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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Freedom Summit at The Executive Court Banquet Facility on April 12, 2014 in Manchester, N.H. (credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Cruz Vows To Continue Blocking Nominees Until White House Answers Why FAA Banned US Flights To Israel

Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker.

07/25/2014

File photo of Capitol Hill building. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Senate Bill Would Give New Power to DC Government

A Senate subcommittee has approved a major spending bill that would grant the District of Columbia full control over its local budget and laws.

07/24/2014

A new Gallup poll finds that Americans’ trust in the federal government to handle international problems has fallen to a record-low of 43 percent, with only 40 percent expressing confidence in Washington’s ability to handle domestic problems.  (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Dem Senator: PTSD ‘May Have Been A Factor’ In Reported Plagiarism

Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others’ work in his master’s thesis was not plagiarism but “a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper” that he blamed in part on post-Iraq war trauma.

07/24/2014

File photo of Capitol Hill building. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

House Passes $20 Billion Bill That Cuts IRS Tax Enforcement

GOP House measure also cuts healthy food initiative championed by Michelle Obama.

07/16/2014

File photo of birth control tools. (credit: Getty Images)

Senate GOP Blocks Bill on Contraception Coverage

Senate Republicans have blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.

07/16/2014

U.S. Capitol  (credit: Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)

Convicted Felon Running for U.S. Senate Says He’ll Return to Reality Show

A day after presenting signatures to run for U.S. Senate, former state treasurer and convicted felon Thomas Ravenel says he will return for the second season of a reality TV show based in Charleston.

07/15/2014

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts attends a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Feb. 27, 2014. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Warren Becoming Top Dem Fundraiser, Campaign Powerhouse

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November.

07/14/2014

File photo of the U.S. Capitol Building. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Dems Growing More Anxious About Lack Of Incendiary Material Against GOP Ahead Of Midterm Elections

As the nation’s midsection has grown more conservative and Republican, Democrats have sometimes had to rest their hopes on well-positioned GOP contenders imploding with their own politically off-key statements.

07/14/2014

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on July 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Homeland Secretary: Agency That Removes Immigrants Will Be Out Of Money By Mid-September At ‘Current Burn Rate’

The Homeland Security agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August unless Congress approves President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of child immigrants crossing the border illegally without their parents, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says.

07/11/2014

NCAA President Mark Emmert (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Senator to NCAA President: ‘I Can’t Tell Whether You’re in Charge or Whether You’re a Minion’

NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he supports “scholarships for life” and other reforms in how athletes are treated.

07/09/2014

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