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Justin Amash Looking to Return to Congress

But as a senator this time

(Newser) - Former US Rep. Justin Amash, who left the GOP in 2019 after calling for the impeachment of then-President Donald Trump, announced a Republican bid for Michigan's US Senate seat Thursday, the AP reports. Amash represented Grand Rapids from 2011 to 2021 , and he becomes the third former US representative...

Israeli Strike Killed Relatives, Former Congressman Says

Justin Amash posts that family members had taken refuge in a church

(Newser) - Justin Amash, a former US House member from Michigan, has posted that several of his relatives were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza. Amash, who was the first Palestinian American in Congress, said they had sought shelter at a Greek Orthodox church when the complex was hit late Thursday,...

Amash Says He Isn't Seeking Reelection

Ex-Republican is the only Libertarian in Congress

(Newser) - The first and only Libertarian lawmaker in Congress isn't going to seek reelection. Rep. Justin Amash, who ditched the Republican Party last year and officially became a Libertarian in April, confirmed Thursday night that he will not be seeking another term representing Michigan's 3rd District, the Hill reports....

Rep. Amash: I've Decided About My Third-Party Run

The independent from Michigan says it's not the right time

(Newser) - Sorry, libertarians—Rep. Justin Amash says he's no longer running for president. The political independent from Michigan announced Saturday he's dropping his third-party bid "after much reflection," calling the decision "difficult" and saying that "circumstances don't lend themselves to my success as a...

Justin Amash Takes Step Toward Presidential Run

The Republican launches an exploratory committee seeking Libertarian nomination

(Newser) - Rep. Justin Amash, who left the Republican party in July and is a frequent critic of President Trump, took a step Tuesday toward launching his own bid for the presidency. Amash, of Michigan, who is now an independent, announced he has started an exploratory committee seeking the Libertarian Party's...

Trump May Get New Challenger From the Right

Independent congressman Justin Amash says he is considering a 2020 run for president

(Newser) - The November vote is all but certain to be President Trump vs. Joe Biden. But now a third well-known name might be added to the mix: Rep. Justin Amash, a libertarian-leaning independent from Michigan, announced on Twitter that he is considering a third-party run, reports MLive . It all began when...

Panel Releases Final Impeachment Argument

Also, some Democrats want libertarian Justin Amash as an impeachment manager

(Newser) - The House Judiciary Committee released a sweeping report Monday bolstering the case for impeaching President Trump, laying out the rationale and charges that accuse him of betraying the nation for his own political gain. The 650-page report comes two days before the full House will vote on two articles of...

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Trump Responds to Surprise From Justin Amash

President happy to see 'dumbest' and 'most disloyal' member of GOP leave party

(Newser) - Justin Amash is leaving the GOP , and President Trump is happy to see him go. After the conservative Michigan congressman—the only member of his party to have supported the idea of impeaching Trump—made his big announcement Thursday, the president responded on Twitter. "Great news for the Republican...

Trump Critic in the GOP Makes Surprise July 4 Announcement

Rep. Justin Amash is leaving his party

(Newser) - He'd already quit a Republican caucus ; now Justin Amash is abandoning the GOP altogether. In a Fourth of July surprise, the Michigan congressman, who's made recent headlines for being the "lone-wolf GOP Trump critic," made a big announcement in the Washington Post : "Today, I am...

Republican Who Called Trump 'Impeachable' Quits Caucus

Justin Amash has quit the House Freedom Caucus

(Newser) - A Republican congressman who's been going hard after President Trump, calling his actions "impeachable," made a big move Monday, stepping down from a group he co-founded. Politico reports that on Monday night, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash—deemed the "lone-wolf GOP Trump critic" by the Washington Post ...

Amash: Congress Must Hold Trump Accountable

Republican congressman says president's actions 'are impeachable'

(Newser) - Rep. Justin Amash, so far the only sitting Republican to openly state that President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct , said so again Tuesday at a town hall in the Grand Rapids-area district he has served since 2011. "Clearly, things that violate the public trust are impeachable," the...

Justin Amash Could Be a Huge Problem for Trump

He's rumored to be planning a run as a Libertarian

(Newser) - Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan isn't likely to win any popularity contests among his fellow Republicans after saying President Trump engaged in "impeachable conduct" —and he may struggle to win the GOP nomination in his district this year. State Rep. Jim Lower says he plans to challenge...

White House Tweets Against Freedom Caucus Continue

Social media director tweets about Rep. Justin Amash

(Newser) - A top adviser to President Trump has urged the defeat of a Michigan congressman and member of the House Freedom Caucus, which derailed the White House on legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Government ethics lawyers say the tweet by White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. violates federal...

Rep. Amash Cries After Breaking Perfect Voting Record

He accidentally misses first vote since 2011

(Newser) - Rep. Justin Amash was proud of his voting record in the House and rightly so: The Michigan Republican didn't miss a vote for more than six years after taking office in 2011, but his perfect streak ended at 4,289 on Friday when he accidentally missed a vote while...

Nasty Michigan Campaign Ends With Epic Speech

Victor Justin Amash denounces opponent's 'disgusting, despicable' campaign

(Newser) - If you weren't paying attention to last night's primary contests, you missed one of the more memorable victory speeches in a while. It came from Republican Justin Amash, a libertarian-leaning politician who defeated challenger Brian Ellis in Michigan's 3rd District. Candidates generally "kiss and make up"...

Congress Votes to Kick Killer Out of Cemetery

Bill passes House 398-1

(Newser) - The House voted overwhelmingly today on a bill that will evict a killer from a national cemetery, and give the Pentagon the power to disinter any future murderers it buries by mistake. Michael LeShawn Anderson shot three people and then himself at an Indianapolis apartment complex last year, killing complex...

'Shocking' NSA Vote Signals Change Is in the Air

Glenn Greenwald: Forget left vs. right, this is authoritarianism vs. liberty

(Newser) - Republicans won't support any of President Obama's policies no matter what, right? Wrong, writes Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian , and last night's "extraordinary" NSA vote in the House is the best evidence yet that it's time to dispel this partisan myth. The House defeated an...

NSA Can Keep Snooping After Close House Vote

Amendment would have stopped the collection of phone records

(Newser) - The NSA can keep collecting the phone records of Americans, but the surveillance program just barely survived a bipartisan effort to rein it in, reports the Hill . An amendment by Michigan Republican Justin Amash would have prevented the agency from gathering data under the program revealed by Edward Snowden, but...

Democrat Levin Won't Seek Re-Election in Senate

Michigan senator retiring; libertarian Amash seen as challenger

(Newser) - Democrats will have another Senate seat to contest in the 2014 elections: Carl Levin said today he won't seek re-election, reports the Detroit News . The 78-year-old has been in the Senate since 1979 and currently serves as chair of the powerful Armed Services Committee. "I can best serve...

GOP Rep. Calls McCain Racist After Monkey Joke

McCain's Ahmadinejad-themed tweet does not go over very well

(Newser) - As so often happens, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has triggered a merry-go-round of things we wish we could unhear: It seems the Iranian would like to be sent to outer space , which reminded one John McCain that just last week Iran said it sent a monkey there. And so the senator took...

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