What’s the debt limit and why is Congress poised to raise it?

While Congress has been focused on creating a new health care law and confirming President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, lawmakers have paid scant attention to a looming Thursday deadline to raise the government’s debt limit so that it can pay its bills and avoid a potentially devastating economic crisis. The U.S. Treasury Department’s power to borrow money will expire on March […]

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Trump Has Provocative Words for Allies. Congress Does Damage Control

President Trump has been in office for barely two weeks, but Congress is already in diplomatic damage control. Senators are huddling in meetings or on embarrassing phone calls with ambassadors of major allies, assuring them that, yes, America is still their friend. They are cobbling together visits to other nations, something that members of Congress regularly do, but this time […]

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Despite Objections, Congress Certifies Donald Trump’s Election

Congress made the election of Donald Trump official Friday, certifying the votes of the Electoral College in a formal joint session of Congress. Some Democratic House members attempted to object to some states Electoral College votes to protest the election results. But their objections went nowhere because they were unable to gain the support of a senator, per the rules. […]

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With New Congress Poised to Convene, Obama’s Policies Are in Peril

The most powerful and ambitious Republican-led Congress in 20 years will convene Tuesday, with plans to leave its mark on virtually every facet of American life — refashioning the country’s social safety net, wiping out scores of labor and environmental regulations and unraveling some of the most significant policy prescriptions put forward by the Obama administration. Even before President-elect Donald […]

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It’s mostly kumbaya so far for Trump and GOP in Congress

President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a cease-fire in his battle with the Republican leadership in Congress, which he repeatedly skewered during his election-season attacks on the Washington establishment. Trump has, by all accounts, patched up his once-turbulent relationship with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). To fill top jobs in his administration, Trump has chosen five sitting lawmakers, as well […]

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Trump Scores His First Win in Congress

It didn’t take long for President-elect Donald Trump to make his mark on legislation in Congress. Republican leaders announced Thursday they would punt major spending decisions into 2017 in accordance with the incoming administration’s wishes. That means Congress plans to pass only a stopgap bill that will fund the federal government through March rather than an omnibus appropriations bill that […]

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Justice officials warned FBI that Comey’s decision to update Congress was not consistent with department policy

Senior Justice Department officials warned the FBI that Director James B. Comey’s decision to notify Congress about renewing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was not consistent with long-standing practices of the department, according to officials familiar with the discussions. Comey told Justice officials that he intended to inform lawmakers of newly discovered emails. These officials told him […]

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