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Politics Feb 14‘A world-class doer’: John Dingell remembered as great legislator
Dingell, who died last week at 92, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone else in U.S. history.
Politics Feb 13Mitch McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Democrats
The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates…
Politics Feb 12Senate approves largest public lands bill in a decade
The major public lands bill revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates four new national monuments.
Politics Feb 06House Democrats explore how to reduce gun violence
Democrats have promised action on a range of measures to address gun violence, including expanded background checks for sales and transfers of firearms.
Politics Feb 05Judicial nominee to replace Kavanaugh draws scrutiny for comments on date rape
Neomi Rao suggested that intoxicated women were partly responsible for date rape.
Politics Jan 30After longest shutdown, House OKs pay raise for civilian federal workers
The 2.6 percent raise matches the raise given to the military last year and would override a pay freeze imposed by President Donald Trump. The measure, passed by a 259-161 vote, goes to the Senate, where its prospects are unclear.
Politics Jan 24Trump decides to delay State of the Union after showdown with Pelosi
Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump conceded that "no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber" and that he was not looking for an alternate option after Pelosi served notice…
Politics Jan 15Iowa’s Steve King off House committees after white supremacy remark
Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms.
Politics Jan 14Mitch McConnell denounces Rep. Steve King over white supremacy remark
The Senate majority leader is the highest-ranking Republican to criticize King, R-Iowa, who lamented last week that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms. Meanwhile, House Democrats said they'll seek formal punishment for King.
Politics Jan 04Signs of GOP unease over shutdown ahead of White House talks
The impasse over paying for Trump's proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border extended the shutdown into a 14th day, but some GOP senators up for re-election in 2020 voiced discomfort. Several are from states where voter views on Trump are…