In our news wrap Tuesday, Republicans took control of the House and the Senate. Despite warm words for getting much accomplished in the new year, there was confrontation between Republicans and the White House over the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline. Also, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in federal prison for taking bribes while in office. Continue reading
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, won his bid to be Speaker of the House for two more years, but 25 of his fellow Republicans, more than expected, voted against him.
Welcome to the 114th Congress. Both the House and Senate, which will have a new majority leader in Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, will gavel in for the new Congress at noon today. The chambers each begin with a prayer, but then have slightly different choreography. Continue reading
NEW YORK — U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm admitted Tuesday to federal tax evasion, pleading guilty to charges he had fought as he won re-election last fall but that now leave his congressional future in question. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will sign legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing weapons and other aid to Ukraine despite White House concerns that military assistance will further escalate the conflict, the White House said Tuesday. Continue reading
The final days of the current Congress have exposed fissures within both parties, as Capitol Hill prepares for a power shift favoring Republicans. Political editor Lisa Desjardins reports on the fight over the compromise spending bill that passed over the weekend, and the Republican maneuver that allowed outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid to schedule votes on key nominees. Continue reading
The fight in Congress over a compromise federal spending bill revealed tensions between pragmatists and purists in both parties. Judy Woodruff sits down with Todd Zwillich of The Takeaway and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report to discuss the polarization and political dynamics of the incoming Congress. Continue reading
A massive spending bill to fund the federal government narrowly passed on the House floor Thursday evening after a chaotic day of vote counting and uncertainty, unfolding just hours before the government was set to run out of money. The final vote was 219-206. Continue reading