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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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The Democrat Who Could Swing the Iran Deal

July 9, 2015 On Iran, Chuck Schumer feels the pressure more than most. Balancing a large Jewish constituency pulling him in every direction, his own hawkish beliefs, the burdens of being the next Senate Democratic leader, and a White House intent on striking a historic accord, the senator from New York has kept...

Senate Passes Amendment Banning Torture

June 16, 2015 A vote "to reaffirm the prohibition on torture" split the Senate Republican presidential aspirants Tuesday, revealing an intraparty divide in the War on Terror's long debate on how to appropriately interrogate detainees. On Tuesday, the Senate voted on an amendment by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain and California...

As More US Troops Head to Iraq, New Congressional Approval Isn’t Going Anywhere

June 11, 2015 Even as the U.S. plans to send up to 450 more military advisers to help take back Ramadi from Islamic militants, legislation to authorize the fight against them looks stuck in neutral. In the 10-month, $2.6 billion war against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, Congress' efforts to pass a...

Reid: Another Shutdown Is Looming

June 10, 2015 Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is already warning that GOP tactics will lead to another government shutdown this fall. "It appears to me, [with] what the Republicans are doing that we're headed for another shutdown," he said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. "They did it once. They're going to...

Rand Paul Takes Credit for Advancing NSA Reform Bill He Opposes

June 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Rand Paul is taking credit for advancing a bill he opposes. A day after forcing a temporary shutdown of the National Security Agency's bulk collection of America's metadata, the Kentucky Republican said Monday night that his actions actually boosted the surveillance-reform bill known as the USA Freedom Act, which...

GOP View Rand Paul as National Security Distraction in March to 2016

June 1, 2015 Presidential candidate Rand Paul rode home in a midnight blue Tesla on Sundayas three pillars of the surveillance state collapsed—temporarily, at least. He shared smiles with the driver, Thomas Massie, and the bespectacled Justin Amash, two Congressmen-friends in the libertarian-wing of the Republican party. Massie's bumper sticker—"Stand with Rand"—and his...

On Foreign Policy, Congress Still Follows the Leader

May 8, 2015 Don't be fooled by the Iran review bill. When it comes to foreign policy, Congress is still taking a backseat to President Obama. On the Iran nuclear negotiations, authorizing war against Islamic radicals, and a major upcoming trade deal, Congress looks likely again—and again and again—to cede power to the...

In Senate GOP's Iran Standoff, the Rebels Are Losing

May 5, 2015 A pair of rebellious foreign policy hawks is on one side, and the party establishment is on the other. In the battle for Senate GOP hearts and minds on a carefully crafted Iran review bill, the establishment appears to be winning. Many Republicans are ready to rebuff freshman Sens. Tom...