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Kevin McCarthy wins speaker race after a grueling 4 days and 15 rounds of voting

After a stunning turn of events Friday night that forced a 15th ballot in the race for House speaker, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, finally secured enough votes shortly after midnight to become speaker of the House. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., smiles after winning the 15th vote in the House chamber as the House enters the fifth day trying to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. Alex Brandon / AP His victory followed four days of voting and persistent negotiations with far-right members of the Republican conference, who kept a win at bay until the 15th round of voting. The selection of a speaker finally paved the w...
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House approves bill to prevent rail workers strike in bipartisan vote

Washington — Congress is moving swiftly to prevent a looming U.S. rail workers strike, reluctantly intervening in a labor dispute to stop what would surely be a devastating blow to the nation's economy if the transportation of fuel, food and other critical goods were disrupted. The House on Wednesday approved a bill that would impose a compromise labor agreement that was brokered by the Biden administration but rejected by four of 12 rail unions. The unions have threatened to strike if an agreement can't be reached before a Dec. 9 deadline. President Biden had urged Congress to intervene. The House vote to impose the contract was 290 to 137, with 79 Republicans joining 211 Democrats in voting to approve the measure. Eight Democrats and 129 Republicans voted against the legislation....
GOP keeps lead for House control, Democrats’ momentum stalls amid economy worries — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll
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GOP keeps lead for House control, Democrats’ momentum stalls amid economy worries — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll

For two months the Democrats chipped away at the Republicans' lead in the battle for House control, helped by motivated abortion-rights voters and what turned out to be fleeting glimmers of optimism about the economy. But that momentum has stalled, at least for now, and the Republicans' House lead has stabilized today at 224 seats to the Democrats' 211. The Republicans' lead had shrunk in the two previous model runs of September and August.What's behind this? Today's views of the economy have gotten worse amid continuing inflation, a volatile stock market and — in a stark reversal from August — people are reporting gas prices are rising in their neighborhoods. And voters are feeling this personally: more now say their own financial situation is bad, and there's more concern about s...
Democrat Adam Frisch concedes to Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado House race
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Democrat Adam Frisch concedes to Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado House race

After a tight U.S. House race that was likely headed to a recount, Adam Frisch conceded to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert on Friday. The Democratic businessman from the ritzy ski town of Aspen led a surprisingly difficult challenge against the renowned conservative firebrand whose combative style helped define the new right. "America is tired of the circus, tired of the lack of respect for our institutions and democracy, and tired of the lack of civility in our discourse," Frisch said in a video. Election update by Adam Frisch on YouTube CBS News had characterized the race as "lean Republican," but on Friday, Boebert was leading Frisch by just 551 votes, or 0.16 points, out of 326,965 votes counted. Frisch said...
Hakeem Jeffries launches bid to replace Pelosi as top House Democrat
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Hakeem Jeffries launches bid to replace Pelosi as top House Democrat

With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer forgoing leadership roles in the next Congress, members of a "new generation" of House Democrats are stepping up to the plate, as Pelosi put it. Rep. Jim Clyburn has also indicated he's stepping aside from his position as whip, but may remain in leadership.Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a 52-year-old New Yorker, is seeking the top position in House Democratic leadership as Republicans are projected to take the chamber. No one else has of yet formally announced any plans to run against Jeffries, who has been considered a frontrunner for the post in the event of Pelosi's departure. Jeffries, currently the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, would be the first Black House Democratic leader.  Democratic Cauc...
Republican lead in House shrinks again as voters see high-stakes contest — CBS News Battleground Tracker
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Republican lead in House shrinks again as voters see high-stakes contest — CBS News Battleground Tracker

The Republicans have a lead. But it keeps shrinking. While they're still in a very good position to capture a House majority, that majority looks narrower today than it ever has, having ticked down for the second straight month to 223 seats in our model estimate. Republicans were at 226 in August and 230 in July. Voters are engaged because they think the stakes are so high — for many, bigger than just affecting their pocketbooks. Two-thirds of voters feel their rights and freedoms are very much at stake in this election — more so even than say their financial well being is.And each side feels if the opposition gained control of Congress, people like them would have fewer rights and freedoms than they do now...
Republican lead in House shrinks again as voters see high-stakes contest — CBS News Battleground Tracker
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Republican lead in House shrinks again as voters see high-stakes contest — CBS News Battleground Tracker

The Republicans have a lead. But it keeps shrinking. While they're still in a very good position to capture a House majority, that majority looks narrower today than it ever has, having ticked down for the second straight month to 223 seats in our model estimate. Republicans were at 226 in August and 230 in July. Voters are engaged because they think the stakes are so high — for many, bigger than just affecting their pocketbooks. Two-thirds of voters feel their rights and freedoms are very much at stake in this election — more so even than say their financial well being is.And each side feels if the opposition gained control of Congress, people like them would have fewer rights and freedoms than they do now...
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GOP seat lead shrinks as Biden approval ticks up — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll

Republicans head into the fall still in position to gain enough House seats for a majority, but a tumultuous summer has made their advantage appear a little smaller today — with a trend so far pointing toward narrow gains instead of a wave. Our CBS News Battleground Tracker estimates Republicans at 226 seats today, down from 230 estimated in July. A majority of 218 is needed to win control. While Republicans continue to lead with people who prioritize the economy, at least three things are tempering their overall advantage:Abortion rights: it's still on voters' minds, buttressing Democratic support and helping them with women in swing districts. Gas prices: most report prices in their area coming down, and with them, views of Biden's handling...
Man who attacked Lee Zeldin, Republican nominee in New York governor’s race, charged with attempted assault
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Man who attacked Lee Zeldin, Republican nominee in New York governor’s race, charged with attempted assault

A man brandishing a sharp object who attacked U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin as the Republican candidate for New York governor delivered a speech in western New York has been charged with attempted assault. David Jakubonis, 43, was arraigned and released, a Monroe County sheriff's spokesperson said.Jacob Murphy, a spokesperson for Zeldin's congressional office, said Friday that Zeldin had a minor scrape from the incident. He said Zeldin had not received any specific threats recently.It's not clear whether Jakubonis has an attorney who can speak for him. A message seeking comment was left at a number listed for Jakubonis. Jakubonis is an Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq in 2009 as a medical laboratory technician.After a campaign event Friday, Zeldin to...
House approves $39.8 billion Ukraine aid bill
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House approves $39.8 billion Ukraine aid bill

Washington — The House on Tuesday night approved $39.8 billion in aid to Ukraine, with just days to go before President Biden says his authority to fund military supplies to help fend off Russian aggression runs dry.The bill passed 368 to 57. It will now go to the Senate and then to Mr. Biden's desk. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said ahead of the vote that the Senate will act on the aid package "as soon as possible."House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro introduced the supplemental bill Tuesday afternoon. The bill provides significantly more military and humanitarian aid than the $33 billion the president requested and is expected to pass in the Democratic-controlled House. "This monumental package of security, economic and humanitar...