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Senate Confirms Ambassadors as Ted Cruz Relents

Just as the Senate was departing for the Presidents Day recess, presidential hopeful Ted Cruz relented on a blockade of political nominees at the State Department.

Ryan Outlines Budget Options, Says Members Will Decide

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan laid out three budget options for House Republicans on Friday, but told members that the best chance for getting appropriations bills through the Senate would be to stick to the funding levels approved in last year’s budget deal.

Puppymonkeybaby, Andy Harris Style

As if Mountain Dew’s Puppymonkeybaby commercial during Super Bowl 50 didn’t haunt us enough, a pro-marijuana group has adapted it with the likeness of Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., to make a political point.

Senate Confirms Judge, and the Queue is Now Empty

The Senate confirmed Leonard Terry Strand to be U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Iowa on Thursday, in what might be the final judicial nominee confirmed for the foreseeable future.

With Safe Districts Gone, Two Florida Lawmakers Taking Their Time on 2016 Decision

In Florida, where a court imposed a new map in December, two lawmakers who had their safe seats swept out from under them have yet to announce their electoral plans ahead of a June 24 filing deadline.

Political Wrangling Over 'People's Pledge' in New Hampshire

Just days after Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 60 percent of the vote — a presidential race in which he’s made campaign finance a big issue against Hillary Clinton — the Granite State’s vulnerable GOP senator came out with a surprising campaign finance proposal of her own.

Metal Detectors Coming to House Office Garages

Tense Floor Exchange Blocks Juvenile Justice Bill

A tense exchange on the Senate floor presaged the blocking of bipartisan legislation to overhaul the juvenile justice system.

National Republicans Side With Indiana's Todd Young in Fight Over Ballot Access

The Indiana Democratic Party’s decision to challenge Rep. Todd Young’s petitions to be on the Senate primary ballot amounted to voter deprivation, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said Thursday.

Thom Tillis Pays Bet, Praises Broncos on Floor

With Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner presiding over the Senate, North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis paid off their Super Bowl bet.

Lewis on Sanders' Civil Rights Activism: 'I Never Saw Him'

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., hit Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders’ past activism during the civil rights movement while throwing his support behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Lawmakers Push for Black History Commission

Virginia lawmakers gathered Thursday morning to make their case for a federal commission on African-American history, pointing out Congress has supported similar bodies to study English and Hispanic history.

Democrats Want Emergency Cash to Fight Opioid Abuse

Democrats are planning to fight for emergency funding to tackle opioid addiction as the Senate prepares to turn to the issue after the Presidents Day recess.

Members to D.C. Metro Manufacturer: Don’t Make Us Look Bad

In an effort to keep funding and confidence in the system secure, a bipartisan group of D-M-V lawmakers are asking the manufacturer of Metro’s new trains to provide regular updates to the system regarding production of the next-generation cars.

DCCC Names First 16 Candidates to 'Red to Blue' Program

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday its first round of 2016 candidates in the “Red to Blue” program, which highlights strong Democratic candidates running in open seats and districts held by Republicans that the DCCC hopes to flip.

Hillary Should Fire ... Hillary

Inside the Cruz and Rubio Ambassadorial Proxy War

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio aren’t only taking their campaigns onward to South Carolina. While the next Republican primary commands the public’s attention, both are also running for president by mounting quiet symbolic protests at American embassies around the world.

The Politics of Lead Poisoning

The mayor of Flint, Mich., appeared on Capitol Hill on a panel Wednesday that received a standing ovation before House Democrats. The governor of Michigan is facing a recall campaign back home. And lawmakers from other states are realizing that the contaminated water crisis in one community could have political costs elsewhere.

Could Trump, Cruz Victories Cause GOP Problems Down-Ballot?

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have demonstrated anew to conservatives how to take on — and defeat — the GOP establishment. If they’re not careful, Republicans might soon feel the consequences of their victories beyond the presidential race.

Lynn Woolsey Doesn’t Find UFO Talk Totally Spacey

Mankind being completely alone in the universe makes far less sense to former Rep. Lynn Woolsey than contemplating the possibility that someone (something?) else might be cruising around the infinite vastness surrounding our home planet.

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