Military logjam worsens as senators leave town with no fix to Tuberville blockade

“This is uncharted waters,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). The aftershocks of the hold go well beyond Washington and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and they’ll only worsen over the five-week Senate recess. The logjam affects more than 270 military officers. They include 10 four-star officers, 54 three-stars, 70 two-stars and 139 one-stars, according to … Read more

Republicans have a plan to oust Manchin. This conservative won’t get out of the way.

“I thought I’d be the NRSC-backed candidate … I’ve been a good, team-playing conservative Republican,” Mooney said in an interview. “We’ll have to see to what extent the NRSC continues to be involved. Obviously they’ve hosted some things for Mr. Justice, which I frankly am disappointed in.” Top Senate Republicans are putting their thumbs on … Read more

U.S. announces $345M weapons package for Taiwan

The package marks the first time the U.S. has used new authority from Congress to transfer military equipment directly from Pentagon inventory to Taiwan. The transfer is done under the Presidential Drawdown Authority, the same mechanism Washington uses to send weapons to Ukraine. The U.S. did not release the contents of the package publicly due … Read more

The heat behind the jump in gasoline prices

At least four fuel-making plants in Texas and Louisiana — the states that are home to half the nation’s refining capacity — have suffered outages at least in part due to heat in recent weeks, according to Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. And even the refineries that are still churning away … Read more

Senate’s endangered Dems take a pass on talking Trump

It’s a tricky balancing act for the seven endangered lawmakers, all of whom need to win over independents and even Republicans to win their Senate races. However popular Trump’s indictments may be among Democrats, piling on the former president isn’t a winning strategy for incumbents who need to reach beyond the party base in order … Read more

GOP looks to spending fights for wins on abortion, trans care, contraception

The perennial wrangling over abortion policy is no longer limited to Congress’ annual health care spending bill. This year, Republicans have tucked anti-abortion language into nearly every corner of the appropriations process, complicating the delicate negotiations as House leaders race to bring the first of a dozen bills to the floor before the August recess. … Read more

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Cartoon Carousel Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here’s an offering of … Read more