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New RSC Chairman: Don't Look for Public Fights With Boehner

Good news for Speaker John A. Boehner: The next Republican Study Committee chairman wants to work with him — and he doesn’t want any public fights.

Senate's 2015 Calendar Features Fuller Weeks, Fewer Breaks

In addition to longer workweeks, it appears the Senate will be in session more frequently in 2015.

Reid: Obama Immigration Executive Action 'Isn't Anything New' (Video)

Don’t expect a novel legal justification from the White House for President Barack Obama’s decision to provide unilateral deportation relief to the undocumented, said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

GOP Still Fuzzy on Strategy to Block Obama's Immigration Move

Hours before President Barack Obama finally presses the “go” button on executive actions to change the nation’s immigration laws, House Republicans were not any closer to coalescing around a strategy to fight back.

Pelosi Praises Republican Presidents of Yore on Immigration (Video)

Nancy Pelosi, defending Barack Obama, praised Republican presidents who historically took unilateral action on immigration — with the minority leader even drawing parallels between Obama’s proposed executive order and Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

Durbin Says Omnibus in Progress, Warns Against Defense CR

Appropriators appear to be making good progress on behind-the-scenes negotiations on a big omnibus bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

GOP Lawsuit on Immigration Order Viewed With Skepticism

Republican lawmakers would have to vault high legal hurdles to succeed in getting federal courts to stop President Barack Obama’s sweeping immigration action, constitutional law experts say.

Members Rush to Recruit Freshmen to Softball Team

Think it’s too early for softball? Think again.

Aloha! Tammy Duckworth Welcomes Baby Girl

Soldier. Lawmaker. Mother.

Democrats Look for Comebacks From Members Ousted in 2010

Democrats are looking to two former members — both of whom lost re-election in 2010 — as potential recruits for 2016, according to three senior House Democratic operatives.

McCain, Corker Doubtful of White House's ISIS Strategy, Intent for AUMF

Leaving Wednesday’s closed briefing on the fight against the Islamic State, the terror group also known as ISIS or ISIL, Sen. John McCain said he doubted the Obama administration really wanted to have a new Authorization for Use of Military Force at all.

Obama's Own Words on Immigration Are Republicans' Best Ammo

President Barack Obama spoke so many times against taking broad executive action to end deportations that he’s left Republicans with an arsenal of ammo to use against him.

Kelly Ward Will Stay on as DCCC Executive Director

Newly minted Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján said Kelly Ward will stay on as executive director of the committee for the second straight cycle.

Josh Holmes, the Mastermind of Team Mitch

Much of the movie “Fargo” takes place in Minnesota, the home state of the aide in charge of the campaign that propelled Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell to the role of Senate majority leader in the next Congress.

Congressman to Consider John McCain Primary Challenge

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., plans to keep his options open for 2016, saying he would consider future runs — including a primary challenge to Sen. John McCain — after the holidays.

Major Players From Team Cantor to Open Lobbying Shop

Months after Cantorland was turned upside down by their boss’ stunning primary defeat, two key members of the ex-majority leader’s team are returning to the workforce, opening a lobbying firm with another prominent former Hill staffer.

Grassley Says Obama's Immigration Action Worse Than King George (Video)

The next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said President Barack Obama’s expected executive actions would go beyond the dreams of even King George III.

Democrats Win 2 Contested California House Contests

Updated 7:53 p.m. | In a boost for California Democrats, Reps. Jim Costa and Ami Bera will return to Congress in January, after The Associated Press called both races Wednesday night.

Walz Gets VA Committee Spot After Messy Process

Sometimes a consolation prize makes all the difference, Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz learned Wednesday.

Republicans: Exec Action Timing Sends Divisive Signal

Miffed that President Barack Obama plans to announce his immigration actions while they are strapped in at 30,000 feet en route to their home districts, congressional Republicans say the timing shows that the president has no regard for their input.

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