Democrats succumb to political reality on same-sex marriage bill
The Senate’s Respect for Marriage Act has progressives arguing that efforts to safeguard same-sex unions remain unfinished after concessions were made to Republican demands for bolstered religious liberty protections. The bill as it currently stands would officially repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and require state recognition of legal same-sex and interracial marriages but would…news.yahoo.com
McMullin loss in Utah raises independent candidacy questions
Utah Democrats' decision to back an independent rather than nominate a member of their own party to take on Republican Mike Lee transformed the state's U.S. Senate race from foregone conclusion to closely watched slugfest. Independent Evan McMullin, an anti-Trump former Republican best known for his longshot 2016 presidential bid, attracted millions in outside spending in his campaign against Lee. Ultimately, though, it wasn't even close. Lee is on his way to a double-digit win.news.yahoo.com
Some Republicans call for delaying Senate leadership elections in challenge to McConnell
Republicans are calling for a delay in next week's Senate leadership elections, a direct challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell's stewardship and a reflection of the growing fallout over the GOP's disappointing performance in the midterms.washingtonpost.com
Biden signs international climate deal on refrigerants
President Joe Biden has signed an international agreement that compels the United States and other countries to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning that are far more powerful than carbon dioxide.
Romney aides irked by Lee plea for support, highlighting GOP divide in Utah
The interview and its fallout marked an escalation of election-year tensions in the unusual relationship between Utah’s two Republican senators — one who has often aligned himself with former president Donald Trump and another who has been one of the most prominent Trump critics in the GOP.washingtonpost.com
Did the Democrats peak too early?
Welcome to Yahoo News' Politics Briefing: Midterms Edition. Every week between now and Election Day, Yahoo News' team of political journalists will pull together everything you need to know about the November midterm elections. And it will all be in one place: your inbox.news.yahoo.com
Utah's Evan McMullin upends two-party fight for US Senate
Campaigning at a park filled with 19th-century pushcarts on a state holiday honoring Utah's early Mormon pioneers, Evan McMullin glad hands voters as he strolls past potato sack races and beverage stands selling cold, sugary drinks under a sweltering sun. The independent U.S. Senate candidate who won the official backing of Utah's Democratic Party in this year's midterm election harks back to Utah's pioneer days as he explains his quest to unseat two-term Republican Sen. Mike Lee. “When our ancestors arrived, the only way to make this harsh but very beautiful place work in order for them to survive and thrive was to work together," said McMullin, who casts his candidacy as an opportunity to ”unite Americans across party lines to protect democracy.”news.yahoo.com
McConnell gets win on Trump in NATO vote
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) clinched a victory on Wednesday when the Senate — including 48 of the chamber’s 50 Republicans — voted overwhelmingly to admit Finland and Sweden to NATO. The resolution, which cleared the chamber in a bipartisan 95-1 vote, was a top priority for the Republican leader, who wanted to send a signal…news.yahoo.com
No. 2 Senate Democrat explains his change of heart on abortion
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, detailed his change of heart on abortion laws on Tuesday after GOP members of the committee pointed out his past desire to overturn Roe v. Wade. At the committee’s hearing on legal concerns in a post-Roe America, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) submitted a copy…news.yahoo.com
What we know about Trump's actions as insurrection unfolded
Members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection are holding their first prime-time hearing to share what they have uncovered about then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Texas massacre casts shadow over hearing for ATF pick
Less than a day after a gunman massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas, a Wednesday Senate hearing for President Joe Biden’s pick to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reflected the deep political divisions over guns.
Utah Democrats choose independent as candidate for US Senate
Utah Democrats pulling hard to defeat Republican Sen. Mike Lee took the unusual step Saturday of spurning a party hopeful to instead get behind an independent, former presidential candidate Evan McMullin. Democrats were swayed by calls from prominent members who said McMullin, a conservative who captured a significant share of the vote in Utah in 2016, was the best chance to beat Lee in the deeply conservative state that hasn't elected a Democratic U.S. senator for more than 50 years.news.yahoo.com
Lee worked hard to overturn election, keep Trump in power, texts show
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who served as a Supreme Court clerk, worked long hours to try to overturn the results of the 2020 election and keep Donald Trump in power, according to text messages to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.washingtonpost.com
Utah senator blocks internment camp designation, draws ire
On the eve of the 80th anniversary of the forced internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans at the onset of World War II, Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah is getting backlash for holding up the creation of a national historic site at a former internment camp in rural Colorado. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, says he has the support of 99 of the chamber's 100 senators to pass the Amache National Historic Site Act, which would make the remote southeastern Colorado landmark a national historic site eligible for additional preservation assistance.news.yahoo.com
Investigators find gaps in White House phone records from Jan. 6: report
Investigators from the House select committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol have found gaps in the White House phone records on the day of the insurrection, reports The New York Times.Investigators were unable to find the logs of calls by former President Trump during hours on that day when they know he was sometimes on the phone.There is no evidence that official logs were changed or deleted, the Times reports, and Trump often...news.yahoo.com