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Huelskamp Open to Moran Primary Challenge

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., is not ruling out a primary challenge to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., in 2016.

CBC Rallies to Defend Brown, Democrats' Seniority System

Wednesday was a good day for the Congressional Black Caucus: In just a matter of hours, the powerful group saw Democratsí seniority system ó a tradition that has long protected minority lawmakers from being passed over for leadership positions ó prevail not once, but twice.

Senate Republicans Up in 2016: No Shutdown Over Immigration

The coming battle over immigration with the White House has Senate Republicans up for re-election in 2016 fearful of a possible shutdown showdown.

Lee Zeldin Making Friends All Over Congress

Rep.-elect Lee Zeldin has only been around Capitol Hill for a few days, but heís already making quite the impression among the New York delegation.

Mike Enzi Challenging Jeff Sessions for Budget Gavel

Senate Republicans have a battle for a gavel.

Vote for Your Favorite GOP Elephant Walk Capitol Quip!

The five finalists for this weekís caption contest are ready for your votes.

Mark Pocan Dishes About Kringle

Square meals, schmare meals. Rep. Mark Pocan is more interested in circular arguments.

Pallone Brings Health Policy Chops to Energy Panel Post

By choosing Frank Pallone Jr. to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee for the 114th Congress, House Democrats tapped a lawmaker with a track record for helping some of the poorest Americans gain access to medical care.

Obama Will Announce Immigration Action in Primetime (Video)

In a video posted to Facebook, President Barack Obama said he will announce his immigration executive actions Thursday night and speak again in Las Vegas on Friday at Del Sol High School.

Laying the Foundation for a Congressional Twitter Feed

Which came first: the rock-star hog castrator or the egg?

End of the Road for Michael Boggs Nomination?

Time is running out for Michael P. Boggs, whose nomination by President Barack Obama to the district court bench in Georgia roiled Democrats and raised new questions about the longstanding Senate practice of giving senators a veto over court picks in their home states.

'Emperor Obama' Warned Against Immigration Executive 'Amnesty'

With the White House appearing near to announcing a broad executive amnesty in the coming days, a spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, warned of blowback.

Pallone Defeats Eshoo for Energy and Commerce Slot (Updated)

Updated 4:57 p.m. | In a triumph for the seniority system and a blow to Nancy Pelosiís clout, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey beat Rep. Anna G. Eshoo of California in a hard-fought race for ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Next Congress Has a Schedule: McCarthy Releases 2015 House Calendar

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the legislative calendar for 2015, and Republicans arenít deviating from the familiar formula of giving members plenty of time in their districts.

Negotiations Over CIA Torture Report Nearing End

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein expects her panelís long-delayed report on the CIAís use of torture to be released before Republicans take over the chamber, signaling to reporters thereís one sticking point left.

Messy Fight for Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Slot (Updated)

Updated 9:28 a.m. | Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota thought there would be a vote after Thanksgiving on the Veteransí Affairs Committee ranking member race. As it turns out, his face-off against Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida will happen on Wednesday.

Election Trivia for Political Wonks, Part 2

Maybe the lovers of congressional curiosities still havenít mined the 2014 election results for all the political and institutional trivia pushed toward the surface.

Luján Pledges to Bring Farmer's Work Ethic to DCCC

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has ruffled plenty of feathers lately, reclaimed some goodwill with her caucus Monday, bypassing more established members to name Ben Ray LujŠn the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

NSA Overhaul Dies in Senate Vote (Updated)

Updated 8:19 p.m. | An effort backed by the Obama administration to overhaul the NSAís controversial surveillance activities died in the Senate Tuesday.

New DCCC Chairman Eyes Current Executive Director

Incoming Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray LujŠn said Tuesday he hopes the current Executive Director, Kelly Ward, will stay on for the 2016 cycle.

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