Greene meets with Johnson as speaker ouster threat remains

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene met with Speaker Mike Johnson as she continues to openly discuss her motion to vacate the chair. Greene (R-Ga.) said following the meeting that Johnson made “a lot of excuses” and that the speaker gave her no guarantees on how he would proceed on foreign aid and a controversial surveillance program. … Read more

Surveillance bill implodes amid GOP infighting in latest blow to Johnson

House Republicans brought down their own speaker’s third attempt to reauthorize a controversial spy power on Wednesday, marking a fresh blow to the perpetually embattled Speaker Mike Johnson. Now, GOP leaders are scrambling to find a new plan to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act after 19 House Republicans voted to block a plan to … Read more

Trump and Johnson gear up for joint event at Mar-a-Lago

Speaker Mike Johnson and former President Donald Trump are preparing for a Friday appearance together at Mar-a-Lago, according to two people with direct knowledge of the planning. The side-by-side comes as Trump, now the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, continues cementing his influence over congressional Republican policymaking — and as Johnson grapples with the resulting effects … Read more

Senate GOP campaign arm names key Daines aide to lead major ad spending

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is tapping a trusted political aide from his own orbit to lead the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s independent expenditure operation in 2024. Brock Lowrance will set the strategy and spending decisions for tens of millions of dollars worth of ads as part of the GOP’s drive for the Senate majority. Republicans … Read more

Cole clinches Steering endorsement for Appropriations chair

The Republican Steering Committee unanimously endorsed Rep. Tom Cole late Tuesday to chair the House Appropriations Committee, ahead of a final vote expected Wednesday from the full House Republican Conference. Cole is running unopposed for the top Appropriations post and easily won backing from the Steering panel, which tends to favor more establishment candidates for … Read more

GOP squeezes Dems on Mayorkas: ‘I would not want to be them’

Senate Republicans are trying to orchestrate the impeachment trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to exact maximum political pain on their top Democratic targets in November — especially Sens. Jon Tester and Sherrod Brown. Democrats are signaling they’ll quickly shut down the Mayorkas trial once they receive impeachment articles from the House. Given the … Read more

How Senate Dems plan to quickly 'dispose' of Mayorkas trial

Senate Democrats plan to “dispose” of the House’s impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as quickly as they can on Thursday, a member of Democratic leadership said in an interview. Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the No. 3 Democrat, deadpanned on Tuesday that the Senate majority is “going to treat it with the seriousness it … Read more

'Uncomfortable' AI-generated voicemails from gun violence victims swarm Congress

Activist groups are using a typical advocacy tool — voicemails to members of Congress — with a new, uncomfortable twist: They’re from the deceased victims of gun violence, generated by artificial intelligence. TheShotline.org, a gun reform campaign by March for Our Lives and Change the REF, is asking constituents nationwide to send representatives in their … Read more