Latest from Paul Kane

Senate Republicans say they will vote to allow a debt default, leaving Democrats scrambling for plan to avert economic crisis

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has declared that Senate Republicans will not vote to increase the Treasury’s authority to continue borrowing. As he has done before, McConnell has essentially created a new rule out of whole cloth to defend his position amid charges of cynical hypocrisy.
  • Sep 18, 2021

Congress ceded the power to wage wars to the president after Sept. 11. A bipartisan pair of senators want to take it back.

Ever since Congress signed off on a war resolution a week after the 9/11 attacks, lawmakers have allowed two Republican and two Democratic presidents virtual free rein over fighting terrorists.
  • Sep 11, 2021

Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan, divided over Trump, see different futures for the Republican Party

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has kept close ties to the former president, with his eye on becoming speaker.
  • Sep 4, 2021

Afghanistan withdrawal exposes Republican divide on foreign policy despite united condemnation of Biden

Some Republicans continue to express support for former president Donald Trump’s aversion to involving U.S. troops abroad while others support the Bush administration’s more interventionist approach.
  • Aug 31, 2021

House Democrats prepare to bow to a reality — their ambitions can only be as big as centrist Senate Democrats allow

One result of the time crunch and streamlined approach to writing the legislation is that it will reinforce the power of centrist Senate Democrats.
  • Aug 28, 2021

Biden receives heated criticism from Republicans, questions from some Democrats after Kabul airport attack

While some Republicans said Biden should resign, most focused on demanding that the withdrawal timeline, set for Tuesday, be lifted to allow a forceful counter attack against the Islamic State forces that took credit for the bombings.
  • Aug 26, 2021

U.S. leaders move to shut down further freelance trips to Kabul

Officials warned against unauthorized trips to Afghanistan and the Pentagon made clear its disapproval of such visits. The moves came in response to an unapproved trip this week by a pair of U.S. lawmakers.
  • Aug 25, 2021

Biden headed for divisive debate over resettlement of Afghanistan refugees

Criticism is intensifying on Fox News and from the nativist, anti-immigrant factions in the country that helped Donald Trump ride into the White House.
  • Aug 25, 2021

The era of perpetual presidential impeachment is here

Six months after the last impeachment wrapped, Republicans have begun calling for Biden to be removed from office over Afghanistan.
  • Aug 21, 2021

McConnell and McCarthy have split on some major decisions. But they’re unified on trying to stop Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget.

The Republican leaders diverge in their styles, their backgrounds and their approaches to Trump. But they’re working together in hopes of derailing Democrats’ reconciliation plans.
  • Aug 14, 2021