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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, accused Democrats of stalling on a bill to address the crisis at the border, but Democrats said the bill being pushed by Republicans would do more harm than good and would not get through the House.

The Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through a Republican-backed asylum reform bill on a party-line vote last Thursday over the strident objections of Democrats, who were blocked from offering amendments to it. Read more» 2

The fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation became an issue in this fall’s elections. But Republicans maintained control of the Senate, making confirmation of more of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees likely next year.

Democrats are gearing up for change in Washington after their surge in the midterm elections, but there’s at least one area where Republicans will still hold the upper hand – judicial nominations. Read more»

U.S. Sen. John McCain at a 2011 town hall in Tucson.

John McCain wore it all on his sleeve, collar, shirtwaist, slacks and shoes. He wanted to be above the game but succumbed to it regularly. We knew exactly what he was thinking because he was so bad at hiding it. Read more»

Sen. John McCain was one of three GOP senators whose decision to vote against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill killed it. McCain said he could not vote for a bill being rushed through.

Senate leaders abandoned their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying Tuesday that they would turn their attention to tax reform after key GOP defections doomed the health care proposal. Read more»

Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson and a colorful cast of characters jockey over regulation. Read more»

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y

When the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the U.S. military’s sexual assault crisis, lawmakers grilled Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine officials on the alarmingly high number of rapes and other sexual abuses in their ranks. Read more»

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C. The building is located across the street from Lafayette Park and the White House.

Everybody knows money talks in politics, but people—and particularly the press—rarely pay attention to exactly how. It can define potential alternatives, invent arguments, inundate with propaganda, and threaten with merely hypothetical opposition. Read more»