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Rule #1: Policy Design Starts With Operational Capacity

What happens when policy wonks make implementation someone else's problem.

Durbin Launches Standoff Over Defense Spending ‘Gimmick’

The amendment would require a deal to lift the budget caps before the Pentagon could access $35.9 billion.

The Price of Reading Hillary Clinton's Emails

Twelve State Department employees are working full-time to vet thousands of messages, but that's just part of a process that could cost more than $1 million.

Play of the Day: The Real Reason Chafee Wants to Go Metric

When you think about it, centimeters are more impressive than inches.

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said his oversight subcommittee may soon call a hearing on the hacking incident.

OPM Leaves Lawmakers Searching for Answers on Hack

Senator wants to know how the agency will pay for insurance for affected feds.

In the Current Environment, Everyone in Congress a Security Hostage Taker

The fight over defense spending has echoes of the ‘unpatriotic’ rhetoric that shaped the Iraq War vote.

"Like ostriches with their heads buried deep in the sand, the majority leader and Republicans continue to deny the need for a bipartisan budget," Reid said.

Reid: Another Shutdown Is Looming

The Democratic leader says spending bills are going to pile up, causing a September crisis. Republicans say Democrats are obstructing important work.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, shown speaking at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in January, sponsored the legislation to compensate surviving hostages and their families.

Compensation for Iran Hostages Cleared by Senate Panel

Isakson measure would tap fines on sanctions violators.

If the Government Shuts Down, Can National Parks Stay Open?

Senators are pushing to keep America’s parks open in the event of a federal government shutdown.

"I once caught a fish this big!"

Play of the Day: Obama and Merkel's (Possibly Heated) Conversation

The two leaders met in Bavaria, but what did they talk about?