Latest from Paul Kane

Democrats will need to make Congress spend a lot more time in Washington if they want to get Biden’s agenda passed

Democratic leaders are getting ready to gently break the news to their rank-and-file members, who often take the contradictory positions of complaining to their leaders about not getting enough legislation approved and demanding to spend more time at home.
  • Jun 19, 2021

House, Senate strike deal to give Congressional Gold Medal to all officers who responded on Jan. 6, not just Goodman

The House passed a new version of its legislation awarding the Gold Medal to the entire Capitol Police force and the D.C. police, while citing other federal officers who helped repel the Trump-inspired mob and restore order in the world’s most important democratic capital.
  • Jun 15, 2021

Republican attacks on Biden agenda can’t break through conservative media’s culture wars

Much less are they putting a dent in support for Biden’s policies, according to polling. One Republican senator says the economic reality will soon speak for itself.
  • Jun 12, 2021

‘Time is running out’: Democrats split over Biden’s relentless focus on infrastructure

Some Democrats say the threat to voting rights is a national emergency and that spending months on infrastructure distracts from protecting those rights — or doing anything else.
  • Jun 11, 2021

Foreign trips, softball games and full offices: Signs of normalcy return to Capitol Hill life as pandemic wanes

Masks are no longer required in most places on the campus, official visitors can set up in-person meetings, some lawmakers are hiring in-office summer interns, and some form of coed softball is likely to spring up across Washington.
  • Jun 5, 2021

The death of independent-minded John Warner is a reminder of how much today’s senators have ceded power to party leaders

Republican and Democratic leaders have taken tighter control of the reins over the past two decades.
  • May 29, 2021

Democrats say David Chipman’s the perfect candidate to run the agency conservatives hate: ATF

With David Chipman’s 25 years at Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, his supporters think his background uniquely fits him to run the somewhat rudderless agency.
  • May 26, 2021

Lawmakers worry the toxic atmosphere on Capitol Hill will follow them home, raising safety concerns

The tenor of the debate on Capitol Hill has been highly personal, with Democrats expressing a sense of distrust toward their Republican colleagues with regard to their personal safety and health, while many GOP members accuse Democrats of using the tragedies of the attack and the pandemic to score political points.
  • May 23, 2021

Could congressional committees thoroughly investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack? There are . . . doubts.

Some lawmakers say it is the sort of investigative oversight that Congress needs to do, even Democrats who also support empowering an independent commission.
  • May 22, 2021

House Democrats’ 2020 election autopsy: Bad polling hurt and GOP attacks worked

In a report, Rep. Sean Maloney (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, lays out how Democrats simply underestimated the number of hardcore Trump voters and the potency of Republican criticism.
  • May 18, 2021