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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and House Speaker John Boehner.

As Shutdown Nears, McConnell and Boehner Remain Far Apart

The two GOP leaders got together Wednesday, but unity remains elusive.

Senator Demands Disclosure of Inspectors General Salaries

Sen. Claire McCaskill warns some are making twice as much as others.

DHS chief Jeh Johnson said employees are "entitled to know what is going to happen next week."

DHS Has Begun Notifying Employees of Their Furlough Status

Congress is working on a deal to avoid a DHS shutdown, but the department says it must prepare for the worst.

Democrats Fear an Ambush on the Senate Floor Over DHS Funding

To prevent a partial shutdown, Democrats have to trust that Ted Cruz and other Republicans won't betray them or hold up the whole process.

"If CBO didn't exist, it would have to be created to offset the polarization" in today's political environment, former director Peter Orszag (2007-08) said.

How the Congressional Budget Office Won Over Lawmakers

Agency's objectivity helped it stay above the political fray, past directors note at 40th anniversary event.

Play of the Day: Diamond Joe's Rites of Passage

The Daily Show takes another look at Joe Biden massaging Stephanie Carter.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and House Speaker John Boehner.

Senate Move Puts Boehner in a Bind Over DHS Funding

The Senate is preparing to send a clean DHS spending bill to the House, whether GOP leaders there want it or not.

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., introduced the bill.

Lawmakers Want to Guarantee Back Pay For All DHS Employees if Agency Shuts Down

Bipartisan bill would provide retroactive pay to about 30,000 furloughed workers.

Mitch McConnell Announces a Vote on a Clean DHS Funding Bill Is Coming

The Senate minority leader is making his move to try and prevent a shutdown.

ASA astronaut Barry Wilmore works outside the International Space Station on the first of three spacewalks last week.

Ted Cruz's Mission for NASA: More Space, Less Earth

The new space subcommittee chairman thinks the Obama administration has the agency overly focused on climate change at the expense of exploring the cosmos.