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Chris McDaniel Attorney: Mississippi Election Challenge Coming

Attorneys for state Sen. Chris McDaniel said Wednesday they have sufficient evidence to challenge the results of Mississippi’s Republican Senate runoff — which McDaniel lost to Sen. Thad Cochran last month — and expect to do so in the next 10 days.

House Backs Financial Services Bill With Steep Cuts to IRS

The House on Wednesday passed its seventh fiscal 2015 appropriations measure, backing a Financial Services spending bill that would make steep cuts in funding for the Internal Revenue Service.

One Day Closer to Recess and Still No House Border Funding Bill

The House wrapped up Wednesday, one day closer to the August recess and still with no clear indication of when Republicans will unveil their response to President Barack Obama’s emergency funding request for $3.7 billion for the Texas border crisis.

Wicker, Feinstein Seek to Revive 'Seersucker Thursday'

One of the Senate’s great summer traditions will make a comeback shortly before August recess.

The Republican Civil War Takes a Turn for the Cheekily Uncivil

It’s rare, but sometimes an advertisement in Roll Call says as much about the state of congressional political infighting as our coverage.

House Lawmakers Critical of Proposed Counterterrorism Fund

Pentagon leaders faced heavy opposition from the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday to the Obama administration’s requested counterterrorism partnership fund, with members from both parties raising concerns that the proposed $5 billion account amounts to little more than a slush fund for the Defense Department.

CDC Chief Pledges to Improve Safety After Biohazard Lapses

A recent incident during which staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was potentially exposed to anthrax is part of a larger pattern of “an insufficient culture of safety,” Director Thomas R. Frieden told a panel of House lawmakers Wednesday.

Reid Doubts Unemployment Extension Will Come Up in Highway Bill Debate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would work as quickly as possible to advance a highway funding patch, but an unemployment extension isn’t likely to get a chance to hitchhike on it.

White House: Issa 'Throwing Out Subpoenas Like Candy on Halloween' (Updated)

Updated 6:19 p.m. | White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest accused House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa of engaging in “shenanigans” by subpoenaing top White House political adviser David Simas.

House Lawmakers Critical of Proposed Counterterrorism Fund

Pentagon leaders faced heavy opposition from the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday to the Obama administration’s requested counterterrorism partnership fund, with members from both parties raising concerns that the proposed $5 billion account amounts to little more than a slush fund for the Defense Department.

CDC Chief Pledges to Improve Safety After Biohazard Lapses

A recent incident during which staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was potentially exposed to anthrax is part of a larger pattern of “an insufficient culture of safety,” Director Thomas R. Frieden told a panel of House lawmakers Wednesday.

Senate Softball Rivalry Once Again in Full Swing

Party lines, schmarty lines.

Vote for Your Favorite Congress Border Run Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Randy Weber Is Always Recruiting for Hot Pepper Parties

“We’ve got some fresh peppers in here. They’re not hot,” Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, mischievously goads his congressional aides after pouring out the baggie full of mixed chilies he religiously totes around in his coat pocket.

Joe Manchin Brings the ‘Hollow’ to D.C.

Wild and wonderful though it may be, West Virginia continues to wrestle with its fair share of challenges. Sen. Joe Manchin III wants to help shine a light on what life is like in the Mountain State by hosting a screening of “Hollow” (that’s “holler” to you and me, Russ), a cinematic labor of love released last year.

House Panels Act on Lerner Resolutions

Two House panels swept aside Wednesday resolutions that would require the Pentagon and the Justice Department to produce any emails in its possession from embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner.

House Democratic Women Calling for 'Clean' Border Funding Bill

A group of House Democratic women are circulating a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner calling for a “clean” funding bill to bolster resources at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Legal Scholars Sweeten Congressional Briefings With Smoked Meats

The savviest minds at the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University’s School of Law know that it’s easier to catch more flies with honey than with vinegar — or Hill Country BBQ, as the case may be.

Birth Control Legislation Stalls in Senate

Senators blocked legislation Wednesday that would have required Hobby Lobby and other private employers with religious interests to pay for birth control.

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