WASHINGTON — The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace “literally flew under the radar” to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said as key lawmakers raised alarms about security risks. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The leader of the House Democrats said Thursday that Republican Speaker John Boehner blundered when he invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress amid sensitive negotiations about Iran’s nuclear program and in the shadow of Israel’s elections.
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
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
WASHINGTON — It’s now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following. 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
Negotiators in the House and Senate unveiled a $1.012 trillion spending bill Tuesday night that would fund most of the government through September 2015. So what’s in the deal? We have a quick breakdown. Continue reading