| Dec. 9, 2015, 5:07 p.m.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked a five-word question early in oral arguments Wednesday that summed up the quandary facing the Supreme Court in a major test of affirmative action in university admissions.
| Dec. 8, 2015, 6:13 p.m.
The top Senate Democratic appropriator said Tuesday more than three dozen policy riders and a package of tax extenders continue to trip up omnibus negotiations that could stretch into the weekend.
| Dec. 8, 2015, 5:58 p.m.
The Supreme Court grappled Tuesday over whether states should change the way they redraw state and local legislative districts and whether requiring the change is practical.
| Dec. 8, 2015, 3:45 p.m.
A group of 11 House Democrats on Tuesday urged a federal district court to rule in favor of the Obama administration in a lawsuit over the 2010 health care overhaul and the appropriations process.
| Dec. 8, 2015, 2:05 p.m.
Lawsuits that challenge congressional redistricting plans must be allowed to follow a streamlined legal path that more quickly reaches the Supreme Court, the justices ruled Tuesday.
| Dec. 7, 2015, 12:37 p.m.
“I wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning,” Rep. Peter T. King said, worrying that Congress is turning its back on 9/11 first responders. The Long Island Republicans added his biggest fear is that those exposed to Ground Zero’s horrors will be “collateral damage” because the expired Zadroga Act that funds their health care needs won’t find a way onto any of the year-end tax or spending bills.
| Dec. 7, 2015, 11:41 a.m.
A divided Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case on the constitutionality of an Illinois town’s ban on some firearms and ammunition magazines, amid growing debate over the need for gun control in the wake of mass shootings in the country.
| Dec. 6, 2015, 5:01 a.m.
Despite his pleas that changes could help prevent mass shootings like the one that killed 14 on Wednesday in San Bernardino, Calif., President Barack Obama seems resigned that he’s mostly powerless to overhaul the country’s gun laws.
| Dec. 3, 2015, 4 p.m.
Senior appropriators attempted to pick up the pieces Thursday after a messy 36 hours laid bare just how far apart the parties remain on the fiscal 2016 omnibus.
| Dec. 3, 2015, 1:41 p.m.
A federal court will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit that challenges the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. It is a high-stakes case that is likely to touch on free speech and is expected to affect how the Internet works in the future.
| Dec. 2, 2015, 5:57 p.m.
Updated 10:29 a.m. | Following Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the Democrats will call for “a few” votes on gun-related amendments to the budget reconciliation bill during Thursday’s session.
| Dec. 1, 2015, 5:02 p.m.
House Democrats appointed to serve on select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood called Tuesday for an end to the panel, arguing that Republican rhetoric incited anger toward the group that led to the Nov. 27 shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.
| Nov. 30, 2015, 7:38 p.m.
It’s all systems go for the Senate GOP’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood and upend the Affordable Care Act.
| Nov. 30, 2015, 3:32 p.m.
In the wake of last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, one GOP leader faced questions about whether congressional Republicans will continue their push to defund the organization.
| Nov. 30, 2015, Noon
There’s no reason to expect last week’s shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility will alter the Senate’s effort to block funding to the organization this week.
| Nov. 30, 2015, 5:01 a.m.
Congress returns this week for a pivotal work period with multiple deadlines, a busy schedule for an institution that tends to wait until the very last minute to get things done.
| Nov. 24, 2015, 8:17 p.m.
Government attorneys late Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to decide the case over President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions by the end of this term in June.
| Nov. 24, 2015, 3:21 p.m.
The United States will argue before the Supreme Court this term in support of a Texas university’s affirmative action admissions process and Arizona’s redistricting plan.
| Nov. 24, 2015, 12:07 p.m.
Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican vying for position in the crowded GOP presidential field, is reiterating his opposition to an insurance-company friendly part of the Affordable Care Act and hoping congressional leaders follow along.
| Nov. 23, 2015, 5:26 p.m.
Texas asked the Supreme Court on Monday for a scheduling change that could determine whether the Obama administration gets a chance to implement executive actions that would affect millions of undocumented immigrants.