| Nov 13, 2014
| 11:13 AM
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois kept the No. 2 job in the Senate Democratic leadership Thursday and will be the assistant minority leader next year.
Durbin, 69, is now assistant majority leader, but his Democratic Party will lose control of the Senate in...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 9:17 AM
New Congress convenes with Republicans holding majority in House and Senate. A new Congress has convened with Republicans ready to take charge of the House and Senate.
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell was poised to become the new Senate majority leader. In...
| 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 6, 2015
| 11:06 AM
John A. Boehner secured a third term as House Speaker on Tuesday, overcoming a brazen revolt by GOP conservatives to oust him but renewing questions about his hold over the chamber’s often rambunctious majority.
A total of 24 rank-and-file...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Former Vice President Dick Cheney called Wednesday for launching "immediate, sustained, simultaneous action" to defeat the Islamic State, arguing that President Obama bore responsibility for the danger the jihadist group now poses to America's interests....
| Nov 5, 2014
| 12:29 PM
Riding a surge of voter discontent, Republicans seized control of the Senate on Tuesday, giving the GOP full command of Congress and promising a contentious final two years of the Obama administration.
After months of voter surveys suggested a close...
| 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...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 3:44 PM
Republican victors of Tuesday's U.S. congressional elections broke bread with Democratic President Barack Obama on Friday. On the menu besides sea bass: whether the two sides can put aside differences and agree on some legislation in the two years to...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 5:17 PM
A proposal hammered out in private by congressional negotiators and buried at the end of a massive federal spending bill would dismantle some of the few remaining restrictions on campaign spending, allowing wealthy donors to dramatically increase their...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 2:57 PM
You can win midterm elections without a positive agenda. You can't win presidential elections that way. It is therefore vitally important for Republicans to win the Senate in 2014. Here's why.
In midterms, it's all right to be the party of no. The...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 5:26 PM
A week after Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced plans to step down, three administration insiders lead the president's short list to replace him, according to sources inside and outside the White House.
Solicitor Gen. Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who...