Politicians calling themselves “Democratic socialists” have made very-visible gains in the past year, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joining Congress on Thursday and Sen. Bernie Sanders becoming a party icon with the status to bring policies like Medicare-for-all into the mainstream.
President Trump routinely takes grief from the pundits for his underwater approval ratings – but compared with some of his embattled European counterparts, facing civil unrest in the streets and internal government tensions, the U.S. president is riding high.
Thousands of Hondurans have made the treacherous trip through Mexico to the southern U.S. border, saying they are fleeing gang violence, but some immigration experts say Mexican crime data may undermine their case for asylum — with the caravan passing through several states with lower murder rates than many U.S. cities.
A major new climate study in the journal Nature got worldwide media coverage for finding that the oceans warmed dramatically faster than previously thought — but now the researchers have retracted that conclusion after a man in the United Kingdom blogged about flaws he discovered in the paper.
Incumbent Senate Democrats in battleground states who opposed Kavanaugh appeared to have paid a price on Election Day, with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Sen. Joe Donnelly, Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Sen. Bill Nelson all suffering defeats.
Democratic state senator Laura Kelly has beat Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Fox News projects, flipping the Governor’s mansion in a deep red state that voted for Trump by more than 20 points. The win will give Kansas Democrats a say in drawing new district lines in the state after the 2020 census.
Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer has defeated Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Fox News projects, flipping the seat after Heitkamp voted against confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and came under fire for releasing an ad giving the names of sexual assault victims without their permission.
Republicans are continuing to see strong early-vote turnout in key battleground states, potentially boosting their chances for at least holding the Senate even as analysts see Democrats holding the overall edge in the battle for House control.
The economy is good. Many credit President Trump – but President Obama also tried to take credit last week, saying, “when you hear all this talk about economic miracles right now, remember who started it.”
California Rep. Adam Schiff accused a GOP colleague of bigotry against Koreans. But the rep denies ever saying the remarks.