Oversight

Democrats Quickly Confront the Limits of Their Power to Stop Trump

The incoming House majority raged against the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But they’ve discovered there’s not much they can do about it.

Management

The Short List to Replace Nikki Haley

Following a surprise announcement that Haley is leaving her UN post, several administration officials were floated as potential successors.

Oversight

What John McCain’s Death Means for Republican Control of the Senate

After the late Arizonan’s prolonged absence, the appointment of a replacement by Governor Doug Ducey will temporarily bolster the GOP’s advantage.

Defense

Trump’s Untested Authority to Revoke Security Clearances

Can the president restrict a person’s access to classified material for any reason he wants? It may take a lawsuit from former CIA Director John Brennan to find out.

Management

How Some Immigrant Families Are Avoiding Separation

Space constraints are preventing the government from keeping everyone who crosses the border in detention, allowing some to make it out of McAllen, Texas.

Oversight

Republican Leaders Confront an Immigration Revolt on Two Sides

As House moderates near success in forcing votes on DACA, Speaker Paul Ryan is facing another uprising from the conservatives who tanked the farm bill on Friday.

Defense

Senate Confirms Gina Haspel to Be the First Woman to Lead the CIA

Several Democrats set aside concerns about Haspel's past involvement in the torture of suspected terrorists.

Defense

Senate Panel Narrowly Approves Pompeo for Secretary of State

After a last-minute flip by Senator Rand Paul, President Trump’s pick for secretary of state wins approval from the Foreign Relations Committee despite opposition from Democrats.

Management

The Humbling of Mike Pompeo

President Trump’s pick to replace Rex Tillerson could become the first secretary of state to win confirmation over the objections of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Management

Why President Trump Is Going It Alone on Infrastructure

With legislative action in doubt, the administration is trying to cut down on projects’ bureaucratic delays—the likes of which the president decried as “a massive self-inflicted wound” on the country.

Oversight

A Domestic Budget to Make Barack Obama Proud

The Republican Congress didn’t just ignore Trump’s proposals: The $1.3 trillion spending bill actually fulfilled—or even exceeded—many of the funding requests of his Democratic predecessor.

Oversight

All the Trump Budget Cuts Congress Will Ignore

Lawmakers scoffed at the president's calls to slash funding across the government a year ago, and they're likely to do so again.

Oversight

Trump's State of the Union Address May Sound Very Familiar

The president didn’t make much headway on many of the proposals he issued in his first address to Congress last year, so he’ll outline them again.

Oversight

How Democrats Stopped Worrying and Learned to Accept Trump's Wall

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s offer to fund the border wall as part of a deal on DACA reflects a shift in Democratic priorities on immigration that has been months in the making.

Oversight

The Real Reasons Why the Government Shut Down

It’s not only immigration. From health care to military spending to an inconsistent president, there are many factors contributing to the legislative impasse.

Oversight

How Trump Will Try to Minimize a Government Shutdown

The administration plans to keep national parks and public lands partially open even without congressional funding, drawing criticism from Sally Jewell, the former secretary of the interior.

Oversight

How Republicans Plan to Revive Earmarks By a Different Name

GOP lawmakers had begun working to bring back “congressionally-directed spending” to tip the balance of power and grease the legislative wheels. Then President Trump gave them an unexpected boost.

Oversight

A Tentative DACA Deal in the Senate

A bipartisan group of six senators have struck an agreement to protect Dreamers and bolster security. But it’s not clear whether it’s enough to win over President Trump or majorities in Congress.

Management

Trump Lets the Cameras Roll As He Negotiates a DACA Deal with Congress

True to form, the president said yes to everyone but left lawmakers without the direction they sought.

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