Jul 24, 2019

GOP congressman to retire, blaming frustrations with D.C. political climate

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Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), the sophomore representative to Republican House leadership, will not seek re-election next year, blaming the political climate in Washington, reports Politico.

"I think leaders have to lead. They have to stand up, and they have to demonstrate what we should expect of each other in our country. I was commenting earlier to our senior staff, 'Do we see the next four [years], in the near term, the better angels coming out of this?'"

The big picture: Mitchell publicly split with President Trump earlier this month, saying that Trump's racist tweets targeting four Democratic congresswomen of color were "beneath leaders." Mitchell also told Politico that he is frustrated with the environment in Congress, which he says does nothing but "rewards extremes."

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National Cathedral: Trump's tweets give cover to white supremacists

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Washington National Cathedral's leaders said Tuesday that President Trump uses "dangerous" and "violent dehumanizing words" to attack minority lawmakers and the city of Baltimore — warning that "violent words lead to violent actions."

"[T]hey are a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of color a sub-human 'infestation' in America. They serve as a call to action from those people to keep America great by ridding it of such infestation."
— Statement by Washington National Cathedral leaders
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GOP Rep. Mike Conaway to retire from Congress

House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Conaway. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) won't seek re-election next year, Politico reported Tuesday, citing multiple GOP sources.

Why it matters: This is the 5th retirement of a GOP lawmaker in 2 weeks, as Politico journalist Jake Sherman notes. Conaway had served in Congress for 15 years.

Keep ReadingArrowJul 31, 2019

2020 Democratic candidates denounce Trump for racism ahead of debates

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As Democrats prepare for a second round of presidential primary debates in Detroit starting Tuesday night, one issue is dominating the political discourse: President Trump and racism.

Why it matters: Aides told Axios' Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen following Trump's "go back" tweets attacking 4 congresswomen of color that race-baiting is central to his 2020 strategy. He has since expanded targets to include Rep. Elijah Cummings, calling the majority-black Baltimore-area district he represents "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," and Rev. Al Sharpton.

Go deeperArrowJul 30, 2019