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Lawmakers applaud after panel approves language revoking war authority

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an amendment that would revoke a 2001 law giving the president authority to undertake war …

Government

For Trump foes, Democratic gains may remain elusive in 2018

Passionate protests against Donald Trump's presidency have swelled the ranks of Democratic activists, but their new enthusiasm faces a hard reality: Republicans remain well-positioned to retain their grip on power in the 2018 elections.<p>While Republicans hold only a slim majority in the U.S. Senate, …

How Cory Booker went from progressive hero to traitor in under 2 days

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was trying to walk to the men’s bathroom Tuesday afternoon when about 30 immigration activists surrounded him to offer their thanks. Booker had just vowed to testify against Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, a longtime immigration hard-liner, at the attorney general nominee’s …

Bernie Sanders

Trump's CIA pick: Russian hacking 'aggressive action' by senior leaders

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Rep. Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, promised Thursday at his Senate confirmation hearing to deliver unvarnished facts to the President and pledged to shield the agency from political influence at a time when Trump has been critical of the intelligence …

Mike Pompeo

Senate goes for 'nuclear option'

The Senate approved a historic rules change on Thursday by eliminating the use of the filibuster on all presidential nominees except those to the U.S. Supreme Court.<p>Invoking the long-threatened “nuclear option” means that most of President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees no …

U.S. Congress

House Republicans shut down investigation into Flint water crisis, blame EPA instead

After three hearings about how thousands of residents had their water contaminated, the GOP is satisfied<p>As President Barack Obama signed a bill on Friday authorizing $170 million to address the problem of the lead being found in drinking water in Flint, Michigan, Republicans in the House quietly …

The Real Fight Ahead May Be Between The GOP House And The GOP Senate

Already, the lame-duck Congress has revealed deep schisms between the vast wide-ranging agenda House Republicans hope to push through and the more …

The public’s approval ratings of Congress in 2016 remains historically low

Seventeen percent.<p>That’s Congress’ average 2016 approval rating, according to new Gallup Poll findings released Thursday, continuing a trend that’s …

4 Ways Congress Sought to Change or Scrap the Electoral College

On Monday, 538 presidential electors selected by voters on Nov. 8 will choose a president when the Electoral College votes in states across the …

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Senate Dems want to clear decks for Hillary Clinton

Senate Democrats on Thursday ruled out the possibility that they would agree to a long-term spending measure, saying they will not let talks spill …

Ahead of fall election, Congress has a lengthy to-do list

Congress has a long to-do list when lawmakers return from a seven-week recess Tuesday, but it's unclear if much of it will get done.<p>Presidential politics will hover over all business in the month before lawmakers leave Washington again to go home and campaign. They're unlikely to make any progress …

5 Issues to Watch When Congress Returns in September

Zika funding, appropriations bills, criminal justice overhaul on the to-do list<p>Lawmakers will have plenty to do when they return in September after …

Congress Buys the Navy a $400 Million Pork Ship

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>The secretary of defense doesn't want it. Congress is about to write the check anyway.<p>In the nearly eight years since the first Littoral Combat Ship was delivered to the …

Military

#Flashback Friday: Covering Congress, 40 Years Ago

Manual typewriters, cigarette smoke and alcohol.<p>Those were the ingredients in the delectable mix that was the House Radio-Television Correspondents' …

Congress' Top Travelers Say Globetrotting on Private Dime Essential

As one of the top travelers in Congress, Colorado Democrat Diana DeGette likes to give this advice to incoming House freshmen: "Pick one or two …

C-SPAN Classroom

Democrats learn to love the filibuster

Party leaders change tune now that they are in minority.<p>Senate Democrats are falling back in love with the filibuster.<p>After eight years of complaining about obstructionism, the Senate’s new Democratic minority is embracing some of the same tools Republicans had wielded so skillfully to jam the …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Taxpayers pay thousands for Rep. Schock's renovations

Rep. Aaron Schock apparently appreciates a lovely office.<p>Schock has spent tens of thousands of dollars from his taxpayer-funded accounts on renovations, leather furniture and even granite countertops, according to congressional expenditure reports.<p><i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> reported Tuesday that the …

Government

GOP senators block Cruz move to hold up Lynch vote

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s strategy of blocking a vote on President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee until the White House relents on immigration executive actions ran into a brick wall Wednesday <b>:</b> his own GOP colleagues.<p>Republican senators dismissed Cruz’s proposal for denying Loretta Lynch a …

John Cornyn

Benghazi Committee’s Democrats and Republicans Want to Question Hillary Clinton

The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced that both Democrats and Republicans want to schedule the appearance of Hillary Clinton “as soon as …

Lawmakers debate scrapping Tricare

Members of Congress are taking a serious look at abolishing Tricare, the insurance option provided to members of the military and their families.<p>The …

Republicans: We will get blamed for DHS shutdown

Republicans are getting pummeled in the messaging wars amid an escalating standoff over Homeland Security funding.<p>In interviews with The Hill, …

Senate kicks DHS funding battle back to the House

WASHINGTON — After failing three times to advance a $40 billion Homeland Security funding bill, Senate leaders said Tuesday they are sending the legislation back to the House.<p>"I think it's clear we can't go forward in the Senate," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters. "So the next …

U.S. Congress

House sends Obama pipeline bill he's vowed to veto

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Wednesday that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for President Obama's first veto in the new GOP-controlled Congress.<p>The bill essentially would cut off a permit review process the administration has repeatedly delayed. …

Keystone XL

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