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Politics Mar 05How the NRA flexes its political muscle
The NRA's deep pockets leave the impression it effectively purchases loyalty from lawmakers. But the NRA actually donates small amounts of money to candidates when compared to the large sums it spends on potent get-out-the-vote operations and ad campaigns.
Politics Feb 10Lobbying expenses spiked as Congress shaped tax overhaul
Money spent on lobbying by corporations, trade associations and special interest groups spiked during the final three months of 2017.
Politics Jan 20Signs of government shutdown spotty but symbolic
Symbols of American promise became emblems of American dysfunction on Saturday when a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors.
Politics Dec 15Return of ill GOP Sens. McCain, Cochran crucial next week for tax bill
The presence of ailing Republican senators John McCain and Thad Cochran will be crucial early next week as the GOP tries to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax package in the Senate.
Politics Dec 06House passes GOP bill that would make it easier to carry concealed weapons across state lines
The measure would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons. It now goes to the Senate.
Politics Dec 06Do Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets put Americans at risk? House Democrats press Tillerson for an answer
In a letter sent Wednesday to Tillerson, the 20 members of the Foreign Affairs Committee said they are extremely troubled over Trump's retweets last week of inflammatory videos from a fringe British political group that purported to show violence being…
Politics Nov 14House approves $700 billion defense bill
The funding boost pays for more troops, jet fighters, ships and other weapons needed to halt an erosion of the military’s combat readiness, according to the bill’s backers.
Politics Oct 31Modernizing America’s nuclear arsenal would cost $1.2 trillion, CBO says
The costs will accumulate over the next 30 years as existing weapons now considered outdated are replaced, according to the budget office, which projected the expenses will crowd out conventional weapons programs unless the Pentagon's budget is increased substantially.
Nation Oct 30WATCH: Senators to press Tillerson and Mattis on new war authority
The secretary of state and secretary of defense will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at 5 p.m. EST Monday. Watch live here.
Politics Oct 26Senators diverge on Niger ambush after classified briefing
Republican and Democratic senators emerged from a classified briefing about the deadly ambush in the African nation of Niger with different opinions about whether the attack that killed four U.S. soldiers could have been averted.