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How Trump upended the race to control the House through 2030
Fri, Feb 26, 2021
By Ally Mutnick and Elena Schneider
Former President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Days after the 2020 election, House Democrats convened to address some of the party’s most surprising losses, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Cheri Bustos name-checked one in particular: Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a fres ...

Democrats unveil earmarks revival plan
Fri, Feb 26, 2021
By Caitlin Emma
Representative Rosa DeLauro speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill, June 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
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House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) revealed a long-awaited proposal on Friday to restore earmarks, including major changes aimed at building bipartisan support. Democrats are rebranding earmarks as “Community Project Funding,“ ...

Progressives push to squash Senate filibuster after minimum wage defeat
Fri, Feb 26, 2021
By Marianne LeVine, Laura Barrón-López and Sarah Ferris
“So if that $15 minimum wage isn’t in this package, we are going to have to figure out a way to get it through. And if that means reforming the filibuster, then we should reform the filibuster,"
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Progressives are willing to accept defeat on the minimum wage for now and vote for President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package. But they're channeling their energy into a renewed push to kill the filibuster. One day after the Senate parlia ...

House passes Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package
Fri, Feb 26, 2021
By Caitlin Emma and Sarah Ferris
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol.
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The House approved President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic rescue plan in a 219 to 212 vote early Saturday morning, sending the measure to the Senate as Democrats race to pass it into law before boosted unemployment payments expire next mo ...

The most important person you don't know
Fri, Feb 26, 2021
By Scott Bland, Elana Schor, Caitlin Emma, Annie Rees, Jenny Ament and Irene Noguchi
Nerdcast illustration 2/26/21
POLITICO Illustration/Getty Images

On today's episode, everything you want to know about the mysterious but powerful Senate Parliamentarian. Elizabeth MacDonough ruled Thursday that Senate Democrats would be deemed out of order if they include a $15 minimum wage in their coronavir ...


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