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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.

White House: Guantanamo Plan Still Developing

The White House is pouring cold water on a report it is delaying a plan to close the terrorist detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, saying the blueprint remains under construction.

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Fear of Syrian Refugees Inflames Louisiana Politics

NEW ORLEANS — Fear of Syrian refugees has inflamed the final days of the already bitterly contested Louisiana gubernatorial race. Both candidates — Republican Sen. David Vitter and Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards — have echoed current Gov. Bobby Jindal’s position that after the Islamic State atrocities in Paris, no more refugees should be sent here, and have attacked each other as too soft on the issue.

Farenthold Sexual Harassment Case Is Settled Out of Court

The sexual harassment case against Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, halted Wednesday because an agreement was reached by the two parties.

Judge Tosses Artur Davis’ Suit Against Alabama Democrats

An Alabama judge has dismissed the suit former Rep. Artur Davis filed against the Yellowhammer State’s Democratic infrastructure, finding that party leaders are justified in keeping the Democrat-turned-Republican from rejoining the party.

Senators Focused on Visa Waiver Vulnerabilities

While Syrian refugee resettlement has dominated the headlines in Congress this week, the more pressing national security debate in the Senate is about the way tourists and other travelers enter the United States.

House Honors Victims of Beirut Bombings

The House paused Wednesday night to pay tribute to the lives lost at the hands of the Islamic State terror group in Beirut, Lebanon.

Rubio Opponents Say He Prefers Fundraisers Over National Security

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has tried to make his name in the Republican presidential field, in part by touting himself as prepared to deal with America’s security challenges.

These Eight Republicans Could Save the Conference From Breaking

Paul D. Ryan was pushed to run for speaker because members believed he could unite House Republicans, but he will share some of that responsibility with some select colleagues.

Obama Focus on Gun Control Could Help Sway Independents in 2016

Democratic strategists say President Barack Obama’s pledge to fight for gun control in his last year in office is unlikely to make it No. 1 on voters’ minds in 2016.

A Silent Majority on War

In the eyes of some lawmakers, if Congress were a member of the military it would be judged derelict in its duty. But on Capitol Hill, politics often trumps duty.

Office Space: Steve Israel's Long Island Bookstore

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., shows off his New York roots, his book collection and his favorite pizza parlor.

Vote for Your Favorite Honeymooners Capitol Quip!

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Senate Women Strike Up Friendships With Bipartisan Bowling

Hurling a heavy ball and hearing the crash of of the impact as you hit your target could be cathartic after a long workday, but it can also be a lot of fun.

Paris Attacks Will Keep Obama and Democrats Playing Defense

I say it repeatedly: Events matter. And for President Barack Obama, the terror attacks in Paris present a no-win political situation, at least until other, compelling news changes the subject.

House Democrats Plan Alternative to Syrian Refugee Bill

Updated 6:15 p.m. | House Democrats will use procedural gambits to get a vote on their proposal aimed at easing concerns about Syrian refugees coming to the United States but without completely blocking their resettlement.

Steve King Helps Ted Cruz Make Pitch to House Conservatives

Two days after endorsing Ted Cruz for president, Iowa Rep. Steve King stepped into the role of active surrogate Wednesday morning in a meeting with conservative House members.

House GOP Steering Proposal Could Deliver Results — Or Not

When Speaker Paul D. Ryan facilitates a vote Thursday to reconfigure the Steering Committee, he will win points for delivering on his promise to expand member participation in the House Republican Conference.

Congresswoman Left for Dead at Jonestown Recalls the Massacre, 37 Years Later

Rep. Jackie Speier knows exactly how it feels to be left for dead.

Exclusive: NRCC Adds 32 Candidates to First Tier of Young Guns Program

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Wednesday that 32 candidates qualified for the first tier of its “Young Guns” program, putting them “on the radar” in its program that provides organizational and fundraising help to its candidates.




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