White House, House GOP leaders reopen talks on immigration

The election-year uprising by Republican moderates forced Ryan and the White House to revive talks on the divisive issue. It was unclear if any compromise could secure the votes.

GOP renegades inch closer to forcing immigration votes as leaders scramble for Plan B

Reps. John Katko (N.Y.) and David A. Trott (Mich.) became the 19th and 20th Republicans to sign a petition that would set up votes on bills legalizing “dreamers”.

Speaking out on torture and a Trump nominee, ailing McCain roils Washington

The six-term Arizona senator showed this week that despite brain cancer, he remains a potent force in national politics and a polarizing figure within the Republican Party.

Meghan McCain dismisses ‘nothingburgers’ attacking her ailing father, John McCain

“My father’s legacy is going to be talked about for hundreds and hundreds of years,” the younger McCain said on ABC’s “The View,” where she is a co-host. “These people? Nothingburgers.”

In bid to reveal secret memo, GOP congressman plans to seek federal audit of Mueller probe

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he believed the audit could not be completed absent an unredacted copy of the memo written in August 2017 by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.

Ryan aims to quash GOP-led rebellion trying to force votes on immigration

House Republican leaders have quietly cajoled rank-and-file lawmakers not to sign on to a petition, arguing it could create a free-for-all in the middle of an election year.

Renegade Republicans challenge Paul Ryan, file discharge petition to force immigration votes

Seven Republicans filed a discharge petition Wednesday morning that, if signed by a majority of House members, would force votes on a series of immigration bills under a so-called queen of the hill rule.

After weeks of controversy, Paul Ryan swears the House chaplain back into office

Ryan and the Rev. Patrick Conroy met Tuesday morning to clear the air, and Ryan told reporters that “we’re going to keep talking” and “I feel good about where things are.”

Debbie Lesko is sworn into the House, replacing Rep. Trent Franks

Lesko’s arrival in the House is expected to boost the ranks of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus.

Republican candidates run against a Washington controlled by Republicans

Both outsider candidates and ambitious GOP lawmakers criticize the capital, echoing President Trump’s constant attacks and calls to “drain the swamp.”

House GOP faces uncertain transition to new leader amid fears of losing majority

Lawmakers are eager to change the way Republicans do business on Capitol Hill, and several are openly questioning whether a larger leadership shake-up is warranted.

Joe Biden again says he hasn’t ruled out 2020 run, will decide by year’s end

Biden has previously left the door open to a 2020 presidential run but gave a newly expansive account of his thinking.

Paul Ryan on James Comey: ‘I don’t know the guy’

Ryan, who announced his retirement on Wednesday, has previously defended Comey from Trump’s attacks.

Ryan backs McCarthy for top House GOP leader as Freedom Caucus co-founder also explores run

Scalise moves to calm a potentially raucous scramble by endorsing McCarthy, but it is unlikely to be the last word as succession process plays out over months

Speaker Ryan resists calls to step aside for quicker transition to new GOP House leader

McCarthy and Scalise are front-runners to lead the fractious caucus, with Republican lawmakers increasingly worried about a lame-duck speaker hurting fundraising.

Ryan’s departure hands House Republicans an unpredictable leadership derby

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) are the favorites to move up, but circumstances could mean months of uncertainty.

Key Senate Republicans warn White House against pursuing spending cuts

Two Republican “cardinals” — powerful lawmakers who chair Senate Appropriations subcommittees — said Monday that they were perplexed by the talk of a rescission bill just weeks after the passage of the $1.3 trillion omnibus.

Will Democrats’ Pennsylvania playbook work elsewhere? This Indiana primary could tell the tale.

Health-care executive Mel Hall is trying to recreate Conor Lamb’s success in northern Indiana. But two energetic liberals want the Democratic nomination, too.

Mitch McConnell renews push to legalize industrial hemp

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he will introduce a bill removing hemp from the federal government’s schedule of controlled substances.

How a Trump power play upended the $30 billion Gateway project

The president’s intervention to seemingly derail the megaproject was less about its merits and more about who was in control.