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House passes resolution rebuking Steve King over racist comments

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The House passed a resolution Tuesday condemning Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) racist comments by a margin of 424-1.

Details: King, who has previously said his comments have been "mischaracterized," voted in favor of the resolution. The one "no" vote came from Democrat Bobby Rush, who said he doesn't believe the resolution goes far enough in its denunciation. House Republicans voted to remove King from his committee memberships on Monday.

Freshmen Democrats in Trump country feel pressure over shutdown

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The government shutdown is taking a political toll on freshman House Democrats, who entered office in the early days of a near-record breaking lapse in federal funds, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Many of the new Democrats won in districts carried by President Trump in 2016, but perceptions of border security and the 3-week political stalemate are angering their new constituents. Freshman Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) said at a caucus meeting this week that Democrats "were losing the messaging war in her district."

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