Latest from Paul Kane

Bitter anger over Jan. 6 riots lingers in the House, prompting a week of tense standoff and legislative stalemate

Four and a half months after insurrectionists supporting Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, the House is still consumed by the fallout.
  • May 15, 2021

McCarthy pushes out Liz Cheney, then pushes bipartisanship at the White House

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday took a head-spinning tour through Washington.
  • May 12, 2021

Like the drummer for Spinal Tap, the No. 3 in GOP leadership does not usually last long

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is expected to soon become House Republican Conference chair after Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is voted out because of her criticism of former president Donald Trump over the 2020 election falsehoods he continues to spread.
  • May 8, 2021

From Paul Ryan acolyte to Trump disciple: Elise Stefanik sets out to replace Liz Cheney in GOP leadership

Cheney, who has sharply criticized Trump’s election falsehoods and his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, is likely to be replaced by Stefanik as the No. 3 official in House GOP leadership.
  • May 5, 2021

Schumer touts a successful first 100 days as Senate leader, but his real challenges lie just ahead

Democrats credit Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) with a strategic mind-set of minimizing conflict within their caucus and a willingness to change course from going in a partisan or bipartisan direction with the major legislative battles still to be fought.
  • May 1, 2021

Republicans view 2017 tax law the way Democrats view Obamacare: As a signature achievement they will fight to keep

The two laws had very different goals and very different results. But each goes to core tenets of traditional Democratic and Republican orthodoxy, and Republicans are gearing up for the fight.
  • Apr 29, 2021

Tim Scott seeks to balance role as dealmaker on policing and critic of Biden agenda in Wednesday night address

His response to President Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress will be a unique showcase for Scott, who has approached national exposure cautiously.
  • Apr 27, 2021

The fading GOP establishment moves to support Cheney as Trump attacks and McCarthy keeps his distance

Instead of becoming the first female Republican House speaker — a more difficult task now that she has so many internal enemies — Liz Cheney’s legacy might be defined by her success or failure in steering the party back to its conservative foundation.
  • Apr 24, 2021

Senate committee to take up Biden judicial nominees in preview of potential Supreme Court fight

Senate hearing is test run for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a contender for potential Supreme Court opening if Justice Stephen G. Breyer retires.
  • Apr 23, 2021

Bill to combat hate crimes against Asian Americans passes Senate with bipartisan support

The House is expected to take up the legislation next month. President Biden has vowed to sign it when it reaches his desk.
  • Apr 22, 2021