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Online-Only Sale of Savings Bonds Leaves Many Low-Income Americans with No Savings Options | Commentary

By Rep. Matt Cartwright

Applauding the 21st Century Cures Initiative | Commentary

By Sara Radcliffe

The Democrats' Ace by Night, Pivotal Trade Vote by Day

Rare is the moment when so much attention is focused simultaneously on the same member of Congress for two totally different reasons. But the end of this week marks that time of trial, both athletically and legislatively, for Rep. Cedric L. Richmond.

Chances of Changing Dodd-Frank Appear to Rest With Handful of Moderate Democrats

A handful of moderate Senate Democrats will probably determine whether Congress can pass legislation making the most significant changes to the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul since it was enacted five years ago, in the wake of the economic crisis.

In Budget of Billions, a Fight Over Pennies for Metro

When tracking this year’s inevitable budget crisis, which is showing every early sign of climaxing 16 weeks from now in another shutdown showdown, the Hill community may want to keep Metro in mind.

Get Putin Out of Our Rockets | Commentary

By J. Michael Barrett

Clinton Email Scandal Affects State Department Funding

Democrats are expected to put up a fight in the coming days and weeks over a Republican plan to withhold a substantial amount of the State Department’s operating budget as punishment for the amount of time it is taking the agency to produce the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Passport Case Boosts Obama Foreign Policy Over Hill

Congress has decisively lost to the president in the year’s most consequential balance-of-powers dispute before the Supreme Court.

Presidential Election Offers Opportunity for Republicans to Lead on Climate | Commentary

By James Dozier

NSA Track Record Prompts Senate Skepticism

Senators brushed off Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s concerns about the viability of requiring the National Security Agency to go to the phone companies to get records in terrorism investigations and easily passed the USA Freedom Act last week.

NSA Law Now Faces Test: Will It Really Work?

A crucial moment in the debate this past month over the National Security Agency’s access to Americans’ phone records in terrorism investigations came on May 20, two days before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to squelch House legislation that would restrict that access.

Going to the Baseball Game? Sit in the Middle

It’s not too late to make plans to be part of one of the great set pieces of a Washington summer.

Small Businesses Are Threatened by Current Regulatory Environment | Commentary

By Travis Childers

States Perplexed by White House Silence On Obamacare Contingencies

With the fate of President Barack Obama’s top legislative accomplishment hanging in the balance, state officials are increasingly concerned by the administration’s refusal to discuss contingency plans for insurance markets, should the Supreme Court later this month strike down 2010 health care law subsidies for 6.4 million low- and middle-income people.

Congress Can Honor Servicemembers Through Military Whistleblower Bill | Commentary

By Tom Devine and Shanna Devine

The Elephant in the Room for Centrist Fiscal Hawks | Commentary

By Harry Stein

Senate Trade Bill Prompts Floor Trades | Procedural Politics

The Senate trade promotion bill became a self-fulfilling prophecy in ways its sponsors probably didn’t anticipate — all before it could even pass the Senate. The trades made were legislative favors swapped on the floor for the support of senators otherwise threatening to bring the bill down. Step by step these legislative side payments accrued sufficient interest to move the bill forward and ultimately past the last 60-vote cloture threshold to final passage.

Chafee Makes His Quirky Case for President

It has all the early hallmarks of the most curious, quirky, counterintuitive presidential quest by a former member of Congress in a long time. Those who’ve tracked Lincoln Chafee’s strange career would be surprised if it were any other way.

Local Lawmakers Want Metro Funds Restored

Congress has an example of what’s at stake for transit funding at its doorstep. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority faced a $50 million cut in its federal funding next fiscal year under a House proposal, though planned Wednesday floor action had the final number in flux.

Mass Transit Loved by Locals, but Tough for Feds

Step into the office of a member of Congress to talk about transportation and you’ll probably get an earful about the size and scope of federal transit programs. Democrats generally want more investment. Some Republicans question whether the federal government should even be involved.

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