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At the Races: Get Ready for Another Special Election

Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns<p>Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by …

Elections

Tammy Duckworth and Baby Cast Their First Senate Vote Together, Opposing NASA Nominee

But Bridenstine confirmed to lead space agency, leaving House seat vacant for months<p>Maile Pearl Bowlsbey made Senate history Thursday, becoming the …

Jeff Flake

Three Cybersecurity Bills to Hit Trump’s Desk This Year, Staffers Say

Movement on ‘Internet of things,’ intelligence and homeland security measures<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of bills are filed in Congress relating to …

Homeland Security

Senate Panel Tees Up Mueller Protection Bill Despite Headwinds

McConnell indicates measure won’t reach Senate floor<p>Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday they want to act on a bill to protect …

Donald Trump

Sanders Joins Booker’s Marijuana Legislation

Vermont independent supported marijuana legalization in 2016 presidential campaign<p>Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday became the latest senator to …

Bernie Sanders

FAA Authorization Headed for House Floor Vote Next Week

Changes to Federal Emergency Management Administration policy also being considered<p>The House will vote next week on a bill that would reauthorize the …

Air Traffic

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?

The new Beethoven, e-Waste Disposal Day and military children on the Hill<p>We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good …

South Carolina

Dent Suggests He’s Pursuing Cable TV Opportunities

Pennsylvania GOP rep would join long list of lawmakers-turned cable news contributors<p>Rep. Charlie Dent could become the latest lawmaker-turned …

Elections

Schock’s Legal Team Seeks to Get Indictment Tossed

Defense says prosecution based on ambiguous House rules<p>Rep. Aaron Schock made a rare court appearance on Wednesday as his legal team seeks to have …

Corruption

Arizona Man Gets Prison for Threatening McSally

Steve Martan will serve 15 months in prison, 9 years on probation<p>A Tucson man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for threatening Arizona Rep. …

Crime

Arizona’s Special Election Heads to Home Stretch

Both parties watching whether 8th District race will be close<p>Rep. Trent Franks resigned in December amid allegations that he sexually harassed female …

Republicans

Analysis: Trump Numbers Are Up. And Down. But Really Unchanged.

It’s still too early to read too much into recent polling shifts<p>New national polls show voters are more upbeat about President Donald Trump’s …

Voting

It’s Trump’s Party Now

As the GOP remakes itself in the president’s image, defectors can’t win<p>It was once Paul D. Ryan’s party, built on the union of upright Middle …

Republicans

Senators Again Push Steamboat Exemption Despite Safety Warnings

Ship has taken on outsize significance on Capitol Hill<p>A group of senators have quietly inserted into a Coast Guard authorization bill a provision …

Coast Guard

Young Kim Launches First TV Ad in California’s 39th District

Kim is the first Republican in the crowded race to go on the airwaves<p>Congressional hopeful Young Kim is the first Republican to go on the airwaves in …

Orange County

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Predictions

Federal Courts Make Changes in Response to #MeToo Movement

Judicial branch is creating more informal ways to file complaints<p>A federal court official said Wednesday that a main barrier to reporting sexual …

Me Too movement

McKinley ‘on a Mission’ to Help Veterans Hear

Hearing-impaired congressman wants to make it easier for vets to get cochlear implants<p>Rep. David B. McKinley is thankful to hear birds chirping in …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Trump, Abe Split on Goal for New Trade Talks

Japanese PM wants U.S. return to TPP; Trump wants ‘one-one-one’ pact<p>President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe split Wednesday …

Donald Trump

Senate Changes Rules to Allow Babies on the Floor

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth made Senate history when she gave birth last week<p>The Senate took a leap forward into modernity Wednesday, changing the …

Common Sense

‘She Would Love All This Fuss’ — Louise Slaughter Memorialized in the Capitol

Family, colleagues remember a trailblazing, tough and funny member of Congress<p>Louise Slaughter dreamed that she would die in the Capitol.<p>That’s at …

Louise Slaughter

Phifer Drops out of Race to Succeed Nolan in Minnesota’s 8th District

Former FBI analyst received most votes at DFL convention but decided against running in primary<p>Despite winning the most delegate votes at the …

Government

Podcast: Tending to the Congressional Mind, Body and Spirit

Political Theater, Episode 15<p>Members of Congress are the players we see on stage, but the production that is politics would go nowhere without the …

Louise Slaughter

Nashville Hot Chicken Flies Off Table at Hill Charity Cook-Off

Winners included Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Sen. Angus King<p>People were lining up to try Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Nashville-style hot chicken Tuesday …

Celebrity Chefs

‘Cardi B is Right’ Says Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sanders promotes Bodak Yellow rapper on supporting Social Security<p>Sen. Bernie Sanders got the attention of the internet for retweeting a Cardi B …

Bernie Sanders

Flake Flip on NASA Nominee Followed Senate Tumult

Vote to break filibuster of Bridenstine briefly deadlocked<p>A confluence of events put President Trump’s nominee to lead NASA on the verge of an …

Jeff Flake

More Republicans Ready to Push But Not Force Immigration Votes

Denham won't commit to discharge petition on queen of the hill rule for DACA bills<p>Four dozen mostly moderate Republicans have joined Democrats in …

Immigration

White House Presses Vulnerable Dems on Pompeo Nomination

Sen. Cotton dubs Foreign Relations Democrats ‘two-bit Talleyrands’<p>The White House circled the wagons Wednesday around CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s …

Donald Trump

Amazon’s Bezos Contributed Over $20,000 to Members of Congress

Recipients: Washington’s two Democratic senators, Jason Chaffetz and Orrin Hatch<p>Jeff Bezos has given more than $20,000 split between four lawmakers — …

Orrin Hatch

Grid Cybersecurity Bills Advanced by House Energy Subcommittee

Bipartisanship crumbles for export bill<p>Bipartisan bills that aim to improve the government’s response to cybersecurity attacks on the electric grid …

Cyber-attacks