Nancy Pelosi claims she has votes, but race for speaker isn’t over

Democrats will be the majority party in the House of Representatives, and Nancy Pelosi is again vying to be speaker. But some members of her party are adamant that they won’t vote for her.

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Trump’s ban on asylum for illegal border crossers challenged in court

The hearing underway in California comes as thousands of Central Americans are waiting in Tijuana to apply for permission to enter lawfully.

Senate Democrats ask court to void Matthew Whitaker’s appointment

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Richard Blumenthal are two of the three plaintiffs.

The 2020 Democratic primary in N.H. could have a New England flavor

It’s a tradition: If a New England Democrat runs in the New Hampshire presidential primary, he or she wins it. But what if several run at the same time?

Trump says he wouldn’t stop acting attorney general from curtailing Mueller probe

The president also essentially shut the door to sitting down with the special counsel, saying his written answers mean ‘‘probably this is the end’’ of his involvement in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Volunteers look at ballots during a hand recount at the Supervisor of Elections Service Center on November 18, 2018 in Palm Beach, Florida. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) trailed his Republican challenger for senate, Governor Rick Scott by less than a quarter of a percentage point after the first recount, requiring a hand recount of ballots that a machine could not read. Officials had until 12pm Sunday to conclude the recount. (Photo by Saul Martinez/Getty Images)

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Bill Nelson concedes tight Florida Senate race to Rick Scott

A recount showed three-term Democratic Senator Bill Nelson more than 10,000 votes behind GOP Governor Rick Scott.

// Trump backs away from pledge to keep Kelly as chief of staff

President Trump isn’t committing to a promise to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of possible staffing changes in his administration.

// Judge sides with CNN, orders restoration of Acosta’s press pass

A judge in Washington, D.C., ordered the White House to immediately restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials.

// Trump says he answered Mueller’s questions ‘very easily’

The president said he still hasn’t submitted his written response to investigators.


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// Beto O’Rourke lost his election, but he’s getting the most presidential buzz

O’Rourke has a significant number of advantages going into the 2020 presidential race.

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// ‘Donald Trump was elected president because of his racism, not in spite of it’

In him, racists have someone who will never unequivocally condemn them or the violence they commit.

‘‘This is not a speech of concession,” Stacey Abrams said Friday.

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Stacey Abrams says she won’t win Georgia race, but also plans a lawsuit

‘‘This is not a speech of concession,” said Abrams, the Democrat who ran for governor.

Once the pay hike’s top critic, Baker will take $100,000 in new compensation in 2019

When state lawmakers rammed a bill into law last year giving them and other elected officials hefty pay hikes, Governor Charlie Baker was unequivocal in his disapproval.

// Trump sees wildfire areas, consoles those harmed by shooting

President Trump on Saturday acknowledged Californians suffering from twin tragedies. The death toll from the Camp fire now stands at 76.

// DeVos proposed new protections for students accused of assault

Under the new plan proposed Friday, colleges would have to investigate complaints only if the alleged incident occurred on campus and only if it was reported to certain officials.

// Top Democrats vow to block Whitaker from interfering in Russia inquiry

The incoming chairman of a House panel vowed to make Matthew Whitaker its first witness when the new Congress convenes in January — and subpoena him if necessary.

// California is already tough on guns. After a mass shooting, some wonder if it’s enough

Gun control activists and politicians in the state are already weighing what more can be done, and whether existing measures could have prevented the killing.