Rand Paul to start Russia trip Monday

The libertarian senator has been a fierce proponent of Trump’s outreach to Russia, even while most of Congress criticizes the president’s interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Republicans, Democrats partner on Russia sanctions bill, new cyber measures

The proposed legislation is the latest attempt by lawmakers to push for tougher measures ahead of the midterm elections.

Massachusetts Democrat blocks State Department nominee over 3-D guns

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said he would put a “hold” on Trump’s nominee to oversee the office that made an agreement on publishing blueprints for the 3-D weapons.

Senate overwhelmingly backs defense measure, sending it to Trump

The behemoth $716 billion bill sets defense authorization records but avoids any of the difficult policy clashes with the White House over China and Russia.

Senate Republicans shoot down extra funds for election security

The largely party-line vote makes it highly unlikely states will get more federal funds to counter foreign influence operations before the midterm elections.

Top Senate intel Democrat proposes measures to counter influence campaigns on social media

Sen. Mark R. Warner’s proposals include everything from making companies legally liable for removing fake content to giving users ownership over the information they add to platforms.

Bipartisan bill would prevent Trump from exiting NATO without Senate consent

The effort from Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has the support of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Congress’ most well-respected statesman and a regular critic of Trump’s stance on NATO and Russia.

House passes annual defense bill, avoiding big policy clashes with Trump

The bill includes initiatives to counter Russia and China, but steers clear of directly taking on the White House over Russia sanctions and the president’s deal with Chinese telecom giant ZTE.

Congress to ease Russia sanctions amid clamor for tougher measures

The annual defense bill gives the president some wiggle room on selling arms to countries with Russia ties.

Senate GOP withdraws judicial nominee Ryan Bounds, delivering a blow to Trump’s court plans

The surprise move from the Senate majority leader came after Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) expressed concerns with Bounds’s earlier writings ridiculing multiculturalism.

Senate to vote on urging Trump to reject Putin’s request to interrogate McFaul

The resolution is expected to earn strong bipartisan support, but is not binding on the president, who is considering the Russian leader’s offer in exchange for U.S. prosecutors questioning 12 indicted Russian officials.

Senate to vote on urging Trump to reject Putin’s request to interrogate McFaul

The resolution is expected to earn strong bipartisan support, but is not binding on the president, who is considering the Russian leader’s offer in exchange for U.S. prosecutors questioning 12 indicted Russian officials.

Onetime political foe Rand Paul stands as Trump’s fiercest defender on Russia

The U.S. senator from Kentucky doubled down on his defense of Trump’s summit and his vitriol for the president’s critics, as the bond between the two noninterventionists solidifies.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page said to be ‘cooperative’ during Capitol Hill meeting about anti-Trump texts

Her messages with FBI agent Peter Strzok have fueled Republicans’ claims of political bias at the bureau.

Writer of anti-Trump texts tells lawmakers bias never affected his work

Peter Strzok told House members his personal political views never affected his work, but Republicans did not believe his explanation.

House Judiciary Committee recommends anti-Rosenstein resolution for floor vote

The measure only expresses Congress’ demands for documents from the Justice Department. But it lays the political groundwork for potential contempt and other punitive measures.

Former Obama officials warn Trump not to repeat their mistakes on Russia

Officials said the Trump administration has done little to combat potential election interference in 2018 or 2020.

Senate passes defense bill, setting up clash with House over China’s ZTE

The Trump administration is lobbying lawmakers to strip the Senate‘s punitive measures against the telecom giant.

Justice Dept. inspector general, FBI director face questions from Congress on report

Monday’s hearing is the first public session lawmakers want with the report’s key players.

GOP, Democrats are outraged but at odds over ending family separation at border

Both sides are calling for a legislative fix to stop the administration’s practice, but no cross-party compromise is emerging.