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Recent articles by Mike:

House poised to adopt historic changes allowing remote voting during pandemic

Democrats says the changes are temporary and tailored to the crisis but necessary to ensure Congress fulfills its constitutional responsibility during the deadly outbreak. → Read More

Lawmaking in the time of coronavirus: The Senate returns to work, warily

The adaptations by what is perhaps Washington’s most hidebound institution were unmistakable, if uneven. → Read More

McConnell, Pelosi decline Trump administration offer of rapid coronavirus tests as states loosen lockdown orders

The Senate is set to return Monday despite growing death rates in the Washington region. → Read More

GOP’s growing ‘open it up’ caucus urges fewer virus restrictions amid warnings from fellow Republicans

More GOP lawmakers are arguing that the risk of spreading sickness — and of more deaths — is outweighed by the broader economic damage that widespread stay-at-home orders have caused. → Read More

House should conduct proxy voting during pandemic, key Democrat recommends

The proposal from Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) would upend 230 years of House tradition but respond to widespread calls for remote voting options for lawmakers. → Read More

Democrats eye tantalizing Senate prize in Georgia but face doubts about seizing it

Two Republican-held Senate seats are being contested this year, yet the races have not risen to the top of the Democratic target list. → Read More

Eyeing House majority, top Republican super PAC books $43 million in fall ads

The spending plan from the Congressional Leadership Fund targets about 30 Democratic incumbents. → Read More

Super PAC stakes out Democrats’ Senate strategy with $70 million ad plan

The Senate Majority PAC is making outsize investments in North Carolina and Iowa, where GOP incumbents look vulnerable. → Read More

Illinois Rep. Lipinski loses to insurgent Marie Newman in high-profile Democratic primary rematch

Lipinski’s unapologetic antiabortion views — and Newman’s outspoken support of abortion rights — have been the dominant topic in the Chicago-area district. → Read More

Senate GOP chairman abruptly shifts course on subpoena targeting Bidens

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said his committee was postponing plans to demand records and testimony out of “an abundance of caution.” → Read More

Incoming White House chief of staff Mark Meadows among lawmakers sidelined by coronavirus concerns

Congressional leaders are suddenly caught between the need to go about the people’s business and the risk of operating what could be a giant, marble-enclosed petri dish in the Capitol. → Read More

Trump derides Sessions as former attorney general faces GOP Senate runoff in Alabama

The effect of Trump’s endorsement was felt across the congressional map Tuesday, though it was not entirely a magic wand. → Read More

Cunningham wins Democratic Senate nomination in North Carolina

The centrist former state legislator was party leaders’ choice to take on GOP incumbent Thom Tillis. → Read More

In echo of presidential race, insurgents challenge the establishment in Super Tuesday congressional races

While Bernie Sanders might headline Super Tuesday’s results, the down-ballot races could say plenty about voters’ desire for more ideologically driven candidates. → Read More

House votes to ban flavored tobacco to curb youth vaping epidemic

Passage of the far-reaching bill comes months after Trump backed off a ban on most flavored e-cigarettes. The fate of the legislation is uncertain in the Senate. → Read More

Pelosi faces a challenge to House majority beyond her control: Bernie Sanders

Typically a hands-on manager, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is suddenly finding herself in the unusual role of bystander as her party’s voters choose a presidential nominee. → Read More

Senate Republicans strongly back Barr after his clash with Trump

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters after a private lunch with William P. Barr that the attorney general “enjoys overwhelming support” in the Senate Republican ranks. → Read More

Ted Cruz once called Trump ‘utterly amoral’ and a ‘sniveling coward.’ Then he worked to save his presidency.

The Texas senator played a unique role in Trump’s impeachment trial — as legal strategist, jury consultant, messaging guru, broadcast surrogate, and breakout podcasting star. → Read More

Republicans ready to look past Trump’s brash intervention in Roger Stone case

Members of the president’s party either expressed mild dismay or excused Trump entirely after he publicly criticized prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation for a former confidant. → Read More

Pelosi laces into Trump, defends tearing up his State of the Union speech

An indignant House speaker signaled Thursday she was in no mood to reconcile with President Trump and his congressional Republican allies. → Read More