By Sean Lengell | 10/17/13 01:25 AM
The Senate passed a deal Wednesday night to raise the nation's debt limit and end the 16-day-old partial shutdown of the federal government, moving Congress closer to ending one of the most bitterly partisan and protracted standoffs on Capitol Hill in recent memory. The measure, which does not...
By Sean Lengell | 10/17/13 12:07 AM
A House stenographer was physically pulled off the chamber floor after she started shouting during a Wednesday night vote.
By Sean Lengell | 10/16/13 09:26 PM
Outside conservative groups have denounced a Senate-brokered deal to reopen shuttered federal agencies and raise the debt ceiling ahead of a Thursday deadline, accusing House Republican leaders of selling out for accepting the measure.
By Sean Lengell and Susan Ferrechio | 10/15/13 08:12 PM
House Republican leaders postponed a Tuesday night vote on a hastily drafted plan to end the partial government shutdown and raise the nation's debt ceiling ahead of a Thursday deadline, shifting talks back to the Senate where they had stalled earlier in the day. It was the second time Tuesday...
By Sean Lengell | 10/11/13 08:33 AM
The Supreme Court's historic Citizens United decision almost four years ago drastically loosened campaign finance rules for corporate and union contributions, resulting in record levels of spending during the 2012 elections.
By Sean Lengell | 10/11/13 04:44 AM
When Anthony Kennedy was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, he was portrayed as a balanced arbiter but overall a reliable conservative. But almost 26 years after his confirmation, Kennedy has evolved into a more complex and nuanced justice than Reagan likely ever...
By Sean Lengell | 10/10/13 04:50 PM
The Supreme Court will remain open through next week, even if a budget stalemate in Congress keeps the government partially closed.
By Sean Lengell | 10/09/13 06:52 PM
Although the budgetary standoff between the Republican-led House and a Democratic-run Senate and White House is far from over, the GOP is losing the public relations battle, a new independent poll shows.
By Sean Lengell | 10/09/13 05:36 PM
Rep. Bill Young, the longest-serving House Republican and one of Florida's most influential lawmakers, said he won't seek a 23rd term next year. Young, 82, who announced his decision Wednesday in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, cited several factors for stepping down when his term ends...
By Tim Mak and Sean Lengell | 10/09/13 01:53 PM
Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton crashed a news event held by Senate Democrats Wednesday, pressing them to immediately fund the D.C. government.
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