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Politics Jan 29House Democrats want records on decision to lift Russian sanctions
Three senior House Democrats have demanded Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin turn over documents that would show how his department decided to lift financial sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
Politics Jan 15At Trump’s side, Border Patrol union leader in spotlight
Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents thousands of border patrol agents, and his proximity to President Donald Trump has elevated the union leader's profile while burnishing the image of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Politics Jul 12Millions from anonymous donors will help shape fight over Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh
While the groups' positions on Kavanaugh are clear, their sources of cash aren't.
Nation Apr 04Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to testify before House oversight panel on April 11
The panel's announcement comes as Facebook faces scrutiny over its data collection following allegations that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users to try to influence elections.
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…