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Two House GOP leaders being pushed to consider higher office

Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters will be watching for in the week ahead, in this week’s “Inside Politics” forecast. 1. GOP leadership shake-up? The new House GOP leadership team could see some changes in the near future — with two of the three top Republicans considering runs for higher office.…MORE

Oprah Winfrey surprises New Jersey high school with $500,000 gift

Oprah Winfrey surprised a New Jersey high school Friday night with a pizza party — and a $500,000 donation to an after-school program. “That’s a half a million dollars to encourage you to keep doing what you’re doing, because what you’re doing is moving in the right direction,” Winfrey said in a video principal Akbar…MORE

Romney: ‘I don’t support the Alabama law’ effectively banning abortion

Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday he does not support the recently passed Alabama law that would ban abortions with few exceptions, going further than legislation in any other state. “I don’t support the Alabama law,” Romney told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who was the Republican…MORE

Rural America feels the sting of Trump’s China trade war

President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is biting rural America. Most Americans haven’t yet felt the pain of the tariffs Trump imposed last year, which largely hit industrial components rather than consumer goods. But that’s changing as Trump escalates his standoff with Beijing. Farmers in the heartland, many of whom backed Trump because of…MORE

9 questions about what Michael Flynn told Robert Mueller

Michael Flynn’s dealings with Robert Mueller erupted back into the headlines this week, after court documents disclosed he had told the special counsel about communications he had with people around Donald Trump related to his cooperation. The revelations add some nuance around Flynn’s time as a cooperator and raise several new questions about Mueller’s obstruction…MORE

House Democratic primary already rumbling in the Bronx

The 2020 Democratic primary, which already boasts more than 20 candidates, may seem tame compared to a House race in the Bronx. A couple of months after veteran Rep. José Serrano announced he would retire in 2020, some Democrats in New York and Washington have grown worried that Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr., a 76-year-old, cowboy…MORE

Why Democrats can’t figure out how to raise the minimum wage

More than two months ago, House Democrats started the process of passing a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Since then? Crickets. Here’s a look at the complex factors involved in making such a move. Pelosi promised action in first 100 hours It’s a far cry from Nancy…MORE

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