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D.C. Circuit Judges Top List of Potential Supreme Court Picks

At the top of many lists of the potential picks that President Barack Obama could make to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court is an appeals court judge the Senate unanimously confirmed in May 2013.

Scalia: Towering Legal Figure, Devoted Family Man

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, was found dead Saturday, raising questions about the future of the high court during a presidential election year.

Politics Amid Praise As Lawmakers React to Scalia's Death

Lawmakers reacted with shock and sorrow to the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, but condolences quickly gave way to politics as leaders debated how quickly to replace the conservative stalwart.

Senate Leaders Divided After Antonin Scalia's Death

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, was found dead Saturday, throwing the future of the high court into question and setting up a tense debate among Senate leaders about how to move forward.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 8, 2016

Lawmakers spent the week asserting their geographical knowledge, fretting over restaurant menu fonts and finding new ways to break committee rules.

Some Candidates Mention Flint Crisis in Fundraising Appeals

As Congress heard testimony from Flint’s mayor about the water crisis there, some House and Senate candidates sent out fundraising pitches to their email lists mentioning the Michigan city’s troubles.

Budget Divide Threatens to Kill Short-Lived GOP Unity

Speaker Paul D. Ryan was supposed to be the one person who could unite a fractured House Republican conference, but if the current budget battle is any indication, unity may not be an achievable goal.

Saudi, UAE Forces Likely Too 'Stretched' to Fight Islamic State

Key U.S. allies in the Middle East could be stretched too thin militarily to provide the ground combat troops the Obama administration, Republican lawmakers and experts agree are needed to defeat the Islamic State.

Rubio: Maybe the Senate 'Should Pray Every Hour'

Maybe Sen. Marco Rubio thinks the Senate could use more of Barry Black’s baritone.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to Visit Flint

Michigan House Democrats Brenda Lawrence and Dan Kildee will lead a group from Congress– including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – on a visit to Flint next month to learn about how federal resources could be devoted to addressing the water crisis there, Lawrence told Roll Call on Friday.

Mark Takai Gives Paul Ryan an Aloha Shirt

In an effort to be able to sport “Aloha wear” on the House floor on Fridays, Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, hand-delivered a Hawaiian shirt to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.

Progressives Spread GOP Valentine's Day Cheer

A progressive advocacy group is providing Valentines for every anti-conservative American out there this year. In a email on Friday, Democrat advocate Brad Woodhouse’s group, Americans United for Change, introduced its Valentine’s Day cards.

Senate Confirms Ambassadors as Ted Cruz Relents

Updated 5:47 p.m. | Just as the Senate was departing for the Presidents Day recess, presidential hopeful Ted Cruz relented on a blockade of political nominees at the State Department.

Ryan Outlines Budget Options, Says Members Will Decide

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan laid out three budget options for House Republicans on Friday, but told members that the best chance for getting appropriations bills through the Senate would be to stick to the funding levels approved in last year’s budget deal.

Puppymonkeybaby, Andy Harris Style

As if Mountain Dew’s Puppymonkeybaby commercial during Super Bowl 50 didn’t haunt us enough, a pro-marijuana group has adapted it with the likeness of Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., to make a political point.

With Safe Districts Gone, Two Florida Lawmakers Taking Their Time on 2016 Decision

In Florida, where a court imposed a new map in December, two lawmakers who had their safe seats swept out from under them have yet to announce their electoral plans ahead of a June 24 filing deadline.

Senate Confirms Judge, and the Queue is Now Empty

The Senate confirmed Leonard Terry Strand to be U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Iowa on Thursday, in what might be the final judicial nominee confirmed for the foreseeable future.

Political Wrangling Over 'People's Pledge' in New Hampshire

With the presidential circus having left their backyard, New Hampshire’s Senate candidates lost little time this week digging into each other’s commitment to limiting spending in what’s expected to be one of the most competitive and expensive Senate races in the country.

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