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Kelly Wins Runoff for Mississippi House Seat

District Attorney Trent Kelly, a Republican, will win a special-election runoff in Mississippi’s 1st District by a nearly 2-1 margin Tuesday night, succeeding the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, The Associated Press projects.

Rubio: Next President Will Have to Restore Intelligence Powers

Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday that the next president will have to reverse damage done to the national security apparatus by the USA Freedom Act.

McConnell Goes Down Swinging, Hard, on Freedom Act (Video)

Members of Congress are frequently told to hold their noses and vote for something, to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was having none of that Tuesday.

McConnell and Reid Feud: 'He Doesn't Get to Schedule the Senate Anymore' (Video)

The Senate’s leaders traded unusually harsh and personal words on the floor Tuesday afternoon, just before a clear majority rejected Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s arguments against an overhaul of lapsed Patriot Act surveillance authorities.

Reid Keeps Filibuster in Pocket, Says McCain Is Wasting His Time With Defense Bill (Video)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., thinks Armed Services Chairman John McCain is going to be wasting his time managing the defense authorization bill on the floor over the next few weeks.

DNC's Mo Elleithee Leaving Politics for Georgetown

Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, announced in a post on Medium Tuesday that he’s leaving the DNC to serve as executive director of the newly created Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Service.

No One Hurt at Fire at Elijah Cummings' Home

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., was at work, specifically the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Amtrak safety Tuesday morning, when he found out about the fire at his house in Baltimore.

Farmers Market Returns to HHS Plaza

Good news for those who work near the Health and Human Services Department. (Looking at you, Rayburn.)

White House: Congress Should Be Subject to FOIA (Updated)

Updated 6:34 p.m. | FOIA for thee, not for me.

Getting on Steve Scalise’s Sweet Side

Just because a GOP lawmaker shepherds a bill through the fiercely partisan chamber does not mean that proposal will ever become law. But first timers who collect enough “yeas” can look forward to a calorific salute from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Hoyer Urges Civility Among Democrats in Trade Debate

Democrats attacking Democrats over trade is neither productive nor welcome, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday.

Obama to Deliver Eulogy at Beau Biden Burial Mass

President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy Saturday at Beau Biden’s burial Mass in Wilmington, Del., Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s office announced.

Rematches Invite 'Retread' Label, Familiar Themes

It’s a good thing neither former Rep. Joe Sestak nor Sen. Patrick J. Toomey has grown a mustache in the past six years.

Senate Clears USA Freedom Act After Ending Rand Paul Filibuster (Updated)

Updated 6:09 p.m. | The Senate passed an overhaul of Patriot Act surveillance provisions Tuesday after rejecting the pleas of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and putting an end to Rand Paul’s filibuster.

Watch: House Hearing on May 12 Amtrak Crash

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the May 12 Amtrak train crash outside of Philadelphia, which killed eight passengers and injured more than 200.

Elizabeth Warren Blasts SEC's Mary Jo White (Updated)

Updated 11:47 a.m. | In the aftermath of a meeting last month between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White, the Massachusetts Democrat is detailing her disappointment with the top securities regulator, including about campaign finance.

Politicians Prosecuting Their Case to Come to Congress

If three in a row signals a trend, then the era of the prosecutor in congressional politics is clearly taking hold.

Party's History of Establishment Picks Could Be Over

Battles for the Republican presidential nomination almost always come down to two alternatives — an establishment-backed candidate with pragmatic instincts and an insurgent (often significantly more conservative) who tries to appeal to constituencies that feel ignored.

Take Five: Rep. Tom Emmer

Senate Odd Couple Won't Split — Despite NSA Rift (Video)

The icy rift over the Patriot Act between one of the Senate’s oddest couples — Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul — isn’t about to break up their political alliance.

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