Nancy Pelosi wished reporters a happy Thanksgiving at a bill signing event on Thursday. She meant to say happy Valentine’s Day. It was only the most recent brain fart by the House Speaker, who earlier in the day at a press briefing relentlessly tripped over her own words while trying to explain what several House committees are up to.
Democrat politicians eager to pin the assault of an African American gay actor on supporters of President Trump rushed to judgement. Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris—both running for president—and Reps. Maxine Water, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex all have egg on their face as evidence builds that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett made it all up. Harris and Booker bemoaned the incident as a “modern-day lynching,” and AOC unquestioningly rushed to declare it “a racist and homophobic attack.” >> More in Cell Block.
House Democrats are denouncing the remarks of one of their own members on pro-Israel group AIPAC. Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has faced sharp criticism for tweeting that the group purchases support for Israel in Congress and for retweeting a slur calling Jews “Hook-nosed.” Upon urging by Jewish Democratic members of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying, “Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception.” It’s unclear as yet whether any real penalties will come, as happened when Republicans rebuked controversial statements by Iowa Rep. Steve King.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered a muddled response to President Trump’s call for legislation banning late-term abortion at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. It’s a “sad thing” that the president turned the conversation to late-term abortions and that he hopes his family “never has to face that crisis and apply his attitude toward it,” she told The Daily Caller. Trump called for federal legislation banning the abortion of children in the womb who can feel pain.
A top Nancy Pelosi aide has told the insurance industry not to worry about far-left plans for a “Medicare for All” takeover of health care. Just a month after the election, the top health policy adviser to the then-incoming House Speaker told insurance bigwigs that Democrat leadership had serious reservations about the scheme, which was a key part of some newly elected Dems’ platforms. Instead of the Bernie Sanders-inspired plan—which would abolish private insurance and force everyone onto a government plan—Pelosi’s office has insisted they’ll focus on lowering drug prices and will be an ally of private health insurance.
Virginia’s Lieutenant Gov. is denouncing claims he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004 as a “smear.” The second in line for the state’s top job on Monday dismissed claims that surfaced in the Washington Post that he forced himself on a woman at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, insisting it’s a nefarious plot by those who want to stop him from taking over as governor if embattled Gov. Ralph Northam is forced to resign in disgrace.
MEANWHILE, despite calls from all corners of the Dem Party for him to step down, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam still enjoys the approval of half the state’s Democrat voters, a new poll released Monday shows. Party elders, from both of the state’s Dem senators to Nancy Pelosi, have called for his resignation after a photo of him in blackface in 1984 surfaced from a med school yearbook. His apparent support for infanticide wasn’t enough for the party to try forcing him out, but a costume did the trick.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam clung to his job Sunday as members of his own party began calling for him to resign. A 1984 yearbook photo of the embattled Democrat—under fire of late for controversial comments in support of partial-birth abortion—was revealed late last week in which then-medical student Northam wore blackface and stood next to someone wearing a KKK costume. Northam at first denied it was him in the picture, then did a stunning about-face and admitted it was him. Democrats across the board, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have called for him to step down.
MEANWHILE, a right wing website is reporting that one of Northam’s classmates publicized the blackface yearbook photo after Northam made comments that trivialized partial-birth abortion. Big League Politics broke the story that the classmate was incensed by the comments and decided it was time to reveal the Democrat governor is not only a supporter of killing babies, but also an apparent racist.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is digging in again—there will be no money for President Trump’s border wall in any deal to keep the government open past the Feb. 15th deadline. At the same time, four freshman House Dems are urging Pelosi to go further and not accept any spending increase for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That’s despite pressure from less fringey House Dems, who are increasingly open to some kind of border barrier.
More Democrats are coming out of the woodwork to support a barrier on the southern border. Before the government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had control over their members, but some rank and file Dems are openly expressing their support for The Wall. And in a letter last week, 30 House Democrats urged Pelosi to make a deal. And Sens. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and Mark Warner of Virginia are joining the chorus, putting pressure on Schumer, too.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Trump to give his State of the Union address on Feb. 5 in a letter Monday. In a reply, Trump accepted her invite with “great honor.” The date of the speech was pushed back after Pelosi insisted Trump wait until the partial government shutdown ended. A weekend deal to temporarily fund the shuttered parts of government paved the way for the prime time address to the nation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has officially canceled the state of the union speech. In a letter to President Trump on Wednesday, Pelosi said the previous offer to give the speech on January 29 was rescinded and she would not allow Trump to give the annual address in the House chambers until the government shutdown ends. Trump has floated other ideas, like giving the speech in the Senate chamber or at a rally outside of Washington, D.C.
Washington politicians are taking at least some steps toward a deal to end the government shutdown. A group of centrist House Dems are pressuring Speaker Nancy Pelosi to play ball with President Trump by counter-offering his weekend proposal. In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer forged a deal to allow votes on both the border wall funding and protections for some undocumented immigrants. Now in its 34th day, this is the longest shutdown in history.
President Donald Trump still plans to deliver the State of the Union at the Capitol, despite being disinvited by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Formally speaking, a joint resolution needs to be approved by both houses of the legislature to permit the President to speak, but as Pelosi could withhold a vote on it. If Trump shows up without the formal approval, there’s no saying what might happen. As a political stunt, he could face censure or removal if he tries to speak without permission.
MEANWHILE — ABC News reports that two version of the speech are being prepared. One to be delivered to Congress, and one for a more political rally outside the DC-area. Originally one version would be if the government were still shut down, the other if it opened. This suggests Trump is hunkering down for a long-term fight over border wall funding.
The Washington Post thinks the deal President Trump offered Democrats over the weekend to end the government shutdown is a good deal. They’re urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to accept it. In a Sunday editorial, the paper’s editorial board listed reasons Pelosi should say “yes”—mainly, if something isn’t done to help the so-called “Dreamers,” they risk deportation if their situation isn’t addressed soon. Trump offered temporary legal protection for them in exchange for money for the wall.
President Trump got his revenge on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a truly Trumpian way. Just an hour before a delegation of Dem members of congress were set to leave for a trip overseas, Trump revoked their use of military air travel to do so. It’s best to cancel the trip and focus on negotiations, Trump wrote in a letter. But Pelosi and pals are free to fly commercial, he added. The government shutdown has now entered its fourth week.
MEANWHILE, the White House has also cancelled a U.S. delegation’s planned trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the move was made out of consideration of the 800,000 federal workers either furloughed by the shutdown or currently working without pay.
House Democrats are insisting President Trump move the date of the State of the Union address in light of the ongoing government shutdown. In a letter sent to Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said he should reschedule the speech or give his prepared remarks to congress in writing. Her top deputy, Steny Hoyer, went further, saying “the State of the Union is off,” which he later backtracked on. The speech is ultimately up to Pelosi, who has to invite the president to congress to give it.
MEANWHILE, the Secret Service says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi never contacted them about the State of the Union speech. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited safety concerns because of the government shutdown. But apparently she never asked the Secret Service for their opinion.
President Trump is signaling that he’d be willing to declare a national emergency unless Congress gives him the money he’s requesting to build a border wall. As he left the White House on Thursday to visit the border, Trump told reporters that not making the declaration would be “very surprising to me” if Congress doesn’t act. The national emergency declaration would allow him to have the military build the wall.
MEANWHILE, Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday called on President Trump to bypass Congress and unilaterally fund the border wall. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s unwillingness to negotiate make it necessary for Trump to use his emergency powers to finance the $5.7 billion barrier, Graham tweeted.
President Trump stormed out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, declaring it a “total waste of time.” The president on Twitter said he began by asking Pelosi if she’d be willing to agree to border wall funding if he agreed to immediately fund and re-open the government. She said no, he left. Vice President Mike Pence was also there and agreed with Trump’s description of the fruitless meeting.
President Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office on Tuesday night to talk about the ongoing government shutdown over funding for the border wall. In the prime time television address, the first of his presidency, Trump painted the stalemate as a moral, humanitarian issue where Democrats are standing in the way of sensible border security in furtherance of purely political goals.
MEANWHILE—Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer followed Trump on the airwaves to rebut his claims. Appearing together behind a podium, the Democrat duo repeated their claims that they want border security, but a border wall would be an ineffective waste of money.
With the government shutdown now in its third week, President Trump is planning a primetime address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night to discuss “the humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border,” Trump announced in a tweet Monday. Despite initial reports that the major networks were skeptical about giving the president a prime time slot, they have all announced that they’ll carry the speech. It will be at 8 p.m. central time.
Billionaire liberal Tom Steyer is dumping millions more into his quest to impeach President Trump. The far-left environmentalist Trump foe is spending $6 million more on his high-profile, well-funded effort to get Trump booted from office. Some on the far left are eagerly embracing impeaching, to the consternation of more mainstream Dems.
Meanwhile, incoming Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said Thursday evening that “we’re gonna go in there and impeach the motherf*****.” New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the language and backed off talk of impeachment, for now at least.
The government shutdown has entered its third week, and President Trump says there hasn’t been much headway in negotiations with Congressional Democrats. Vice President Mike Pence, who is heading up the White House’s outreach to Capitol Hill, said talks on Saturday were productive. But on Twitter, the president asserted “not much headway made today.” Trump and the Dems are at loggerheads over border wall funding – which new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Dems will never agree to.
A Texas judge who struck down Obamacare has thrown Republicans a very hot potato. While President Trump said the ruling is an early Christmas present, allowing the GOP to take another stab at health care reform next year. But Democrats said Republicans are cruel in wanting to eliminate Obamacare. In any case, the failed healthcare law will remain in place until the case makes its way to the appeals court level, and possibly all the way to the Supreme Court.
—QUOTABLE: “While the district court’s absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision and for the fear they have struck into millions of families across America who are now in danger of losing their health coverage.” -Nancy Pelosi
—QUOTABLE: “We are going to end up with incredible health care, which is the way it should have been from Day One…And it’s going to happen. It now has a chance to happen.” -Trump
Democrats will move swiftly to enact more gun control once in charge of the House, according to likely next House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Her party will act “boldly” to bring gun control proposals to the table, Politico reported on Monday. That would include background checks on private gun sales, also known as universal background checks. The gun control agenda will take place in the first 100 days of the new Congress, according to California Democrat Rep. Mike Thompson. While controversial, an October gallup poll found 60 percent of Americans want stricter gun laws after a string of highly publicized mass shootings.
—QUOTABLE: “The new Democratic majority will act boldly and decisively to pass commonsense, life-saving background checks that are overwhelmingly supported by the American people.” -Pelosi
—QUOTABLE: “The American people want this. They’re way ahead of the Congress, they’re way ahead of the White House…I think you will see it happen in the first 100 days [of 2019].” -Thompson
It didn’t take long for House Democrats to scrap a plan that would make it harder to raise taxes on the middle class. At the cheering of the far left wing of the party, the incoming majority decided against a rule that would have required a three-fifths supermajority to pass any new tax hikes. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had proposed a compromise, exempting tax hikes on the wealthiest 20 percent of Americans and corporations from the three-fifths threshold. In an early test of how strong the ultra-liberal progressive wing of the party will be, even that compromise died. Republicans pounced, saying Dem claims they don’t want to raise middle class taxes are just empty rhetoric.
—QUOTABLE: “It’s barely gotten any attention, but Nancy Pelosi just made it easier for House Dems to raise taxes on everyone…Not on the wealthy. Everyone. They’ve never been for the middle class – just more government.” -Tweet by Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel
—QUOTABLE: “When I first won, folks said we were too naive, inexperienced, and uninformed to be effective…Yet in our first weeks, we elevated Green New Deal to national urgency, secured 30 cosponsors on a Select Committee, and helped stop a bad tax rule. I’d say we’re off to a good start.” -Ocasio-Cortez tweet
MEANWHILE—House Democrats are excited for a swift return to pork barrel spending. Pork—also known as goodies and earmarks attached to bills to buy key congressional votes—was banned by the Republican-controlled House several years ago. But incoming Nancy Pelosi flack Steny Hoyer says he expects a sequel—sort of “The Earmark Strikes Back.” House Dems are hoping to find support for pork barrel spending among the incoming Republican minority.
—QUOTABLE: “To say that a member of Congress is unable to help his or her own district I think is incorrect…We are co-equal branches — that is our authority under the Constitution. We don’t have to go hat in hand to the president and say, please, will you spend money on this, that, or the other?” -Hoyer