House Democrats must choose Hakeem Jeffries to lead the party

House Democrats must choose Hakeem Jeffries to lead the party

WASHINGTON—Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is expected to be elected to lead House Democrats in the next Congress, making the New Yorker the first black person to lead a major political party and marking a generational change after the departure of three longtime bosses. Democrats will vote on their new leadership Wednesday, ending two decades under Nancy … Read more

DeSantis, others draw distinctions with Trump in 2024 GOP Nomination Race

DeSantis, others draw distinctions with Trump in 2024 GOP Nomination Race

LAS VEGAS – A slate of potential candidates effectively opened the race for the 2024 Republican Party presidential nomination over the weekend, testing campaign themes and trying to differentiate themselves from former President Donald Trump. The Republican Jewish Coalition gathering here capped a weighty week for the GOP after underwhelming midterm election results secured a … Read more

GOP Wins College Educators and Minority Voters in Slim House Pickup

GOP Wins College Educators and Minority Voters in Slim House Pickup

Making modest gains in House seats this year, Republicans drew more support from minority and college-educated voters than in other recent elections, chipping away at key pillars of the Democratic coalition in ways that could better position the party for the next election. Republicans narrowed the Democratic advantage among Latino voters, black voters and white … Read more

Biden administration says Saudi crown prince has immunity in Khashoggi trial

Biden administration says Saudi crown prince has immunity in Khashoggi trial

The Biden administration told a US court that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s status as sitting head of government protects him from a civil lawsuit brought by the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The decision comes amid a political dispute between the US and the Saudis over oil production that sent the … Read more

Donald Trump’s fate in Justice Department investigations headed for special counsel

Donald Trump’s fate in Justice Department investigations headed for special counsel

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed a former federal and international war crimes prosecutor as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigations into former President Donald Trump. Jack Smith, who once headed the Justice Department unit that investigates public corruption and since 2018 was the chief prosecutor at The Hague investigating … Read more

Fearing future losses, more Republicans look to move on from Trump

Fearing future losses, more Republicans look to move on from Trump

Not since the early days of his 2016 presidential campaign has Donald Trump’s position in the Republican Party been under such attack. Increasingly vocal GOP elected officials, strategists, big donors and potential 2024 candidates are citing midterm election losses as a reason to finally move on from him. It will not be easy. Some Republicans … Read more

Kari Lake’s loss in Arizona ruins ‘Stop the Steal’

Kari Lake’s loss in Arizona ruins ‘Stop the Steal’

If anyone needed more proof that “Stop the Steal” was a loser for the GOP this year, the party’s Arizona wipeout is final. On Monday, Kari Lake joined the list of Republicans in the Grand Canyon State who ran in the stolen 2020 election and lost. Mrs. Lake, a former television news anchor, had all … Read more

Republicans on track to take back the House from Democrats

Republicans on track to take back the House from Democrats

WASHINGTON—Republicans remained on the brink of retaking control of the House of Representatives, with lawmakers bracing for a new era of divided government in Congress with narrow party majorities in both chambers. The GOP closed in on control after picking up several victories in competitive races in recent days. Late Tuesday, the party remained one … Read more

Walmart to pay $3.1 billion to settle opioid lawsuits

Walmart to pay .1 billion to settle opioid lawsuits

Walmart Inc. WMT 7.70% has agreed to pay $3.1 billion to settle opioid crisis lawsuits brought by several US states and municipalities, contributing to a landmark settlement with rival pharmacy chains. The settlement resolves a collection of lawsuits filed by states, cities and Native American tribes. Earlier this month, CVS Health corp. CVS 1.00% and … Read more

Kevin McCarthy faces first test in a speaker cabinet

Kevin McCarthy faces first test in a speaker cabinet

WASHINGTON—House Republicans will choose their leaders for the new Congress on Tuesday in a vote that could reveal how much opposition Kevin McCarthy faces in his own conference. Mr. McCarthy, the current House minority leader, is running to lead his party again in what analysts say will be the narrowest GOP majority in recent history … Read more