Johnson's turbulent week comes to a soft landing at Mar-a-Lago

PALM BEACH, Florida — Mike Johnson got what he came for on Friday — an appearance shoulder to shoulder with Donald Trump, who criticized efforts to depose the House speaker. “He’s doing about as good as you’re going to do,” Trump said. The former president’s comments may not be enough to persuade Rep. Marjorie Taylor … Read more

House Democrats prepare to try for another Roe election

They turned the reversal of Roe v. Wade into campaign rocket fuel two years ago, denying the GOP its hopes for a “red wave.” Now House Democrats are preparing to try to again sink vulnerable Republicans on abortion. Internal party polling data backs up their strategy. Democratic lawmakers viewed a recent survey from their campaign … Read more

24 hours in Albany?

With help from Shawn Ness New from New York Happening now: Gov. Kathy Hochul may consider shorter extenders. A new parks attendance record thanks to the eclipse. Some advocates slept in the War Room. The Hochuls’ income in 2023 is out. DAYS THE BUDGET IS LATE: 12 The state budget is stretching into its third … Read more

House finally passes surveillance bill after three stumbles

The House on Friday passed legislation reauthorizing a controversial government surveillance power — capping off a monthslong debate marked by acrimonious GOP infighting. The 273-147 bipartisan vote is a win for embattled Speaker Mike Johnson, who has struggled publicly to bridge the deep divides within his conference. But it also puts him at odds with … Read more

How one NY GOP critic of Santos hopes to keep him off the House floor

One of George Santos’ biggest GOP critics is seeking to block expelled members like him from returning to the House floor and other Capitol hotspots open to former members. Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-N.Y.) is slated to introduce a resolution Friday morning that would amend the rules to “deny certain privileges” to former members who have … Read more

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here’s an offering of the best … Read more

Crypto executives put money behind longshot bid to oust Elizabeth Warren

BOSTON — Crypto executives are finding a new investment opportunity: The long shot GOP rival to their industry’s chief critic in Congress, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. More than half a dozen cryptocurrency executives and prominent enthusiasts have donated to John Deaton, a political no-name who achieved folk-hero-like status in the crypto community for battling the SEC … Read more