GOP-led Senate plays hardball over abortion, Lynch nomination

The Senate is now completely stalled over a human trafficking bill with an abortion provision that has become so partisan that Republicans have further delayed a vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general until it passes. | 03/17/15 18:04:36 By - By Maria Recio and William Douglas

Regulators from coastal states of Florida, N.C., pan EPA climate plan

Florida and North Carolina regulators came to Congress on Tuesday for an assault on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from power plants. | 03/17/15 17:39:33 By - By Sean Cockerham

Rep. Alma Adams works to support historically black colleges

In her first leadership role as a member of Congress, North Carolina’s Rep. Alma Adams on Tuesday made sure that minority students and historically black colleges were included in a debate on how to improve the nation’s higher education system. | 03/17/15 17:07:48 By - By Franco Ordoñez

Iranian leaders 'clearly' got Senate letter message, Cotton says

Iranian leaders "clearly have the message now" from a letter that 47 Senate Republicans wrote warning that a future U.S. Congress could reverse any nuclear deal, the chief author said Tuesday. | 03/17/15 15:28:37 By - By KATHLEEN HUNTER

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock resigns after reports on spending habits

Rep. Aaron Schock is resigning his seat in Congress, saying in a statement issued Tuesday that "constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction" and have made it "too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th district. | 03/17/15 15:08:37 By - By KATHERINE SKIBA

Senate Democrats stall anti-human trafficking bill over abortion limits

A Senate showdown over a popular anti-human trafficking bill escalated Tuesday, as Democrats filibustered the measure in protest of Republican-backed abortion restrictions. | 03/17/15 13:53:38 By - By LISA MASCARO

Ted Cruz on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, channeling his funny side, went on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and bantered easily with the comic. | 03/17/15 11:59:46 By - By Maria Recio

Iran raises issue of GOP letter in nuclear talks

A defiant letter from Senate Republicans to Iran's leaders is complicating international negotiations to end a 12-year international impasse by imposing strict limits on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions. | 03/16/15 19:23:37 By - By PAUL RICHTER

In latest Senate controversy over abortion, both sides played a role

Senate Republicans and Democrats will face off Tuesdayover the former’s demand to accept a bill with a controversial abortion provision or Republicans will postpone the already much-delayed vote to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. | 03/16/15 19:51:43 By - By Maria Recio and William Douglas

GOP letter complicates nuclear talks with Tehran

A defiant letter from Senate Republicans to Iran's leaders has added a new complication to the fraught international negotiations seeking to end the decade-long standoff over Iran's nuclear program. | 03/16/15 15:33:38 By - By PAUL RICHTER

For Rubio and others, turning ideas into law is a daunting task

Sen. Marco Rubio offered a tax-overhaul plan two weeks ago, winning plaudits for articulating the kind of vision that could be part of his possible 2016 presidential run. | 03/16/15 15:26:12 By - By Chris Adams

McConnell: No Loretta Lynch vote until stalled human trafficking bill moves

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that there won’t be a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general until senators resolve a stalemate over a human trafficking bill. | 03/15/15 18:45:26 By - By William Douglas

Obama deputy warns Senate against undermining Iran nuclear talks

The Obama administration moved to curb further interference with negotiations to limit Iran's nuclear program, asking a U.S. senator to keep Congress on the sidelines until a deal is done. | 03/15/15 15:43:37 By - By TOLUSE OLORUNNIPA

Republicans feeling heat over Iran letter express some regrets

At least a few of the U.S. Republican senators feeling the backlash from signing an open letter to Iran's leaders are expressing some second thoughts. | 03/13/15 13:19:09 By - By JUSTIN SINK

Abortion politics ensnares human-trafficking bill

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, promised in January when the Republicans took back the majority that they would do things differently, allowing amendments from both sides and generally operating in a bipartisan fashion. | 03/13/15 10:58:30 By - By Maria Recio

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