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Report: Congressional Candidate Fundraising Down in Midterms

Residents of states with competitive House and Senate races may not believe it, but congressional candidate spending has decreased in 2014, according to a review by the Federal Election Commission released Tuesday.

Congress Ducks War Authorization Vote

Congress appears set to sprint for the exits after voting to fund President Barack Obama’s new war on ISIS — although not by name — after rejecting a smattering of calls from lawmakers to go on record explicitly debating and authorizing it.

On Ebola, Obama's Bold Move Is Greeted on Hill With Eager Assent

Contrary to what seemed certain as the week began, American military boots will soon be on the ground to combat a societal scourge on the other side of the world. And virtually no one in Congress sounds opposed to the idea.

Could Democrats Blindside GOP on the Continuing Resolution?

Updated 6:28 p.m. | Democrats have indicated numerous times that they support — perhaps a bit reluctantly — the continuing resolution. But Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seems to be having second thoughts about giving in so easily.

Constitution Day: A Byrd Legacy (Video)

A decade ago, during an earlier debate about military intervention in the Middle East, Sen. Robert C. Byrd led the establishment of Constitution Day, celebrated annually on Sept. 17.

At Final Stakeout Before Election, Senate Leaders Bullish on Chances (Video)

At what’s expected to be their final appearances before the cameras in the Ohio clock corridor before the midterm elections in November, the two political strategists leading the Senate offered predictably upbeat assessments for their respective parties’ chances.

Web Firm Shows Democrats Extra Love Behind the Scenes

There are those who suspect that politicians, and by extension, their corresponding messaging operations, will say one thing even if they secretly believe something else entirely.

Overheard: This Is Your Brain on Baked and Wired

“Could you put me back on hold? I’ll hang up in a bit, but I really like your hold music.”

Lawmakers Disagree on Discretionary Defense Cap

As is typical in the defense authorization process, House and Senate lawmakers made differing choices over key policy and military hardware issues. Both bills, however, would adhere to the $514 billion discretionary cap for fiscal 2015 Pentagon base spending established by the Ryan-Murray budget.

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Defense Authorization Again Headed Toward Last-Minute Dealmaking

It was probably wishful thinking on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s part when he added floor action on the annual defense policy bill to his crowded to-do list for the abbreviated September session.

Bipartisan Bloc Coalesces Behind CR, Syrian Rebels Amendment

Despite lingering reservations on both sides of the aisle, a coalition of Republicans and Democrats is coming together behind proposals to arm Syrian rebels and fund the government beyond Sept. 30.

Female Senators Work as a Team, Gillibrand Assures Supporters

If there’s one thing Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has come to appreciate about working on Capitol Hill (there’s gotta be something good about #ThisTown, right?), it’s the collaborative environment she and the other 19 female senators have joined forces to foster.

NRCC Makes $1 Million Ad Buy to Defend GOP Incumbent

The National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday reserved $1 million in television airtime to defend Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, according to a source tracking buys in the district.

Mitch McConnell Rapid Response Ad Features Obama

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign has taken rapid response to the airwaves.

Reid Sets Lame-Duck Schedule

The Senate has set the date for returning for the lame-duck session. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is advising senators they will return for the post-election lame-duck session the day following Veterans Day.

NRSC Ad Hits Bruce Braley on Congressional Attendance (Video)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching a TV ad in Iowa Tuesday that criticizes Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley for his attendance record on the House floor and a committee he served.

The Maine Attraction: Chellie Pingree Cultivates Her Own Food Capital

NORTH HAVEN, Maine — Should she ever tire of battling opposing lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Rep. Chellie Pingree could always kick back and indulge in one of her favorite pastimes: shaking cocktails for the pleasure seekers who pour into her farm-to-table restaurant each summer.

First Clinton, Now Biden Offer Iowa Their Versions of 2016 Populism

She went out to grill some beef, and now he’s going out to help some nuns.

DSCC Topped NRSC in August Fundraising

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Tuesday it raised $7.7 million in August, topping its Republican counterpart and bringing its total raised for the cycle to more than $111 million.

Scott Brown's Path Back to D.C. Widens

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown’s path to victory in the New Hampshire Senate race has widened.

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