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16 Pelosi Opponents Sign Letter Saying They Won't Vote For Her for Speaker
Opposition is greater than Pelosi can afford to lose in a floor vote

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., pictured speaking to reporters in the Capitol on November 15, 2018, is one of 16 Democrats who signed a letter saying they will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sixteen Democrats have signed a letter released Monday saying they will vote against Nancy Pelosi for speaker, which is more votes than the California Democrat can afford to lose in a floor vote if all House members participate. 

However, two of the signees — Ben McAdams of Utah and Anthony Bridnisi of New York — are in races that have yet to be called. 

Buck Stops Here? Not So Much for President Trump
Fox interview shows how he practices the art of distance and wiggle room

President Donald Trump leaves after chairing a United Nations (U.N.) Security Council meeting on September 26, 2018 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

ANALYSIS | Most of Donald Trump’s predecessors endorsed the notion of the buck stopping “here,” meaning on their desks. But for the 45th president, the buck often stops elsewhere.

Trump sat down with Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace for a 15-minute interview that aired Sunday. Even though the sit-down in the White House’s Roosevelt Room was relatively brief, the president showed several times how just about everything political is fungible — especially when the stakes are high for himself.

Democratic Senators Sue Trump Over Whitaker Appointment
Blumenthal, Whitehouse, Hirono say move violates Appointments Clause

Matt Whitaker was appointed acting attorney general by President Donald Trump after Jeff Sessions was asked to stepped down. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, asking a federal court to stop him from leading the Justice Department.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii argue in the case that President Donald Trump’s move to name Whitaker temporarily as the nation’s top law enforcement official violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.

Nevada is a ‘Blue State’ Thanks to Harry Reid, Democrats Say
Former Senate majority leader’s political machine fully functioning

Former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., right, hugs his successor, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., during Reid’s portrait unveiling ceremony in December 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be retired, but he is not gone from politics, especially in Nevada, where the Democratic operation he built has turned the state blue.

With the help of the state party infrastructure Reid developed, Democrats in the midterm elections on Nov. 6 defeated GOP Sen. Dean Heller, took back the governor’s mansion, and swept new candidates into the statehouse.

Diana DeGette Drops Out of Whip Race, Clears Way for Clyburn
'Many of my supporters have expressed concern about pressure they are receiving to return the three senior leaders to their posts without opposition,' she said

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., has withdrawn from the race for majority whip, leaving Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., running unopposed. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette has dropped out of the race for majority whip, leaving South Carolina Rep. James E. Clyburn running unopposed to retain his No. 3 position in Democratic leadership. 

“Many of my supporters have expressed concern about pressure they are receiving to return the three senior leaders to their posts without opposition,” DeGette said in a statement.  “We have enough work to do without this internal pressure. Therefore, I am withdrawing my bid for Whip at this time.”

Goodbye Midterm Dynamic, Hello Presidential Politics
It is tempting to look at the 2018 and 2020 elections as linked, but give it some time

President Donald Trump made the midterms about him, but that dynamic is likely to change in some proportion for 2020. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Midterm elections and presidential cycles have such different dynamics that the two should almost never be discussed together. That will not prevent people from doing so, but they should resist the temptation. 

Each midterm election tends to be a referendum on the incumbent president, while each presidential election is a choice between nominees.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Rep.-elect Rose tends bar, Rubio defends McRaven and meet the Biden dog

(Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

Muslim Congresswoman-Elect Fights Off Facebook Hoax
‘Who said facts mattered?’ Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar responds to false statements attributed to her

Democratic Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Minnesota member-elect Ilhan Omar and fellow freshman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan made history on Election Day as the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress. But Omar is already fending off conspiracy theories targeting her for her religion. 

A post on Facebook superimposes an image of Omar on the cover of Time magazine with an accurate quote (“I am America’s hope and the president’s nightmare”) and a false and incendiary one (“I think all white men should be put in chains as slaves because they will never submit to Islam”).

Surprise Roadblock Could Sideline Budget Overhaul Panel
CQ Budget Podcast, Episode 87

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The co-chairwoman of the select committee tasked with overhauling the budget process threw her colleagues a curveball that could derail plans to report out a bill by the Nov. 30 deadline, CQ's senior budget reporter Paul Krawzak tells host Jennifer Shutt.

Trump Blasts ‘Little Adam Schitt’ After He Questions Whitaker Appointment
Incoming House Intelligence Committee chairman promises to revive its Russia investigation

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will assume the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee in the new Congress, and will relaunch its Russia investigation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump bestowed a juvenile nickname on Rep. Adam Schiff on Sunday, but the congressman responded with a barb of his own.

The president and the incoming House Intelligence Committee chairman taunted each other on Twitter, a preview of the coming months, since the rivalry is sure to intensify when Schiff resurrects the committee’s Russia investigation after Democrats assume control of the House of Representatives in January.