Democrats settle a bitter 10-month dispute over which of them should sit atop the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Members still have to settle a nasty battle between two veteran Democrats seeking a plum committee post.
New House majority whip faces a big challenge this week -- as he tries to build relationships with his new colleagues in leadership.
Obama hands GOP a soundbite, Alabama Speaker indicted, Abbott up big on Davis in Texas, Jeb in Spanish for Rick Scott, and the tale of gelatinous sheep goo.
The possibility of one day using ground troops against the Islamic State and waiting to debate the issue until next year is supported by many Republicans.
The 273-to-156 vote revealed broad misgivings in both parties about the strategy's chances of success.
Virginia senator suggests that failure by Congress to act essentially would be endorsement of Dick Cheney's preemptive war strategy.
The House is expected to grant a short-term authorization this week, with the bigger war debate to wait.
The plan calls for training and equipping moderate rebels in hopes of stemming the growing threat.
Democratic leaders are at odds with many rank-and-file lawmakers, who want a large war powers debate during the lame duck session.
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