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 »

Jul 31, 2014 2:44pm

More Than 100 Protesters Arrested Outside White House Over Deportations

More than a hundred demonstrators intentionally had themselves arrested outside the White House today in protest against the Obama administration’s response to the sudden surge of undocumented immigrants across the border with Mexico. The act of civil disobedience was organized mostly by religious groups, including the Catholic… 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 »