Congress negotiates as deadline nears for government spending bill

Congress is pushing Thursday's deadline to fund the government to the brink as lawmakers engage in last-minute horse-trading that may require a 48-hour stopgap measure to keep federal offices from temporarily shutting down. | 12/08/14 22:53:48 By - By LISA MASCARO

‘Cromnibus’ delayed as House, Senate leaders haggle

A measure to fund the federal government and avert a shutdown later this week stalled Monday as leaders in the House and Senate haggled over last-minute details. | 12/08/14 18:57:22 By - By William Douglas and Kevin G. Hall

GOP House strength now matches Truman era number

Republicans have now tied their biggest number in the House of Representatives since the Truman presidency, thanks to Saturday’s Louisiana election results. | 12/07/14 12:12:04 By - By David Lightman

Cassidy trounces Landrieu, wins La. Senate seat

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy crushed Sen. Mary Landrieu in Saturday’s Senate runoff, giving Republicans a final Senate victory in a big year for the party. | 12/06/14 22:31:04 By - By David Lightman

Some second thoughts in Congress about new Iran sanctions

Congress' passion for sanctions against Iran has united lawmakers of both parties and different political perspectives. | 12/06/14 15:08:58 By - By PAUL RICHTER

La. result could give GOP biggest House majority in decades

The big story in Louisiana’s Saturday runoff elections is whether Sen. Mary Landrieu can pull off a stunning upset and win a third term. | 12/06/14 08:38:15 By - By David Lightman

House pushes lame-duck members out of offices

Retiring Rep. Jim Moran isn’t out of office yet, but he’s already out of his office. | 12/05/14 16:57:42 By - By William Douglas

New voting laws played role in reduced turnout in four states, report says

New voting laws contributed to decreased turnout in four states, according to a new report released Friday. | 12/05/14 16:21:20 By - By William Douglas

Democrats’ chair wants to talk about what went right

Democrats need to take a hard look at what went wrong last month, but be careful – the party did a lot of things right, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Friday. | 12/05/14 15:36:51 By - By David Lightman

Democrats asking what went wrong

The Democratic soul-searching has officially begun. Top Democratic Party leaders began two days of meetings Friday in Hollywood, Florida, a session likely to feature discussions about how the party can rebound from stinging defeats last month. | 12/05/14 09:29:32 By - By David Lightman

House votes against Obama immigration order

The House of Representatives issued a symbolic rebuke of President Barack Obama’s immigration action Thursday in the first phase of a multi-step Republican plan to avert a government shutdown next week while retaining the party’s ability to fiscally attack Obama’s order. | 12/04/14 17:41:30 By - By William Douglas and Steven Thomma

House votes to declare Obama's immigration actions 'null and void'

House Republicans approved a measure Thursday that aims to block the Obama administration from moving to shield millions from deportation, a largely symbolic legislative response to the president's new immigration policy that reflects lawmakers' limited options. | 12/04/14 17:11:31 By - By MICHAEL A. MEMOLI

Democrats are all but extinct in the South

The ailing Democratic Party, its stature as a national party teetering, appears poised to be staggered again Saturday if underdog Sen. Mary Landrieu loses her bid for re-election as expected in Louisiana. | 12/04/14 16:16:13 By - By David Lightman

'Absolute shock if she won,' says analyst of Landrieu’s chances

Sen. Mary Landrieu’s prospects for winning another term Saturday look bleak. | 12/04/14 09:07:58 By - By David Lightman

Sen. Hagan: Obama should have praised economy during campaign

President Barack Obama could have done more to help Senate Democrats in last month’s elections if he’d spoken out about the nation’s healthy economy and its positive impact on middle-class families, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina said Wednesday in her first interview since her narrow defeat. | 12/03/14 19:27:25 By - By Renee Schoof

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