by Countable | 11.8.18
Welcome to Thursday, electorate...
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at the behest of President Donald Trump.
"At your request I am submitting my resignation," Sessions wrote in a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
In a tweet, the president announced that Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, will become acting AG and "will serve our Country well."
The president has wanted Sessions out of the Justice Department for a while, as he blames him for Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election.
How do you feel about the requested resignation?
On the Radar
Now that Democrats have taken control of the House, that means (D)s will become the chairmen and chairwomen of various committees. Democrats holding the gavels also means that the Trump White House is bracing for a caravan of subpoenas covering the Russia investigation to the president’s tax returns. For instance, Rep. Adam Schiff of California is likely to oversee the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence— and even more likely to reopen the investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential race. Read what other committees plan to do here.
On Election Day, voters gave a thumbs down to repealing a gas tax, extending the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA, and legalizing recreational pot. Californians rejected Proposition 6: Repealing the gas and diesel tax increases enacted in 2017 and requiring voter approval for future gas tax hikes. Montanans rejected I-185: Extending the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and raising tobacco taxes to help fund it. North Dakotans rejected Measure 3: Legalizing recreational marijuana for people 21 years of age or older. For the full results of some of this year's major state ballot measures, click here.
Under the Radar
Even though some races aren't officially called, the 2018 midterms have already made history. At least 111 women will be in the next Congress, including: Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American congresswoman; Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim congresswoman; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest women ever elected to Congress; Sharice Davids, the first lesbian Native American in Congress. And in Colorado, Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to win a governor race. Read more about this historical election here.
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
The House of Representatives: Out
- The House will return Tuesday, November 13th.
The Senate: Out
- The Senate will return Tuesday, November 13th.
What You're Saying
Here's how you're answering Should Lobbyists Have to Disclose Past Convictions for Crimes Like Bribery & Extortion?
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And, in the End…
We've reached the Final Four of Countable's Bill Acronym Bracket.
In honor of Congress hitting the campaign trail and politicians’ penchant for the pithy bill acronyms that have grown in popularity since the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, we’ve put together another tournament in which you — Countable users — will choose the best bill acronym of the 115th Congress.
With the field reduced to four, this round’s winners will compete in next week’s championship, so vote for your favorite through Thursday at midnight PT.
After this news cycle, we're over-celebrating National Cappuccino Day and National Harvey Wallbanger Day,
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