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Appeals Court, in Defeat for Van Hollen, Backs Campaign Rule

A federal appeals court upheld a Federal Election Commission’s public reporting rule on Thursday, dealing a blow to campaign finance disclosure advocates and the lawmaker who brought the challenge.

Graham's Draft AUMF Snags Spot on Senate Calendar

Sen. Lindsey Graham's draft resolution for a war without limits against the Islamic State nabbed a spot on the Senate calendar Wednesday night by bypassing traditional procedure.

Giuliani Calls Trump a Friend As He Weighs Endorsement

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani just made a major decision to switch law firms, but the one-time GOP presidential contender says he’s still weighing an even tougher choice: whom to back in the 2016 race.

High Court Ruling on Immigration Expected Amid Heated Campaign

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide a case that would determine whether President Barack Obama can implement his immigration executive actions before he leaves office.

Supreme Court Declines to Take Obamacare Challenge

The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear another legal challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul that focused on a procedure Congress sometimes uses to pass legislation.

Former Officials Press Senate for Sentencing Bill Vote

Dozens of former federal prosecutors and government officials sent a letter to the Senate leadership Tuesday urging a vote on a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s criminal sentencing laws.

Was There Ever an Obama-Ryan Honeymoon?

President Barack Obama repeatedly had to raise his voice to be heard over cheering Democratic lawmakers during his State of the Union address on Jan. 12. But Speaker Paul D. Ryan sat motionless, his face frozen in a polite — but unimpressed — expression.

High Court to Review Bribery Conviction of Former Va. Governor

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to review the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell on federal corruption charges that he accepted gifts and loans in exchange for official actions.

Beshear Looks Back, Forward on Kentucky's Political Landscape

In 2014, Steve Beshear sat in the first lady’s box during the State of the Union as President Barack Obama applauded the Democratic governor’s work on health care in Kentucky. Just two years later, Beshear is out of office and feuding with his Republican successor, who vowed to undo his work.

Lawmakers Ask Supreme Court to Stop Virginia Redistricting Plan

Ten current and former Republican members of Congress asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to stop a new, judge-selected redistricting plan in Virginia or risk the state having to postpone congressional elections.

Parsing Obama’s Words Over 8 Addresses to Congress

Delivering his final State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama relied on key phrases and terms that dominate his previous addresses to Congress.

State of the Union: Five Things That Might Happen, Five That Won't

Not much is expected in the final year of a presidential administration, especially one marked by partisan gridlock.

Obama Urges 'Better Politics' to Tackle Challenges

President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union address to prod both Congress and the American people, saying America’s political system needs an overhaul if the country is to successfully tackle a list of “challenges.”

Obamacare Bill Vetoed With No 'Pomp and Circumstance'

With little public fanfare, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed a Republican-crafted measure designed to repeal his signature health care overhaul. But Republican leaders are signaling their repeal push is far from over.

Top Two Legal Challenges to Gun Control

The Obama administration said new executive actions on gun control will withstand any legal challenge, a claim that might be put to the test by gun sellers, Second Amendment advocates or Republican lawmakers.

House Intel Panel Looking into Report NSA Spying Netted Lawmakers

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is looking into allegations that the National Security Agency vacuumed up communications between Israeli officials and members of Congress, the panel’s chairman said Wednesday.

Steve Scalise Defends Planned Parenthood Strategy

House Republicans were skeptical when their No. 3 leader started talking back in September about using the budget reconciliation process to defund Planned Parenthood, knowing full well it would be vetoed by President Barack Obama. Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., though, still counts it as one of the GOP’s biggest victories of the 114th Congress.

Alexander Says 'Step-By-Step' Process Only Way to Change Obamacare

The way to change Obamacare in the coming years will be through bipartisan adjustments, one of the Senate GOP leaders on health policy said Thursday.

It's A Deal: Republicans Settle for Notable Omnibus Wins

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has been offering members the same refrain since taking the gavel from John A. Boehner two months ago.

Omnibus Spending Bill Lands at Last, With Oil Export Ban Lifted

The House and Senate Appropriations committees early Wednesday filed a $1.15 trillion fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill that would end a 40-year ban on exporting crude oil and breathe new life into an expired land conservation account.

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