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Politics Jan 11How the government shutdown might end
Somehow, the deadlock between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats that's shuttered federal agencies for a record-tying 21 days will end. The only real questions are when, how and who will be crowned the winner in public opinion polls and…
Politics Dec 19WATCH: In farewell, Ryan says ‘our problems are solvable if our politics will allow it’
Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday bemoaned America's "broken politics" in a farewell speech in which he called Washington's failure to overhaul costly federal benefit programs "our greatest unfinished business."…
Politics Dec 13WATCH: Pelosi says 4-year maximum in speaker post is ‘a long time’
Rep. Nancy Pelosi shrugged off suggestions Thursday that she weakened herself by agreeing to limit her tenure as next House speaker to a four-year maximum, a deal that clears the way for her to be elected to the post for…
Politics Nov 1916 Democrats say they’ll oppose Pelosi, back ‘new leadership’
The California Democrat is favored by most Democrats to lead them. But 16 votes against Nancy Pelosi might block her from getting the 218 votes, a House majority, that she'd need to win the speakership.
Politics Oct 06Kavanaugh sworn to high court after rancorous confirmation
Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday night as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Politics Oct 05Senate votes to end debate on Kavanaugh, advancing nomination to final floor vote
A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown this weekend in a battle that's seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald…
Politics Oct 04Grassley: Secret FBI report ‘found no hint’ of Kavanaugh misconduct
A top Senate Republican said Thursday the confidential FBI report on charges that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago "found no hint of misconduct" by the Supreme Court nominee.
Politics Oct 04Senators start reading crucial new FBI file on Kavanaugh
Even before the FBI delivered the summaries of interviews on claims that Kavanaugh sexually abused women, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell set Friday as the first vote for his polarized chamber in an election-season battle over power and who to…
Politics Oct 03McConnell sets Friday test vote on Kavanaugh nomination
McConnell announced that sometime during the evening, the FBI would deliver to an anxious Senate the potentially fateful document on claims that Kavanaugh sexually abused women.
Politics Oct 03Kavanaugh accusers’ lawyers question FBI’s investigation so far
Lawyers for two women who accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct say they fear the FBI is not conducting a thorough investigation, as Republican leaders steer toward a decisive vote on the nomination this week.