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Why it matters that Mitch McConnell will step down as Senate GOP leader

By any fair measure, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has lost much of the power and influence he once enjoyed. After the 2022 midterm elections, the Kentucky Republican faced the most serious intraparty challenge of his career, leaving little doubt that a significant chunk of his GOP colleagues were eager to oust him. When McConnell […]

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Why the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling on embryos matters

It wasn’t that long ago when Republicans celebrated in vitro fertilization. In the first year of his presidency, for example, George W. Bush praised IVF as a breakthrough that “helps so many couples conceive children.” Fifteen years later, during Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, the Texan pushed for new restrictions on abortion rights, but quickly […]

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Why Mike Gallagher’s unexpected retirement announcement matters

In recent years, it’s been difficult to keep up with the number of reports that have described Rep. Mike Gallagher as a “rising star” in Republican politics. Looking at the Wisconsin congressman’s resume, it’s easy to understand why. Gallagher isn’t just a Princeton grad with a doctorate from Georgetown, he’s also a Marine veteran who […]

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Why Trump lawyer Alina Habba’s connection to Allen Weisselberg matters

New Jersey-based Alina Habba reportedly got to know her No. 1 client, former President Donald Trump, after becoming a member of his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. And since that fateful meeting, she has represented Trump in a variety of lawsuits, ranging from the E. Jean Carroll cases to his now-dismissed racketeering case against […]

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Why Jim Jordan’s call for a timeout on Capitol Hill matters

The day after the bipartisan compromise on border policy and security aid was unveiled, one Republican after another lined up to announce their opposition. A few hours ago, they were joined by Sen. John Barrasso — the No. 3 Republican in the chamber, and the highest-ranking GOP leader to reject the legislative deal. “Americans will […]

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Why the House GOP’s new subpoena for Georgia’s Fani Willis matters

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis have traded pointed correspondence for months, which didn’t appear to be especially productive. The Ohio Republican kept making dubious requests for information, and the Georgia prosecutor kept telling him to pound sand. So, the right-wing congressman has apparently decided to take matters […]

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Why the DOJ’s subpoena to the House sergeant at arms matters

As this week got underway on Capitol Hill, there weren’t any major developments of note, though observers were taken aback when House Reading Clerk Susan Cole publicly informed lawmakers of something entirely unexpected. “This is to notify you formally pursuant to Rule 8 of the rules of the House of Representatives that the office of […]

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Jury makes matters vastly worse for Trump in E. Jean Carroll case

For those keeping an eye on Donald Trump’s many legal dilemmas, it’s a strange period of time. We are, after all, waiting to hear word on the fate of the former president’s controversial family business, which has been accused of systemic fraud. We’re also waiting to learn whether a federal appeals court will endorse the […]

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