This Week in Politics


Monday, Nov. 26:

The U.S. Border Patrol fired tear gas at the migrant caravan as it approached the U.S.-Mexico border, which included children.

Tuesday, Nov. 27:

In Mississippi, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy in the last election of the 2018 midterms.

Hyde-Smith’s victory came after backlash over her racially charged comments, which resulted in some campaign donors asking for their donations to be refunded.

Wednesday, Nov. 28:

Republican and Democratic Senators criticized Trump over his reaction to the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress voted to consider ending U.S. military support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen. The Senate voted 63 to 67 to bring to the floor a measure to limit presidential war powers in Yemen.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi won the Democratic nomination for Speaker of the House 203-32, with a floor vote to come on Jan. 3 to confirm her position.

Thursday, Nov. 29:

President Trump said that he was still considering pardoning Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman. This came after his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller was broken, with Manafort reportedly lying to investigators.

President Trump also signed a new trade deal, the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), with Mexico and Canada.

Friday, Nov. 30:

Former President George H.W. Bush died at age 94. Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993.

Fourth Estate hosted its first semi-annual IVEes award dinner. The Culture section was voted Best Section, with Natalie Heavren and Dominic Allegra winning the Oxford Comma Award for Best in the Office.