The Daily 202: Republicans try to make ‘liberal’ attack line stick in new ad campaign

It’s a strategy straight out of the 1990s. The question is whether it has mileage this century.

Scaled-back Senate recess creates a ‘coalition of the cranky’ in Congress

Veteran senators are angry about the “skinny recess” because it feeds the idea that Congress is a lazy institution that just needs to work harder.

Politicians thought they knew the cardinal among them. They didn’t.

Theodore McCarrick was the religious figure who hobnobbed with presidents, senators, speakers and media personalities, counseling and comforting. No one knew the allegations he was hiding.

‘A different level of intensity’: Collins and Murkowski find pressure over Supreme Court lacks emotional pleas on health care

Liberals are targeting the two moderate GOP senators who stopped the repeal of the Affordable Care Act last year, hoping they will break ranks and defeat Kavanaugh.

‘Snark sells, but it doesn’t stick:’ Ryan draws dark portrait of political talk — without mentioning Trump

The House speaker focused on civility in his talk to congressional interns. But Ryan’s decision not to challenge Trump publicly has eroded his credibility as a moral leader.

Midterm history 101: Trump’s win a boost to chances for Senate Democratic incumbents

“If you are out of power and an incumbent, you just rarely lose,” says a Republican strategist who surveyed midterm elections. It’s especially true in states where the president prevailed by single digits.

Midterm history 101: Trump’s win a boost to chances for Senate Democratic incumbents

“If you are out of power and an incumbent, you just rarely lose,” says a Republican strategist who surveyed midterm elections. It’s especially true in states where the president prevailed by single digits.

‘Disastrous for America’: Fears of Trump GOP critic realized in summit with Putin

With president’s Republican foes retiring or ailing, Sen. Ben Sasse is the ideal candidate to assume the role of leading conservative on trade and national security — if he stays.

Lawmakers look to Kavanaugh’s past confirmation fight for lessons in new Supreme Court battle

President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was the subject of one of the Senate’s most contentious confirmation battles a dozen years ago.

Crowley’s loss divides stunned Democrats about the future of party leadership

Pelosi, 78, pushed back against the newcomers calling for a generational change: “Well I’m female, I’m progressive. What’s your problem? Two out of three ain’t bad.”

In Flake’s war on Trump’s tariffs, president’s judicial picks caught in the crossfire

The Arizona senator, heading for the exits, has taken one of Trump’s unmitigated successes — getting the Senate to confirm judges — and balled it up into a tangled mess

Crowley’s loss leaves gaping void for next generation of Democratic leaders

The trio of liberals atop the House Democratic caucus — Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn — are all in their 70s. The ambitious Crowley was seen as the heir apparent, but no more.

‘Get so close — and nothing happens’: Congress’s record on immigration is repeated failures

The legislative futility has created an opening for aggressive presidents, Democratic and Republican, who have acted unilaterally in setting policy.

Ryan’s mandate on immigration ignores the first lesson of how a bill becomes law

Speaker faces defeat in the House as he bypasses the traditional legislative process to put forth Republican-only bills that President Trump would sign.

The Finance 202: Key financial panels on Capitol Hill may have new leaders come November

Watch for potentially big changes at Banking and Financial Services.

Political trajectory of Graham, Sanford reflects looking-glass GOP

Two South Carolinians, both conservative yet Sanford is heading for the exits and Graham is on the rise. Chalk it up to President Trump’s transformation of the Republican Party.

Biden wraps up book tour amid persistent questions about the next chapter

The former vice president is as popular as any Democrat in the nation, but it’s unclear whether a white 70-something man is going to be the right fit for the party in 2020.

‘Herding cats’ and discipline: McConnell’s long game delivers a Senate GOP record

The Kentucky lawmaker is poised to become the longest-serving Republican leader, eclipsing Robert J. Dole of Kansas. McConnell’s tenure is marked by paradoxes.

Toasting champions turns into political football in Trump era

Pennsylvania’s Republican and Democratic lawmakers were poised to join Trump to celebrate Philadelphia’s Super Bowl win. The president disinvited the Eagles.

Analysts call it the ‘gender bonus.’ House primary voters call it the change they’re looking for.

Female Democratic newcomers capitalize on resistance to President Trump and the outrage of the #MeToo movement to chalk up wins across the country.