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Warrant Concerns Could Stymie Email Privacy Bill

A bipartisan House bill that would require the government obtain a warrant to access emails is facing road blocks as groups including law enforcement and federal agencies seek exceptions.

Joni Ernst Retires From Military

Sen. Joni Ernst, the Iowa Republican who is the Senate’s only female veteran, has retired from the Iowa National Guard as a lieutenant colonel, ending a 23-year stint in uniform. Ernst’s decision leaves only one female reservist in Congress, Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who, like Ernst, is a combat veteran.“The decision to hang up my uniform after more than two decades in the military is not one I have made lightly and has been incredibly difficult. However, this decision provides me with a greater opportunity to continue meeting with, hearing from and serving Iowans in my capacity as a United States Senator, as well as spending more time with my family,” Ernst said in a statement.

Component of Mental Health Bill Could Expand Medicaid Payments for Psychiatric Hospitals

Congress is weighing whether to allow psychiatric hospitals to bill Medicaid for up to 20 days of care each month for adult patients, signaling a potential shift in lawmakers’ views about institutionalizing people with serious mental illnesses.

Puerto Rico Pleads With Senate to Let It Go Bankrupt

Puerto Rico has run out of money.

Ryan Noncommittal on Majority GOP Support for Omnibus

Speaker Paul D. Ryan hedged Tuesday on whether a majority of Republicans will support must-pass, year-end measures such as the omnibus appropriations bill and a tax extenders package, saying many issues have yet to be resolved.

Elizabeth Warren Reaffirms Outlier Status With Non-Endorsement

Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues to make news by not doing things.

Ted Cruz, Condoms and Bathroom Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz was in a groove in Iowa Monday, weighing in on issues that underscore his efforts to appeal to socially conservative voters in the nation’s first caucus state.

Cruz Claims 'Overwhelming Majority' of Violent Criminals Are Democrats

Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Monday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that most violent criminals are Democrats.

In Paris, Obama Says Climate Change 'Akin' to ISIS Threat

Updated 1:41 p.m. | The ramifications of a changing global climate will rival those of Islamic State attacks like the one last month in Paris, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

Senators' Secret Santa Swap Set for Dec. 8

Senators have a week to buy their gifts for their annual Secret Santa gift swap.

Watch Live: House Hearing on U.S. Middle East Strategy

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria.

Iraq Vet Enters Delaware Race with Call to Accept 100,000 Syrian Refugees

Iraq War veteran Sean Barney on Tuesday became the fourth Democrat to enter the race for Delaware’s open at-large congressional seat.

Kirk Hits Duckworth Over Syrian Refugees

Incumbent Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk Tuesday is releasing an ad challenging Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth’s commitment to welcoming Syrian refugees into the country without additional government screening.

The Tall (and Expensive) Tale of the Capitol Christmas Tree

It may be an unstoppably powerful combination: The seemingly unbridled expansion of everything about “the holidays,” and the perception that even the most modest and benign government program will eventually spiral out of control.

Evangelicals Make Environmental Issues About 'Caring for God's Creation'

The Evangelical Environmental Network is just what it sounds like: a ministry of evangelicals, mostly Republicans, who believe climate change is dangerous and worth fighting.

Campaign Finance Riders Face Fight in Year-End Spending Bill

Progressive and political money groups say they will intensify their lobbying in the coming days to prevent four campaign finance measures from hitching a ride on a year-end spending deal.

Senate GOP Not Deterred on Planned Parenthood, Obamacare

It’s all systems go for the Senate GOP’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood and upend the Affordable Care Act.

Obama Climate Plan Pitch Falls on Deaf Ears in GOP

Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates are expected to put the Obama administration’s portion of a multicountry plan to slash carbon emissions through a political wringer, putting in doubt its funding and fate.

McCarthy Shuts Down Shutdown Talk

Heading into a tense negotiation period, the GOP’s floor leader is taking away one of the party’s most frequently used weapons, the threat of a government shutdown.

Feel the Bernia

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., underwent outpatient surgery Monday at George Washington University hospital to repair a hernia.




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