| Oct. 13, 2015, 5:51 p.m.
The White House may not join in on the long line of people begging Paul D. Ryan to take the speaker’s gavel, but that may just be to avoid tarnishing his image on the right.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 5:44 p.m.
Two Texas lawmakers are leading a call for a bust of a Planned Parenthood founder to be removed from the National Portrait Gallery.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 5:27 p.m.
For a presidential cycle known for upending conventional political wisdom, one thing certainly hasn’t changed: It’s hard to vote in the Senate if you’re campaigning across the country.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 4:47 p.m.
Paul D. Ryan has a choice.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 4:22 p.m.
If recent polling is any indication, New Hampshire Democratic primary voters view Sen. Bernard Sanders as the most likable candidate in the Democratic field by a wide margin — a fact helping to boost Sanders to front-runner status in the crucial Granite State primary.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 3:48 p.m.
It would appear there is a thing on TV tonight that some folks may be interested in.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 1:20 p.m.
If Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan decides against a run for speaker, the race to lead the House could turn into a free-for-all: A half-dozen Republicans are quietly testing the water for runs of their own, including a slew of Texans, a couple of the wealthiest men in Congress and at least one woman.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 1:20 p.m.
Wealthy GOP businessman Stewart Mills officially announced his challenge to Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Rick Nolan, setting up a rematch of their close race last cycle. In 2014, Nolan won 49 percent to 47 percent in an expensive contest.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 12:52 p.m.
Senate Democratic leaders are not being shy about their chances to move a handful of desks across the aisle and take back the chamber’s majority.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 12:06 p.m.
It is increasingly apparent the GOP needs to nominate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president next year.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 12:02 p.m.
That big sigh of relief you hear among Capitol Hill bibliophiles comes from the recent news that Riverby Books at 417 East Capitol St. SE will be reopening soon. A former journalist, Lori Grisham, previously at USA Today and NPR, will manage the store.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 10:42 a.m.
Minnesota businessman Stewart Mills announced his second challenge to 8th District Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan Tuesday morning.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 10:34 a.m.
Ad Hoc Select Committee. A temporary committee selected for a special purpose or to deal with a specific subject. Conference committees are ad hoc joint committees. A House rule adopted in 1975 authorizes the Speaker to refer measures to special ad hoc committees, appointed by him, with the approval of the House. These committees are supposed to consider measures that overlap the jurisdictions of several standing committees.
| Oct. 13, 2015, 5:01 a.m.
When Kevin McCarthy and fellow Republican Reps. Paul D. Ryan and Eric Cantor ganged up in 2007 as the new generation of conservative leadership, they did a great job putting the party’s goals down on paper, the man who unseated Cantor said Friday.
| Oct. 11, 2015, 4:54 p.m.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, hit back Sunday at a former committee staffer who said he was fired for not cooperating with the panel’s focus on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s actions in response to the 2012 terrorist attack.
| Oct. 10, 2015, 9:02 a.m.
Updated Oct. 13, 12 p.m. | There may be plenty of good reasons why Republicans are now seeking a “fresh face” as House speaker. But picking from outside the existing chain of command would also create some big challenges.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 11:54 p.m.
After years of litigation, a Florida circuit court judge recommended Friday that the state Supreme Court adopt a new congressional map proposed by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause of Florida — one of the final steps in a prolonged legal battle that will likely net Democrats a few more House seats in 2016.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 5:41 p.m.
Rep. Walter B. Jones acknowledged to CQ Roll Call Friday that he wrote a letter asking leaders to attest they had not committed any embarrassing misdeeds in part because he had seen rumors published of an affair between fellow North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 5:29 p.m.
What’s next for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy?
| Oct. 9, 2015, 5 p.m.
Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s stature as a GOP rainmaker is one reason so many of his colleagues want him to run for House speaker, now that California’s Kevin McCarthy has dropped out.