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McCain (right) questions Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey during a September hearing about U.S. policy toward Iraq and Syria.

John McCain Poised to Control Senate's Defense Policy

Move will give the hawk an influential avenue to merge his two favorite roles: administration critic and legislative deal maker.

A Republican Wave Sweeps the Midterm Elections

In an echo of 2010, the GOP overshot its targets, taking the Senate and winning House and statehouse races across the board. Now what will they do?

Play of the Day: Money In Politics is Last Night's Big Winner

As some races await their final calls, the real winner of the midterm elections is already clear. It's about $3.7 billion.

What the Election Results Mean for Federal Employees

A Republican-controlled Senate could be problematic for feds and agencies alike.

Judges Skeptical NSA Spying Violates Privacy Rights

In reviewing a post-Snowden case Tuesday, an appeals court questioned whether the government’s bulk collection of phone records needs to be reined in.

Changing Who Runs the Senate Won't Fix Washington

As with Obama in 2012, there will be no mandate for the GOP should Republicans win the upper chamber this year.

10 Races Federal Employees Should Watch on Election Day

Senate, House, gubernatorial and mayoral races that will impact feds in 2015 and beyond.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

GOP Victory Would Place Conservative Businessman in Charge of Senate Oversight Panel

Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has advocated pay freeze, a smaller federal workforce.

The NSA's Mass-Surveillance Program Is About to Go on Trial

More than a year after Edward Snowden’s disclosures, an Appeals Court will weigh the government’s bulk collection of U.S. phone records.