The Respect for Marriage Act is progress, but LGBTQ advocates say it’s no Obergefell

RFMA isn’t a one-to-one replacement if Obergefell is overturned. But its passage will still be extraordinary.

By Caroline AndersDecember 7, 2022

States are joining the TikTok crackdown

Republicans are leading a push to ban the app from state government devices.

By Cristiano Lima and Aaron SchafferDecember 7, 2022

Nearly one-third of ads supporting Warnock mentioned abortion

Democrats leveraged the issue to help them win a 51st Senate seat.

By Rachel Roubein and McKenzie BeardDecember 7, 2022

Manchin spat with energy regulator could be self-sabotage, experts say

Manchin, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has declined to schedule a confirmation hearing for Richard Glick, the Democratic chairman of FERC, in the lame-duck session of Congress. President Biden renominated Glick for a second, five-year term in June.

By Maxine Joselow and Vanessa Montalbano December 7, 2022

How big a deal is a 51st Senate vote, anyway?

Also in today’s edition … The annual defense policy bill was released late last night and it would expand sexual assault provisions … Scoop: Trump team searches two of his properties amid court battle with DOJ … What we’re watching: The spending negotiations and the Supreme Court's election case.

By Leigh Ann Caldwell, Theodoric Meyer and Tobi RajiDecember 7, 2022

The curious history of Georgia’s runoff election

Warnock vs Walker has roots in racism

By Olivier Knox and Caroline AndersDecember 6, 2022

Microsoft previews its defense of the Activision-Blizzard deal

The remarks arrive as the $69 billion acquisition faces mounting regulatory scrutiny globally.

By Cristiano Lima and Aaron SchafferDecember 6, 2022

BODs: Hot or not?

DHS issues these directives to federal agencies to boost their cyber defenses.

By Tim Starks and Aaron SchafferDecember 6, 2022

The covid vaccine mandate for military members might be the next one to fall

Republicans are pushing to end the requirement in a year-end defense bill.

By Rachel Roubein and McKenzie BeardDecember 6, 2022

Odd bedfellows fight Manchin's permitting deal

As of Monday evening, Democratic leaders had not made a final decision about whether to include Manchin’s bill in the new text of the NDAA, which had not yet been released, according to a person familiar with the matter.

By Maxine Joselow and Vanessa Montalbano December 6, 2022

What you need to know about the big Supreme Court election case

Also in today’s edition … Georgia voters head to the polls to choose between Warnock and Walker … The Democratic plan for 2024 presidential primary faces problems … Biden heading to Arizona to promote chips law … What we’re watching: Which policies are going to hitch a ride on the annual defense policy bill.

By Tobi Raji, Theodoric Meyer and Leigh Ann CaldwellDecember 6, 2022

Trump dares Republicans (again) to repudiate him

He calls of ‘termination’ of the Constitution

By Olivier Knox and Caroline AndersDecember 5, 2022

Ro Khanna had no clue he’d star in Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’

'I found out when I suddenly had 208 emails in my inbox,' the California Democrat said.

By Cristiano Lima and Aaron SchafferDecember 5, 2022

The fight isn't necessarily over even when voters approve a ballot measure

Some GOP governors, state legislatures and private industries have sued, attempted to undermine or slow-walked new policies.

By Rachel Roubein and McKenzie BeardDecember 5, 2022

The county to watch in the Georgia Senate runoff

Also in today’s edition … What Georgia’s past two Senate contests tell us about the runoff ... The fight over what to include in the annual defense policy bill … What we’re watching: The Supreme will hear oral arguments in the latest conflict between free speech and gay rights. And how Republicans will react to Trump’s suggestion the Constitution should be suspended for him.

By Theodoric Meyer, Leigh Ann Caldwell and Tobi RajiDecember 5, 2022

Lobster? Claw into these nonpolitical political stories

Plus gun deaths, a pole shortage, and more water problems

By Olivier Knox and Caroline AndersDecember 2, 2022

FEC expands digital ad disclosure rules, but watchdogs say gaps remain

The agency tabled a proposal that expressly included "promoted" content.

By Cristiano Lima and Aaron SchafferDecember 2, 2022

Medicaid maneuvering in the lame-duck

Lawmakers tangle over whether to remove incentives for states to keep people on Medicaid rolls.

By Rachel Roubein and McKenzie BeardDecember 2, 2022

The U.S. has more than 120,000 abandoned oil wells, research shows

States have now reported more than 120,000 abandoned wells, marking a nearly 50 percent increase from the 81,000 wells that they reported last year, according to an analysis of state data by researchers at the Environmental Defense Fund and McGill University shared with the Climate 202.

By Maxine Joselow and Vanessa Montalbano December 2, 2022