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Congressional reporter for National Journal Alex Rogers is a Congressional reporter for National Journal. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 2012 and interned for The Tennessean before joining Time as a Washington reporter prior to his arrival at National Journal.
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As Mueller Takes Over Trump Probe, GOP Leaders Hold Their Fire

May 18, 2017 Rep. Mike Simpson was a dent­al stu­dent in the early 1970s when Pres­id­ent Nix­on’s ad­min­is­tra­tion spiraled in­to chaos, so he can un­der­stand twice over why get­ting Re­pub­lic­ans to com­ment on re­ports of im­pro­pri­ety by Pres­id­ent Trump can be like pulling teeth. “Politi­cians like me were stand­ing around say­ing, ‘Hey, Nix­on’s...

Which Side Will Trump Take in the Next Debt-Ceiling Fight?

February 17, 2017 Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans are gird­ing for a debt-ceil­ing fight later this year. The only prob­lem is they have no idea wheth­er they’ll be fight­ing with or against the White House. Pres­id­ent Trump, un­like much of the rest of his party, has not seemed to pri­or­it­ize debt re­duc­tion. He has de­scribed him­self...

Senate Democrats Plan to Pick Their Battles With Trump

November 17, 2016 Demo­crats are treat­ing Don­ald Trump’s up­set win like they’re trapped in a cafet­er­ia with bad food. They can’t stand the place, but hope to find a few pal­at­able items non­ethe­less. Sen­ate Demo­crats are sim­ul­tan­eously sound­ing com­bat­ive notes about the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion and in­sist­ing that they’re open to col­lab­or­a­tion when war­ran­ted....

Senate Puts Finishing Touches on Bill to Avoid a Shutdown

September 19, 2016 By the rules that guide it, the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives is usu­ally able to move bills faster than the “cool­ing sau­cer” Sen­ate. But with the House be­set by di­vi­sions in its con­trolling Re­pub­lic­an Party, the Sen­ate has led the ef­fort to craft and pass the le­gis­la­tion that will avert a...

McConnell’s Surprise Move on War Authority

January 21, 2016 Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell offered mem­bers a snow-week­end sur­prise late Wed­nes­day night: Quietly tee­ing up a de­bate on the leg­al un­der­pin­ning for the fight against IS­IS. After months of wor­ry­ing that such a res­ol­u­tion—known as an au­thor­iz­a­tion for the use of mil­it­ary force—would tie the next pres­id­ent’s hands, Mc­Con­nell’s...

Senate Leader Surprises Lawmakers with New ISIS War Powers Request

January 21, 2016 Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell offered mem­bers a snow-week­end sur­prise late Wed­nes­day night: Quietly tee­ing up a de­bate on the leg­al un­der­pin­ning for the fight against IS­IS. After months of wor­ry­ing that such a res­ol­u­tion—known as an au­thor­iz­a­tion for the use of mil­it­ary force—would tie the next pres­id­ent’s hands, Mc­Con­nell’s...

The Next President’s Power Play

January 5, 2016 Already in this young year, Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates have de­cried Pres­id­ent Obama’s use of ex­ec­ut­ive power—this time for his plan to uni­lat­er­ally tight­en gun back­ground checks. But many of the GOP hope­fuls have also made clear they would be will­ing to wield the pres­id­en­tial pen them­selves if elec­ted—wheth­er to go...

White House Pushes Back Against Governors’ Calls to Block Refugees

November 17, 2015 Faced with more than half of the na­tion’s gov­ernors an­noun­cing their op­pos­i­tion to bring­ing in Syr­i­an refugees fol­low­ing the Par­is at­tacks, seni­or Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials sought Tues­day to as­suage the coun­try’s na­tion­al se­cur­ity con­cerns—and re­mind those who want to shut down their states’ bor­ders that the re­set­tle­ment pro­gram is ad­min­istered...

White House Pushes Back Against Governors’ Calls to Block Refugees

November 17, 2015 Faced with more than half of the na­tion’s gov­ernors an­noun­cing their op­pos­i­tion to bring­ing in Syr­i­an refugees fol­low­ing the Par­is at­tacks, seni­or Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials sought Tues­day to as­suage the coun­try’s na­tion­al se­cur­ity con­cerns—and re­mind those who want to shut down their states’ bor­ders that the re­set­tle­ment pro­gram is ad­min­istered...

How the Debate Over Syrian Refugees Changed in an Instant

November 17, 2015 In the minds of many politi­cians, the icon­ic im­age of a dead Syr­i­an boy on the beach has been swept away by the Par­is ter­ror­ist at­tacks. After at least 129 died Fri­day in the City of Light, France em­barked on a man­hunt that spread to Bel­gi­um. It struck the Is­lam­ic...