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Hoyer: Give McCarthy and Scalise 'Benefit of the Doubt' on Leadership Process

The House’s inability to pass an emergency border funding bill last month left critics on both sides of the aisle wondering whether the new members of the GOP leadership team, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, can bring order to an unruly conference

No. 2 House Democrat Predicts Two-Part Vote on ISIS Request

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Thursday afternoon that he expects Congress will vote next week to grant President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS.

Overheard: Martin Dempsey's Eventful Week

“Every day is eventful. . . . Today Iraq, tomorrow Ebola.”

Deadline for Obama's Immigration Action Hard to Pin Down (Video)

End of the year? By Christmas? By Thanksgiving?

Here's Obama's Legal Justification for ISIS War

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Thursday laid out the administration’s legal argument for going to war against ISIS based on the 2001 authorization to use military force — even though the organization did not exist then and has publicly split with al-Qaida.

Senate Democrats Seek More Information on Obama's ISIS Plan (Updated)

Updated 6:40 p.m. | The Senate’s top Pentagon appropriator told reporters Thursday he will be probing the Obama administration about legal authorities for the fight against Islamic State extremists, including in Syria.

Boehner: 'An F-16 Is Not a Strategy' (Video)

Speaker John A. Boehner forcefully beat the drums of war Thursday, suggesting more action would be needed to defeat Islamic State group terrorists than just U.S. air strikes or the arming of Syrian rebels.

Female Senators Write Letter to Goodell, Want NFL to Adopt 'Zero-Tolerance' Policy

A group of 16 female senators, including Maryland Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski, have written a scathing letter to Roger Goodell about the National Football League’s handling of violence against women.

Senators Push Against Burger King Tax Inversion

A handful of members of the Senate Democratic caucus are calling on the leadership of Burger King to abandon the idea of using inversion for tax purposes as part of the merger with a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.

Jeff Flake, Martin Heinrich Spearhead New Reality Show

While the rest of us spent the August recess basking in the unseasonably cool temperatures that made summer in D.C. somewhat livable, Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sneaked away to an uninhabited island in the South Pacific to find some common ground for a TV special dubbed, “Rival Survival.”

Inhofe: Obama Speech Prompts 'Sigh of Relief' From ISIS

Reaction to the president’s prime-time speech on ramping up efforts to take on the terror group ISIS ranged, not surprisingly, from very supportive — loyal huzzahs from Democrats such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Richard J. Durbin — to openly dismissive: Sen. Ted Cruz called the president “unserious.”

Republicans Bid Farewell to Bachmann ... for Now

“Guess what, Nancy Pelosi? I’m not going anywhere,” Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., told the more than 100 people gathered at her private farewell event Wednesday evening.

Pelosi Suggests Holiday Surprise on Immigration (Video)

If Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is correct, President Barack Obama’s delayed executive action on immigration may be coming sooner than expected.

House GOP ISIS and CR Strategy Still in Flux

House GOP leaders are advocating for giving President Barack Obama some authority within the continuing resolution to arm Syrian rebels against the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS, according to several Republican lawmakers present at a Thursday morning members’ meeting.

Rob Portman Will Look at Presidential Bid After Election

Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he would consider a presidential bid, but only after the elections in November.

Just Try to Ignore Dan Kildee’s Piercing Gaze

If Congress ever gets around to handing out superlatives, HOH stands ready to nominate Rep. Dan Kildee for Stare Down Champ.

Congress Locked in ISIS War Muddle

President Barack Obama’s prime-time ISIS war speech Wednesday night came as congressional leaders — and a restive rank and file — continued to wrestle with what role, if any, they should play.

Menendez Drafting New Authorization for ISIS War

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s new plan to “destroy” ISIS will eventually require congressional authorization, and promised his committee will begin drafting one.

Obama's ISIS Speech Text

Here’s the president’s remarks as prepared for delivery from the White House:

What Obama Wants From Congress for ISIS War (Updated) (Video)

Updated 9:44 p.m. | President Barack Obama wants the approval of Congress as he announces a broad new air war against ISIS, including strikes in Syria, but says he already has the authority he needs.

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