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Highway Funding Still Under Construction

Congress’ efforts to fund highway spending look like a driver trying to extricate a car from the snow. Lawmakers move an idea into first gear, then slip it into reverse, then back to first, hoping the back-and-forth-motion generates enough momentum to get off the slick spot and move some legislation.

Yoga on the Hill Sliding Over to East Lawn

When last we checked in with the Congressional Yogi Association, the nascent group of Hill staffers had selected the West Lawn to serve as the staging area for its debut event.

Potential Democratic Challenger Emerges in California

A possible Democratic challenger is emerging in California’s Simi Valley to take on freshman Republican Rep. Steve Knight.

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Appropriators Hope for Budget-Deal Relief From Sequester-Level Spending Caps

Top House appropriators are crossing their fingers for another budget deal that would raise the tight sequester-level spending caps, but in the meantime they will consider a set of funding allocations that seek compromise with the budget limits they’ve got.

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Cornyn Redefines His Role as Senate GOP Whip

Cornyn has emerged in a new role as a conservative lion.

Delegation Clout Shifts in Aftermath of Earmark Era

Four years after lawmakers gave up earmarking, the last of the billions once dedicated to pet projects has effectively been spent, and one result is a changed roster of states laying claim to the most clout in Congress.

Leahy Slams McConnell Push to Extend NSA Surveillance Authority

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy vowed to block efforts by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to extend authorization to collect phone and other records of Americans in bulk through 2020.

McConnell Sets Thursday Vote on Loretta Lynch

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a Thursday cloture vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general after breaking a logjam over amendments to the human trafficking bill.

Special-Election Candidate Gets Unlikely Donation

One of the candidates running for the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee’s Mississippi seat got some help from beyond the grave last month.

Dick Durbin, Honky Tonk Man (Video)

Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin said he would personally be willing to meet with actual or prospective Democratic challengers to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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GOP Leaders Tap K Street, Wall Street Cash

The top three GOP leaders in the House collectively raised $7.3 million in the first three months of this year for joint fundraising committees, a type of campaign account that may collect contributions of six figures or more under new rules.

Amendment Logjam Stalls Lynch Confirmation (Video)

Loretta Lynch’s confirmation for attorney general remained mired in amendment purgatory on Tuesday afternoon, after a morning full of promise.

Ex-NFL Linebacker Considering Illinois Senate Bid

Illinois state Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Chicago-area Democrat and former National Football League linebacker, is mulling a bid for Senate, according to multiple sources in the state.

The Mystery of a Possible Florida Senate Candidate

A handful of Republicans are currently being mentioned as possible Senate candidates for the Florida seat being vacated by Marco Rubio, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination.

State Department IG Tells Senate He Needs Own Network (Video)

Can an inspector general be truly independent while department officials have access to his computer network?

Steve Knight Lashes Out at Conservative Activists

Updated 7 p.m. | Freshman lawmaker Steve Knight got so fed up over the weekend with the anti-immigration protesters who have been hounding him for months that he finally snapped.

Harry Reid a 'Hell No' on Obama's Fast Track Push (Video)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday his advice to Sen. Ron Wyden is to “slow down” so-called “fast-track” trade legislation.

Let Them Eat Cake! America Eats Tavern Celebrates Administrative Professionals Day

José Andrés is at it again.

Rand Paul Calls GOP Hawks Obama 'Lap Dogs'

Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday he thinks fellow Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain are, in effect, “lap dogs” for President Barack Obama.

Conservative Groups: Let Ex-Im Bank Expire

As Congress approaches a June 30 expiration date on the Export-Import Bank, more than 50 conservative groups wrote to lawmakers Tuesday urging them to oppose its reauthorization.

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