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Northwest high-voltage transmission lines OK'd by officials
Federal officials have approved routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho intended to modernize the Pacific Northwest's energy grid
The Note: Forces even bigger than a disruptive president
The TAKE with Rick Klein This week seemed to do its best to overload Washington’s circuits. H.R. McMaster and John Dowd are out, while John Bolton and Joe diGenova go from defending President Donald Trump on television to working for him. Nice words for Vladimir Putin, and not-nice words for Robert
US lawmakers abroad seek to reassure allies despite Trump comments
Lawmakers on official overseas trips this congressional recess have made public comments appearing to reassure foreign partners that the U.S. relationship with their countries is not changing for the worse, despite remarks from President Donald Trump that can make those partners think otherwise.
How a Senate ethics investigation works
Top leaders in the Senate are calling for a Senate Ethics Committee review of Sen. Al Franken , D-Minn., who was recently accused of forcibly kissing a woman and appearing to grope her while she slept. The committee has not announced whether it will pursue a preliminary inquiry into the alleged
House Intelligence Committee releases Russia-linked Facebook ads
The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday released a selection of divisive Russian-linked Facebook ads in a hearing with lawyers from Facebook, Google and Twitter on Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election . The panel also released 65 pages of Russia-linked Twitter
Key moments from James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee
Former FBI Director James Comey testified for over two hours Thursday about the circumstances that led to his firing by President Donald Trump , the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election and his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton 's private
GOP Plots Next 200 Days at Retreat but Trump Has His Own Ideas
The congressional Republican retreat began as many events organized by House Speaker Paul Ryan do: with a detailed chart. The ambitious 200-day agenda that the Wisconsin Republican and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presented included goals related to an Affordable Care Act replacement, tax
Election 2014 Scorecard: How 6 Potential 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates Fared on the Campaign Trail
We know that Election Day 2014 left the Democrats seeing red. But with midterms behind us, the focus now shifts to 2016. The midterms gave potential 2016 nominees a chance to hit the campaign trail early – for other candidates, of course. Bill and Hillary...
John Kerry Defends His Diplomatic Efforts: 'I May Fail - I Don't Care'
Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry defiantly defended his diplomatic efforts, saying that while ambitious, they were better than doing nothing. While the purpose of Tuesday’s hearing was to pick through the State Department’s budget, it was ...
Jim Risch : GOP Ready to Fund Homeland Security Amid Shutdown
Republican senator from Idaho says Congress should focus on solving issues the parties agree on.