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Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court on Monday unveiled a new map carving out the state's U.S. congressional voting districts, imposing a plan it said was based on "traditional criteria" after rejecting a proposal drawn up by Republican lawmakers as unconstitutional.

Court releases new congressional maps that could help Democrats

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released new congressional district lines Monday, replacing the old Republican-drawn maps in time for the state's May primary.


Pennsylvania top court releases new U.S. congressional voting map for state

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court published a new map of U.S. congressional voting districts for the state on Monday after Democratic and Republican leaders were unable to come to an agreement on other proposals, in a closely watched action ahead of the November mid-term elections.

Federal Taxes (US)

Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans

The upturn follows an aggressive advertising campaign by the party and coincides with an eroding Democratic lead in polls gauging midterm election prospects.


Merkel proposes ally for crucial party job

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel put forward close ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday to take over as secretary general of her Christian Democrats (CDU), heeding calls from within the party to inject new blood and groom a successor.


Premier of tiny Saarland new secretary general of Merkel's CDU: paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, premier in the tiny western state of Saarland, is to take over as secretary general of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday.


Leading SPD mayors back coalition with Merkel, poll shows

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading Social Democrat (SPD) mayors favor joining a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a poll showed on Sunday, boosting the prospects of the center-left party backing the alliance in a ballot starting this week.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Blames Obama and Democrats for Failing to Stop Russian Meddling

The president seemed to embrace the idea that sowing discord in American politics had been Russia’s aim, after previously saying little to acknowledge a threat.

Democratic rep. to Trump: You're a 'psychopath' for making this about you

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) called President Trump a psychopath on Twitter after Trump suggested there is a link between the FBI missing a tip on the Florida school shooter and the Russia investigation.


As support falls, German SPD sees 'no Plan B' to Merkel coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) hit a record low, a poll showed, and the party's leader-in-waiting said she had "no Plan B" should members reject a coalition deal with Angela Merkel's conservatives.

SE Cupp: Democrats, spare me your hypocrisy on guns

On Wednesday, the unthinkable happened.


UPDATE 1-'Sinister and systematic attack' by Russians prompts U.S. Congress calls for action

WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans and Democrats joined together to call for more concerted action, and pressure on social media companies, to combat foreign interference in U.S. elections after Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced indictments of Russians for meddling in the 2016 U.S. campaign on Friday.

Rep. Swalwell to Trump: Do you believe it now?

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell reacts to special counsel Robert Mueller issuing an indictment against 13 Russian nationals for meddling in US elections.


Minority government better than SPD alliance: top German conservative argues

BERLIN (Reuters) - An influential member of Angela Merkel's conservatives on Friday urged the German chancellor to form a minority government instead of a planned alliance with the Social Democrats (SPD), saying the SPD would not be a reliable partner.

Schiff: Bannon is likely to be held in contempt

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Friday it's likely that Steve Bannon will be held in contempt of Congress after refusing to answer questions before the panel, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Agreement near on Democrats' Russia memo: Schiff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are "very close" to reaching agreement with the FBI and Department of Justice on redactions to a memo that seeks to rebut assertions of bias in the probe of U.S. President Donald Trump's ties to Russia, the panel's top Democrat said on Friday.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

S.E.C. Blocks Chinese Takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange

The proposed deal drew sharp criticisms from Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who said it could put the security of United States financial markets at risk.

Senators fume after immigration bill failure

It was supposed to be a raucous, week-long, open floor debate on immigration -- the President's signature issue and such a contentious topic that Democrats shut the government down over it just a month ago.


Two-thirds of SPD supporters back German grand coalition: poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - Two thirds of supporters of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) back forming a coalition government with Angela Merkel's conservatives, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

Race and Ethnicity

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Wants to Make America White Again

Democrats should be enraged by the immigration policies championed by the White House.


Congo defends right to explore for oil in national parks

DAKAR (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's oil minister on Thursday defended the country's right to explore for oil anywhere on its territory after media reports that President Joseph Kabila approved drilling in Africa's largest tropical rainforest reserve.


U.S. watchdog to probe chairman's decisions in broadcast deal: Democrat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission inspector general will investigate whether its chairman was biased in favor of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc , which is seeking approval from the watchdog for a $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co , a member of Congress said on Thursday.

Democrats scramble on taxes as Republicans gain steam

Caught flat-footed by the suddenly increasing popularity of the GOP tax plan, leading Democrats are urging the party's candidates to ignore the day-to-day controversies surrounding President Donald Trump's White House and focus their campaigns on the economy.


U.S. Democrats push $1 billion bill for election security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cyber security of U.S. voting systems, and Vice President Mike Pence defended the administration's efforts to protect polls from hackers.


U.S. Senate showdown over 'Dreamer' immigrants seen Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan Senate plan to protect young illegal immigrants from deportation and pour billions of dollars into border security appeared headed toward a Senate showdown on Thursday as wary Democrats signaled that a solution could be close.


Trump-Russia probe muddies House hearing on U.S. threat assessment: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans are resisting requests by Democrats for U.S. intelligence chiefs to present their annual global threat report to a congressional panel so they can avert a likely showdown with the head of the FBI over aspects of the Trump-Russia investigation, two Democratic sources said on Wednesday.

Trump suggests 25 cent gas tax increase, senator says

President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that a one-time, 25 cent increase in gas and diesel taxes would be needed to help pay for the administration's new infrastructure plan, according to Democratic Sen. Tom Carper.


Trump backs 25-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax hike: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump endorsed hiking the federal gasoline tax by 25 cents a gallon in a meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday about funding his infrastructure spending proposal, a Democratic lawmaker said.


Democrats push $1 billion bill for election security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cyber security of U.S. voting systems, and Vice President Mike Pence defended the administration's efforts to protect polls from hackers.


Trump holds the line on immigration as bipartisan plan emerges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. Senate Republicans and Democrats promoted an immigration proposal on Wednesday to step up border security and protect young illegal immigrants, but its prospects appeared uncertain as President Donald Trump urged Congress to support a tougher measure.


Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies in South Africa

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, casting his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party into the unknown less than three months after the army ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe.


German Coalition Deal Has Both Sides Sour, Even Before the Ink Dries

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to make a spirited defense, while her prospective partner, head of the Social Democrats, was pushed aside.

Elections, House of Representatives

How an Abundance of Democratic Candidates Could Help the G.O.P. Hold the House

In a lesson in unintended consequences, a voting reform put in place in California could end up keeping Democrats off the ballot in two battleground districts.

People are defecting from the GOP, but not to the Democrats

Fewer people say they consider themselves Republicans, according to recent polling. But they're not becoming Democrats instead.


Democrat hopes to resolve Russia memo issues 'very soon'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday the White House and FBI wanted too much information kept from the public in a still-secret Democratic memo related to probes of Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. election.

Schiff: We're working with FBI to redact Democratic memo

The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat said Wednesday he's working with the FBI to try to minimize the number of redactions to the Democratic rebuttal to the GOP's intelligence memo alleging FBI abuses of its surveillance authority.


German SPD leader invokes Europe to sell coalition deal with Merkel

VILSHOFEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) must seize the opportunity to reform the European Union in a new governing alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the party's interim leader said on Wednesday in appealing to members to back their coalition deal.

Analysis: Dems midterm fate probably isn't tied to Pelosi

Republicans are trying to turn the midterms on their head. Instead of the expected referendum on a still relatively unpopular Republican president, Republicans are hoping to bring Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi to the forefront.

Don Lemon and GOP lawmaker spar over Democratic memo

CNN's Don Lemon questions Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) on the fairness of blocking the Democratic rebuttal to the Republican intelligence memo alleging FBI abuses of its surveillance authority.

Dems flip 36th GOP-held state legislative seat

Democrats picked off another Republican-held state legislative seat in a special election Tuesday -- this time a suburban, Sarasota-area district in Florida.


Trump asks Democrats to negotiate on infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats on Tuesday to make a deal to modernize the country's infrastructure after his plan received critical reviews as lacking enough federal funding, but said he was open to changes.


Pennsylvania court set to redraw voting maps after governor veto

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court was set to lay out new congressional voting districts for the state after Democratic Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday rejected a version drawn by Republican legislative leaders as unfairly skewed in their party's favor.

The GOP could get their top North Dakota Senate prospect, after all

Rep. Kevin Cramer could run against North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, after all -- potentially reversing one of Republicans' biggest recruiting misses of the 2018 midterm elections.


German SPD leader quits in bid to calm party after coalition deal with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democratic leader (SPD) Martin Schulz resigned on Tuesday, hoping to end turbulence that has rocked the center-left party since it agreed a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

United States Politics and Government

A Former Pharmaceutical Executive Is Running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey

Bob Hugin announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the seat currently held by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez.


Pennsylvania governor rejects Republican-drawn congressional map

(Reuters) - Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf rejected a Republican-drawn congressional map on Tuesday as unfairly skewed toward protecting Republican candidates, likely putting the state's top court in charge of creating new boundaries.


Senate Republican leader embraces Trump immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday turned up the heat on Democrats seeking protections for young "Dreamer" immigrants as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell embraced President Donald Trump's demands for broad changes to the country's immigration policies.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Pressures Democrats Over DACA and Infrastructure Plan

In two early tweets, Mr. Trump said a March deadline to protect young immigrants would be the “last chance,” and suggested that Democrats should come to a deal on his infrastructure proposal.

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Democrats’ Identity Crisis

The House minority leader took to the floor for eight hours to protest a spending bill that she now says she wanted to pass. What’s the risk for the party?

Senate GOP leaders want to end immigration debate by Thursday

Senate Republicans on Monday night declared they would only allow immigration to be on the Senate floor for one week -- pressuring Democrats to show their hand as the Senate inched closer to opening its debate.

They donated the max to a senator after their son said he was running against her

Just months after Republican Kevin Nicholson announced his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018, his own parents donated the legal maximum to her primary campaign.


Merkel, SPD under renewed fire over German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) faced further criticism on Monday from within their own parties over a new coalition deal that must still be approved by disgruntled SPD rank-and-file members.

Midterm Elections (2018)

Big Republican Advantages Are Eroding in the Race for House Control

Retirements and reversals in gerrymandering give Democrats a clearer path to a majority.


The Interpreter: Paving Over Differences, Europe’s Centrists Risk Rougher Ride

Coalition governments between the center-right and center-left, like the deal reached in Germany by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats, may lead to more instability, not less.


Trump plan to overhaul U.S. infrastructure faces steep hurdles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will roll out an infrastructure plan on Monday that already faces significant hurdles in Congress because it does not offer as much new federal funding as Democrats want or directly address how to pay for the effort.

Race and Ethnicity

Op-Ed Contributor: Democrats Can Win on Immigration

It’s morally just to stand up against hatred and bigotry. It’s also good politics.


Trump to roll out plan to overhaul U.S. infrastructure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will roll out an infrastructure plan on Monday that already faces significant hurdles in Congress because it does not offer as much new federal funding as Democrats want or directly address how to pay for the effort.

Pelosi, Nancy

Nancy Pelosi Wants to Take Back the House. But She Faces a More Urgent Test.

At 77, Ms. Pelosi remains a dominant figure in Washington. How she bridges Democrats’ factions on immigration may help determine whether she can lead her party to a majority.

Schiff to meet with FBI over memo

House Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Adam Schiff says he plans to meet with the FBI to hear concerns about a Democratic rebuttal to a Republican intelligence memo alleging FBI abuses of its surveillance authority.


Merkel defends painful coalition concessions, denies authority waning

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended "painful" concessions she has made to the Social Democrats (SPD) to secure a fourth term and said growing criticism among her conservatives was not a sign that her authority was waning.

Fmr. DHS Sec. Johnson on his friend John Kelly

On State of the Union, Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson discusses the Rob Porter scandal, John Kelly, the Democratic memo and North Korea.

Senators want answers on Rob Porter

Democrats are demanding answers from the White House chief of staff and counsel about former aide Rob Porter, who resigned Wednesday amid allegations of domestic abuse.

When women accuse men of assault or abuse, Trump sides with the men. *Unless they're Democrats.

If there's been one consistent thing about Donald Trump since he emerged as a presidential candidate in June 2015, it's this: When women accuse men of sexual assault or domestic abuse, Trump sides with the men.

Analysis: Trump's memo block and what it means for the Russia investigation

The immediate result of President Donald Trump's decision to block the release of a Democratic memo on the Russia investigation is to expose him to charges of hypocrisy.


Trump says Democratic memo on Russia is 'very political,' needs redactions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A classified memo by congressional Democrats related to investigations of Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is "very political and long" and must be "heavily redacted" before it could be released, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Says Democrats’ Rebuttal Memo Was a Setup

President Trump said on Twitter that Democrats knew he would have to block the memo’s release on national security grounds, opening him to charges of a lack of transparency.

Trump will not declassify Dem memo

White House counsel notified the House Intelligence Committee that President Trump will not approve the release of the Democratic rebuttal to the GOP memo alleging FBI abuses of its surveillance authority.


Republican Pennsylvania leaders submit plan for redrawing congressional map

(Reuters) - Republican leaders in Pennsylvania's legislature submitted a plan for redrawing the state's congressional districts just hours before Friday's court-ordered deadline, but Democratic Governor Tom Wolf questioned whether the proposal will pass legal muster.


Critics in Merkel's conservatives vow to block coalition projects

BERLIN (Reuters) - The business wing of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday vowed to block certain projects included in this week's coalition agreement with the Social Democrats (SPD), as tensions roiled both political blocs.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: One Honorable American’s Love of Trump

Lesson for Democrats: The same old won’t work in 2020.

Trump holds up Schiff memo that seeks to undercut GOP claims of FBI misconduct because it contains 'numerous' classified passages, White House says

President Donald Trump won't release the Democratic rebuttal to the Republican intelligence memo alleging FBI abuses of its surveillance authority at this time, and has sent it back to the House Intelligence Committee for changes.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Blocks Release of Memo Rebutting Republican Claims

President Trump blocked the release of a classified Democratic memo, setting up a potential showdown with Congress over the fate of its contents.

Trump had met with Justice Dept. on Democrats' memo

The White House says President Donald Trump met with Justice officials and White House lawyers Friday on the Democrats' memo, is "weighing his options and will respond soon."

Read the White House letter denying release of Democratic memo

President Donald Trump on Friday denied the request to release the Democratic memo that seeks to undercut Republican claims of FBI surveillance abuses and has sent it back to the House Intelligence Committee for changes.


Trump blocks release of Russia memo drafted by Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday blocked the release of a classified memo written by congressional Democrats to rebut a Republican document that he allowed to be made public last week that claimed FBI and Justice Department bias against him in the federal probe of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election.


SDF to study any request to hand over British IS militants captured in Syria

AMUDA, Syria/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has not received a request from any foreign government to hand over two British Islamic State militants in its custody but will study any such request if made, a senior SDF official told Reuters on Friday.

Pelosi and the Democrats sold out the Dreamers


Trump says White House to issue letter on Democratic Russia memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday the White House would soon release a letter regarding the possible release of a classified memo written by Democrats to rebut a Republican document claiming FBI and Justice Department bias against him in the federal probe of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election.


Rain on Trump's parade: Democratic mayors sniff at military pageant

(Reuters) - The mayors of big American cities, a largely Democratic bunch, love parades, but few are lining up to host the Bastille Day-style military display that Republican President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare.


German SPD boss drops foreign minister bid to shore up support for coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - The embattled leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) abruptly gave up plans on Friday to become its next foreign minister, hoping to shore up support among SPD members for a new coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives.

The Republicans and Democrats who broke with their party on the budget deal

With a large chunk of Republicans voting against the spending deal early Friday morning to end a brief government shutdown, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives needed a sizable group of Democrats to jump on board to pass the bill.


Turkey orders arrest of pro-Kurdish party leader: agency

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has ordered the arrest of 17 people including pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Serpil Kemalbay over their opposition to Turkey's military operation in Syria, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.

Sen. Paul warns of 'day of reckoning'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is blocking a vote on a spending bill as the deadline to avoid a government shutdown approaches, saying that both Republicans and Democrats are careless with taxpayer money.


Republicans, Democrats fight over infrastructure plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democrats on Thursday proposed $1 trillion in new infrastructure spending over 10 years - five times the amount President Donald Trump is expected to offer in his upcoming plan to spur states and cities to seed new public works projects.

Anger rises as DACA left out of budget deal again

As a massive bipartisan budget deal moved towards a vote Thursday, temperatures were rising on the left, where Democrats were fuming that -- once again -- immigration was being left behind.


House Democrats ask Sessions for White House documents about AT&T deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four Democrats in the House of Representatives wrote the Justice Department on Thursday to request documents related to its decision to file a lawsuit to stop AT&T from buying Time Warner .


Few cheers at home for Germany's loveless coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's German coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) was greeted with more scepticism than joy on Thursday, as some said the loveless alliance, born of desperation, showed the conservative chancellor's time was coming to an end.


Few cheers at home for Germany's last-resort coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) partners faced a chorus of scepticism on Thursday as allies and opponents alike criticized a loveless coalition deal that some said showed the German chancellor's time was coming to an end.

Republicans are suddenly more optimistic about the midterms

Democrats have a "crumbs" problem.

Analysis: The pre-Trump Republican Party is dead

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that a deal had been reached with Democrats to not only keep the government open past the Thursday night deadline, but also actually ensure it was funded for the next two(!) years.


Merkel under fire from own ranks over German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel faced criticism from within the ranks of her own conservatives on Thursday for making concessions to her center-left Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners to seal a governing alliance a day earlier.

United States Politics and Government

Pelosi Held House Floor in Advocacy of ‘Dreamers’ for More Than 8 Hours

Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, broke records on Wednesday with an extended speech opposing the budget deal because it ignored the “Dreamers.”


Senate Democrats: Tax cuts benefit shareholders over workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats on Wednesday said corporations are funneling savings from December's sweeping Republican tax overhaul into nearly $100 billion in share buyback programs that promise little benefit to American workers.


Senate panel sets confirmation hearing for four FTC nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee set confirmation hearings next week for three Republicans and one Democrat nominated to the Federal Trade Commission, the panel said on Wednesday.

Biden: Trump hurting US with 'phony populism'

Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to rally House Democrats on Wednesday by forcefully attacking President Donald Trump while urging his own party to stay united.

Opinion: Why FDR had a military parade

Except that, unlike Trump's call for one to best France, FDR's was accompanied by a profound speech that expressed "the democratic aspiration," and reflected understanding of America's vital military, moral and humanitarian role in the rest of the world, writes Susan Dunn.


Puerto Rico in line for nearly $5 billion in federal aid for Medicaid

(Reuters) - A $90 billion disaster aid package agreed on by U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday would include nearly $7 billion in aid to storm-battered Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to two Senate Democratic aides and Puerto Rico's governor.

Opinion: Democrats should take the deal

As they begin their retreat on Wednesday, a day before government funding expires, House Democrats are considering their options on the federal budget deal.

How to protect Americans from government spying

Democrats and Republicans are recharging their hyperbole to open fire again over the Nunes memo. But there is a second part of this story we should not ignore. America's secret surveillance of its own citizens has been abused and the Nunes memo gives us a chance to ask ourselves: "What power should any administration -- whether it's Democrat or Republican -- have to spy on Americans? Shouldn't judges protect us from this abuse?"

Strong fundraising shifts several House races in Dems' favor

An energized Democratic base is translating into a clear fundraising advantage for the party's House candidates in this year's midterm elections.