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Amid a Congress rife with gridlock and partisanship, senior lawmakers have learned some important lessons about how Congress can work. Here, they share their thoughts with the Monitor.
The ABLE Act, which would help families of people with disabilities save money for health-care costs and other needs, has passed Congress with broad bipartisan support. The reasons why could hold lessons for some of Congress's thorniest issues.
Russia’s turmoil involving the ruble serves as a reminder of the way falling petroleum prices can roil the outlook for oil-exporting nations.
Jeb Bush wrote on Facebook that he is actively exploring a possible presidential run, and signed off with 'Onward, Jeb Bush.' He is pitching himself as a man of the future – despite having a last name that conjures the past.
A procedural maneuver by two tea party senators gives 23 Obama nominees, some highly controversial, an unexpected chance for confirmation in the last hours of the 113th Congress.
On “Meet the Press” Sunday, former Vice President Dick Cheney wouldn’t budge on the Bush administration’s program of what a Senate report says was torture of terrorist suspects. “I would do it again in a minute,” he said.
Support for the Senate Intelligence Committee report on harsh interrogation of terrorist suspects has divided mostly along party lines. But within both parties there are dissenting voices as well.
President Obama's compromise with Republicans on the budget infuriated liberal Democrats. But this could be the new reality as Republicans take over Capitol Hill.
Here are 12 ways that the spending provisions and 'riders' in the budget bill, passed Thursday by the House, affect many Americans.
The $1.1 trillion spending bill narrowly passed 219 to 206 Thursday night, after rebellious hard-liners on the right and angry liberals on the left fought all the way to a nail-biting, if successful, conclusion.
The House and Senate are scheduled to vote on a proposed $1.1 trillion budget bill Thursday, just hours before the deadline.
Sen. John McCain, who spent more than five years as a POW in North Vietnam, where he was tortured, continues to oppose 'enhanced interrogation' as detailed this week in the report by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Not many fellow Republicans agree with him.
By a margin of 52 percent to 46 percent, Americans say protecting gun rights is more important than gun control, according to the Pew Research Center. Opinion has shifted markedly since the Sandy Hook massacre two years ago.
The House and Senate reached an agreement on a $1.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Members of both parties are bound to have strong objections to portions of the deal, but much negotiation and compromise went into the agreement.
In November, the District of Columbia voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but a new congressional budget deal has a provision barring implementation.
In a moment of bipartisan cordiality during Obamacare hearings, the GOP chairman and ranking Democrat of the House Oversight Committee – who have been at odds – offered kind words. No one expects choruses of 'Kumbaya' in 2015, but with Washington mired in gridlock even small signs matter.
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released an executive summary of its investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program – an investigation launched in 2009 after lawmakers learned that the CIA had destroyed videotapes of detainee interrogations. Here are six top findings in the report.
A year ago, Senate Democrats changed confirmation rules: All presidential nominees except those for the Supreme Court needed only a majority to pass. Now, Republicans need to decide whether to embrace those changes.
The Justice Department released new federal guidelines Monday on racial profiling. The ban now goes beyond race and ethnicity, but does not cover local law enforcement in most cases.
If Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana loses her runoff election on Saturday, there will be no more white Democrats from the Deep South in the Senate. Racial polarization of the two main parties has never been more stark.
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