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Sessions Ducks Senate Questions on Trump-Related Probes

‘That calls for a speculative answer ... I’m just not able to do that.’<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions reassured senators Thursday the Justice …

Donald Trump

A Plea for the Old School Senate

Meeting on nomination rules changes gives to talk of spending bills, comity<p>What could have been a contentious meeting about shortening Senate debate …

Mitch McConnell

Democrats Still Not Satisfied With CIA Disclosures About Gina Haspel

Agency making more available in a classified setting<p>The CIA will be providing senators with an opportunity to review more classified information …

Gina Haspel

White House: No Red Flags In Multiple Jackson Background Checks

Despite Trump team's efforts, nomination appears stalled<p>The White House on Wednesday continued defending embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee …

Donald Trump

Texas Governor Wants Blake Farenthold to Pay for Special Election

GOP lawmaker resigned earlier this month over sexual misconduct and hostile workplace allegations<p>Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is asking former Rep. Blake …

Blake Farenthold

Podcast: Midterm Takeaways From the Duel in the Desert

Political Theater, Episode 16<p>Republican Debbie Lesko won a close House race in an Arizona district that is usually very friendly to her party. As the …

Elections

Emmer Wins First Franken-less Minnesota Hotdish Competition

Sen. Tina Smith took over as host of the 8th annual event<p>Rep. Tom Emmer’s “Hotdish of Champions” won the eighth annual Minnesota Congressional …

Tina Smith

For House Democrats, Leadership Questions Persist

No. 2 Democrat declines to echo call for new team if they do not win majority<p>House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer declined to echo Assistant Democratic …

South Carolina

We Made a List of All the Russia, Trump Investigations So You Don’t Have To

Who is looking into Russia’s role in the 2016 elections?<p>Hacking, Facebook ads and pee tapes. News keeps breaking around Russia’s involvement in the …

Donald Trump

Macron Denounces Nationalistic Wave That Propelled Trump to White House

Post-WWII order is in jeopardy, French president warns U.S. lawmakers<p>French President Emmanuel Macron, addressing a joint meeting of Congress, …

Geopolitics

DACA Ruling Could Open Door for More ‘Dreamers’

Administration failed to describe unlawfulness of program, judge says<p>The number of “Dreamers” protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals …

Immigration

Bank Group Plans Midterm Ads, Starting With Tester, Budd

Six-figure ad buys on the way in Montana and North Carolina<p>The American Bankers Association said Wednesday it would weigh into midterm congressional …

North Carolina

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

Macron in the house, hotdish competition, Flint anniversary, and golf on the Hill<p>We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for …

Kourtney Kardashian

Special Election For Farenthold’s Seat Set For June 30

If necessary, runoff would likely be in September<p>Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called a June 30 special election to fill former Rep. Blake Farenthold’s …

Elections

GOP Baseball Returns to Scene of Last Year’s Shooting

Huge media and security presence around baseball field where gunman opened fire last year<p>Republican congressional baseball coach Roger Williams was …

Jeff Flake

Hunter Trying to Set Up Legal Defense Fund

Comes as he faces federal investigation over use of campaign funds<p>Embattled California Rep. Duncan Hunter is trying to set up a legal expense fund as …

Elections

Protesters Stage ‘Retirement Party’ for Issa

Weekly protests against retiring Republican congressman come to an end after more than a year<p>Demonstrators at outgoing California Rep. Darrell Issa’s …

Tom Steyer

Medicaid Won’t Look the Same Next Year

From expansions to work mandates, states seek sweeping changes in 2018<p>This year could mark a significant shift for Medicaid programs across the …

Health Care

White House Uses Obama to Try to Salvage Jackson Nomination

Trump opens door to let VA nominee see himself out, Democrats question White House vetting<p>The White House is trying to salvage Ronny Jackson’s …

Donald Trump

Macron Expected to Avoid ‘Netanyahu Approach’ in Joint Address

French president takes his pitch for revised Iran deal to Capitol Hill<p>The Iran nuclear deal will be front and center when French President Emmanuel …

Middle East

Senate GOP Set to Revive Time Limits on Debating Nominees

Rules panel expected to advance changes along party lines<p>Republican senators will take a small step Wednesday toward speeding up the pace of …

Mitch McConnell

Supreme Court to Weigh Legality of Trump’s Travel Ban

Not even the Supreme Court can escape hearing about Trump’s Twitter feed<p>The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the Trump …

Donald Trump

Drug Pricing Proposal Should Revamp Medicare, GOP Experts Say

Overhauling Part B drug benefit could have “massive impact overnight”<p>An upcoming Trump administration proposal on lowering drug costs should ask …

Health Care

Health Groups Voice Concerns Over Short-Term Plan Proposal

Industry frets that premiums will rise, choice will go down<p>The health care industry is largely united in its opposition to the Trump administration’s …

Health Care

Take Five: Cindy Hyde-Smith

The first woman to represent Mississippi in the Senate wants to be an example for others<p>Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, 59, a Mississippi Republican, was …

Mike Pence

Committees Tackle Politically Powerful Issue of Opioids Legislation

Senate HELP panel advanced bipartisan package Tuesday<p>The House heads into a marathon opioid markup Wednesday, a day after the Senate health committee …

Health Care

Capitol Ink | Nominating From Behind

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Heitkamp Highlights Family Ties in First TV Ad

North Dakota Democrat is among the most vulnerable senators<p>Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is highlighting her family in her first television ad of the 2018 …

North Dakota

Republican Debbie Lesko Wins Arizona Special Election

Victory keeps seat in GOP hands<p>Former Republican state Sen. Debbie Lesko won the special election in Arizona’s 8th District on Tuesday night, but by …

Elections

Barth, Mika to Return GOP Baseball Team Practice

Roger Williams staffer is ‘absolutely’ ready to return to practice<p>Zack Barth is eager to get back on the baseball field after he and his friends — …

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