| Dec 17, 2014
| 6:12 PM
Bipartisan cheer for the release of a man with Maryland ties who was held in Cuba for more than five years quickly gave way to political rancor Wednesday that presaged coming battles over the dramatic new relationship President Barack Obama outlined...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 4:00 AM
When it convenes Jan. 6, the Republican-controlled 114th Congress will bring a wave of reinforcements to enhance the clout of President Obama's antagonists.
But it remains to be seen whether that will set the stage for two years of continuing conflict...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 4:52 PM
The 114th Congress, which began its work on Tuesday, ushers in an era of conservative legislative leadership. Victories in several Senate races last fall handed control of that chamber to Republicans, who tightened their grip on the House as well.
| Dec 15, 2014
| 3:47 PM
The U.S. Senate confirmed the long-delayed nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for surgeon general on Monday, as Democrats pushed to approve some of President Barack Obama's stalled choices for government posts before Republicans take power in Congress next...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 12:02 PM
After Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz attacked the 2015 spending agreement in the Senate last week from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Washington engaged in a little parlor game: Is Warren the Cruz of the left?
Though there are superficial...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 9:50 AM
In these waning days of the Democratic Senate, the majority is taking advantage of a muffed procedural maneuver by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to confirm a passel of otherwise stalled executive branch appointees.
Carolyn W. Colvin, who President Obama ...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 8:58 PM
The Senate moved closer Friday to passing a $1.1 trillion bill to fund almost all of the government through most of 2015. But detractors on the left and the right were likely to delay final approval of the sweeping measure.
The opponents, who have...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 10:49 AM
As President Obama sets out on a new public campaign to highlight positive economic trends during his administration, the Senate's top Republican on Wednesday signaled how his party will seek to blunt that message — and even take a measure of credit...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 2:39 PM
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid broke several ribs and facial bones when a piece of exercise equipment snapped at his Nevada home Thursday, causing the lawmaker to fall.
In a statement issued Friday, Reid's office said the 75-year-old senator was...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 12:52 PM
The first bill he'll introduce when he returns to Washington will be the American Jobs Matter act. That bill says the Pentagon should consider the impact to U.S. jobs when making procurement decisions.
HARTFORD — As he has for the past five years,...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 9:49 AM
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the outgoing majority leader, skipped opening day in the new Congress on Tuesday as doctors orders kept him home following an exercise equipment accident last week.
The 75-year-old senator had promised to be back on the job...