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Heller Pledges Yucca Mountain Will Stay Dead Despite Leaving Energy Committee

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., pledged that a proposal to build a nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain would remain dead, even though he is stepping away from the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to join the Finance Committee.

Tax Extenders Vote a Bipartisan Affair

The final vote on the $41.6 billion tax extenders package was, like the cromnibus last week, a very bipartisan affair.

Durbin and Schumer Split Up

The Senates longstanding D.C. roommates have gone their separate ways.

Keystone XL and Energy Efficiency, Together Again?

The first energy bill of the new year could feature a bit of a role reversal.

Chaffetz Lays Out Different Direction for Oversight

If incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz made just one thing clear Tuesday, its this: The Oversight and Government Reform Committee is not Darrell Issas anymore in fact, Issa wont even be on the committee next year.

DHS Not Ready to Torpedo ‘The Interview’ Opening

International troublemakers Seth Rogen and James Franco may be ready to run for cover from the mystery hackers whove brought Sony to its horribly bruised knees, but the feds see no reason (yet) to deprive moviegoers of a few laughs on Christmas.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Hosts 25th Annual Kids’ Holiday Party

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., will once again open up the halls of Congress to the Districts disadvantaged youth on Wednesday, injecting some cheer into the holiday season by hosting her annual Capitol Hill Holiday Party.

McConnell Puts Keystone First on the Agenda (Video)

The incoming Senate majority leader is putting approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project first on his 2015 agenda.

14 Congressional Republicans Jeb Bush Helped Last Cycle

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday he is exploring a bid for president in 2016 with help from a new leadership PAC.

Dingell's Condition Improving at Washington Hospital

Retiring Rep. John D. Dingell, hospitalized last week after a hip fracture, will likely spend the holidays at George Washington University Hospital recuperating, according to a Facebook update from the congressmans wife.

Ex-Rep. Heath Shuler Earns Dubious Football Distinction

Ex-Rep. Heath Shuler is associated with two franchises that have their public relations challenges: Congress and Washingtons NFL franchise. Its his time as quarterback in D.C. that has earned him further ignominy, though.

Exit Interview: John Barrow Laments Hyper-Partisan Congress

Defeating Georgia Rep. John Barrow, the last white House Democrat in the Deep South, may have been one of the House GOPs biggest feats in last months near sweep of the 2014 elections.

House Democratic Losses Deplete Bench of 2016 Senate Recruits

Sweeping House losses have not only pushed Democrats into a historic minority, theyve depleted the bench of potential Senate recruits for the 2016 elections.

Kirk Backs Murthy, Defies NRA

Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., defied the National Rifle Association to confirm Vivek Murthy as surgeon general.

Cruz Doesn't Believe Governors Have Edge Over Senators in Presidential Races

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, doesnt believe governors have an advantage over senators when it comes to winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Coburn Faces Blowback Over End-of-Session Blockade

Sen. Tom Coburn faced renewed criticism Monday evening over his blockade of bipartisan measures aimed at preventing veterans from committing suicide, improving energy efficiency and extending terrorism insurance.

Jury Duty in Today's America

While most of America was still talking about what happened in Ferguson, Mo., and turning to law enforcement issues in Cleveland and Staten Island, New York, I spent the better part of the week of Dec. 1 in a courthouse in Rockville, Md.

Defiant Pelosi Stands Firmly on Left

Wide swaths of House Democrats have said they attribute Election Day losses to the caucuss lack of a unified message, a strong pitch they can sell to voters and, above all else, a true sense their actions will match up with their rhetoric.

New Governing Coalition Emerges

In the wake of the cromnibus, a new governing coalition may have emerged in Washington.

Democratic Senator Opposes Murthy Nomination

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., said Monday he would vote against the confirmation of Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general, citing concerns over political positions the nominee has taken.

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