By Caleb Jackson

Aug 1, 2014 5:41pm

5 Ways Democrats May Boost Turnout at 2016 Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa caucuses can make or break presidential candidates just like they did for Barack Obama in 2008. But caucuses, unlike a regular primary, take a lot more effort for the average voter. Like clockwork every four years, Hawkeye State voters gather in meetings to… Read More »

Aug 1, 2014 5:12pm

Obama Says ‘We Tortured Some Folks’

President Obama today admitted the CIA tortured al Qaeda detainees after the 9/11 attacks, saying “we did some things that were contrary to our values.” “We tortured some folks,” the president told reporters at the White House, ahead of the release of a Senate report on… Read More »

Aug 1, 2014 9:03am

Abandoning The Border?

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK BORDER-FUNDING BILL: Last night Senate Republicans blocked a bill to provide $2.7 billion in funding to address the crisis of minors from Central America illegally entering the U.S. With 50 yeas and 44 nays, the Senate did… Read More »

Jul 31, 2014 9:30pm

Congress Approves $15 Billion VA Deal

In a rare moment of bipartisan, bicameral unity, Congress has approved a deal to add $15 billion and institute reforms at the Veterans Administration. After the House passed the measure on Wednesday, the Senate followed suit today. The VA deal sailed through two votes: an… Read More »

Jul 31, 2014 9:22pm

Senate Republicans Block $2.7 Billion Border-Funding Bill

Senate Republicans blocked a bill today that would provide $2.7 billion in funding to address the crisis of minors from Central America illegally entering the U.S. With 50 yeas and 44 nays, the Senate did not advance Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s, D-Md., proposal to provide funding… Read More »

By Scott Wilson

Jul 31, 2014 6:57pm

Driving While Stoned: Congress Searches for a Test Standard

With the clock ticking down to the congressional recess and amid a day of high drama over how to handle the border crisis, the House of Representatives made time for another matter: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Operating While Stoned.” That was the title of a… Read More »

Jul 31, 2014 4:55pm

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Taunts Obama Like a 5th Grader

This picture, tweeted out by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, pretty much sums up the Kremlin’s opinion of Washington. The tweet, accompanied by the caption, “We have different values and allies,” has already been retweeted more than 600 times in two hours. We have… Read More »

Jul 31, 2014 3:50pm

Michelle Obama: Veteran Homelessness ‘Should Horrify Us’

As Congress works on a long-term plan to reform the Veterans Administration, first lady Michelle Obama used her platform to speak out on ending veterans’ homelessness. Obama called the more than 58,000 homeless American veterans a “stain on the soul of this nation.” “As Americans,… Read More »

Jul 31, 2014 3:09pm

CIA Apologizes for Searching Senate Intel Committee Computers

CIA Director John Brennan has apologized to the leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee after the CIA’s Inspector General determined that agency officials inappropriately searched the stand-alone computer network used by committee staffers in preparing their report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program.  Earlier this year,… Read More »

Jul 31, 2014 2:46pm

Who Wore It Best? Senate Seersucker Thursday Is Back

After a two year hiatus, the tradition of Seersucker Thursday returned to the Senate today with lawmakers donning their finest seersucker suits. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., resurrected the fashion day to stir up some bipartisan good will. “It’s a tradition that… Read More »