After 20 terms in office, Rep. Henry Waxman will retire at the end of this year.
In a statement, the California Democrat was emphatic that he is not retiring because he thinks Democrats have no chance to retake the House. He added, “There are elements of Congress today that I do not like. I abhor the extremism of the tea-party Republicans. I am embarrassed that the greatest legislative body in the world too often operates in a partisan intellectual vacuum, denying science, refusing to listen to experts, and ignoring facts.”
“But I am not leaving out of frustration with Congress. Even in today’s environment, there are opportunities to make real progress,” he continued. “The reason for my decision is simple. After 40 years in Congress, it’s time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark, ideally someone who is young enough to make the long-term commitment that’s required for real legislative success.”
Waxman is the second of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s closest allies to announce his retirement this year. Rep. George Miller, also from California, announced his planned departure earlier this month. He and Waxman were both members of the freshman class of 1975 and served 40 years in the House.
Waxman lead the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee in 2010, where he helped to author and pass the Affordable Care Act. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest serving member of Congress, is poised to take his position as the ranking member on the committee when Waxman leaves at the end of the year.
What We're Following See More »
In town to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Bill Murray casually strolled into the White House Briefing Room this afternoon. A spokesman said he was at the executive mansion for a chat with President Obama, his fellow Chicagoan.
"According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, the first national post-debate survey, 43 percent of registered voters said the Democratic candidate won, compared with 26 percent who opted for the Republican Party’s standard bearer. Her 6-point lead over Trump among likely voters is unchanged from our previous survey: Clinton still leads Trump 42 percent to 36 percent in the race for the White House, with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson taking 9 percent of the vote."
After a lighthearted beginning, Donald Trump's appearance at the Al Smith charity dinner in New York "took a tough turn as the crowd repeatedly booed the GOP nominee for his sharp-edged jokes about his rival Hillary Clinton."
Evan McMullin came out on top in a Emerson College poll of Utah with 31% of the vote. Donald Trump came in second with 27%, while Hillary Clinton took third with 24%. Gary Johnson received 5% of the vote in the survey.
A new Quinnipiac University poll finds Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by seven percentage points, 47%-40%. Trump’s “lead among men and white voters all but” vanished from the university’s early October poll. A new PPRI/Brookings survey shows a much bigger lead, with Clinton up 51%-36%. And an IBD/TIPP poll leans the other way, showing a virtual dead heat, with Trump taking 41% of the vote to Clinton’s 40% in a four-way matchup.