Showdown in House Foreign Affairs Chair Race Reflects Rifts in Democratic Party
The battle between centrists and progressives over U.S. foreign policy that is dogging Biden’s transition is also playing out in a crucial committee.
Democrats Urge Outgoing Trump to Be Flexible on Sanctions
Lawmakers are redoubling efforts to ensure all countries can get essential medical equipment during the pandemic despite ramped-up U.S. sanctions.
Trump Appointee Stonewalls Congress on Transition Progress
The General Services Administration is ignoring congressional deadlines for answers about the stalled transition that has forced the Biden team to improvise.
Democrats Projected to Win House, But Lose Some Key Foreign-Policy Races
There wasn’t any blue wave for House Democrats looking to pad their majority.
Republican Lindsey Graham Keeps His Seat, but Control of the Senate Remains Uncertain
The South Carolina senator is a key defender on the right of U.S. foreign aid.
Trump Appointee Seeks to Turn U.S. Media Agency Into a Political Cheerleader
Michael Pack, the controversial head of U.S. government broadcasting, tries to blow up the firewalls that have protected Voice of America and other agencies from political interference.
Senior U.S. Lawmaker Wants to Scale Back Pay-for-Post Ambassadorships
Both parties have rewarded donors with top diplomatic positions, but Trump has taken it to a new level.
House Democrats Pledge to Continue Investigations Into Pompeo—Regardless of Election Outcome
The contenders to lead the House Foreign Affairs Committee all plan to redouble its investigations into the secretary of state’s tenure.
U.S. at Risk of Being Outpaced by China, a New Intel Committee Report Finds
An assessment by the House Intelligence Committee says the United States will be hard-pressed to meet China’s multidimensional challenge if it stays in a counterterrorism mindset.
State Department Cancels Hill Briefings as Tensions Escalate Between Pompeo and Lawmakers
A congressional investigation into the firing of the department’s inspector general has caused friction between the secretary of state and members of Congress.
The U.S. Is a Haven for Money Laundering. That Might Be About to Change.
Tucked into the sprawling defense authorization bill are measures to create a corporate ownership registry, which would plug one of America’s glaring gaps.
Democrats See Senate Republicans Vulnerable Due to Trump’s Russia Problem
Trump’s continued reluctance to criticize Moscow over bounties has given Democratic contenders a fresh opening to attack lawmakers loyal to the White House.
Democrats Make Last-Ditch Effort to Kill a Trump Pentagon Nomination
Senators told Trump’s pick to lead the Defense Department’s policy shop that his views are “wholly incompatible with the U.S. military’s values.”
Pentagon Legislative Chief Calls It Quits
Robert Hood’s departure leaves the U.S. Defense Department at a high-water mark for vacancies under the Trump administration.
Congress Eyes Hearing for Controversial Trump Pentagon Pick
The move comes after the president personally lobbied the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee to confirm Anthony Tata as the Defense Department’s top policy official.
White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test
Interviews with political appointees at the Pentagon raise fears of another purge.
Lawmakers Allege Egyptian Interference in Torture Suit
A House letter calls the arrests of an Egyptian American human rights advocate’s family a bid to “undermine” the U.S. judicial process.
White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections
The White House wants fired National Security Council aide Rich Higgins hired for a senior Defense position.
House Democrats Jockey for Foreign Affairs Committee Gavel
It’s another battle between centrists and progressives that could have big implications for U.S. foreign policy, especially on Israel.
Republicans Demand Trump Answer on Alleged Russian Bounties
If the leaked U.S. intelligence reporting is verified, Republicans in Congress say President Trump needs to take swift action to hold Russia accountable.