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House Democrats Get Better Odds in California Senate Race

A few House Democrats have found more favorable odds in California’s Senate race after former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa eschewed a bid for the open seat.

Remembrance of Shutdowns Past

Republicans scored big gains in the 2010 and 2014 elections because both of those midterms were about President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. Democrats had successful elections in 2006, 2008 and 2012 primarily because they made those elections about the GOP and George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

On DHS Funding, House Republicans Agree to Wait on Senate

House Republicans emerged from their closed-door meeting Wednesday morning in agreement they’ll wait and see what the Senate can pass in regards to legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security.

Kaine Won't Attend Netanyahu Speech

Sen. Tim Kaine is the latest Democrat to announce he will not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress next week.

Ted Strickland Announces Senate Run in Ohio

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, announced Wednesday morning he will challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016.

Matt Canter Joins Global Strategy Group

Matt Canter, a former top official at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is joining Global Strategy Group as senior vice president in the political consulting firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

Immigration Testimony Revives a Senate Soap Opera

There are 27 states where the attorney general is a Republican, and 22 of them have signed on to the lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s effort to limit deportations. But only one of them is being ushered under the national spotlight Wednesday morning as the single elected official asked to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on “the unconstitutionality of President Obama’s executive overreach.”

House GOP in Holding Pattern on Funding DHS

House Republicans on Tuesday evening were still digesting the news that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hoped to advance a “clean” bill to float Homeland Security operations before department funding expires at the end of the week.

Could Reid Sport Shades on Senate Floor?

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid can sport his sunglasses inside, but can he wear such wayfarers on the Senate floor?

Antonio Villaraigosa Won't Seek Senate in California

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will not run for California’s open Senate seat, he announced in a Tuesday Facebook post.

Corker, Menendez on Bipartisan Campaign to End Modern-Day Slavery

The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are pushing for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to rally behind an international effort to raise $1.5 billion to end slavery around the globe.

Growing Bipartisanship in Support of a Slower Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

It’s starting to look like the United States will keep military forces in Afghanistan longer than planned. A growing number of key Senate Democrats have quietly joined Republicans and Pentagon leaders in advocating a slower withdrawal and a longer stay for U.S. troops because of concern about the security situation.

Reid Wears His Sunglasses Inside

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid may be truly concerned with the fate of funding the Department of Homeland Security, but he looked cool as a cucumber during his news conference Tuesday in the Ohio Clock Corridor.

Democrats Skeptical Ted Strickland Will Face Primary

Updated 4:48 p.m. | Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat who is expected to announce a bid against Republican Sen. Rob Portman Wednesday, may get a clear shot at the nomination.

Wyden Accidentally Crashes Republican Lunch

On Tuesday, like most Tuesdays, Sen. Ron Wyden headed to the Senate Caucus lunch. But on this day, he accidentally walked in on the wrong party’s gathering.

Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

President Barack Obama has vetoed the Keystone Pipeline bill as promised, using his veto pen for just the third time and the first since 2010.

McConnell Throws in Towel on DHS Fight, but Reid Is Waiting for Boehner to Cave (Updated)

Updated 5:20 p.m. | In an extraordinary sequence of events, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered Democrats exactly what they have been asking for Tuesday — “clean” full-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security. And Minority Leader Harry Reid said “no” — or at least, “not yet.”

Special Election Set for Mississippi Congressman's District (Updated)

Updated 4:45 p.m. | A special election in Mississippi’s 1st District will take place on May 12, according to The Associated Press. The winner will succeed the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a Republican who died on Feb. 6 after a battle with brain cancer.

Watch Live: John Kerry Testifies Before Senate Foreign Relations

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the first time in the 114th Congress on the State Department’s fiscal 2016 budget request. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m.

Duckworth Back at Work Following Maternity Leave

Congress has yet another working mom to add to its ranks.

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