Democrats punt same-sex marriage vote until after election
Democrats are punting a vote to protect same-sex and interracial marriages until after the November midterm elections, pulling back just days after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to put the Senate on the record on the issue “in the coming weeks.”.
Trump's Ukraine impeachment shadows war, risks GOP response
Even the staunchest defense hawks in the Republican Party stood virtually united by Donald Trump’s side when the then-president was impeached in late 2019 after pressuring Ukraine’s leader for “a favor” and withholding $400 million in military aid.
After Texas shooting, Republicans face online anger over NRA money
Nineteen current or recent Republican senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Joni Ernst (Iowa), have taken at least $1 million in campaign contributions from the NRA over their careers, according to data compiled by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2019.washingtonpost.com
Republican senate candidates pledge loyalty to Trump, not McConnell
In early primaries, Republican voters continue to side with nominees who, should they win, will probably have more loyalty to the former president than Mitch McConnell, creating potential headaches down the road for the long-serving Senate GOP leader.washingtonpost.com
China stages military exercises as US lawmakers visit Taiwan
China says its military has staged exercises to reinforce its threat to use force to bring Taiwan under its control, as U.S. lawmakers visiting Taiwan made a pointed and public declaration of support for the self-governing island democracy while issuing a warning to China.
Biden finds no respite at home after returning from Europe
President Joe Biden stirred some of the first public cracks in transatlantic unity over the invasion of Ukraine with his comments in Warsaw that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power,” tarnishing an otherwise successful four-day trip to Europe.
Fight in Ohio GOP Senate debate leads to demand for apology
A near-physical altercation in the nasty Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Ohio led to a demand Monday from some military veterans that one candidate apologize for saying a rival who did two tours in Iraq never served in the private sector and didn't know anything about business. The heated argument came during a debate Friday with five candidates running for the GOP nomination to replace the retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman. The debate became intense almost as soon as it began as former state Treasurer Josh Mandel attacked investment banker Mike Gibbons' business dealings in his opening remarks.news.yahoo.com
Senate Republicans aren't worried about sparking World War III by sending more US weapons to Ukraine. They say Putin is already 'escalating every single day.'
"He is literally killing innocent civilians, girls and boys, men and women, and grandparents in order to try to bludgeon them into submission," Sen. Rob Portman said of Putin's attacks on Ukraine. "If that's not escalatory, I don't know what is."news.yahoo.com
Russia business deals muddy GOP US Senate primary in Ohio
Several Republicans competing for the party’s nomination to run for U.S. Senate in Ohio are facing scrutiny for their ties to Russia as the country intensifies its war against Ukraine. Much of the attention has focused on former Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken, whose husband's family founded a company that does business in Russia.news.yahoo.com
Top Senate GOP negotiator credits Trump for advancing infrastructure, who repeatedly sunk it and threatened to primary Republicans who backed it
Trump's infrastructure week often faltered and he once tanked a $2 trillion bill. Portman also raised eyebrows by saying Biden could lower inflation.news.yahoo.com
NASA dedicates Ohio test facility for first moonwalker Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong did not want NASA's Plum Brook Station to be named after him. The first person to walk on the moon declined the honor when asked, but a group of NASA officials and members of Congress presided over a ceremony in Ohio to do just that.space.com