• Declaring a national emergency may cause Trump to use veto power for the first time

    Congress approved a massive budget deal last night to avert a government shutdown and President Trump promised to sign it, but only after announcing he would also declare a national emergency so he can get more money for a border wall.

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  • House advances background check bill ahead of Parkland anniversary

    The House Judiciary Committee passed a measure that would require background checks for all gun sales and most gun transfers within the United States. It is the most significant gun-control legislation to advance this far in Congress in years.

  • Mueller zeroing in on a 2016 meeting at a cigar club

    Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, one of Mueller’s top lieutenants, told a federal judge during a sealed hearing last week that the meeting at the cigar club goes, “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.”

  • A deal is reached to avoid a shutdown, but President Trump’s backing is in doubt.

    Key lawmakers reached a tentative compromise agreement last night to avoid another government shutdown at the end of the week. But hurdles remained, and President Trump’s ultimate backing was in doubt after quick opposition emerged from conservatives.

  • Congress's biggest iconoclast passes away

    North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones passed away Sunday, on his 76th birthday. Once a supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he underwent a dramatic change of heart and emerged as one of the most prominent critics of the war.

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