Former Sen. Jesse Helms (right), an unyielding champion of the conservative movement who spent three combative and sometimes caustic decades in Congress, where he relished his battles against liberals, Communists and occasionally a fellow Republican, died on the Fourth of July.
The Senate passed a $162 billion war spending plan Thursday, sending to President Bush legislation that will pay for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan until the next president takes office.
Silent on central questions of gun control for two centuries, the Supreme Court found its voice Thursday in a decision affirming the right to have guns for self-defense in the home and addressing a constitutional riddle almost as old as the republic over what it means to say the people may keep and bear arms.
The court’s 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns and imperiled similar prohibitions in other cities, Chicago and San Francisco among them. Federal gun restrictions, however, were expected to remain largely intact.
Hillary Clinton’s fellow Senate Democrats embraced her on Tuesday with a pair of standing ovations, tears and cheers as she returned to the U.S. Capitol from her historic yet unsuccessful presidential bid.
"We’re happy to have her back," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters as he emerged with Clinton from a closed-door meeting with Democratic colleagues.
Congressional Democrats and the White House have agreed on a $162 billion budget to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan well into the first year of the next president’s term in office. It will allow the winner enough time to consider how — or if — he wants to fight those wars.
The apparent intrusion by Chinese hackers into the computers of congressmen and their legislative committees revealed this past week comes as no surprise to folks at the Pentagon and at least six other departments, including Commerce, State, Energy and Health and Human Services.
When the Democrats took control of Congress in 2007 their leadership announced with great fanfare that they were going to do battle with out-of-control earmark spending, reining in the lawmakers’ personal pork projects and making them more transparent.
The debate over so-called "warrantless wiretapping" is heating up again.
A former treasurer apparently stole at least $725,000 from the committee that runs House Republican campaigns, investigators for the group said Thursday.
Now that Democrats have, for the most part, stopped bickering at each other and have settled on a running mate, it’s time for Republicans to show they are far from united behind their choice for President.
A growing number of Capitol Hill Republicans refuse to endorse presumptive GOP nominee John McCain while others won’t say one way or another if they plan to back their guy.
The fissure on Capitol Hill highlights just how divided the party of the elephant is when it comes to their candidate and the issues that will decide this campaign.