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Obama's Big Win on Iran Sanctions

Make that one more veto threat President Barack Obama probably won’t have to carry out: Senate Democrats are abandoning efforts to pass an Iran sanctions bill over its nuclear program while talks continue, at least until March 24.

Feinstein Disputes CIA Report on Spying on Senate

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee is disputing findings of a CIA Accountability Board review that determined no one should be punished for accessing Senate computer files.

Exclusive: DSCC Hires National Political Director, Press Secretary

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will add Simone Ward and Sadie Weiner to its senior staff roster, according to a Tuesday news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

How the Presidential Race Threatens the 2016 August Recess

The first voting is almost a full year away, and already the presidential campaign is upsetting the regular rhythms of Congress.

First Look: Can Democrats Win the Senate in 2016?

For Republicans, the fight for control of the Senate in 2016 is all about playing defense.

Gardner, Rangel Co-Headlining 2015 Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner

Newly minted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and veteran Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., will effectively be campaigning for the biggest laughs on Feb. 4, when they face off at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 71st Annual Congressional Dinner.

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Senate Democrats Filibuster Keystone Bill

With a handful of senators out and Democrats calling for more amendments, GOP leaders were unable to limit debate on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Monday.

Harry Reid Released From Hospital After Eye Surgery

Updated 6:35 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is out of the hospital after successful eye surgery and already trolling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Democrats Lose Candidate and Hope in New York Special Election

The date hasn’t even been set, but Republicans have all but won the special election in New York’s 11th District.

Senate Absences Begin for 2016 (Updated)

Updated 3:15 p.m. | It may be January, but the Senate absences for potential presidential candidates have already begun.

House Staffer Keeps 'Em Guessing on 'Jeopardy!'

Quiz show junkie and Capitol Hill staffer Will Anderson raked in more than $23,000 in winnings and garnered comparisons to defending Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson for engineering an astonishing, come-from-behind victory during his three-day run on “Jeopardy!” What else would you expect from a trivia buff who claims his mother still has home movies of him blurting answers out at the TV while growing up?

Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative “Selma” screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans.

John McCain's Counterterrorism Contretemps

“Yeah, you know, Yemen falls to the Houthis, and we’re talking about football.”

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Democrats Plan Police Body-Camera Legislation

Two similar Democratic proposals to equip more police officers with body-worn cameras should come into better focus within days, as details emerge on a White House initiative as well as a prominent African-American lawmaker’s legislation in the House.

Ultraconservatives Dig In via House Freedom Caucus

GOP lawmakers who find the far-right Republican Study Committee too squishy now have a new clique to call home: the House Freedom Caucus.

DCCC Announces Final Fundraising, Debt Figures for 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will report raising more than $206 million during the 2014 cycle — a record total, according to a committee aide.

HOH Word of the Week: Australian Ballot

“Australian Ballot: System employed in the United States in which all ballots are marked in secret.”

Cuba CODEL Gets Firsthand Account of Dramatic Dealings

A relationship forged on Sen. Patrick J. Leahy’s first visit to Cuba some 15 years ago helped the Vermont Democrat take an unexpected step in support of the White House’s efforts to bring home Alan Gross and re-establish diplomatic relations with the island nation.

Grassley to Ramp Up Oversight at Judiciary

When Loretta Lynch paid Sen. Charles E. Grassley a visit last month, the new Judiciary Committee chairman handed her a book — of all the unanswered letters he’s sent to the administration.

Conservatives Announce New Group That Could Rival RSC — Or Not (Updated)

Updated, 10:23 a.m. | Conservatives announced Monday morning the formation of a new group, the House Freedom Caucus. But with only nine members to start, it’s unclear what such a caucus will mean for another conservative group: the Republican Study Committee.

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