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Kathleen Matthews Joins Race for Van Hollen's Seat

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The race to succeed Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen in Maryland’s 8th District became even more crowded Wednesday, when former Marriott executive and television anchor Kathleen Matthews announced her candidacy.

Hastert's Past Informs Boehner's Disciplined Course

Maybe one thing would be more shocking to Hill long-timers than the lurid criminal charges confronting the previous Republican speaker of the House: A personal scandal taking down the current Republican speaker of the House.

Let Voters Judge Early Ads

Illinois Republican Mark S. Kirk is the most vulnerable senator in the country up for re-election this cycle. He kicked off his campaign in May with his first television ad, nearly a year and a half from Election Day, and it was promptly treated like a game-changer by some reporters. Of course it’s healthy to digest that kind of analysis with a healthy bite of skepticism.

Kelly Wins Runoff for Mississippi House Seat

District Attorney Trent Kelly, a Republican, rolled to victory in a special-election runoff in Mississippi’s 1st District Tuesday night, The Associated Press reported.

Rubio: Next President Will Have to Restore Intelligence Powers

Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday the next president will have to reverse damage done to the national security apparatus by the USA Freedom Act.

McConnell Goes Down Swinging, Hard, on Freedom Act (Video)

Members of Congress are frequently told to hold their noses and vote for something, to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was having none of that Tuesday.

McConnell and Reid Feud: 'He Doesn't Get to Schedule the Senate Anymore' (Video)

The Senate’s leaders traded unusually harsh and personal words on the floor Tuesday afternoon, just before a clear majority rejected Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s arguments against an overhaul of lapsed Patriot Act surveillance authorities.

Reid Keeps Filibuster in Pocket, Says McCain Is Wasting His Time With Defense Bill (Video)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., thinks Armed Services Chairman John McCain is going to be wasting his time managing the defense authorization bill on the floor over the next few weeks.

DNC's Mo Elleithee Leaving Politics for Georgetown

Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, announced in a post on Medium Tuesday that he’s leaving the DNC to serve as executive director of the newly created Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Service.

McConnell Defeated With Passage of the USA Freedom Act

Handing Mitch McConnell his biggest legislative defeat since he became majority leader this year, senators voted down all of the Kentuckian’s amendments to Patriot Act reauthorization legislation.

No One Hurt at Fire at Elijah Cummings' Home

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., was at work, specifically the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Amtrak safety Tuesday morning, when he found out about the fire at his house in Baltimore.

Farmers Market Returns to HHS Plaza

Good news for those who work near the Health and Human Services Department. (Looking at you, Rayburn.)

White House: Congress Should Be Subject to FOIA (Updated)

Updated 6:34 p.m. | FOIA for thee, not for me.

Getting on Steve Scalise’s Sweet Side

Just because a GOP lawmaker shepherds a bill through the fiercely partisan chamber does not mean that proposal will ever become law. But first timers who collect enough “yeas” can look forward to a calorific salute from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Hoyer Urges Civility Among Democrats in Trade Debate

Democrats attacking Democrats over trade is neither productive nor welcome, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday.

Obama to Deliver Eulogy at Beau Biden Burial Mass

President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy Saturday at Beau Biden’s burial Mass in Wilmington, Del., Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s office announced.

Rematches Invite 'Retread' Label, Familiar Themes

It’s a good thing neither former Rep. Joe Sestak nor Sen. Patrick J. Toomey has grown a mustache in the past six years.

Senate Clears USA Freedom Act After Ending Rand Paul Filibuster (Updated)

Updated 6:09 p.m. | The Senate passed an overhaul of Patriot Act surveillance provisions Tuesday after rejecting the pleas of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and putting an end to Rand Paul’s filibuster.

Watch: House Hearing on May 12 Amtrak Crash

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the May 12 Amtrak train crash outside of Philadelphia, which killed eight passengers and injured more than 200.

Elizabeth Warren Blasts SEC's Mary Jo White (Updated)

Updated 11:47 a.m. | In the aftermath of a meeting last month between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White, the Massachusetts Democrat is detailing her disappointment with the top securities regulator, including about campaign finance.

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