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GOP Lawmakers Say Influence of Trump’s Tweet to Congress ‘Undeniable’

As the new Congress convened on Tuesday, Republican and Democratic members began to contemplate the reality of legislating in an era of the dominant social-media force that is President-elect Donald Trump.

Ten Senate Democrats Break With Obama Over U.N. Censure of Israeli Settlements

Ten Senate Democrats have signed on to a measure disapproving of a United Nations resolution that condemned Israel's settlement activities, breaking with the Obama administration over the issue.

Capital Journal Daybreak: Trump Transition, Health Law, More

HERE’S A LOOK AT THE DAY AHEAD OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: President Barack Obama meets with House and Senate Democrats to discuss a strategy to repel congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act at 9 a.m. Mr. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with combatant commanders and Joint Chiefs of Staff at the White House […]

Joe Biden Stars in His Final Senate Swearing-in Ceremony

As the 115th Senate convened on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden had to call the Senate to order twice to get the noisy group to settle down. The first order of business was to swear-in the 34 elected members, seven who were new.

Q&A: The Office of Congressional Ethics and Its Role in Congress

What is the Office of Congressional Ethics, what does it do -- and what are the major criticisms of it?

Why Obama Erred in Waiting to Disclose Details of Election Hacking

Stephen Sestanovich: President Barack Obama confused truth with partisanship in waiting to disclose more details about Moscow’s alleged hacking activities until after the election.

Capital Journal Daybreak: New Congress, Trump Transition, More

HERE’S A LOOK AT THE DAY AHEAD OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: President Barack Obama meets with House and Senate Democrats at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol to discuss a strategy to repel congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. TRUMP TRANSITION: President-elect Donald Trump meets leaders of the intelligence community this week “to be […]

After Kerry’s Speech, Is the Two-State Solution Dead?

Aaron David Miller: Secretary of State John Kerry may not have been intended his speech last week to be a eulogy for the two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but he made clear how long the odds actually are against its success. Here are four other truths that decrease the odds of its success.

Trump Spokesman Questions Utility, Motives of Obama’s Russia Sanctions

President-elect Donald Trump's spokesman questioned on Sunday the utility of the sanctions the Obama administration imposed on Moscow for its alleged hacking of U.S. institutions, suggesting the White House was seeking to limit the incoming president's policy options on Russia.

From Trump vs. Clinton to America’s ‘Supergun’: Top Capital Journal Stories of 2016

With the end of a busy year upon us, here's a look at the some of the top Capital Journal stories in terms of readership. As you would expect, stories related to the election are well represented, but pieces on student loans and national security also found a broad audience.

Russian Diplomats Say Goodbye to Expelled Colleagues

Most of the 35 suspected intelligence operatives heading back to Russia on Saturday will be from Russia's Washington embassy, with about a dozen departing from San Francisco, according a Russian statement on social media.

‘Reconciliation’ Could Roll Back Obamacare but Roil Senate

THINK TANK: The effort by the GOP to peel away parts of the Affordable Care Act could also lead to a showdown over how the Senate runs, due to Republicans' use of a wrinkle in Senate rules that allows certain legislation to move through with a simple majority, rather than the 60-vote supermajority typically required.

Capital Journal: U.S. Punishes Russia Over Hacks | Putin Responds | Trump Tested

President Barack Obama on Thursday issued a dramatic response to Russia’s alleged use of cyberattacks to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, and more in our newsletter.

U.S. Cyberattack Response: Sanctions, Expulsions, Promises of Covert Moves

The Obama administration unveiled new sanctions against Russia aimed at its top intelligence services and officials. Here's a rundown of the steps the U.S. is taking.

Capital Journal: Kerry’s Harsh Criticism | Retaliation for Russia Hack | Inside the Iran Cash Standoff

Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Israel’s settlement policy in unusually harsh terms as the Obama administration raced to preserve a longstanding approach to the Middle East that President-elect Donald Trump has signaled he will upend.

Capital Journal: Policy Splits in Trump Cabinet | Kerry’s Big Speech | CFPB Battle

Trump's cabinet picks have disagreements on key issues, and more of Wednesday's top Washington stories.

5 Voter Lessons for Republicans and Democrats Headed Into 2017

Donald Trump and the new Congress will try to keep their hold on the voters that put them in power, and possibly look for ways to reach those who did not back them. Here are five takeaways from election results that show the considerations facing each party in 2017.

Capital Journal: Wealth Slows Trump Picks | Israel Tensions | Understanding GOP Tax Plan

HIGHLIGHTS Trump Cabinet Picks Face Costly Confirmation Fights Trump’s Forays Into Foreign Policy Strain Transition Seib: 10 Red-State Democrats Will Be Key to GOP Success or Failure SOME TRUMP PICKS FACE STIFF AND COSTLY CONFIRMATION...Show More Summary

Obama Suggests He Could Have Beat Trump

President Barack Obama suggested he could have won the presidential election had he been allowed to run again, a claim that his successor pounced on Monday.

Why Exposing Putin’s Wealth Would Be Obama’s Best Revenge

Stephen Sestanovich: As the Obama administration searches for some sort of payback against Vladimir Putin for Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. election, the president should revisit the idea of trying to expose the hidden wealth and financial shenanigans of the Putin inner circle.

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