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Verbatim: Restoring Excellence at the Secret Service

Joseph P. Clancy, acting director of the Secret Service, is to testify before Congress.

California A.G. Hints It’s Time for a New Generation of State Leaders

California's attorney general, Kamala Harris, has let slip her frustration with the political longevity of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Today in Politics

Republican leaders in the House stuck with an (almost) all-male lineup of committee leaders.

Obama Is Said to Scrap Child-Care Rules in G.O.P. Outreach

The president is planning to scrap a few new rules in an effort to persuade Congress to pass an immigration bill, according to people familiar with the plan.

Verbatim: The Right Impression

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said the president does not support and would veto any Keystone XL pipeline bill.

Texas ID Law Keeps Hundreds of Ballots From Being Counted

Provisional ballots cast by nearly 500 voters in Texas on Nov. 4 never became official -- part of the fallout from the state’s tough voter ID law

Key Republican Votes to Watch on N.S.A. Overhaul

Backers of the proposed National Security Agency overhaul are working to line up Republican supporters to break the 60-vote threshold.

First Draft Focus: From the Heart

A briefing book for the White House chief of staff, Denis R. McDonough, had a note from one of his children attached to it as he sat in a meeting on  Ebola in the White House on Tuesday.

Landrieu Calls Ad for Her Challenger Sexist and Ageist

The days of dirty campaign ads might seem like ages ago, but election season remain in full swing in Louisiana.

Shutdown Politics Makes Some Republicans Wary

Republicans fear that talk of another government shutdown could backfire.

To McConnell, It’s the ‘Cassidy’ Keystone Bill

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, does not want Democrats to claim all the credit if a bill to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline moves forward.

First Draft Focus: Say Freeze!

It was a morning of smiles and shivers as freshman House members stood in below-freezing temperatures for their class photo outside the Capitol on Tuesday.

Democrats, by Acclamation, Retain Pelosi as Leader

House Democrats have reelected Representative Nancy Pelosi to minority leader post.

Republicans Savor Sweet Victory

Cake being taken out of a Senate G.O.P. luncheon.

Harry Reid to Remain Democratic Leader

Senate Democrats voted on Thursday to keep Senator Harry Reid of Nevada as their leader, but Democrats expressed frustration with the party's direction.

Wicker Picked to Helm National Republican Senatorial Committee

Senate Republicans today handed the job of protecting their new majority to Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, who was elected chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Warren’s Leadership Job Could Be Liberal Liaison

Democratic leaders are hoping to make Elizabeth Warren a liaison to the party's liberal groups, to ensure that they have a voice in leadership meetings.

White House Hints at XL Pipeline Veto

President Obama has largely left the cap on his veto pen, but that might not be the case for much longer.

A Technicolor Tribute

Representative Howard Coble is retiring from the House at the end of this year, and taking his cadre of signature madras jackets with him to North Carolina.

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