Key Biden officials are making a pilgrimage to Alaska — for Murkowski

While on it, Murkowski made the case to him that Alaska’s tenuous transportation system needs federal support. She had a clear message: Alaska is unique. It can’t be treated like the other 49 states. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), left, greets Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg before a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office … Read more

Pelosi: I’m Running Partly to Thwart Trump

As she did when we spoke last month during a day I spent this summer with her in San Francisco, Pelosi veered between acknowledging the city’s challenges with homelessness, crime and business closures and complaining about its dire portrayal in the news media. “The fact is, it’s contained, and we will deal with it, but … Read more

Why the coming weeks will test the McConnell-McCarthy relationship

But now, with McCarthy under pressure from conservatives, he and his Kentucky Republican counterpart could quickly find themselves at loggerheads on a government shutdown, a possible Biden impeachment and a massive debate over Ukraine funding. The issues are already bubbling to the surface. Upon their return next week, House Republicans under McCarthy plan to continue … Read more

‘Offensive’: Georgia prosecutor excoriates Jordan for probe into Trump charges

Jordan requested information about Willis’ use of federal funding and any conversations her office had with the Justice Department or special counsel Jack Smith, who has brought charges against Trump in both a classified documents case and over his actions during the 2020 election. But Willis, in her letter, said that Jordan’s “obvious purpose is … Read more

Mitch McConnell pushes to silence health doubts as Senate returns

“He was ready to go through the agenda, did an extraordinary job. Any time somebody experiences head trauma, … you’re going to have challenges,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who attended the leadership meeting Tuesday. “As somebody that speaks with and works with this person pretty frequently, … he’s still on his game mentally.” As … Read more

George Santos and aide appear to be discussing plea deals with feds

Last month, one of Santos’ former campaign aides, Samuel Miele, was also indicted for allegedly impersonating a House leadership aide while soliciting contributions for Santos’ campaign. Miele, who was charged with wire fraud and identity theft, pleaded not guilty. On Tuesday, however, prosecutors in his case told the court that they and Miele needed to … Read more