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Not much Congress can do about Cuba policy

Not much Congress can do about Cuba policy

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress. His initiative faces some strong resistance among lawmakers and…

Congress ends another do-nothing term

Congress ends another do-nothing term

The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations.…

Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill…

Revived debate on toture, interrogation, CIA

Revived debate on toture, interrogation, CIA

When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogation methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration lawyers was encouraging, even clinical. In one of several memos…

GOP lament: What is Ted Cruz doing?

GOP lament: What is Ted Cruz doing?

One colleague called the tactics of tea party-backed Sen. Ted Cruz on the $1.1 trillion spending bill a painful echo of last year’s 16-day partial government shutdown. Another senator said…

$1.1 trillion spending bill finally clears Congress

$1.1 trillion spending bill finally clears Congress

Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama’s signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration’s new…

Senate GOP joins anger over spending bill

Senate GOP joins anger over spending bill

First it was objections by House Democrats that stood in the way of passage of a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill. Now it’s the Senate Republicans’ turn, specifically Ted Cruz…

Pelosi splits with Obama, Senate over spending bill

Pelosi splits with Obama, Senate over spending bill

Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending bill she…

Senate: Next stop for spending bill

Senate: Next stop for spending bill

It’s now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new…

A look at those leaving Congress

A look at those leaving Congress

Congress is saying farewell to its last two veterans of World War II, the member whose lodgings inspired TV’s “Alpha House,” a founding firebrand of the tea party, one of…

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