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Freedom Caucus Members Frustrated With GOP Leaders on Agenda

House Freedom Caucus members expressed frustration Thursday with how Republican congressional leaders are handling the party’s legislative agenda a day after President Donald Trump reached a deal with Democrats on a short-term debt-limit extension.

Russia Probes Likely Extended by New Reports, Democrats Say

Congressional investigations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election likely will be extended -- perhaps into next year -- because of revelations during Congress’ August recess about Trump associates’ contacts and meetings, Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence committees said Tuesday.

Trump Confronts Accelerating Russia Probes on Multiple Fronts

Special counsel Robert Mueller and key congressional committees are tightening their focus on some of President Donald Trump’s family members and campaign associates as probes into Russia’s interference with the 2016 election enter a new and more aggressive phase.

Trump Wades Into Race Controversy Again as He Slams GOP Critics

President Donald Trump jumped back into the roiling controversy over his response to a violent rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia as he decried the “foolish” removal of Confederate monuments and attacked two Republican senators who criticized him.

Lawmakers Seek Legal Advice on Handling Protesters

Lawmakers back home for the August recess have been feeling the heat from angry constituents and activists. Some of these members have been asking the top U.S. House staff lawyer to tell them where, exactly, they can legally draw lines on activities like protests and videotaping.

Trump Is Ready to Turn Up the Heat on China Over IP Transfers

President Donald Trump is stepping up pressure on China over what the U.S. perceives to be the theft of intellectual property, opening a new front of trade friction even as the world’s largest economies try to work together to contain North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Democrats Renew Push to Probe Deutsche Bank Russia Scandal

A handful of Democratic lawmakers have renewed their effort to get a powerful House Republican to investigate Deutsche Bank AG’s loans to President Donald Trump and the bank’s role in helping Russians move billions of dollars from Moscow to the west.

Trump Favors Outside Candidate Simons to Lead FTC

President Donald Trump is poised to nominate a longtime antitrust attorney as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, bypassing its acting Republican leader in favor of an outside candidate.

Warren Blocks Trump’s Pick for Antitrust Chief

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren put a "hold" on the confirmation of Makan Delrahim, President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Justice Department’s antitrust division, delaying a vote until at least September, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Capitol Police Responded to Wrong Site in Scalise Shooting

The U.S. Capitol Police department opened an internal investigation into why its elite tactical team was initially directed to respond to the wrong location when a gunman opened fire last month at a GOP congressional baseball practice, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Kushner Described as Forthcoming in Closed-Door House Meeting

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was cooperative and forthcoming Tuesday during a closed-door interview with the House Intelligence Committee examining potential connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, lawmakers said.

Republicans to Give Prosecutors Documents on Leaking Allegations

House Republicans plan to give federal prosecutors what they say is evidence that Obama administration officials illegally shared or leaked names of associates of President Donald Trump that were incidentally collected in U.S. government eavesdropping.

Scalise Has Surgery for Infection After Condition Deteriorated

U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, who was wounded by a gunman’s attack on Republican lawmakers as they held a baseball practice, had surgery Thursday to manage an infection, a day after being readmitted to the intensive care unit of a Washington hospital.

Russia Probe Accelerates as House Committee Plans Interviews

The House Intelligence Committee is accelerating its probe of possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, with plans to hold closed-door interviews with former campaign officials Michael Caputo and Paul Manafort.

Democrats Seek Probe of Whether Sessions Broke Recusal Rules

Democrats on two House committees want the Justice Department’s inspector general to examine whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s involvement in the firing of FBI Director James Comey broke his promise to recuse from Russia-related matters.

Senate Panel Digs Into 2,000 Financial Documents in Trump Probe

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible links to Russia is now focused sharply on financial transactions involving the president’s associates -- with the committee searching for improprieties in more than 2,000 documents it has received from the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit.

House Russia Probe Hobbled by Sharp Divide on Intelligence Panel

The House Intelligence Committee is supposed to be investigating Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. But the panel is so riven by partisan mistrust that its members can’t agree on the probe’s mission, its scope or even when to interview key witnesses.

Mueller, Lawmakers Meet to Avoid Conflicts in Russia Probes

Special Counsel Robert Mueller met with the two top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday to discuss preventing conflicts in their separate investigations into Russian election interference, and he’s set to meet with House Intelligence panel leaders in coming days.

Trump Lawyer Cohen Says He'll Testify Before Panel in September

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer said he’s been summoned to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in September, as multiple investigations into possible Russian contacts by the president’s associates accelerate in Congress.

Gowdy, Leader of Benghazi Probe, Picked to Lead House Oversight Panel

Representative Trey Gowdy, best known for investigating Hillary Clinton’s response to the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, was picked by Republicans on Thursday to take over as chairman of a key House committee with a watchdog role over the Trump administration.

Banks Want to Raise Debit-Card Swipe Fees. Republicans Say No

Wal-Mart and other retailers have beat back the finance industry’s latest lobbying campaign to let banks charge stores higher fees when customers use debit cards, according to two congressional aides with direct knowledge of the matter.

U.S. Seeks to Shift Trade Tides as It Starts Nafta Overhaul

President Donald Trump’s administration took its first formal step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, setting the stage for talks that could influence more than $1.2 trillion in annual trade and shake up corporate supply chains.

House Passes Obamacare Repeal in Razor-Thin GOP Victory

House Republicans mustered just enough votes to pass their health-care bill Thursday, salvaging what at times appeared to be a doomed mission to repeal and partially replace Obamacare under intense pressure from President Donald Trump to produce legislative accomplishments.

GOP Sets Do-Or-Die Vote to Deliver on Obamacare Repeal Promise

Seven years of Republican promises to replace Obamacare will be kept alive or dealt a potential death blow Thursday in a dramatic House vote on an embattled health bill, with big political risks for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.

Republicans Put Off Obamacare Repeal Vote Again

House GOP leaders aren’t ready to hold a vote this week on their stalled health-care bill, despite intense pressure from the White House to deliver on a long-promised repeal of Obamacare.

Trump Signals Shift on Wall Funding to Avert Government Shutdown

President Donald Trump may be willing to wait until September or possibly next year to secure federal funding for his controversial border wall, a shift that could make it possible for Congress to finish work on spending legislation in time to avoid a government shutdown.