Alan Fram, The Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 28, 2019 photo, U.S. forces patrol Syrian oil fields. (Baderkhan Ahmad/AP)
    Bipartisan House OKs bill hitting Turkey for Syria incursion

    A bipartisan bill punishing Turkey for its invasion of northern Syria and illustrating both parties’ dismay with President Donald Trump’s retreat from the region sailed easily through the House on Tuesday.

  • In this Saturday June 7, 2014 file photo, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addresses the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va. President Donald Trump’s anointment of Cuccinelli as acting head of a major federal immigration agency has prompted muttering from Republican senators whose job descriptions include confirming top administration aides.(Steve Helber/AP)
    GOP mutters, gently, as Trump sidesteps Senate for top aides

    While Republicans widely blame Democratic opposition to Trump's nominees for his use of acting officials to fill some posts — a characterization Democrats reject — many also say his reliance on that alternative is costly.

  • In this Jan. 9, 2017, photo, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Bargainers seeking a bipartisan immigration accord planned talks as soon as Wednesday as President Donald Trump and leading lawmakers sought to parlay an extraordinary White House meeting into momentum for resolving a politically blistering issue.(Evan Vucci/AP)
    Trump criticizes federal judge blocking him on immigration

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that despite the ruling, lawmakers and the White House must drive toward a bipartisan deal that would permanently shield nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.

  • Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, arrives for a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
    Farenthold retiring from House amid harassment accusations

    The House Ethics Committee said last week that it would investigate Farenthold after congressional sources said he’d paid an $84,000 settlement using taxpayers’ money.

  • From left, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., meet with reporters after House Republicans held a closed-door strategy session as the deadline looms to pass a spending bill to fund the government by week's end, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
    House conservatives open to bill averting shutdown; Trump less optimistic

    Hard-right House conservatives signaled an openness Wednesday to backing a short-term spending bill this week, raising the odds that Congress will pass the measure and prevent a partial government shutdown on Saturday.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks from the chamber to his office during votes on amendments to the GOP overhaul of the tax bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday night, Dec. 1, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
    Tax bill clears Senate in big boost for Trump, GOP

    Trump on Saturday tweeted his thanks to Senate and House Republicans as they now begin trying to reconcile differences in legislation passed by both chambers, a behind-closed-doors process that is expected to move swiftly.