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Former Aides to Ron and Rand Paul Re-Indicted

A trio of former aides to former Rep. Rand Paul, R-Texas, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are not out of the woods yet on criminal charges related to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.

NRCC Posts Strong October Fundraising After Boehner Steps Down

Despite initial concerns that former Speaker John A. Boehner’s departure would affect fundraising, the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $5.1 million in the first month after he announced his retirement.

Imperfect Candidates Get Elected

Updated: 12:50 p.m. | Every day there’s a new story exposing a candidate or a politician, and each misstep is portrayed as a disqualifier — a mistake that will lead to the candidate’s demise. It can be easy to forget that imperfect people get elected to office.

Obama: No Cigs At White House in 5 Years

President Barack Obama has acknowledged enjoying cigarettes at the White House, but says he stopped lighting up there in 2010.

Obama Administration Files Appeal in Immigration Case

The government on Friday asked the Supreme Court to lift an injunction that has blocked President Barack Obama's executive actions affecting millions of undocumented immigrants.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Nov. 16, 2015

Lawmakers prepped for their Thanksgiving recess by winking, saluting R. Kelly and “popping off.”

Domestic Surveillance Re-Emerges in Senate, on the Trail

A debate over domestic surveillance that appeared resolved months ago is getting new life in the Senate — and on the 2016 presidential trail.

House Staffer Takes Stand in Capitol Arrest Hearing

A House staffer took the witness stand in District of Columbia court Thursday, in a case that has raised questions about Capitol Police policy toward protesters.

Vulnerable House Democrats Side With GOP on Refugee Bill

Nearly every member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program for vulnerable members voted Thursday for a Republican bill that would add bureaucratic security checks for Syrians and Iraqis hoping to enter the U.S. as refugees.

Democrats Want More From Obama on Islamic State

Democrats on both sides of the Capitol want President Barack Obama to get tougher on the Islamic State, in both words and deeds.

White House Loses Votes to GOP on Syrian Refugee Bill

House Democratic leadership braced Thursday for at least 60 defections on the Republican bill to strengthen the vetting of Syrian refugees seeking resettlement in the United States.

Bipartisan Plan for Visa Changes Faces Business Backlash

Efforts to curb a visa-waiver program in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks may win bipartisan support in Congress but already are stirring backlash from industries that thrive on foreign visitors.

Ethics Committee Defers to DOJ on Pittenger Probe

Updated 5:43 p.m. | The House Ethics Committee voted Wednesday to establish an investigative subcommittee to look into allegations that Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., “received compensation for his involvement with a fiduciary business, a real estate investment firm known as Pittenger Land Investments, Inc.” But, at the request of the Justice Department, the committee has recommended the subcommittee defer its investigation.

Paul Holding Up Spending Bill Over Refugee Welfare

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he won’t allow a transportation and housing spending bill through quickly without a vote about Syrian refugees, likely halting final passage until after Thanksgiving.

Democrats Slam White House Messaging On Refugee Bill

In 24 hours, House Democrats have gone from opposing the GOP proposal to tighten the United States’ screening of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to supporting the bill in large numbers.

House Republicans OK Changes to Steering Panel

House Republicans passed changes to overhaul the Steering Committee by voice vote Thursday.

Watch Live: House Judiciary Hearing on Syrian Refugee Crisis

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security holds a hearing on the Syrian refugee crisis and the U.S. admission program for refugees. Officials from the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to testify.

Jeff Landry's Life After Congress Might Be Statewide Office

Former Rep. Jeff Landry rode a tea party wave into office in 2010, but was the odd Republican out in Louisiana’s 2012 redistricting, a maverick mostly abandoned by the establishment in his member-on-member loss to GOP Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.

Bill Shuster Wants 'Like Father, Like Son' Moment

When negotiators on the highway and mass transit bill formally convened Wednesday, it took only a few minutes for them to cut their first deal: Rep. Bill Shuster was named chairman of the conference committee.

Restaurant Associates Pushes Back on Senators' Criticism

The Senate’s food service vendor is pushing back against lawmakers’ criticism of the organization’s approach to worker wages and conditions, an embarrassing situation that has led to boycotts of cafeterias, including by Senate leaders.




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