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Rep. Xavier Becerra named California attorney general

Becerra was the highest-ranking Latino in Congress; his departure could smooth over tensions among House Democrats.

GOP congresswoman meets with Trump as the fetal tissue investigation moves to a close

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) was an early Trump supporter and visited Trump Tower Tuesday to discuss his coming administration.

Donald Trump says he wants to help miners. But does Congress?

About 12,500 retired coal miners and their families could lose health benefits on Jan. 1 unless Congress acts.

House Democrats demand Chaffetz probe Trump’s finances

Seventeen Democratic members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee called on panel Chairman Jason Chaffetz to “begin reviewing [Trump’s] financial arrangements in order to identify and protect against conflicts of interest.“

The fight to confirm Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee starts now

A conservative activist group is spending a half-million dollars to prepare activists for a bare-knuckle confirmation fight.

How to pay for Donald Trump’s trillion-dollar agenda? Congressional Republicans aren’t saying.

The Trump agenda stands to drain hundreds of billions of dollars from the national balance sheet, and Republicans on Capitol Hill have little to say about it.

Judge dashes Merrick Garland’s final, faint hope for a Supreme Court seat

D.C. federal judge dismisses case that argued senators had “created a constitutional crisis” by refusing to take up Garland’s nomination.

Trump camp calls for short-term spending bill despite Senate concerns

House Republicans bowed to the president-elect’s wishes and announced plans to extend government funding through March of next year.

Congress isn’t bringing back earmarks — not yet, at least

Donald Trump is coming to Washington promising to “drain the swamp,” but House Republicans came very close to reinstating one of Capitol Hill’s swampiest institutions: the appropriations earmark.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein will lead Democrats as they take on Trump’s Supreme Court nominees

Feinstein has taken on the gun industry, the CIA and civil-liberties advocates in her own party during her long tenure in the Senate.

Schumer is next top Senate Democrat, adds Sanders to leadership ranks

Schumer becomes the first New Yorker and first Jewish man to serve as a Senate leader.

Paul Ryan is set to remain as House speaker, and so are GOP tensions

While Donald Trump’s victory might have eased the internal politics of the House GOP, it has not eliminated them entirely.

Congress prepares a year-end blitz ahead of Trump inauguration

Paul Ryan’s leadership of the House GOP now appears no longer at risk when Republicans meet this week on Capitol Hill to choose their leaders for the next Congress.

No, Harry Reid is not making nice with Donald Trump

While Reid will no longer be at the tip of Democrat’s spear -- or perhaps because he won’t -- he is in no mood to join the chorus of conciliatory well-wishers hoping and praying for Trump’s success.

Is Paul Ryan already eyeing Medicare cuts?

“What people don’t realize is that Medicare is going broke, that Medicare is going to have price controls,” Ryan said Thursday. “Because of Obamacare, Medicaid is in fiscal straits. So you have to deal with those issues if you’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Schumer throws his support behind Keith Ellison for DNC chairman

The backing is a big boost to an expected candidate who already has the support of some liberal lawmakers.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, Schumer tells labor leaders

Obama’s signature global trade deal had been on life support for months as both Democrats and Republicans campaigned against unfair trade policies ahead of the Nov. 8 election. And Donald Trump’s triumph in the presidential race cemented its fate.

Amid whispers about her future, Pelosi says Democrats are willing to work with Trump

“It’s Defcon 1,” said Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), who has led House Democrats’ messaging, in an interview held before the conference call. “I think we Democrats need to learn how to tap into acute middle class anxieties constructively or else House Republicans will continue to tap into those anxieties destructively.“

Trump’s victory heralds a golden age for Republicans on Capitol Hill

Republicans are now positioned to not only undo much of the Obama administration’s accomplishments but to also pursue their own generational remaking of the federal government’s role in American life and commerce.

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