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Scalise Says He's Already Got Votes to Win Majority Leader (Updated)

Updated: 7:48 p.m. | Majority Whip Steve Scalise is telling members he has the race to be majority leader locked up — as long as there is a race to be majority leader.

Saying McCarthy Lacks 218 Votes, Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Updated)

Updated: 10:19 a.m. | Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will run for speaker.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 28, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers prepped for Hurricane Joaquin by breaking out selfie sticks, creating “slush funds” and laughing at drivers stuck in traffic.

Cruz Says Next Speaker Should Repeal Obamacare 'Exemption'

Sen. Ted Cruz wants anyone who wants to be the next speaker of the House to roll back health care contributions under Obamacare for lawmakers.

Obama Says Syria Critics Offering 'Half-Baked' 'Mumbo-Jumbo'

“Half-baked” and “mumbo jumbo” aren’t your usual presidential words used to discuss foreign policy, but a clearly frustrated President Barack Obama lashed out Friday at critics who have sharply criticized his restrained approach to the war in Syria.

Toxic Substances Bill Filibuster-Proof ... When It Can Get to the Floor

Whenever the Senate gets around to debating an overhaul of a toxic substance law, there will be 60 votes. But getting to the point of floor consideration has been complicated by the lack of a reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Obama Warns on Budget, Wants Deal With Congressional Leaders

President Barack Obama warned Friday he will not sign another “short-sighted” spending bill, but said he still sees a path to quickly completing a bipartisan budget deal that would increase spending.

Richard Hudson Brands Firstborn With Familiar Moniker

North Carolina Republican Richard Hudson officially welcomed son Richard Lane Hudson III into the fold Tuesday.

Sources: Chaffetz Readies Run for Speaker

Earlier this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was busy trying to push his colleague Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to run for majority leader.

Senate Economist Warns Debt Limit Fight Could Raise Interest Rates

The White House push for a debt limit hike got some ammunition Friday from the chief economist for the Senate Budget Committee, who warned failure to increase the limit soon could cause interest rates to rise on newly issued federal debt.

McCollum Denies Senate Announcement Imminent

Updated 5:04 p.m.| Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum denied he would announce his plans to run for Florida’s open Senate seat next week, conflicting with buzz that’s been circulating around the Sunshine State.

Sen. Lee Cites 2002 Utah Case Behind Push for Sentencing Change

For Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, the unfair prison sentence of one man from his home state helped spark his push to overhaul the nation’s criminal sentencing laws.

Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie Announces Virginia Governor Run

Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie confirmed to The Washington Post Friday that he intends to run for governor in Virginia.

'Inevitable Governor' Vitter Not So Inevitable Now

When Sen. David Vitter launched his campaign to become Louisiana’s 56th governor last January, he was viewed by some as “the inevitable governor” — as close to a front-runner as one can be in the state’s “jungle primary.”

Arne Duncan Stepping Down, John B. King Jr. to Be Named Replacement (Updated) (Video)

Updated 2:28 p.m. | A White House official confirmed that Education Secretary Arne Duncan intends to step down in December, with President Barack Obama planning to replace him with his deputy, John B. King Jr.

The NRCC Benghazi Fundraising Web Page That Wasn't

Don’t remember the National Republican Congressional Committee’s brief foray last year into raising money off the House Select Committee on Benghazi?

Louisiana Governor’s Race Less Certain for David Vitter

For months, GOP Sen. David Vitter has been the front-runner in this year’s race to succeed term-limited governor/Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal.

Democratic Prospects Improve in 2 New York House Races

If House Democrats want to get back to the majority, they’re going to have to do better in New York.

In Majority Leader Race, Scalise Lapping Price in This Key Measure

While there’s no definitive favorite in the majority leader race — especially with lingering questions about Select Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy’s interest — Majority Whip Steve Scalise has one distinct advantage over Budget Chairman Tom Price: Scalise has spread around a lot more cash.

McCarthy: 'Never My Intention' to Link Benghazi Committee to Politics

The likely next speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, returned to Fox News Thursday night in a bid to clarify his remarks 48 hours earlier on the Benghazi committee.




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