Steven Moynihan

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Jefferson and the Jihad

However, what he learned served him well as the leading hawk for war a decade later when he became president and went to war against belligerent …

States rise up against Washington

State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as …

FDA

Success of ‘American Sniper’ rekindles culture war over Iraq

<b>The box office smash “American Sniper” is opening a new front in the culture wars by reigniting debate over the Iraq War.</b><p>Clint Eastwood’s film, which …

Congress Could Make History for the First Time Since 1923

On paper, the Constitution mandates that “the House of Representatives shall [choose] their speaker.” In practice, though, this simple requirement …

Quirky Ceremonies, Curious Characters Mark Hill's 'First Day of School'

If freshman week back in November was the Hill’s equivalent of college orientation, then the formal convening of each Congress is the Capitol’s …

Mitch McConnell

Why Freshman Week Is a Lot Like College Orientation

The notion that Congress is like college usually gets highlighted a few times each year: When members are rushing to meet several legislative …

Mitch McConnell

New Member Orientation Welcomes New Class of Lawmakers

Getting to know fellow freshmen, attending panels about the institution, and posing for a class photo are staples of orientation during the first …

U.S. House of Representatives

Member FAQs

Members<p>1. Who is a Member of Congress?<p>A Member of Congress is a U.S. Representative, who serves in the House of Representatives, or a U.S. Senator, …

Speaker seeks to squash rebellion

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCan Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP NC Republican …

Tea Party

What’s in the spending bill? We skim it so you don’t have to

<i>This item has been updated and revised.</i><p><i>The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late Tuesday will keep most of the federal government funded through next September -- and it's packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as "riders," that will upset or excite Democrats,</i> …

By Cromnibus! The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Massive New $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

One <i>Times</i> story, released late on Monday as the details of the deal were coming into view, framed the budget deal as a sort of trade-off: Republicans …

Exclusive: DSCC Chairman Makes Recruitment Pitch for 2016

Montana Sen. Jon Tester sees a world of opportunity when he looks at the 2016 Senate map — and a mountain of work to capitalize on it.<p>Democrats are …

Democratic Party

Voter turnout in 2014 was the lowest since WWII

General election voter turnout for the 2014 midterms was the lowest it's been in any election cycle since World War II, according to early projections by the United States Election Project.<p>Just 36.4 percent of the voting-eligible population cast ballots as of last Tuesday, continuing a steady …

How Republicans Caught Their White Whale: John Barrow

<i>This is the first in a five-part series examining the campaigns behind the cycle's most fascinating races. Republican Rick Allen and his team</i> …

Government

December Surprise? States May Change The Electoral College System Before 2016

Two years from now, we will have just elected a new president. We know the election date: Nov. 8, 2016. What we don’t know is just how our votes will …

Barack Obama

Cruz, Lee want to delay AG confirmation

A pair of Republican senators reiterated their call for postponing a vote on President Obama's new nominee for attorney general until the new …

Republicans

Election 2014: Results Show Limits of Big Data

Political Environment More Important Than Most Well-oiled Machine<p>WASHINGTON—North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan used groundbreaking data analysis and a large volunteer network to boost turnout among blacks, young voters and supporters in key counties that Democrats need to win statewide races.<p>The …

Youth Vote

WSJ/NBC News Polls: Articles and Charts

Find complete coverage of The Wall Street Journal/NBC News polls, as well as links to the full results.

Dow Jones

What's the big deal with the election? - The Washington Post

2:52<p>Top moments from the royal wedding<p>1:15<p>Prince Harry, Meghan Markle say 'I will'<p>1:35<p>Bill Gates says Trump confused HIV with HPV<p>2:49<p>'I have no apologies': Kent State graduate explains why she posed with AR-10<p>2:14<p>What happens to our Internet if net neutrality is gone?<p>2:52<p>Remembering Tom Wolfe, …

Donors get special access to GOP governors as potential 2016 contenders

Longtime Republican donor Edwin Phelps used to write five-figure checks regularly to the national party and the GOP senatorial committee.<p>Now he has a different political passion: being part of an elite roundtable program that has pumped tens of millions into the Republican Governors Association. In …

Cost of 2014 midterms on par with 2010, though independent groups playing a bigger role

Super PACs and tax-exempt groups are increasingly fueling the cost of campaigns as candidate and party spending is shrinking, according to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research center.<p>While the group now expects the cost of the 2014 midterms to be on par with …