Congress

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 28, 2017.

Now the Public Gets to Decide on Impeachment

Key witnesses will begin testifying before Congress in public for the first time this week. And for both sides, credibility is on the line.

Trump's ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland prepares to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

Plugging the Donor-to-Ambassador Pipeline

Trump gives more ambassadorships to donors and fat cats than most presidents. A House bill seeks to stop that practice for all presidents going forward.

Syrians drive past a town in northeastern Syria following a Turkish bombardment.

Lawmakers Demand Answers on Alleged War Crimes by Turkish-Backed Forces in Syria

Senators are also questioning the State Department on whether U.S.-origin defense equipment sold to Turkey was used in such incidents.

Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona speaks during a press conference alongside House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 23.

Divided Lawmakers Still Unite Around Ukraine

Despite the impeachment inquiry, U.S. lawmakers on both sides insist their support for Ukraine against Russian aggression remains strong.

Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee speak after a hearing.

Senate Democrats Urge More Probes Into Unfolding Impeachment Saga

Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee urge Republican leadership to investigate the Ukraine affair that triggered the House impeachment inquiry.

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House.

Welcome to Trump’s Impeachment Foreign Policy

His administration’s decisions will be erratic, ill-considered, and ineffective. In other words, business as usual.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 27, 2018.

Pompeo Skirts Protocol to Appoint New Protocol Chief

Democrats say that the U.S. secretary of state is bypassing the Senate’s traditional oversight measures with the appointment.

State Department Defends U.N. Peacekeeping

The White House and Foggy Bottom are at odds over the value of blue helmets.

U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) hold a news conference on August 19 in St. Paul, Minnesota after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a planned trip by Omar and Tlaib to visit Israel and the West Bank.

Trump Doesn’t Care About Israel. He Cares About Reelection.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s capitulation to the White House over Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib’s visit has harmed his country’s image and profoundly endangered bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that the United States blamed on Iran in Washington on June 13, 2019.

Lawmakers Redouble Push to Stop Trump From Going to War With Iran

The U.S. president’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran is creating strange bedfellows in Congress.

U.S. Sen. James Risch, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, attends a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 19.

Senators Break Ranks Over Saudi Arabia

The Foreign Relations Committee, in a rare breach of decorum, engages in a bitter dispute over how to pressure Riyadh.

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Finally, the U.S. Is Getting Some Diplomats in the Field

Thanks to rule changes and a new push from the Senate and Pompeo’s team, a flurry of nominees is being approved at last.

Kelly Knight Craft, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, testifies at her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on June 19.

Dems Grill Trump’s U.N. Nominee Over Ottawa Absences

Kelly Knight Craft spent about half her tenure as ambassador outside Canada, data shows. She says much of it was work travel.

A member of the Yemeni security forces loyal to Houthi rebels stands guard at a square in the capital, Sanaa, on June 5.

Infuriating Congress, Trump Administration Keeps Pushing for Saudi Arms Sales

Lawmakers accused the State Department of concocting a “phony emergency.”

U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by National Security Advisor John Bolton as he speaks at the White House on April 9, 2018.

More Democrats Accuse Trump of Inflating Iran Intelligence

A new congressional letter raises fears of stumbling into war.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington is pictured on Nov. 7, 2018.

U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted.

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks to reporters during a flight from El Paso, Texas, after visiting the southern U.S. border on Feb. 23.

The Pentagon Is Finally Getting a New Defense Secretary

The long-awaited appointment of Patrick Shanahan allows Pentagon leaders to finally move forward on filling key positions.

A Ukrainian flag flies in front of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission in Kiev on March 12.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Recalled in ‘Political Hit Job,’ Lawmakers Say

Marie Yovanovitch stepping down as ambassador follows attacks from both right-wing media figures in the United States and a senior Ukrainian official.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses tariffs with Congressmen Sean Duffy, left, and Robert Aderholt in the White House on Jan. 24.

Congress Should Take Back Its Authority Over Tariffs

Legislators must reinsert themselves into the trade policymaking process.

Attendees hold rainbow flags during a march to honor LGBT rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker in New York City on June 14, 2017.

Congress Wants State Department to Reckon With the ‘Lavender Scare’

Gay employees were hounded from office in a dark episode of State Department history from the 1950s and ’60s, and many committed suicide.

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