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Democrat forces vote over GOP lawmaker's poster on House floor

In a sign of the frayed nerves on Capitol Hill on the first day of the government shutdown, a House Democrat forced a vote on whether a Republican’s …

Elections

Here is every previous government shutdown, why they happened and how they ended

Since the modern congressional budgeting process took effect in 1976, there have been a total of seventeen separate government shutdowns (or "spending gaps" in Hill jargon). Given that we appear to be headed for another one imminently, let's look back at those experiences, the political …

Government

How Congress Used Social Media in 2017

This year the 535 members of Congress have collectively posted over 1 million times on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, …

Tax bill on its way to conference committee, but not without a hiccup

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republicans have celebrated since Saturday the passage of their tax bill through the Senate, but on Monday night some key GOP members were thinking of another measure -- one to keep the federal government funded -- when they threatened to vote against a routine step to send the tax plan to …

Greg Walden

Ethics panel denied details of lawmakers accused of harassment

Members of Congress remain in the dark about exactly how many of their colleagues have been accused of sexual harassment, due to confidentiality …

Making 2 Become 1: Ironing Out Senate and House Tax Bill Differences

The Senate tax bill, which passed early Saturday morning, contained several last-minute changes that only widened the differences with the House-passed bill.<p>Lawmakers from both chambers are now headed to conference, where they will try to work out their differences and emerge with a final bill that …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Congress: A Visual Scavenger Hunt: 230041 Spring 2017 U.S. Government

The agonizing, 8-page memo on how to chauffeur a congressman

Pity the poor aide charged with driving Rep. Todd Rokita around his district.<p>Empty his trash. Always have hand sanitizer and gum at the ready. And don’t bother with “unnecessary conversation” — the congressman doesn’t have time for your chitchat.<p>Demanding, high-maintenance bosses are notorious on …

Ted Kennedy

The U.S. Senate Filibuster: Options for Reform

<i>The U.S. Senate filibuster, an attempt to use various parliamentary tactics to slow or stop debate, is perhaps the best known and most controversial</i> …

How Republicans split on the Harvey aid, fiscal deal

A majority of House Republicans voted for a package on Friday providing more than $15 billion to aid communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey, a …

Republican Study Committee

Bad blood lingers in GOP as Congress ponders Harvey relief

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans from New York and New Jersey are pledging unconditional support for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. But their resentment lingers.<p>As historic floods wreaked havoc across the Gulf Coast, Northeastern Republicans recalled with painful detail the days after Superstorm …

Hurricane Sandy

Ryan faces diciest stretch of his speakership

He’s about to enter the kind of battles that led to Boehner’s ouster — made even tougher with Trump and Bannon in the mix.<p>RACINE, Wis. — For all its power and prestige, the speaker of the House is one of the most thankless jobs in Washington — just ask John Boehner. Now, with Congress barreling …

John Boehner

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 …

Cory Booker

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 …

World Leaders

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 …

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 …

Government

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

Republicans might have control of the House, the Senate and the White House, but control of all three branches of government hardly guarantees the …

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 …

Government

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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@flipboard | Official Flipboard account<p>The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About<p><i>Editor's note:</i> <i>This report includes graphic and …

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 …

Zika Virus

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 …

U.S. Congress

Congress Buys the Navy a $400 Million Pork Ship

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 Navy, it hasn’t won many ardent fans beyond the Navy, its home-state lawmakers or the employees of the two shipbuilders producing …

#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' …

Keynesian Economics