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Rep. Steve King lost his House seat, but his hard-right views live on inside the GOP

The Iowa Republican’s decisive loss may say more about the bounds of political discourse than the popularity of strict restrictions on immigration and abortion among GOP voters. → Read More

House Democrats seek answers from Trump administration officials on handling of protests

The House Armed Services Committee wants Esper and Milley to testify while the Judiciary Committee chairman, rebuffed by Barr, is calling for a cut in the budget for his personal office. → Read More

Rep. Steve King, who was shunned by GOP leaders for his racist remarks, loses in Iowa primary

The fate of the controversial conservative was the most closely watched of numerous House and Senate races as voters cast ballots amid the backdrop of a pandemic and racial unrest. → Read More

Recruitment misses and money woes undermine GOP chances of reclaiming House

National political head winds are working against Republicans, who likely will have to wait at least two more years for their best shot to win the majority. → Read More

Targeting Hunter Biden, Senate panel approves subpoena for lobbying firm over Democrats’ objections

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is seeking documents concerning Hunter Biden’s work for a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. → Read More

Citing financial cost of pandemic, House liberals demand cut in military spending

The ultimatum from 29 Democrats stands to complicate plans to authorize defense spending for 2021. → Read More

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