Obama’s Syria plan on track for passage

Congress appears poised to support Obama's plan. (AP)

A path is clearing in Congress to grant the president’s request for explicit authority to allow U.S. military personnel to train and equip Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants. But a full debate on the use of force will likely come after the midterm elections.

Latest Politics News

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.

For Congress, a sea change since last Iraq war vote

For Congress, a sea change since last Iraq war vote

CAPITOL HILL DEBRIEF | Signs of reluctance show how the post-9/11 politics of war have changed.

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.

Column

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.

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

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

What you missed this weekend in Baltimore.

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.

Security clearance process: work in progress

Security clearance process: work in progress

One year after Navy Yard shootings, much work remains on security clearance reform.

George H.W. Bush twists final knife in Michelle Nunn

George H.W. Bush twists final knife in Michelle Nunn

In politics, party prevails as Bush picks Republican over the Democrat who ran his charity foundation.

Do newly registered voters actually vote? In California: Yes.

Do newly registered voters actually vote? In California: Yes.

Some ammunition in the question of whether campaigns should register new voters.

How we feel about the police, by race

How we feel about the police, by race

A majority of Californians don’t feel that they have been personally mistreated, but their responses to more general questions about the police differed by race.

Why Costco is going Republican

Why Costco is going Republican

A fight over taxes on liquor sales has the ordinarily-liberal retail giant siding with Republicans.

20 insane rules the Senate has for its members

20 insane rules the Senate has for its members

The Senate is weird.

Map of the most single states in America

Map of the most single states in America

In four decades, the percentage of Americans who are single has risen from just more than a third to over half. Here’s where the rates are the highest.

Debo Adegbile, whose nomination for civil rights post was blocked in Senate, joins private law firm

Debo Adegbile, whose nomination for civil rights post was blocked in Senate, joins private law firm

Obama nominee for Justice Department civil rights division was blocked because of his work on appeal for Philadelphia police killer.

Where delaying elections can build peace

Where delaying elections can build peace

In the failed state of Central African Republic, does hastening post-conflict elections promote sustainable peace and democratic development?

How the political press may be doing Hillary Clinton a favor

How the political press may be doing Hillary Clinton a favor

If Clinton’s worst enemy is indeed herself, she’s going to do fine.

The wait times to vote in Florida are horrendous

The wait times to vote in Florida are horrendous

A Brennan Center study shows these shortfalls disproportionately impact minorities.

The most American states, according to beauty pageants

The most American states, according to beauty pageants

California and New York have the numbers, but Oklahoma and Hawaii have the percentages.

Where the male-on-female murder rate is highest

Where the male-on-female murder rate is highest

Alaska is home to the highest rate.

QUIZ: How well do you know Rand Paul’s policies?

QUIZ: How well do you know Rand Paul’s policies?

Take this quiz and see if you can identify when the Kentucky senator held each of the following positions.

The 12 most competitive Senate races in the country

The 12 most competitive Senate races in the country

Republicans should feel good but not great about their chances of retaking Senate control in November.

In Iowa, it’s steaks and high stakes for Hillary Clinton

As Democrats wait for her to decide whether to seek presidency, questions remain.

Video

Campaign 2014: Alison Lundergan Grimes 'Skeet Shooting'

Campaign 2014: Alison Lundergan Grimes 'Skeet Shooting'

Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes hits Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and distances herself from President Obama in an ad released less than two months before the general election.