House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who will be turning 82 in March — announced Tuesday that she will run for another two-year term in Congress, ending speculation that she might retire this year. When the writing was on the wall in early 2018 that former President Donald Trump's unpopularity would hand Democrats the House (it did), Pelosi's predecessor Paul Ryan announced he would not seek re-election and retire at the end of the year. Pelosi, faced with a similar situation amid President Joe Biden's slipping approval , is making a very different calculation. Why? The most obvious — and perhaps most likely — answer is a simple desire to cling to power. An uncommonly ambiguous report from CNN in December indicated that Pelosi may renege on her vow to leave Democratic Party leadership in 2023 if she remains in Congress by then. If Democrats lose the House to Republicans in November — a scenario that grows likelier by the day — Pelosi will likely face a more difficult path … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi will run for re-election in 2022. Why?
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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – Lawmakers in at least three states are considering measures to counter the onslaught of threats that state and local election officials have endured in the aftermath of the 2020 election. In Maine, a bill slated for debate in a legislative committee later this week would increase the penalty for threatening an election official with violence. In Vermont, a measure introduced this month aims to make it easier to prosecute culprits. And in Washington, the state Senate has approved a bill that would make harassing election workers a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. READ MORE: Canceled! Elton John Postpones Dallas Shows Following Positive COVID Diagnosis The bills advancing at the state level follow the US Senate’s failure last week to pass sweeping federal voting legislation that, among other things, would have made it a federal crime to reveal personal information about election officials, poll workers or their families with the goal of … [Read more...] about Lawmakers In Some States Move To Confront Threats Against Election Workers
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(CNN) Even as the partisan battle lines for the next epic political clash were being drawn, President Joe Biden had no desire to engage. "Nope," Biden said matter-of-factly in August when asked by a reporter if he was concerned about the potential for a US default on its debt . "They're not going to let us default." The comments, which bordered on a casual dismissal, came as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was rallying Republicans behind the idea that Democrats would have to approve any debt ceiling increase themselves. Washington, once again, was barreling toward a self-imposed crisis that would rattle markets , threaten the US credit rating and, as has been the case for the better part of a decade, create yet another reason for Americans to question the government's ability to handle the most basic of tasks. In the moment, Biden's brush-off appeared to be a misunderstanding of the dynamics that threatened to overtake Capitol Hill. … [Read more...] about The economic catastrophe that wasn’t: How Washington found a way to quietly raise the debt ceiling
Kremlin-backed mercenary soldiers who worked for the Wagner Group could be tested in the Russian courts for the very first time after an all-star team of human rights lawyers filed a case in Moscow accusing the militants of the torture and beheading of a man in Syria. In a legal criminal complaint announced Monday on behalf of the victim, Muhammad “Hamdi Bouta” Taha al-Abdullah, attorneys representing the victim’s brother allege that six Russian citizens who worked on a contract to secure a Russian-Syrian operated gas plant were behind the 2017 killing. The lawsuit marks the first known attempt to bring to account anyone linked to the highly secretive network of covert operators financed and managed by close inner-circle associates of President Vladimir Putin. Opponents of the dark money paramilitary outfit hope an attack through the courts—which they expect to take all the way to European Court of Human Rights—will expose the scale of the abuses carried out by the shadowy forces … [Read more...] about Russian Paramilitaries Accused of Torture and Beheading in Landmark Legal Case Against Wagner Group