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NRSC Hires General Counsel for 2016

The National Republican Senatorial Committee hired Matthew Raymer as general counsel to advise the committee and its candidates on legal matters for the 2016 election cycle.

Hill Center Is 'on Fire'

Hillites, strap on your hungry pants now. Hill Center is poised to serve up a long-awaited eatery and has cooked up a new grilling curriculum.

Senators Renew Bipartisan Assault on Patent Trolls

Updated 3:49 p.m. | Patent trolls beware: This time it’s different.

House Democrats Threaten to Sink House GOP Spending Bills

House Democrats voted unanimously last year for the appropriations bill to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and related programs; this year, there could be considerable defections.

Harry Reid Likens GOP Budget to Nepal Earthquakes (Video)

Harry Reid isn’t exactly mellowing in his final two years as minority leader before he heads off into the sunset.

Is John Kasich in the Top Tier in 2016?

“Perpetually in motion, Kasich is a whirlwind of restless energy and is sometimes criticized for being cocky,” reads the 1996 Politics in America profile of the then-Ohio congressman.

Paul Seeks to Block FCC on Net Neutrality

Sen. Rand Paul has launched an effort that could get a bill to the White House to upend net-neutrality efforts.

Budget Resolution Clears Corker Hurdle

Sen. Bob Corker has signed off on the conference report for the fiscal 2016 budget resolution, clearing an obstacle for House and Senate Republicans to move forward.

South Dakotans Gearing Up for Potato Ole Day

The South Dakota State Society will continue its mission of taking carb-loading to new heights by whipping up another monumental batch of Taco John’s favorites on May 16.

Matchup Rouses Missouri's Sleepy Senate Race

Missouri’s 2016 Senate contest may never rival the drama of the 2012 campaign, but operatives from both parties expect the Show-Me State to show their respective candidates a good time.

What Gay Marriage Briefs Tell Us About Congress

Though only a few lawmakers participated in the rallies during Tuesday’s oral arguments, more than half the members of Congress had already formalized their views on the same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court.

Baltimore Riots Change Senate Race Conversation

The nascent Maryland Senate race will likely take on a new focus, as the state’s largest city works to heal its wounds following the death of a young black man in police custody and the sometimes violent expressions of anger that followed.

McCain Sets Stage for Fight Over Drones

Sen. John McCain is planning to shift the CIA’s secretive drone program to the Defense Department through the National Defense Authorization Act, setting the stage for a fight later this year with Senate Intelligence leaders and making him an unlikely ally of President Barack Obama.

Long Odds for Congressional Action on Policing

It’s the fourth high-profile episode in less than a year in which police have been involved in the death of a black man under questionable circumstances — this time in Baltimore, a short drive north of Washington, D.C.

Senate Democrats Warn GOP on Appropriations (Video)

Even before GOP lawmakers filed a budget resolution conference report, Senate Democratic Conference Chairman Charles E. Schumer put down a marker.

On Baltimore, Race, and Policing: No Easy Answers for Hoyer

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s weekly pen-and-pad Tuesday was a case study for politicians looking to say something about the riots in Baltimore while also saying, largely, nothing.

Iran Bill Sponsors Face Down Amendments

As senators look to start processing amendments to the bipartisan bill ensuring congressional review of an Iran nuclear deal, the bill’s level of support has reached a magic number of sorts.

McCarthy Defends First 100 Days, Previews What's Ahead

In the second reporters’ briefing of his majority leader career, California Republican Kevin McCarthy offered a strong defense of the House GOP’s record in the first 100 days of the 114th Congress.

Obama Condemns Baltimore Riots, Urges Political Action

President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned rioters in Baltimore as criminals, but urged a broader political mobilization to improve urban communities where poverty, drugs, a lack of education and a lack of fathers lead to a combustible mix.

Clothier Resurrects 'Pro-Life' Photo-Hunt Challenge

Camera-shy politicians, beware! The American Life League has tasked its social media-savviest supporters with seeking out high-ranking, reproductive rights-minded members of Congress for selfie-centric advocacy during National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week.

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