| May 21, 2013, 6 a.m.
The decision to tie mental health legislation to the Senate gun package that was pulled from the floor last month has left supporters of those provisions in limbo.
| May 20, 2013, 5 a.m.
Did the Justice Department break the law when it secretly reviewed the phone records of more than 20 Associated Press reporters and editors? Many legal experts arenít ready to go that far.
| May 17, 2013, 8 a.m.
The current draft of the Senateís immigration overhaul appears to give some employers a $3,000-a-year incentive to hire a newly legalized immigrant rather than an American citizen in order to avoid the new employer mandates in the health care law.
| May 16, 2013, 5:48 p.m.
The tea party movement, after heating up to a roaring boil in the 2010 election cycle, diminished to a simmer over the past few years.
| May 16, 2013, 2:53 p.m.
President Barack Obama defended his administrationís effort to stamp out national security leaks amid the controversy over the seizure of Associated Press phone records by the Justice Department.
| May 16, 2013, 1:22 p.m.
We are on the cusp of finally realizing federal immigration reform in the United States. As our nationís lawmakers debate this much anticipated bill, it is essential that we are diligent in ensuring that all aspiring citizens have a fair shot at the pathway to citizenship. There are those who believe that anyone with a criminal conviction, no matter how minor or old, should be shut out of this process and deported. I strongly disagree.
| May 15, 2013, 10:55 a.m.
Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said on Wednesday that somebody deserves go to jail as the investigation begins into why the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative-leaning groups.
| May 14, 2013, 6:34 p.m.
As a trio of scandals continued to circle the White House on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid threw some jabs at Republicans regarding the IRS and Benghazi controversies. Then he landed a roundhouse on the Obama administration over the Justice Departmentís secret acquisition of Associated Press telephone records.
| May 9, 2013, 3 p.m.
Lawmakers from both parties on Thursday expressed optimism that they could work with the White House on a number of legislative proposals aimed at getting the militaryís growing epidemic of sexual assault under control.
| May 8, 2013, 5:49 p.m.
The Republican campaign against Labor Secretary nominee Thomas E. Perez picked up serious momentum Wednesday, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Marco Rubio both raised strong objections.
| May 7, 2013, 2:45 p.m.
With a Senate committee vote set for Wednesday on the nomination of Thomas E. Perez for Labor secretary, House Republicans convened a joint hearing Tuesday to examine a whistle-blower case that GOP lawmakers have been using as ammunition against him.
| April 23, 2013, 2:20 p.m.
Hours after a suspect being held in connection with sending a ricin-laced letter to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was released from custody, federal prosecutors moved to dismiss the case against him entirely.
| April 23, 2013, 11:46 a.m.
An independent government watchdog is probing allegations that President Barack Obamaís nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, B. Todd Jones, improperly retaliated against a whistle-blower while working in his current job as a federal prosecutor in Minnesota.
| April 22, 2013, 5:59 p.m.
The deep disappointment coming from the White House, gun control advocates and the parents of Newtown, Conn., at the demise of the Manchin-Toomey Senate compromise gun bill is understandable. But some of the rhetoric following the amendmentís defeat has been over the top.
| April 18, 2013, 7:12 p.m.
This weekís floor votes on guns show how different the Senate world might look without filibuster threats ó for better or for worse.
| April 17, 2013, 7:44 p.m.
President Barack Obama has barnstormed the country promising action on gun control legislation, and on Wednesday the Senate acted ó to vote down the heart of the bill.
| April 17, 2013, 4:28 p.m.
The Senate on Wednesday failed to advance a bipartisan background check proposal that Democrats had hoped would be the core of any bill.
| April 16, 2013, 7:19 p.m.
Emotional pleas from former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, Mark Kelly, on Tuesday tugged at senators both for and against a bipartisan proposal on background checks for gun purchases. Itís not clear whether they turned any votes, however, as negotiators were still scrambling to clear a 60-vote hurdle necessary for passage.
| April 15, 2013, 10:26 p.m.
A Senate vote on a measure to expand the nationís background check system has been pushed back, likely to late this week or early next week, according to a source tracking the negotiations.
| April 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Advocates are frantically lobbying a small and rapidly shrinking list of undecided senators from both parties who control the fate of the most ambitious gun control legislation to reach the floor in nearly 20 years.