| Oct 28, 2014
| 2:41 PM
A caucus of seven nervous Democratic senators, led by Mark Begich of Alaska, has been pushing a plan to "reform" the Affordable Care Act by allowing insurers to offer an even skimpier insurance plan than the skimpiest permitted now.
The idea of their...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 1:21 PM
In 1953, with Republicans holding a one-seat majority as the new Senate convened, independent Oregon Sen. Wayne Morse saw himself in a unique position of power.
To reinforce the point, he made a conspicuous entrance to the chamber on the session’s...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 5:23 PM
Mitch McConnell built his ascent to Senate majority leader on voter anger over Washington gridlock that he helped foster while in the Republican minority against President Obama.
Now the Kentucky senator will need to convince tea party Republicans who...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 5:19 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not one to run from a fight.
The tenacious Nevadan pulled himself from dusty, desert poverty to the corridors of power, and once punched his future father-in-law after being denied a date with the woman who would...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 3:30 PM
The House and Senate are set to consider dueling measures that aim to advance the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project, as the politics of Louisiana's unresolved Senate election spilled into the first day of the lame-duck session of Congress.
| Nov 13, 2014
| 3:39 PM
WASHINGTON — In a bid to revive his own stalled bill, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey used a legislative maneuver this fall to slow down another.
He placed a "hold," or a secret, formal objection, on a child care bill when his own measure to...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 2:00 AM
In June, Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a defender of the coal industry, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a champion of the environment, decided to set aside differences and learn about how climate change affects each other's state....
| Apr 29, 2014
| 1:40 PM
Second Amendment absolutists complain that gun-control advocates are an out-of-touch elite seeking to destroy the way of life of real men who pack heat, pass weapons on to their sons and are a rampart against government tyranny. It's dangerous out there....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — It's not difficult to get a bonus if you work for the Internal Revenue Service — even if you haven't paid your own taxes.
The IRS handed out a total of nearly $1.1 million in bonuses in a 27-month period to more than 1,146...
| May 28, 2014
| 2:04 PM
An investigation of medical care at Veterans Affairs facilities has found "systemic" problems and "manipulation" of waiting lists, prompting new calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
"We are finding that inappropriate scheduling practices...
| May 28, 2014
| 6:50 PM
A scathing report finding a systemic problem at Veterans Affairs medical facilities nationwide, including manipulation of records to mask long waits for appointments, fueled new calls Wednesday for VA chief Eric K. Shinseki's resignation.