Obama invites Congressional Black Caucus for meeting amid push for agenda

President Barack Obama is bringing members of the Congressional Black Caucus to the White House Tuesday as he lobbies to get his agenda through Congress, including action on a major trade agreement. | 02/09/15 19:16:14 By - By JONATHAN ALLEN AND BILLY HOUSE

GOP challenges Obama over flood risks from climate change

Underscoring the political challenges President Barack Obama faces as he presses ahead to combat climate change, eight Republican senators are contesting the legality of his Jan. 30 directive toughening floodplain standards for new federal projects. | 02/10/15 12:11:49 By - By Greg Gordon

Senate votes to approve new drug czar

— The U.S. officially got a new drug czar on Monday. | 02/09/15 18:16:22 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Ambassador nominee’s ill-fated path is a Senate cautionary tale

Maria Echaveste made it all the way from California’s San Joaquin Valley to the edge of political glory, as the nominee to serve as U.S. ambassador to Mexico. | 02/09/15 09:59:11 By - By Michael Doyle

Advocates worry Obama’s heating help wouldn’t cover the need

In the depths of the Great Recession, the federal government more than doubled funding for a program that helps impoverished families pay their energy bills. | 02/06/15 15:06:17 By - By Lindsay Wise

Granddaughter: Strom Thurmond saved correspondence with his bi-racial daughter

Growing up in California in the 1960s, Monica Williams-Hudgens was at the epicenter of the black nationalist movement. As the civil rights struggle grew more militant, she proudly sported an afro and began spouting rhetoric at the dinner table that alarmed her mother, a South Carolina transplant named Essie Mae Washington-Williams. | 02/06/15 13:03:17 By - Bristow Marchant

Dem boycott of Netanyahu gains

The head of the Congressional Black Caucus said Thursday he’ll boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled address to a joint session of Congress next month, joining a small band of Democrats skipping the event that could include Vice President Joe Biden. | 02/05/15 22:33:03 By - By William Douglas

Obama’s new drug-czar nominee wins first Senate vote

As a gay recovering alcoholic, Michael Botticelli is not your father’s drug czar. | 02/05/15 17:34:02 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Pope Francis to address Congress on US visit

Pope Francis, who helped broker talks between the U.S. and Cuba and has delved into other politically contentious issues, will address Congress when he visits the U.S. in September, House Speaker John Boehner said. | 02/05/15 16:16:13 By - By JOE SOBCZYK AND BILLY HOUSE

Republicans challenging Obama on immigration fail in third try

Senate Republicans failed for the third time to advance a bill reversing President Barack Obama's immigration orders as they try to wear down Democratic lawmakers who are unified against it. | 02/05/15 14:41:13 By - By HEIDI PRZYBYLA

Pope Francis to address joint session of Congress Sept. 24

Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. | 02/05/15 13:54:17 By - By William Douglas

Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Thursday that Pope Francis would visit the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 24 and become the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to address a joint session of Congress. | 02/05/15 13:26:14 By - By KURTIS LEE

US Rep. Janice Hahn ponders run for LA County supervisor next year

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., is weighing a run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, among the most powerful local elected jobs in the nation on a body where her father held a seat for four decades. | 02/04/15 16:46:13 By - By SEEMA MEHTA

GOP lawmakers push EPA to rethink clean water rule

In a year the Republican-controlled Congress is expected to take a significant whack at President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda, GOP lawmakers on Wednesday told top environmental officials they should scrap what was once a fairly obscure proposal to define what is and isn’t considered a body of water by federal law. | 02/04/15 16:15:31 By - By Chris Adams

Returning Guantánamo to Cuba isn’t on the table, U.S. official says

Returning the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay to Cuba isn’t part of the deal in re-establishing relations between the United States and the Havana government, the Obama administration told Congress on Wednesday. | 02/04/15 17:16:56 By - By William Douglas

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