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Democrats tap Pelosi for speaker

by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/29/18, 12:06 pm

WASHINGTON—In a closed caucus session Wednesday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., won her party’s nomination for speaker of the House of Representatives for the next congressional session. Democrats voted 203-32 for Pelosi, who ran unopposed. She called her selection “a vote of confidence,” but the 78-year-old will probably have to flip 15 votes to secure the seat on Jan. 3 since the entire House will vote on her nomination. Pelosi previously served as speaker from 2007 to 2011.

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Senate opposes White House on Saudi relations

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/29/18, 11:34 am

The Senate voted 63-37 Wednesday to move forward with a resolution demanding the United States withdraw support for the Saudi-led war on rebels in Yemen. The move signals the Senate’s opposition to President Donald Trump’s policy of keeping relations with the kingdom on an even keel after the murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October.

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Mississippi voters to decide final midterm Senate race

by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/27/18, 10:33 am

President Donald Trump attended two rallies on Monday in an effort to bolster Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith’s chances against Democrat Mike Epsy in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate runoff election in Mississippi. Hyde-Smith is favored to keep Republican Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat, an appointment she gained when Cochrane resigned in April due to health concerns. On Nov. 6, neither of the front-runners earned more than the 50 percent of the vote required to avoid a runoff: Hyde-Smith finished on top with 41.3 percent while former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Epsy trailed close behind at 40.9 percent.

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