‘Somebody does need to challenge the president’: Republican Jeff Flake calls for civility, says Trump ‘owns’ the government shutdown

Evan Vucci/AP The retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona urged members of his political party to challenge the president, days before he is scheduled to retire from Capitol Hill. “Somebody does need to challenge the president,” Flake said in a CNN interview on Friday. “I think that the country needs to be reminded what […]

A Republican lawmaker invoked Paul Manafort’s adult children in a bizarre defense of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

AP A Republican lawmaker likened the Trump administration’s discontinued child separation policy at the US-Mexico border to the children of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. Manafort, who faces increased scrutiny after allegedly breaching his plea agreement to charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in the special counsel’s investigation, is the father of […]

North Carolina Republican Mark Harris revealed his campaign owes $34,000 to a political operative accused of illegally collecting — and not submitting — absentee ballots

Sean Rayford/Getty Images Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for the House seat in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, revealed on Thursday night that his campaign owed over $ 34,000 to a political operative who’s been accused of election fraud.  The operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, was contracted by a consulting group that Harris’ campaign paid for […]

Thousands of sensitive emails stolen in intrusion of Republican campaign arm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Chris Clor) An email intrusion targeting a key Republican campaign committee allowed unknown people to steal thousands of sensitive emails from four senior aides, Politico reported Tuesday. The attack on the National Republican Congressional Committee, the main group that works to elect Republicans to the US House of Representatives, allowed […]

Democrat Andrew Gillum officially ends bid for Florida governor, congratulates Republican Ron DeSantis

Associated Press/Steve Cannon Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded the Florida governor’s race and congratulated his Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis. Gillum initially conceded on election night, but retracted it after the vote margin narrowed. After a recount, DeSantis still led the race by more than 30,000 votes. Democrat Andrew Gillum says he is ending his hard-fought race […]

Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen are locked in a competitive, nasty battle for a key Senate seat — here’s what they told us about their race

Eliza Relman/Business Insider Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is running for US Senate as a centrist Democrat in a race that could determine control of the chamber — and his campaign looks nothing like the “resistance.” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, an eight-term GOP incumbent, is running for the seat on President Donald Trump’s agenda. And the competitive battle […]

FCC Republican claims municipal broadband is threat to First Amendment

Enlarge / FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly speaks during an FCC meeting in Washington, DC on November 16, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) A Republican on the Federal Communications Commission claimed that municipal broadband networks pose a unique threat to First Amendment free speech rights—but provided no compelling evidence to back his claim. FCC Commissioner […]

Georgia’s Republican secretary of state says he’s worried what will happen ‘if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote’ in the November midterm election

AP Photo/John Amis, File Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State and the Republican nominee for governor, said he is worried about his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams’ efforts to increase voter turnout ahead of the November 6 midterm election. Kemp is in the middle of a heated gubernatorial race in Georgia where he has caught some […]

Republican lawmakers hold a raucous victory party celebrating Kavanaugh’s confirmation in ‘SNL’ cold open

NBC “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open portrayed Republican lawmakers holding a raucous victory party celebrating Judge Brett Kavanaugh‘s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was sworn in earlier on Saturday following congressional hearings where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school and a week-long FBI investigation. “Don, I’m […]

How ‘the Forrest Gump of Republican politics’ Brett Kavanaugh became the Supreme Court’s most embattled justice in decades, after controversy over sexual misconduct allegations

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s nomination appeared to be in jeopardy for weeks, after multiple women came forward to publicly accuse him of sexual misconduct in high school and college. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations in statements and […]