Suing Obama could become big GOP headache

Impeaching the president is a pipe dream being pushed by far-right conservatives, while the House GOP lawsuit has the full support of the Republican establishment. Both ideas are unpopular. But only one is moving forward in Congress.

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CIA director apologizes for search of Senate computers

CIA director apologizes for search of Senate computers

The agency admits that employees improperly searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers.

In a Democrat-heavy state, even Andrew Cuomo’s terrible year likely won’t prevent his reelection

The collapse of the Moreland Commission isn’t a death knell -- yet.

Do feds have a problem with ‘runaway’ document classification?

Do feds have a problem with ‘runaway’ document classification?

Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced a bill to slow the proliferation of document classification and security clearances.

Federal patent employees had no work, so they surfed the Internet, probe reveals

Federal patent employees had no work, so they surfed the Internet, probe reveals

Patent office paralegals were idle for almost four years but got paid, and even received bonuses, probe finds.

Hundreds of big donors are ‘Ready for Hillary’

Hundreds of big donors are ‘Ready for Hillary’

A super PAC draws players from across the Democratic money base, including many Obama bundlers.

The GCC’s national employment challenge

The GCC’s national employment challenge

There are jobs for everyone in the Gulf, but who pays?

The ‘do-nothing’ Congress isn’t even good at doing nothing anymore

The ‘do-nothing’ Congress isn’t even good at doing nothing anymore

Congress isn’t even naming post offices at the rate it used to.

What word has Reid used more than any other member of Congress?

What word has Reid used more than any other member of Congress?

Majority Leader Harry Reid loves to repeat this one word (threat?) on the Senate floor.

A candidate who received one vote is suing California over its election laws

A candidate who received one vote is suing California over its election laws

Theo Milonopoulos has filed suit because the state doesn’t allow write-in candidates in its general election.

AG Holder taps his deputy chief of staff to be acting chief of civil rights division

AG Holder taps his deputy chief of staff to be acting chief of civil rights division

Although the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head Justice’s civil rights division is still on the Senate calendar, his confirmation is almost surely not going to happen.

Ted Cruz doesn’t care if John Boehner hates him. He likes it.

Ted Cruz doesn’t care if John Boehner hates him. He likes it.

The Texas senator wants to be the outsider’s outsider in 2016.

The lobbying industry is back! But don’t expect more action on Capitol Hill.

More lobbying doesn’t mean more legislation -- just more spending.

Poverty consolidated and spread to the suburbs during the 2000’s, report finds

Poverty consolidated and spread to the suburbs during the 2000’s, report finds

A larger share of the poor live in high-poverty neighborhoods, imposing a “double burden” on the poor.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

BACKGROUND CHECK: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

Meet President Obama’s Interior Department head: a lover of all things outdoors -- and puzzles.

The 2014 ‘Sammies’ finalists: Meet Jill Boezwinkle

The 2014 ‘Sammies’ finalists: Meet Jill Boezwinkle

The first in the Washington Post’s annual series of reports profiling finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America awards, which honor federal workers who made an impact.

Attention rich people: You still can’t buy elected office (for yourself).

Attention rich people: You still can’t buy elected office (for yourself).

Being your own top fundraiser rarely reaps rewards.

Massachusetts set to tighten gun laws

The legislature is racing to meet today’s deadline to pass new laws.

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Eric Cantor bids Congress farewell

Eric Cantor bids Congress farewell

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said his good-byes on the House floor Thursday morning as his tenure as majority leader comes to close.

Federal court rules in favor of Mississippi’s one licensed abortion clinic

Federal court rules in favor of Mississippi’s one licensed abortion clinic

A state law places an undue burden on abortion providers, a federal court has ruled.

How a Supreme Court ruling could increase the NLRB workload

How a Supreme Court ruling could increase the NLRB workload

EYE CATCHERS | Must-read federal news stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

The political limits of Grecovery

The political limits of Grecovery

Multiple elections reveal that polarized and volatile politics reign in Greece. What does the future hold?

Court hands Scott Walker two big wins

Court hands Scott Walker two big wins

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a controversial collective bargaining law and a law requiring voters to show identification at the polls.

More hype about political attitudes and neuroscience

Can journalists report on new research without disparaging our current understanding of reality?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg digs that whole Notorious R.B.G. thing

Ruth Bader Ginsburg digs that whole Notorious R.B.G. thing

This 81-year-old Supreme Court justice is Notorious R.B.G. on the Internet, ya heard?

Bob McDonnell trial or romance fiction? Take our quiz!

Bob McDonnell trial or romance fiction? Take our quiz!

Our quiz on the most interesting trial in America.

Georgia is moving toward Democrats much more slowly than you think

Georgia is moving toward Democrats much more slowly than you think

The story of American politics in one animation (and a few graphs).

The New York Times rocked the polling world over the weekend. Here’s why.

The New York Times rocked the polling world over the weekend. Here’s why.

The Grey Lady is now using Internet polling. This is a bigger deal than you might think.

What the Neshoba County Fair says about Southern politics

What the Neshoba County Fair says about Southern politics

Previewing the history of the fair before Sen. Thad Cochran’s speech.

Postal Service hiring administrator to oversee firing

Postal Service hiring administrator to oversee firing

With workforce reductions looming, the beleaguered Postal Service is seeking someone to manage them.

Immigration is now President Obama’s worst issue

Immigration is now President Obama’s worst issue

On no other issue is the president polling so poorly. And it’s a striking turn of events.

5 of the most famous federal whistleblowers

Some whistleblowers are seen as heroes, but others are controversial. Here are five who became famous for their roles as informants.

Fact checking the Web site ‘RedskinFacts’

Fact checking the Web site ‘RedskinFacts’

How accurate is the history of the term “Redskin” in the Web site defending the team’s name? We do a reality check.

The lawsuit rolls forward

The lawsuit rolls forward

The specifics of the House lawsuit fall short of the rhetoric - but the courts are still a strange venue for legislative leadership.

A bipartisan effort to curb campus sex assaults may pass

A bipartisan effort to curb campus sex assaults may pass

The bill would force universities to recalcuate the cost of hiding the number of sex assaults.

Fate of House GOP border-crisis bill is up in the air

Fate of House GOP border-crisis bill is up in the air

Tea party opposition could mean major defeat for Speaker John Boehner.

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A fast-moving Senate, for a change

A fast-moving Senate, for a change

No ambassador to Russia? Lawmakers agree that’s not a good idea right now.

GAO: Poor planning, oversight led to HealthCare.gov flaws

GAO: Poor planning, oversight led to HealthCare.gov flaws

Management failures by federal health officials led to cost increases and delays, investigators found.

House clears way for lawsuit against Obama

House clears way for lawsuit against Obama

Escalating their confrontation with President Obama, House Republicans gave Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) the power to initiate a lawsuit accusing the administration of breaching constitutional powers through executive orders that served as an end run around Congress.

Pardon her French

Pardon her French

There’s a new technical phrase being used in the State Department to shoot down false claims.