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John Oliver on the Terrifying State of U.S. Nuclear Weapon Security on 'This Week Tonight'

Is John Oliver’s “This Week Tonight” even a comedy show, fundamentally? Sometimes, it veers so far into scathing commentary that the satire and laughs take a back seat. Above, from Sunday night’s episode in a clip with NSFW language, Oliver goes on a 15-minute screed against the security of U.S. nuclear weapons that reaches this crescendo:

Possible Senate GOP Majority Would Be Young, but Would Have Enough Elders for Heft

Conventional wisdom holds that if Republicans take the Senate, generational turnover and term limits will combine to produce a balky and potentially amateurish legislative process next year.

Africa, Korea, Gaza in the Week Ahead

With the United States-Africa Leaders Summit starting Aug. 4, there is a preponderance of events about the continent this week in advance. President Barack Obama himself will kick off some of the pre-Summit activities. Africa has been a growing national security concern, given events in Nigeria, Libya and elsewhere.

Veterans' Health Bill Compromise Set After Weekend Talks

A compromise measure struck by House and Senate negotiators on Sunday on veterans’ medical care legislation would provide $15 billion in up-front emergency funds to help ease lengthy wait times at VA medical facilities, according to plan summary obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Exclusive: NRCC Chairman Predicts Wave Election for Republicans

One hundred days from Nov. 4, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said he expects House Republicans will ride a political wave in November.

6 Reasons Senate Republicans Should Be Optimistic — and Concerned About Election Day

With 100 days to go until Election Day, Senate Republicans have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about winning the majority — but they also have grounds for concern.

About That Do-Nothing Congress ... | Capitol Quip

The 113th Congress is on pace to be the least productive in modern memory. So what does a do-nothing Congress do on recess? This brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip captioning contest.

VA Health Care Deal Reached; Miller, Sanders Plan to Announce Monday (Updated)

Updated 9:39 p.m. | A $15 billion VA health care deal has been reached after a weekend of negotiating to resolve differences between the House and Senate.

New GOP Optimism for Border Supplemental Before August (Updated)

Updated 12:01 p.m. |Republican lawmakers emerged from a special conference meeting Friday morning with renewed optimism that they could pass a slimmed-down border supplemental package before the August recess. But passage still may not be as easy as some expect.

Boehner Aide on Pfeiffer Impeachment Talk: 'Political Games' (Updated)

Updated 3:53 p.m. | A spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner is dismissing Friday comments from senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer about the White House taking the threat of impeachment “very seriously.”

Pelosi: Don't Tack Expedited Deportations to Border Bill (Video)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday morning that a bill to provide emergency funding for the child migrant crisis at the Southern border should not be tied to changes in a 2008 human trafficking law.

The Decrepit and Unused Buildings of the NNSA

The National Nuclear Security Administration “is now spending significant amounts of money to maintain about 450 facilities no longer needed for program use and that now sit empty,” according to a newly-released Senate Appropriations Committee report. And a majority of the NNSA’s buildings are really old besides.Some 54 percent of the 3,800 buildings are over 40 years old, and 29 percent are over 60 – with 12 percent no longer in use at all, according…

Bipartisan Health Bills: Medical Leave, Congressional Plans and Chronic Care Coverage

Despite bitter congressional wrangling over the health care overhaul law and health spending priorities, several bills introduced this week suggest there is some bipartisan consensus on health care issues.

Republicans Unite in Tossup New York House Race

New York Republican Matt Doheny endorsed Elise Stefanik at a press conference Friday, more than a month after losing to her in a House race primary.

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