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Jesuit Ties to Pope Francis Provide Rep. Vargas With Insight

When Rep. Juan C. Vargas attends Pope Francis’ address to Congress next week, it won’t be his first time in the pontiff’s presence.

Cruz and Paul Rally Against Planned Parenthood Funding

With all eyes on the House of Representatives right now as the likely arena for a battle over Planned Parenthood, a small group of Senate Republicans who want to slash the organization’s funding aren’t bowing out of the fight.

Boehner Says Obamacare Ruling Shows Administration's Overreach

The House can pursue some constitutional claims in a lawsuit against the Obama administration over appropriations and implementing the health care overhaul law, a federal district judge ruled Wednesday.

Holy Lobbying: Climate, Abortion in Spotlight for Pope's Visit

K Street advocates will seek divine policy intervention when Pope Francis arrives on Capitol Hill.

Improving 2016 Office Performance | Commentary

As congressional offices approach the final quarter of 2015, the dreaded topic of “performance reviews” raises its ugly head. The topic is dreaded in Congress for a few reasons that could include: employees perceive it as unfair, a grading of their work akin to a first-grade report card; managers view it as an annoying requirement with no connection to office goals, or; offices avoid them completely, leaving staff frustrated without any clear and meaningful feedback on their work.

11 Senators to Watch in Iran Debate

CQ Roll Call took a look at how each of the 11 undecided senators may come out on the Iran nuclear deal and whether the agreement should be filibustered. The assessment is based on the senators' legislative histories, statements, re-election prospects and constituent concerns.

Iran Filibuster Vote Too Close to Call

The White House looks certain to be able to sustain a veto of any resolution of disapproval that Congress sends President Barack Obama. But it's quite possible no such legislation reaches his desk. 

Pope Francis to Urge Unity During D.C. Visit

Pope Francis will acknowledge the importance of Hispanics by celebrating Mass in his native language of Spanish during his visit later this month to Washington, D.C. But he’ll be speaking English during his much-anticipated address to Congress.

Metro: Track Defect Deleted From Inspection Report

A technician “erroneously” deleted information from a July inspection report about a serious track defect that caused a train to derail Aug. 6, Metro said in an investigation report released to the public on Friday.

Appeals Court Allows NSA Telephone Record Collection

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned an injunction that would have halted the National Security Administration’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, but the judges also allowed a lawsuit against the program to move forward.

Immigration Could Get Push From Pope Francis

Many advocates for revamping immigration laws have tried to coax Congress into action over the years, but a particularly powerful one will be arriving next month: Pope Francis.

Shortcut for Budget Reconciliation Mulled by GOP Leaders

GOP leaders are considering an abbreviated form of the powerful budget reconciliation process this year, giving them the leeway to focus on other pressing matters while still issuing a prod to the president on the health care law.

Trump Fails to Spread His Wealth Among GOP Rivals

Donald Trump boasted in Thursday night's debate that he has given his rivals on the GOP stage “a lot of money,” but a review of federal campaign records shows his declaration falls short. 

Gingrich Weighs in on Trump, Boehner and Changing GOP

Newt Gingrich doesn’t see a viable threat to John A. Boehner’s gavel, but the intra-GOP angst with the current House speaker as well as Donald Trump’s rise in the presidential race expose a party at a crossroads.

Cheaper Gas Means Survival, Not Savings: Repeal the Ban on Crude Oil Exports | Commentary

Americans are experiencing lower prices at the gas pump, but these savings have not translated to more spending in other areas.

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Wide Political Fallout Expected From Massive Nuclear Bomber Deal

In a few weeks, the Pentagon will announce the companies picked to develop America’s next bomber jet, sparking a budget war that will last for years and reshape the defense industry, experts say.

House Sends Three-Month Highway Bill to Senate

The House Wednesday sent a three-month extension of highway and transit programs to the Senate by a 385-34 vote, just days before current authorization expires.

Future of Tele-Town Halls Unclear to Lawmakers

The Federal Communications Commission was in damage control mode on Wednesday, trying to ratchet back comments made by the agency's chairman, Tom Wheeler, in testimony to a House Energy and Commerce panel earlier this week.

A New Vision for an Old Relationship | Commentary

Throughout the first 15 years of this century, the United States has experienced seismic changes to our place in the world — some good, some concerning. While some Americans feel as though our position of global leadership is slipping, others see new opportunities for engagement and diplomacy which are becoming more evident with the shifting dynamics of a more multipolar world.

Tele-Town Halls Effectively Blocked for Politicians

The Federal Communications Commission has effectively banned the tele-town hall, a common method of reaching out to constituents that members of Congress have used for years, the agency's chairman, Tom Wheeler, told the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee on Tuesday.

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