House, Senate negotiators reach deal on VA bill

Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs committee, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). (McNamee/Getty)

With only four days until the summer recess, negotiators came to a tentative agreement that would overhaul the struggling Department of Veterans Affairs and provide funding to hire more health-care workers.

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In the Loop: Obama makes few speeches in the Oval Office

In the Loop: Obama makes few speeches in the Oval Office

When the president speaks to the nation from the White House, he’s taken to using other backdrops.

Impeachment speculation boosts Democrats’ fundraising

A congressional campaign arm raised $2.1 million online in four days on fear of a House GOP impeachment bid.

Medicare fiscal outlook brightens partly due to ACA

Medicare fiscal outlook brightens partly due to ACA

But long-term challenges remain as graying population, higher medical costs cloud future.

Cruz lifts (toothless) hold on ambassador nominees

Cruz lifts (toothless) hold on ambassador nominees

Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer holding up ambassadors, but that doesn’t mean they are likely to be confirmed any quicker.

President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks

President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks

The people who think he is the least competent are the most likely to vote this fall.

Grover Norquist is going to Burning Man!

Grover Norquist is going to Burning Man!

Yes, for real.

What our cats and dogs say about our politics

What our cats and dogs say about our politics

Red states love their dogs, while liberal states are much more cat-friendly.

How to read the leaked Michelle Nunn campaign plan

How to read the leaked Michelle Nunn campaign plan

A look at the numbers and strategy that the campaign probably wishes hadn’t gotten out.

Don’t fly your drones here

An interactive map of all the places where flying your drone can get you in trouble.

The New York Times was surprisingly late to embrace marijuana legalization

The New York Times was surprisingly late to embrace marijuana legalization

The paper’s editorial board was way ahead of the curve on gay marriage.

Indian American woman mistaken at hearing as a foreigner had been a staffer on same committee

Nisha Biswal worked for the House Foreign Affairs Committee more than a decade before she returned as a witness.

Paying for Israel’s wars

Paying for Israel’s wars

Why Israel’s poorest citizens don’t mind huge defense budgets.

Coming soon: A campaign run entirely by super PACs

A modern campaign only needs one thing: a candidate. The PACs can do everything else.

Watchdog: DOD workers with security clearances owe $730 million in taxes

Watchdog: DOD workers with security clearances owe $730 million in taxes

The GAO said about 31 percent of the tax-delinquent workers already owed money to the government when they were issued security clearances.

More than a fifth of the population in 17 states received Social Security benefits last year

More than a fifth of the population in 17 states received Social Security benefits last year

Data published earlier this month offer a state-by-state view of the program’s beneficiaries.

The nine lives of Sarah Palin

The nine lives of Sarah Palin

The Sarah Palin Channel is the just latest venture from a politician who has constantly reinvented herself.

Decision overturning Va.’s gay marriage ban is upheld

Decision overturning Va.’s gay marriage ban is upheld

A federal appeals court panel in Richmond rules that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed under the Constitution .

Obama’s next career could be as a stock analyst

Obama’s next career could be as a stock analyst

The president has been sharply criticized for multiple alleged failures through his presidency, but when it comes to predicting the stock market. . .

Things probably won’t get better for President Obama. Here’s why.

Things probably won’t get better for President Obama. Here’s why.

History shows a president’s approval rating rarely rises from this point on.

Ten years ago today, America met a guy named Barack Obama

Ten years ago today, America met a guy named Barack Obama

Looking back on President Obama’s 2004 Democratic National Convention speech.

A purple, or even blue, Georgia? Not yet.

A purple, or even blue, Georgia? Not yet.

Despite racial change, Georgia looks more like South Carolina than Virginia

Rep. Mica holds (another) hearing on being stoned

Rep. Mica holds (another) hearing on being stoned

The congressman who loves to talk marijuana is holding another hearing on the subject before August recess.

One of the most anti-Obama ads of the election is being run by a Democrat in West Virginia

One of the most anti-Obama ads of the election is being run by a Democrat in West Virginia

Natalie Tennant wants you to know she and President Obama don’t agree on much.

Fifteen percent of candidates running in the Alaska primary are named Dan Sullivan

However, to their credit, they decided to run in different races -- unlike many same-name candidates.

What’s behind Libya’s spiraling violence?

What’s behind Libya’s spiraling violence?

In a region with no shortage of human catastrophes, Libya seems determined to elbow its way into the headlines. But conventional readings of the country’s politics misdiagnose the problem.

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Panda sex and Richard Nixon

Panda sex and Richard Nixon

There was just one problem before China could ship the first giant pandas to the National Zoo.

Cheer up, President Obama! The worst of the criticism is (probably) over.

Cheer up, President Obama! The worst of the criticism is (probably) over.

A look at how often presidents are the “worst” or “incompetent” over the course of their tenures.

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Sarah Palin launches online video channel

Sarah Palin launches online video channel

The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate says SarahPalinChannel.com was created in response to "media filters."

America really is two different political countries these days

America really is two different political countries these days

Partisans hate their opposite number. Now more than ever.

Obama’s State of the Union goals, six months later

Obama’s State of the Union goals, six months later

A look back at the economic agenda the president outlined on Jan. 28 and just how far we have(n’t) come.

S.D. initiative splits health care industry

S.D. initiative splits health care industry

Hospitals on one side, doctors on the other in a battle over “Any Willing Provider” rules.

In the Hot Seat: August recess looms

Congress fits in a few more hearings with government officials before heading home for five weeks.

Christie faces test as pension gaps loom

Christie faces test as pension gaps loom

New Jersey’s governor is embarking on a “No Pain, No Gain” town hall tour this summer.

Florida voters back medical marijuana 9 to 1, poll finds

Florida voters back medical marijuana 9 to 1, poll finds

The state seems poised to legalize medical marijuana this November.

Romney leads Obama -- and other ‘dumb’ polls

Romney leads Obama -- and other ‘dumb’ polls

In defense of unorthodox polling questions.

The new VA-reform deal, and how the costs shrank over time

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) have reached a deal to help the VA address issues related to the agency’s recent scheduling scandal.

Is Obama creating a ‘national school board’?

Is Obama creating a ‘national school board’?

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) claims that Obama is creating a national school board. Is that really the case?

Waiting on a new name at the Government Printing Office

Waiting on a new name at the Government Printing Office

The organization that produces the Congressional Record wants to face the digital future as a publisher.

For Chris Christie, pension battle presents a test for 2016

For Chris Christie, pension battle presents a test for 2016

An unexpected state budget shortfall is the latest piece of bad economic news for the New Jersey governor.