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Past articles by Mike:

Republicans stay mum as Senate pushes toward same-sex marriage vote

Many Senate Republicans are not taking a position on the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriage in federal law. → Read More

Would the new gun bill have prevented Highland Park? It’s complicated.

The suspected gunman’s background appears to be exactly what lawmakers were targeting in the new law. → Read More

In Colorado Senate race, a Republican tacks to the center on abortion

Joe O'Dea, center, is joined by his wife, Celeste, right, daughter Tayler and son-in-law David Freund, back left, before speaking at a Republican primary election night watch party on June 28 in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP) In a year where Republican primary voters across America have taken a hard right turn toward former president Donald Trump, GOP voters in Colorado made a different choice… → Read More

How the Senate defied 26 years of inaction to tackle gun violence

The legislation represents a crash effort between four wildly different lawmakers thrown together by circumstance and pushed to action by unspeakable tragedies. → Read More

Senate makes key breakthrough on gun laws, advances new restrictions

The Senate advanced legislation aimed at stanching acts of mass gun violence past a key procedural hurdle Thursday, voting to close debate and move toward a final vote on a package combining modest new firearms restrictions with $15 billion in mental health and school security funding. The 65-34 vote represented an unlikely breakthrough on the emotional and polarizing question of U.S. gun laws,… → Read More

Coalition behind gun bill reveals a sharp Senate Republican split

Tuesday’s Senate vote to advance a narrow bipartisan deal to toughen federal gun laws was, on one level, a political miracle, with 14 Republicans joining Democrats to defy the National Rifle Association and vocal conservative critics — in an election year, no less. Seen another way, however, the strong Republican opposition to a bill that offered only comparatively incremental tweaks to existing… → Read More

Brewing Senate deal marks inflection point for gun rights movement

The largest and best-funded advocacy groups, including the National Rifle Association, appear to be keeping their options open. → Read More

McConnell says he’ll likely back gun deal as Senate rushes toward vote

His backing provided further evidence that the current round of gun-law negotiation might have sufficient GOP support to overcome a filibuster. → Read More

Jan. 6 committee uses video, testimony to tell tale of the insurrection

The House select committee held its first prime-time session on June 9 after spending nearly a year investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Video: Mahlia Posey/The Washington Post, Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post) It began with callbacks to the darkest days of American history — to redcoats sacking a young nation’s capital and a legacy of racist violence it has… → Read More

House to vote on gun measures just hours after wrenching testimony

The House votes, however, will amount to little more to a political messaging exercise due to firm Republican opposition to substantial new gun restrictions. → Read More

Hopes for quick gun deal fade as Senate negotiators plead for patience

A small bipartisan group of senators continues delicate talks on a legislative package that could include the first significant new federal gun restrictions in three decades. → Read More

Senators say gun deal is within reach, but without Biden’s wish list

A small bipartisan group of senators continues to work toward a deal that could include some new gun restrictions, but not the assault weapons ban or other measures President Biden called for in a national address. → Read More

Florida Republicans beat the gun lobby. Congress hasn’t followed.

In 2018, Florida banned weapons sales to those under 21, imposed a three-day waiting period and created a “red flag” law. Republicans doubt the same can happen at the federal level. → Read More

In first test after mass shootings, Senate GOP poised to block domestic terror bill

Republicans said it was premature to debate a response to the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, and expressed serious qualms about the content of the domestic terrorism bill itself. → Read More

After Texas tragedy, Schumer says Democrats will negotiate on guns

The Senate majority leader castigated Republicans for their repeated inaction after mass shootings but said Democrats had no choice but to try again. → Read More

Democrats refocus attention on drug prices after Oregon primary shakeup

There's rekindled interest on Capitol Hill in pushing through prescription drug legislation before the midterm elections — when Democrats are at risk of losing their congressional majorities and any chance at the sort of aggressive policy they have promised in their campaigns since at least 2006. → Read More

Senate passes $40 billion in Ukraine aid, sending bill to Biden

The Senate voted Thursday to deliver more than $40 billion in new military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, sending the measure to President Biden after a week-long delay sparked by a lone senator’s objection. → Read More

After decades defending abortion rights, Patty Murray readies for offense

The no-nonsense senator from Washington has been the single most effective Democratic combatant against Republican attempts to restrict abortion and otherwise roll back reproductive health care rights on Capitol Hill. → Read More

Republicans, on cusp of abortion win, seek to change the subject

Republicans for months have been on the rhetorical offensive against President Biden and fellow Democrats — hammering them on the Afghanistan withdrawal, on increasing homicide rates, on a chaotic southern border and on seemingly ever-rising inflation. Now they’re the ones searching for the right message. → Read More

Democrats in tough races revolt over Biden administration border move

The decision to end a public health order used to expel migrants has resounded on the campaign trail as Republicans eye a potent midterm wedge issue. → Read More