Latest from Paul Kane

Democrats’ problem is not focusing on issues most vital to independents, 2 prominent pollsters say

It has become fashionable to talk about how few undecided voters exist in this polarized era, but both pollsters view this small bloc as the difference between a sweeping GOP victory and Democrats’ narrowly retaining their already narrow majority.
  • Oct 23, 2021

House Democrats have — so far — avoided a wave of retirements that could put their majority in peril

Everyone knows that more retirements are coming, and with Democrats holding a majority of just three seats for now, they can ill afford too many open seats in even remotely competitive races.
  • Oct 16, 2021

Democrats send heavy hitters to boost McAuliffe, amid anxiety over Va. race

From Obama to Abrams to Pelosi, powerful Democrats are mobilizing to help pull McAuliffe over the finish line.
  • Oct 13, 2021

There is little use for the debt ceiling in Congress but little chance it fades away

The federal borrowing limit does not do what it was intended and a calamitous breach seems inevitable.
  • Oct 9, 2021

What Joe Manchin wants, decoded

The senator from West Virginia delivered his demands on a Democratic spending bill in a memo to the majority leader in July. Here’s what he wants, and doesn’t want, and why that’s even more likely to cause friction than the top-line figure he gave.
  • Oct 5, 2021

Pelosi on verge of cementing legacy as one of the most powerful members of Congress ever — or ending her career on a sour note

Whether she retires next year or not, the next few weeks and months will serve as a major inflection point for Pelosi’s legacy.
  • Oct 2, 2021

Balk! Congressional Baseball Game comes across as tone deaf as Congress comes close to whiffing on its big deadlines

Organizers hoped this year’s game would serve as a unifying event, with the two parties bonding on the field of Nationals Park once again after the pandemic postponed last year’s game.
  • Sep 29, 2021

Top Democrats want to expand health care access. But they need to find a way to do it.

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) is focused on Medicaid, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants to expand Medicare, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants to focus on the Affordable Care Act. Time is getting short to make decisions.
  • Sep 25, 2021

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