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.

Oversight

The Battle Over DACA Reaches a Fever Pitch

Democrats punted the immigration fight in December, but with another shutdown deadline looming, Dreamer activists are warning them not to do so again.

Management

The Shadow Government Working to Save Obamacare From Collapse

With the Trump administration refusing to promote open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, a cadre of former Obama officials steps in to fill the void—with an assist from the ex-president himself.

Oversight

Democrats Warn Trump: Leave Mueller Alone

After Monday's indictments, lawmakers urged Republicans to join them in supporting the special counsel's investigation.

Oversight

House Plans Vote On Senate's Higher-Spending Budget Resolution

GOP leaders have asked their members to swallow the Senate’s budget proposal in a Thursday vote so the party can skip ahead to tax reform.

Oversight

Republicans Rally Around Raising the Deficit

The Senate’s passage of a budget resolution on Thursday night was a victory for party unity, but a defeat for the GOP’s remaining fiscal hawks.

Oversight

How Democrats' Debt Ceiling Deal With President Trump May Have Backfired

The agreement cleared up a busy congressional calendar, allowing Republicans time for another attempt at repealing Obamacare.

Management

The Beginning of the End of the Debt Ceiling

With another deal with Democrats, President Trump could release the hostage that congressional Republicans took during their early fiscal battles with the Obama administration.