Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle

Senate Republicans on Monday signaled they are ready to move forward with a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if the woman accusing him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, fails to show up to a hearing o…

McConnell tamps down any talk of Kavanaugh withdrawal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is privately warning GOP colleagues that there will be political fallout for the party if they fail to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, quashing any talking wit…

Kavanaugh allegations set stage for Anita Hill sequel

Brett Kavanaugh, a Supreme Court nominee who last week appeared to be cruising toward confirmation, has suddenly found himself in the sequel to the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings of 1991 that rocked Washington …

Grassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) agreed to schedule a second hearing on Brett Kavanaugh for next week after Republican members of his committee insisted on hearing from a woman who has accused h…

Dems play waiting game with Collins and Murkowski

No Democrat has yet come out in support of Kavanaugh, more than a week after his confirmation hearings wrapped up.

Booker: I am not Spartacus 

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told The Hill Thursday that he did not intend to compare himself to Spartacus during last week’s Supreme Court confirmation -a moment that put him squarely in the political spotlight but also led…

Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has defended President Trump on some of his most controversial moves, going against the prevailing sentiment of the libertarian movement with which he and his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas),…

Cruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the most disliked member of the Senate Republican conference for much of his first six years in Congress, but colleagues are rallying to his side in the face of a serious reelection challenge f…

Democrats force Senate to adjourn to protest Kavanaugh

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) on Wednesday forced Republicans to adjourn the Senate for the day to protest what he called the unfair withholding of documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavana…

Conservatives rattled by floated names for WH counsel position

The imminent departure of White House counsel Don McGahn has raised questions about what direction President Trump will go with his choice of a successor and has stirred some agitation among conservatives over whether the…

Conservatives rattled by floated names for WH counsel position

The imminent departure of White House counsel Don McGahn has raised questions about what direction President Trump will go with his choice of a successor and has stirred some agitation among conservatives over whether the…

Congress gives McCain the highest honor

Congress gave the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) its highest honor Friday, assembling under the Capitol Rotunda to pay final respects in front of his flag-draped casket as it lay in state, an occasion usually reser…

2020 Dems jockey for position before midterm election

Senate Democrats with White House ambitions are stepping up their political activities, as the start of the 2020 presidential election cycle is less than 70 days away.Washington’s focus is curren…

GOP eyes another shot at ObamaCare repeal after McCain’s death

Senate Republicans say they would like Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to appoint a successor to late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who, unlike McCain, would support GOP legislation to repeal ObamaCare….

GOP divided over midterm threat posed by Trump’s legal travails

Republicans are divided over whether President Trump’s escalating legal problems pose a major threat to their Senate and House majorities in November.The emerging consensus is that the House GOP …

John McCain, war hero and giant of the Senate, dies at 81

John McCain, a giant of the Senate who survived years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to become a leading actor on the political stage for decades, has died.

Kavanaugh eases off call for presidential immunity in meetings with senators

Senate Democrats on Thursday pressed Judge Brett Kavanaugh on how he would view potential obstruction of justice or other possible criminal charges against President Trump if he wer…

GOP on heels after Cohen plea, Manafort conviction

Republican lawmakers found themselves scrambling for answers a day after President Trump’s former lawyer accused the president of criminal conduct and his former campaign chairman was convicted on eight felony count…

Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up

The Senate is working through the August recess. Sort of.Senators didn’t arrive in Washington for this week’s work until late in the day Wednesday and held their last votes of the week at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, adjour…

GOP leader criticizes Republican senators for not showing up to work

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) scolded Senate Republican colleagues on Thursday for skipping a Wednesday night vote, warning them that attendance needs to improve if anything is to get done in August, acco…