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'Lioness' Mikulski Gets Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama on Tuesday awarded 17 Americans their country’s most prestigious honor. In true American form, there were Presidential Medals of Freedom for baseball legends, Hollywood legends and musical legends.

White House Asks High Court to Hear Immigration Case This Term

Government attorneys late Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to decide the case over President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions by the end of this term in June.

Capitol Arrest Trial Continues with Hung Jury

A court case surrounding an arrest in Congress’ halls and raised questions of protesters’ and members’ rights, reached a standstill Tuesday when the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Kentucky Governor Restores Thousands of Ex-Felons' Right to Vote

As Kentucky Gov. Steven L. Beshear, a Democrat, prepares to leave office, he is attempting to leave his mark on an issue that has made his state an outlier.

US to Argue in Affirmative Action Case at Supreme Court

The United States will argue before the Supreme Court this term in support of a Texas university’s affirmative action admissions process and Arizona’s redistricting plan.

Congress Largely Cut Out of Refugee Certification

Republican lawmakers who see the year-end omnibus spending bill as a vehicle to slow the flow of Syrian refugees to the United States might need to get creative. Why? The certification process for refugees critics are concerned about is funded by fees, not appropriated by Congress.

Obama and Hollande Willing to Work With Russia, Iran Against ISIS

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande made clear on Tuesday they are playing the long game against the Islamic State even in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks, even inviting help from two unlikely countries.

Marco Rubio Reprises Obamacare Line of Attack

Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican vying for position in the crowded GOP presidential field, is reiterating his opposition to an insurance-company friendly part of the Affordable Care Act and hoping congressional leaders follow along.

Mitch McConnell Drinks Water

With Thanksgiving only days away, Heard on the Hill pays tribute to its favorite Capitol Hill water drinker, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Should Vitter's Loss Worry Scandal-Plagued Lawmakers?

David Vitter thought he was a survivor.

Democrats to Obama: Don't Trust Putin on ISIS

Several House Democrats want President Barack Obama to reject Moscow’s overtures on fighting ISIS, arguing Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot be trusted.

Tailgating, Mitch McConnell-Style

Ain’t no party like a Mitch McConnell party.

Texas Seeks Delay in Immigration Case at Supreme Court

Texas asked the Supreme Court on Monday for a scheduling change that could determine whether the Obama administration gets a chance to implement executive actions that would affect millions of undocumented immigrants.

Leading Democrat Drops Campaign For Patrick Murphy's House Seat

Melissa McKinlay, the Democrat who was viewed as the party’s front-runner in the highly contested race to replace Rep. Patrick Murphy, said Monday she will end her six-month-old campaign.

White House Digs In on ISIS Strategy Ahead of Hollande Visit

The White House continues to give no indication that President Barack Obama is poised to deploy additional U.S. combat troops or military hardware to fight the Islamic State.

Republicans to Pentagon: Consult Lawyers Before Following Obama on Gitmo

A group of House Republicans wants uniformed military leaders to consult with attorneys before carrying out executive orders from President Barack Obama related to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Time to Stop Reporting on Committee Fundraising Numbers

Updated 4:40 p.m. | Political reporters have a fever and the only prescription appears to be fundraising numbers.

Ryan-Related Lawsuit Refiled, But Not Against Speaker

Two men who sued Speaker Paul D. Ryan — and then agreed to drop the case in March — have refiled their lawsuit over a car crash on I-395 involving Ryan’s then-D.C. chief of staff.

Staffer Lawsuit Hits Benghazi Committee, Gowdy

Updated 4:30 p.m. | Former staffer Bradley F. Podliska filed a lawsuit on Monday against the House Select Committee on Benghazi for unlawful termination and against its chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., for defamation.

Frying Turkey for Free on Capitol Hill

Unsure how to cook your turkey this Thanksgiving? A Capitol Hill restaurant is here to help — and to make sure no one burns the house down.




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