Georgia Republicans approve new US House map, setting up fresh court battle

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers in Georgia on Thursday approved a new map of U.S. House of Representatives districts for the 2024 election that maintains their current 9-5 advantage while creating a court-ordered majority-Black district west of Atlanta. In order to preserve Republicans’ statewide advantage, however, lawmakers dismantled a heavily minority district represented … Read more

The GOP’s slim House majority is getting even tighter with Kevin McCarthy’s retirement

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson’s margin for error in getting Republican priorities through the House is getting slimmer, complicating future votes and magnifying the ability of individual lawmakers to force concessions. Republicans had just a 222-213 margin before Rep. George Santos of New York was expelled in a broad, bipartisan vote a week … Read more

A buoyant Trump attends his NY fraud trial as appeals court pauses ruling on his businesses

Former President Donald Trump attended the trial Thursday in the $250 million civil fraud lawsuit against him and watched intently as an accounting expert for his defense said the case against him and his company did not have any merit, while a state appeals court halted a ruling that could be disastrous for his company … Read more

After failed test vote, prospects dim for new Ukraine aid in US Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate leaders vowed on Thursday to keep trying to reach an agreement to provide billions of dollars in new security aid to Ukraine, but faced uncertainty about doing so quickly after Republicans blocked a sweeping foreign security assistance bill. Senate Republicans voted unanimously on Wednesday to block the … Read more

Nikki Haley says TikTok makes people ‘17% more antisemitic, more pro-Hamas’

The former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley claimed during the Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday that watching TikTok made people “17% more antisemitic, more pro-Hamas” every 30 minutes. “We really do need to ban TikTok once and for all and let me tell you why,” Haley said. “For every 30 minutes that someone watches … Read more

McCarthy’s exit and the ripple effects back home

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s announcement that he would resign from Congress at the end of the year throws his own political future — and the fates of vulnerable California Republicans — into murky territory. His resignation comes as a disappointment, but not a surprise, to his loyal supporters in Congress. McCarthy is well-liked in his Central … Read more