats. But the proposal likely won't even get to the Senate floor thanks to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who spent Thursday once again railing against the proposal with a pointed hit at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).In his Thursday floor speech, McConnell Democrats took Trump's proposal and "skewed it so the checks would benefit even more high-earning...

December 31, 2020
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Buttigieg promises 'infrastructure week' won't be a joke when he's transportation secretary

Buttigieg promises 'infrastructure week' won't be a joke when he's transportation secretary

MenuSee More Speed ReadsPresident-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday introduced former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg as his pick to lead the Department of Transportation. And while Buttigieg acknowledged there's no way he'll beat out Amtrak Joe as the "" in the administration, he did announce that he'll center railroads, climate change, and union jobs if he's confirmed for the job.Buttigieg, the youngest candidate in the 2020 primary field, had for a big spot in the Biden administration. And on Wednesday, Biden laid out an expansive role for him. "When I think of...

December 16, 2020
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