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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After Election, Tension Between Liberal and Centrist Democrats in Congress May Surface Quickly

If Hillary Clinton wins in November, congressional Republicans will have to wrestle with the intraparty fracturing that cost them the White House. But Democrats on Capitol Hill will have their own divisions to contend with between the party’s liberal and centrist wings as they pivot from campaigning to legislating. Both Democratic factions are likely to begin next year flexing new […]

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Clinton blames Republican leaders for a “paralyzed” Congress

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton chastised Republican lawmakers on Sunday for a “paralyzed” Congress, saying they’ve fueled populist anger by refusing to “do their job.” Clinton ticked off a list of items that GOP congressional leaders have refused to schedule for a vote. They include a proposed immigration overhaul, holding confirmation hearings to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, and […]

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Behind closed doors, North Korea opens ruling party congress

North Korea on Friday opened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, a major political event intended to showcase the country’s stability and unity under young leader Kim Jong Un despite international criticism and tough new sanctions over the North’s recent nuclear test and a slew of missile launches. North Korea’s information committee said the congress began […]

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Campaign Donations Reflect the Sharp Split in Congress Among Republicans

The Republican split that defines this year’s presidential campaign has been on display in Congress for years, with the most conservative wing battling party leaders on issues from spending to immigration. A ProPublica analysis of campaign donations highlights just how profound this gap has become in the House of Representatives. The analysis shows that the Republican leadership, including Speaker Paul […]

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Health care repeal vote to open a political year in Congress

It’s been like a long-delayed New Year’s resolution for Republicans. But 2016 will finally be the year when they put legislation on President Barack Obama’s desk repealing his health care law. The bill undoing the president’s prized overhaul will be the first order of business when the House reconvenes this coming week, marking a sharply partisan start on Capitol Hill […]

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