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House Republicans Rally to Pass Border Funding Bill

House Republicans found the votes late Friday night to pass a $694 million appropriations bill aimed at stemming the tide of the child migrant surge at the U.S-Mexico border.

Feinstein Reviewing Redactions in Senate Torture Report

Updated, 7:26 p.m. | The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report into torture by the CIA is in the panel’s hands but is still under review, Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said late Friday.

McCain: 'What Did the Director of the CIA Know and When Did He Know It?'

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have joined the chorus expressing outrage at the bombshell confirmation that the CIA was snooping on the Senate.

Senate Passes Funding for Israel's Iron Dome

The Senate passed a supplemental spending bill for Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system Friday, after most senators had gone home for the August recess.

Kay Hagan Has Emergency Eye Surgery

Sen. Kay Hagan was undergoing emergency eye surgery this morning in North Carolina.

How Lamar Alexander Staved Off His Primary Challenger

Conservatives have poured millions into primary challenges to senators this cycle, even in races where chances of success were slim.

Hot Mic: Senator Can't Wait to 'Jet' Out of Town (Video)

As the Senate worked through a series of procedural motions and votes on Thursday night, one senator just wanted catch his flight home.

Eric Cantor's Intent to 'Serve Out My Term' Didn't Last 2 Months

In the aftermath of Rep. Eric Cantor’s defeat in Virginia’s June 10 Republican primary, he stated the very next day that he would step down as majority leader but intended to stay through the remainder of the 113th Congress.

GOP Leaders Pitch Revised Border Package, Hope to Vote Today (Updated)

Updated 12:44 p.m. | House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting Friday morning with a revised plan to address the child migrant border crisis — one leaders hope to pass later today.

Cantor to Resign From Congress (Updated)

Updated 8:54 a.m. | Rep. Eric Cantor will resign from Congress effective Aug. 18, he said in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch posted at midnight.

Republicans Block Many Ambassador Nominations in 'Nuclear Option' Fallout (Updated)

Updated 11:07 p.m. | The Senate may not be confirming nominees to posts in a slew of countries before departing for the August recess, but after some procedural maneuvering, the U.S. will be getting a top diplomat in Russia.

Hawaii Senator Gets Distance From Governor Who Appointed Him

The careers of Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Gov. Neil Abercrombie have been linked for several years, but the Schatz campaign has worked for the past 18 months to ensure their political fates are not.

Senate Sends Highway Patch to the President, Heads for August Recess

Updated 9:25 a.m. | The Senate cleared a $10.8 billion House bill patching the Highway Trust Fund to the president’s desk Thursday in its last legislative vote before heading out of town for the August recess.

Sessions, Cruz Helped Sink Border Bills

Updated, 9:32 p.m. | Two southern Republican senators — Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Ted Cruz of Texas — played outsized roles sinking border supplemental bills on both sides of the Capitol as they demanded a push to end President Barack Obama’s “administrative amnesty.”

VA Health Care Deal Clears Senate, Heads to President's Desk

The Senate overwhelmingly passed the agreement to address the Veterans Affairs health care crisis just a few hours before the August recess.

Senate Fails To Pass Border Supplemental (Video)

Updated 7:56 p.m. | The Senate failed to pass a $3.6 billion emergency supplemental spending package, most of which was designed to deal with the tens of thousands children illegally emigrating from Central America.

Reid: CIA Snooping on the Senate 'Appalling'

Majority Leader Harry Reid called the CIA’s snooping on computers used by Intelligence Committee staff “appalling and deeply threatening to our system of checks and balances” and is demanding changes.

Republicans Regroup on Border Funding Bill

The House will hold off on leaving town for its five-week August recess until Republicans find the votes to pass legislation addressing the border crisis.

Don Young Gets Grabby With Congressional Aide (Updated)

Updated 8:12 p.m. | With the August recess in jeopardy and House Republicans in total disarray, the arm-twisting on Capitol Hill is getting pretty intense.

Dr. No Plans One-Man Blockade on Bills That Add to Deficit

Dr. No is at again, despite the jet fumes in the air.

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