Waves of winter storms, which began at the end of last week, are expected to last into Tuesday for areas north of Virginia, forecasters say. The weather has interrupted air and auto travel, plus Senate proceedings.
The Senate is expected to confirm an Obama judicial nominee with a simple majority as Democrats take advantage of rules changed by the 'nuclear option.' But Republicans weren't the only ones using Senate rules to obstruct.
Plastic guns will likely be required to still have some metal parts under federal law. But an effort to make plastic guns more detectable, by requiring plastic guns to have an unremovable metal part, seems likely to fail Monday.
Food stamps and subsidies for farmers are two of the sticking points as Congress negotiates the farm bill. If something isn’t done by next week, it will revert to the original 1930s 'farm law' on New Year’s Day.
Senate majorities have long wanted to rein in filibusters for presidential nominations. So why now? The GOP assertion that it's an Obamacare diversion might not be entirely off the mark, but Democrats' frustration with gridlock appear to have peaked.