Jerry Moran

Exasperated Jeff Flake Bucks Mitch McConnell, Sides With Dems on Shutdown

The Arizona Republican will vote with Senate Democrats in a key dispute over government funding—and he says it’s all Trump’s and McConnell’s fault.<p>As …

Jeff Flake

EDGE OF THE CLIFF: Congress appears to be at an impasse with a government shutdown looming

• <b>The federal government is set to shut down at midnight.</b>• <b><br>A short-term funding bill passed the House on Thursday, but Senate Democrats and a few Republican senators have signaled they could oppose the measure.</b>• <b><br>Both parties are blaming each other for the impending shutdown, with no clear solution in</b> …

Thom Tillis

The Latest: Trump says Dems want 'weak borders'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local):<p>7:40 a.m.<p>President Donald Trump says Senate Democrats are focused on "illegal immigration and weak borders" as a government shutdown looms.<p>Trump says on Twitter Friday: "Government Funding Bill past (sic) last night in …

U.S. Politics

Trump’s Tweets Could’ve Trashed Republicans’ Shutdown Plans. But Republicans Are Tuning Them Out.

After nearly a year under Trump, Republicans in Congress have figured out when to pretend the president’s Twitter account doesn’t exist, even when he’s tweeting about what they’re doing.<p>Early Thursday morning, President Donald Trump seemed to throw a wrench into congressional Republican efforts to …

Donald Trump

Republican Senators Begin To Line Up In Opposition To CR

Talks among GOP turn heated as deadline for government shutdown approaches<p>At least two GOP senators will vote against a short-term patch to keep the …

Politics

How Trump's TV habits raised the risk of a shutdown

White House aides say the president woke up spoiling for a fight and focused his attention on the spending deal after it came up on his favorite cable news show.<p>If the government shuts down on Friday, President Donald Trump’s television habits may be partly to blame, according to two White House …

Politics

AGs take net neutrality to court

<i>With help from John Hendel, Ashley Gold and Martin Matishak</i><p><b>AGS TAKE NET NEUTRALITY TO COURT —</b> Twenty-two state attorneys general, along with Mozilla and consumer groups Public Knowledge, Free Press and New America’s Open Technology Institute, have filed lawsuits challenging the FCC’s recent move to …

Net Neutrality

Senate, Rebuffing Privacy Concerns, Clears Path to Extend Surveillance Law

WASHINGTON — The Senate cleared the path on Tuesday for Congress to extend the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, rejecting bipartisan calls to first vote on amendments that would have imposed significant new privacy protections when the …

Politics

Rand Paul Is Still Recovering From Neighbor’s Attack: ‘There Will Be Legal Consequences’

This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.<p>GLENN: Senator Rand Paul is joining us right now, a friend of the program, or we’re a friend of his, …

Rand Paul

How Republican lawmakers responded to Trump’s vulgar immigration remarks

Reports that President Donald Trump referred to African nations as “shithole countries” and disparaged Haitians during an immigration meeting on …

Lamar Alexander

Pennsylvania veterans deserve easier access to their prescriptions | Opinion

For most Americans, refilling a regular prescription is simple — picking up their medicine at their local pharmacy on the way home from work or while …

Health Care

As Legislation Stalls, Tribes Remain Under National Labor Relations Act: What Should Tribal Employers Do Next?

Despite hopeful signs in early 2017, a proposed federal law to exempt Indian tribes and tribal employers from the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) …

Law

Senate Republicans lobbying Trump to stay in NAFTA

Senate Republicans have strategically revved up their attempt to convince President Trump to not withdraw from NAFTA. Some senators and aides say he …

U.S. Politics

Trump speaks at level of 8-year-old, new analysis finds

Donald Trump may call himself a genius on Twitter, but his spoken statements say otherwise.<p>An analysis of the President's first 30,000 words uttered …

Donald Trump

The debate over Trump's mental stability is reaching a fever pitch

• <b>President Donald Trump's mental stability has become a hot topic amid the release of an explosive new book from author Michael Wolff.</b>• <b><br>The White House and Trump have sought to push back on the narrative.</b>• <b><br>But the conversation has dominated the news cycle over the past several days.</b><p>After months of …

U.S. Politics

This week’s government shutdown showdown, explained

Congress is barreling toward a government shutdown deadline. Three things could happen.<p>Unless Congress acts, the government will shut down in four days.<p>Democrats and Republicans have until midnight on January 19 to find a way to fund the government and keep the doors open — and it’s proven to be …

Politics

Meet the newest members of the Senate Banking Committee

The Senate Banking Committee will have two additional members in 2018: Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Doug Jones, D-Ala.

Sherrod Brown

Senate Leaders Announce New Committee Rosters

Ratio change gives GOP a one-seat advantage at all committtees<p>The full Senate is set to ratify revised committee rosters and ratios before adjourning …

Politics

Kansas City lawyer explores independent bid for U.S. Senate

A Kansas City lawyer could shake up one of the most competitive Senate races in the country as he seriously considers running as a centrist …

Elections

What to expect from Trump at Davos

<i>PROGRAMMING NOTE: Morning Money will not publish on Monday Jan. 15. Our next Morning Money newsletter will publish on Tues. Jan. 16.</i><p><b>JACK LEW: TRUMP’S GOTTEN LUCKY</b> — In the latest POLITICO Money podcast, former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew tells me he thinks much of the early success of the Trump …

Economy

Mattis asks senators to end budget chaos

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers welcomed Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ visit to weekly party lunches on Capitol Hill Tuesday to talk up defense spending …

Jim Mattis

Kansas teacher receives worldwide response after Twitter lesson goes viral

On Monday afternoon, Osage City Elementary School teacher CJ Marple, with the help of his third-grade students, sent a tweet into the universe.<p>“I am …

Soledad O'Brien

Dem lawmaker to introduce 'Stable Genius Act' following Trump tweet

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> One Democratic lawmaker is challenging President Donald Trump's "stable genius" statement by introducing legislation of the same name.<p>Rep. Brendan Boyle on Tuesday announced his proposed "Stable Genius Act," which would require all presidential candidates to file a Federal …

U.S. Politics

Trump Allies Struggle to Defend His “Genius” Intellect

When it comes to the president’s mental acuity, Republicans have no good counter-argument.<p>As questions continue to swirl regarding the mental fitness of the “very stable genius” sitting at the helm of the U.S. government, <b>Donald Trump’s</b> allies find themselves in a bind. In another administration, …

Donald Trump

Will Congress stand up for connectivity in flyover country?

CLOSE<p>Broadband providers won't have to get your permission before sharing your web browsing history and other personal data with marketers thanks to …

Des Moines

Doug Jones Took Office Leading Senate Democrats in Diversity

Jones chief of staff and transition adviser are African-Americans<p>Alabama Sen. Doug Jones took office on Wednesday as the only Democrat in the Senate …

Politics

Newly Elected Ala. Sen. Doug Jones Appoints Black Chief of Staff

On Jan. 2, Dana Gresham, the former assistant secretary for government affairs at the Department of Transportation, became the only Black …

Government

Alabama’s Doug Jones appoints Black ex-Obama official as chief of staff

Alabama Senator-elect <b>Doug Jones</b> has picked a Black ex-Obama official to be his chief of staff.<b>Dana Gresham</b>, who worked in the Obama administration as …

Barack Obama

Two Democrats Sworn in to Senate, Cutting G.O.P. Margin to One

WASHINGTON — Two new senators — Doug Jones, Democrat of Alabama, and Tina Smith, Democrat of Minnesota — were sworn in on Wednesday, in a history-laden ceremony attended by three current and former vice presidents.<p>Vice President Mike Pence, in his role as president of the Senate, presided over the …

U.S. Politics

Doug Jones hires African-American chief of staff

Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) has hired transportation official and former congressional aide Dana Gresham as his new chief of staff, a Democratic operative close to the incoming Alabama senator confirmed Tuesday.<p>Jones will be the only Senate Democrat to have an African-American chief of staff …

Politics