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 »

Jul 31, 2014 2:14pm

State Department Using Facebook for Visa Delay Damage Control

International students and others looking to travel to the United States this fall are concerned about whether glitches in the State Department’s visa processing system will prevent them from getting their travel documents on time – and have taken to social media to vent. The… Read More »

By Benjamin Siegel

Jul 31, 2014 1:49pm

7 Fabulous Congressional Perks Eric Cantor Gave Up Today

Rep. Eric Cantor stepped down today  as House Majority Leader and when he left the podium he also left behind many of the advantages that come with being the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Virginia Republican, who was defeated in… Read More »

By Noah Weiland

Jul 31, 2014 11:17am

‘Hispandering’: Is DC’s Newest Buzzword Offensive?

Washington has never been short of political jargon. The “conversation,” the “narrative,” “filibuster,” and even “sequester” have all seeped into everyday language. But a new word has arrived on the scene, and it’s causing a stir. “Hispandering,” a portmanteau of “Hispanic” and “pandering,” is a… Read More »

Jul 31, 2014 9:04am

Homeward Bound

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES ANALYSIS — ABC’s JEFF ZELENY: As Congress races to finish its paltry to-do list before leaving town for five weeks, there’s a feeling of unease among wise lawmakers in both parties. They’ve had all summer to address critical hot-button issues… Read More »

Jul 30, 2014 7:35pm

Boehner v. Obama: House Approves Resolution to Sue President

In a partisan vote that marks a new escalation in the Republican confrontation with President Obama, the House of Representatives approved a resolution to authorize Speaker John Boehner to initiate litigation against the president. Five Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic Caucus in opposition to the… Read More »

Jul 30, 2014 4:18pm

Senators Cross Aisle on Bill to Curb College Sexual Assault

In a rare show of bipartisanship, a group of Republican and Democratic senators today introduced a bill to curb sexual assaults on college campuses. “If you are a young woman and you attend school, the odds jump that you will be sexually assaulted at school,… Read More »

By Ryan Struyk

Jul 30, 2014 2:18pm

Impeach the President? History Isn’t on GOP’s Side

They say that history repeats itself, but when it comes to impeachment, Republicans may have learned their lesson the first time. Speaker John Boehner insisted Tuesday that Republicans had “no plans to impeach the president,” calling talk of removing President Obama from office “a scam… Read More »

Jul 30, 2014 1:59pm

Former IRS Official Calls Conservatives ‘Crazies’ and Worse in Newly Released Emails

Former IRS senior official Lois Lerner apparently believed conservatives were “a–holes” and “crazies,” according to emails released by the House Ways and Means Committee today. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, committee chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Michigan, released a redacted email exchange from… Read More »