• In Memoriam Dec 16, 2019

    Final Goodbye: Recalling Influential People Who Died in 2019

    This year saw the deaths of people who shifted culture through prose, pragmatism and persistence. U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings was a sharecropper’s son who rose to become one of the nation’s most influential voices. U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was a Republican who went on to lead the court’s liberal wing. Writer Toni Morrison brought to light...

  • United States Nov 4, 2019

    Bill Clinton Among Those Honoring US Rep. Conyers at Funeral

    Elected officials, religious leaders, music stars and Detroit sports heroes gathered Monday at a church to remember longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers. Former President Bill Clinton, civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were among the speakers at Conyers’ funeral at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. They were joined by several current and former...

  • Congress Oct 27, 2019

    Former Rep. John Conyers Dies at 90

    Former U.S. Rep John Conyers, who represented part of the city of Detroit for more than 50 years, has died at the age of 90.

  • America Jun 13, 2019

    Danny Glover to Testify at House Slavery Reparations Hearing

    The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is scheduled to hold the hearing next Wednesday, its stated purpose “to examine,...

  • United States Feb 4, 2018

    5 Little-Known Facts for Rosa Parks' 104th Birthday

    Rosa Parks’ commitment to social justice and the fight for equality reaches way beyond the bus. In honor of what would be Rosa Parks’ 104th birthday on Sunday, take a look at some lesser-known facts about the civil rights icon’s life before she became a public figure. Her early political career focused on issues of interracial sexual violence, and she...

  • Congress Dec 20, 2017

    House Member Offices Paid $342K in Settlements Over 4 Years

    Newly-released statistics show taxpayers paid more than $342,000 to settle workplace discrimination disputes at House lawmakers’ offices between 2008 and 2012, including nearly $175,000 for eight settlements related to sexual harassment and sex discrimination accusations. The new numbers were released Tuesday by the House Office of Compliance, the taxpayer-funded office that handles the often-secret payouts to House employees. The information...

  • Donald Trump Dec 7, 2017

    Congress Seems on Track to Avert Weekend Government Shutdown

    Despite incendiary words from President Donald Trump, Congress seemed on track Wednesday to approving legislation that would avert a partial government shutdown over the weekend as all sides seemed ready to avert a confrontation — for now. Increasingly confident House leaders planned a Thursday vote on a bill that would keep federal agencies functioning through Dec. 22, and Senate approval...

  • attorney Dec 5, 2017

    Conyers Resigns From Congress Amid Harassment Allegations

    Besieged by allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to the civil rights leader’s nearly 53-year career on Capitol Hill. The 88-year-old liberal from Detroit becomes the highest-ranking member of Congress to be brought down by the sexual misconduct allegations that have toppled powerful men in Hollywood, the media and...

  • attorney Dec 1, 2017

    Attorney: Conyers to Assess Future Plans Based on Health

    An attorney for Michigan Rep. John Conyers said on Friday that the congressman will discuss whether to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct in the coming days, but his health will be the paramount factor and not pressure from Washington politicians. Arnold Reed told a news conference Friday that he will be meeting with doctors to assess the medical prognosis...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Nov 30, 2017

    Pelosi, Ryan: Rep. Conyers Should Resign

    Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says Michigan Rep. John Conyers, facing sexual misconduct allegations, should resign from Congress. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan echoed that call.

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Nov 30, 2017

    Lawyer: Conyers Wont Be Pressured to Step Down

    The attorney for Michigan Rep. John Conyers said his client has been hospitalized for shortness of breath and dizziness. He also said Conyers will not “be pressured by Nancy Pelosi or anyone else to step down” amid sexual harassment allegations.

  • attorney Nov 30, 2017

    John Conyers Accuser Breaks Non-Disclosure, Says He Propositioned Her for Sex

    A former staffer of embattled Rep. John Conyers spoke publicly for the first time Thursday, revealing herself as the woman who reached a settlement with the Michigan Democrat after enduring what she said was repeated sexual harassment that included propositions for sex and invitations to hotel rooms. Breaking from a nondisclosure agreement she said she is currently under, Marion Brown...

  • attorney Nov 29, 2017

    More Pressure on Conyers to Resign After New Accusations

    A former staffer to John Conyers says the Michigan congressman made unwanted sexual advances that included partially undressing in front of her in a hotel room and inappropriate touching, prompting more calls for the longest-serving member of the House to resign. Deanna Maher, 77, who ran a Michigan office for Conyers from 1997 to 2005, told The Associated Press Tuesday...

  • Donald Trump Nov 27, 2017

    Here's What's Atop Washington's Jam-Packed Year-End Agenda

    Taxes, spending, immigration and more top a lengthy to-do list when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill on Monday after their Thanksgiving break. President Donald Trump plans to meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday to try to hammer out the end-of-year agenda. For Trump and the Republican-run Congress still reaching for their first major legislative victory, tax cuts would fit the...

  • Judiciary Committee Nov 27, 2017

    Rep. John Conyers Steps Aside From Leadership Role Amid Investigation

    Michigan Rep. John Conyers, under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members, said Sunday he will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while fiercely denying he acted inappropriately during his long tenure in Congress. In a statement, the 88-year-old lawmaker made clear he would prefer to keep his leadership role on the committee,...

  • United States Nov 26, 2017

    Rep. John Conyers Deserves ‘Due Process': Nancy Pelosi

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday urged “due process” before making conclusions about Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., following accusations of sexual harassment, saying the 27-term Congressman is “an icon” who has worked to protect women. “We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused – and was it one accusation? Is it two?” Pelosi said on “Meet...

  • Congress Nov 22, 2017

    Secret Conyers Settlement Raises New Questions on Capitol Hill

    The spotlight was already on a lack of accountability in how Congress handles sexual harassment claims when a newly reported accusation against Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., raised more questions Tuesday, NBC News reported. The settlement reached between Conyers and a former staffer from his office came outside the scope of Capitol Hill’s official reporting mechanism, using taxpayer dollars from the...

  • Congress Nov 22, 2017

    Michigan Rep. Conyers Conyers Confirms Harassment Settlement; Ethics Probe Opens

    John Conyers has dealt with various ethics investigations and a public corruption case that landed his wife in prison during a U.S. House career spanning more than five decades — longer than any other current member. Allegations that the 88-year-old Michigan Democrat sexually harassed female staff members may be the toughest opponent yet for the party’s top member on the...

  • Donald Trump Jun 14, 2017

    Almost 200 Congressional Democrats Sue Trump Over Foreign Payments

    Democratic lawmakers are suing President Donald Trump over foreign money flowing into his global business empire. Almost 200 senators and representatives are plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution. It’s being filed early Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the lawmakers said. The plaintiffs argue they have standing...

  • Texas Nov 18, 2016

    Son of US Rep. John Conyers Found Safe in Texas: Houston Police

    Houston police said the son of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, 21-year-old University of Houston sophomore Carl Conyers, was found safe Friday morning.

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