Vulnerable Democrats wary of Syria policy

Sen. Mark Begich is one of the most vulnerable Democrats seeking reelection this fall.

DEBRIEF | Signs of reluctance among some Democrats to support the commander in chief on a conflict abroad demonstrates just how much the politics of war have changed since the last time Congress was asked to authorize war actions.

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NFL hires former Biden aide who worked on violence against women laws

NFL hires former Biden aide who worked on violence against women laws

Cynthia Hogan is hired to represent NFL in Washington as the league struggles to repair its image in wake of domestic violence by players.

If you see this sign in a building in San Francisco, that means it doesn’t meet earthquake safety code

If you see this sign in a building in San Francisco, that means it doesn’t meet earthquake safety code

As early as Monday, wood-frame buildings with five or more residential units that have not been screened will have to post this sign.

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Sen. Graham: 'It's mankind against ISIL'

Sen. Graham: 'It's mankind against ISIL'

While answering questions from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey defended the U.S. fight against the Islamic State and argued that Arab countries must participate as well during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate

Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate

Could an upset be brewing?

Mitch McConnell responds to Alison Lundergan Grimes’ gun ad in devastating fashion

Mitch McConnell responds to Alison Lundergan Grimes’ gun ad in devastating fashion

If Grimes wanted to separate herself from Obama, it didn’t work.

Women on maternity leave face lending bias, HUD says

Women on maternity leave face lending bias, HUD says

HUD is noticing a disturbing trend in mortgage lending: a bias against women on maternity leave.

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Campaign 2014: Mitch McConnell 'Convince'

Campaign 2014: Mitch McConnell 'Convince'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responds to an ad by his opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Rand Paul talks a lot -- probably too much for his own good

Rand Paul talks a lot -- probably too much for his own good

The potential 2016er says he wants to repeal all executive orders. Except kind of not really.

Attention Biden alumni! Scheduled reunion Tuesday postponed. Joe’s in. . . Iowa.

Attention Biden alumni! Scheduled reunion Tuesday postponed. Joe’s in. . . Iowa.

First Joe Biden had a conference call with former staff. Then a reunion was scheduled (but postponed) for Tuesday. Now he’s headed to Iowa. So not running?

With California lawmaker’s resignation, only two current state senators remain under investigation

With California lawmaker’s resignation, only two current state senators remain under investigation

Also, number of days California has gone without a lawmaker being arrested: 174.

Hispanic, black groups worry about low midterm turnout

Hispanic, black groups worry about low midterm turnout

Caucuses urging Congress, Obama to act on immigration legislation ahead of the election.

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Campaign 2014: Kentucky Opportunity Coalition: 'Proud'

Campaign 2014: Kentucky Opportunity Coalition: 'Proud'

"Obama and Grimes. Two liberals for amnesty. Too liberal for us," says an ad released by Kentucky Opportunity Coalition.

It’s past 10 p.m. Do you know where your speaker of the House is?

It’s past 10 p.m. Do you know where your speaker of the House is?

A day in the life of the speaker of the House

How are citizens made?

How are citizens made?

A close look at the Ethiopian case shows the state and citizens themselves create identity and citizenship.

The Daily Show noticed that Lindsey Graham is not a fan of understatement

The Daily Show noticed that Lindsey Graham is not a fan of understatement

The South Carolina senator has a history of framing policy choices in the most terrifying terms.

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A day with Speaker Boehner

A day with Speaker Boehner

Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his staff released a video of a glimpse at his daily routine during and outside business hours at the Capitol.

Ukraine’s breakaway region may endure

Ukraine’s breakaway region may endure

Many U.S. commenters ridicule the idea that the Ukraine rebels’ breakaway region of “Novorossiya” could become a real political entity. But the history of other breakaway regions in the former USSR and Eastern Europe suggests that it will stick around for many decades.

Outsider politicians in Latin America and Europe

Outsider politicians in Latin America and Europe

Europe’s traditional parties might learn a lesson from Latin America in the 90s as outsider parties threaten for political influence.

Good news for Senate Democrats. Maybe.

In key races, the polls look better than the fundamentals

More fallout from VA, IRS scandals hitting federal employees

More fallout from VA, IRS scandals hitting federal employees

Vote to limit appeal rights of career federal executives is planned as Congress prepares to leave for campaigns.

Eric Holder’s accomplishing a major goal soon, so does that mean he’s moving on?

Eric Holder’s accomplishing a major goal soon, so does that mean he’s moving on?

As Eric Holder completes his goal of visiting every U.S. attorney in the country, is he preparing to go?

People are united on the Islamic State. Enjoy it while it lasts (because it won’t).

People are united on the Islamic State. Enjoy it while it lasts (because it won’t).

A polarized American public is just beneath the surface.

Attack ads claim education cuts

Attack ads claim education cuts

Thom Tillis (R) is being hammered for $500 million in education cuts, but that number is being taken out of context.

FBI’s D.C. field office at center of efforts to get U.S. hostages home

The field office, the second-largest in the FBI, manages the Syria portfolio.

Vulnerable Democrats wary of Syria policy

Vulnerable Democrats wary of Syria policy

DEBRIEF | Signs of reluctance among some Democrats to support the commander in chief on a conflict abroad demonstrates just how much the politics of war have changed since the last time Congress was asked to authorize war actions.

In understanding malnutrition, seasons matter.

In understanding malnutrition, seasons matter.

What do rainy seasons and storms have to do with malnutrition and how policy makers can combat it? Everything.

Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

Obama wants lawmakers on board in the fight, but that means striking a balance between restrictions, reality.

Obama faces test in rallying support for his foreign policy

Obama faces test in rallying support for his foreign policy

Public doubts are increasing about the president’s response to crises in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.

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In the Loop: Remember that Obamacare thing?

In the Loop: Remember that Obamacare thing?

The fight over the health-care law just isn’t what it used to be.

115,000 immigrants to lose health insurance coverage

115,000 immigrants to lose health insurance coverage

Federal health officials say those who lose coverage can reapply to regain coverage, if eligible.

A long-shot bid in 2016 may suit Martin O’Malley

A long-shot bid in 2016 may suit Martin O’Malley

It wouldn’t be the first time the Maryland governor had been the underdog candidate.

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7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Rand Paul, coffee and “historic” and “transcendent” things

The U.S. House is voting to let Nevada towns buy 20,000 acres of federally owned land

The U.S. House is voting to let Nevada towns buy 20,000 acres of federally owned land

A package of bills would let local governments in northern Nevada pay fair market value for thousands of acres.

That time Martin O’Malley dressed up like a general from the War of 1812

That time Martin O’Malley dressed up like a general from the War of 1812

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Sarah Palin: Washington’s alright for fighting

In her endorsement of Minnesota congressional candidate, Palin says Capitol Hill lawmakers should be ready for a fight.

Imagine a world where Hillary Clinton didn’t run for president in 2016

Imagine a world where Hillary Clinton didn’t run for president in 2016

Warning: There is a fair amount of hyperbole ahead.

Wyoming bill would cut wait time for convicted felons to vote again

Wyoming bill would cut wait time for convicted felons to vote again

It’s estimated about one in 40 American adults can’t vote because of a felony conviction.

Income inequality is hurting tax revenues, report finds

Rising income inequality not only holds back the economy, it also takes a toll on revenues.