Author: Elizabeth Crisp

Scrutiny builds over material from Biden home, office

President Biden is facing new scrutiny over classified documents discovered at his home and an office he used after leaving the vice presidency. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to look into the recently discovered classified documents. The move means that both parties’ standard-bearers — who could face a rematch in 2024…

McCarthy struggles to get the votes

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) moved farther away from locking up the Speakership on Wednesday afternoon, with a bloc of GOP critics not budging. After six rounds of voting, the opposition to McCarthy stood at 20, with one additional Republican earlier in the day changing their vote from McCarthy to “present” and another signaling the GOP…

Speaker battle highlights GOP tensions

Party tensions were on full display Tuesday as GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) pushed hard to shore up support for his Speaker bid from a group of reticent Republicans. McCarthy failed to secure enough votes for Speaker as the voting entered multiple rounds, setting up a pitched battle for the top House spot. It’s the first time…

Senate panel to launch bipartisan inquiry into Social Security watchdog

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to launch a bipartisan probe into the Social Security Administration’s watchdog amid concerns over management issues. The Washington Post reported that the investigation of the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration “is likely to concentrate on allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers, plummeting morale, staff attrition,…

Whitmer kidnap plotter gets 16 year sentence

The right-wing extremist who federal authorities say led the failed plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has been sentenced to 16 years in prison — dodging what could have been a life sentence that federal authorities had sought in the rare domestic terrorism case. Adam Fox,…

Outlook for federal spending bill perks up

NotedDC is a newsletter looking at the politics, policy and people behind the stories in Washington. Sign up here or in the box below. LAWMAKERS APPEAR to have agreed on a stopgap spending measure that will give them a little more time to come up with a larger budget bill for the coming year. The temporary…

NotedDC — Democrats’ expanded Senate majority boosts Harris

NotedDC is a newsletter looking at the politics, policy and people behind the stories in Washington. Sign up here or in the box below. DEMOCRATS PULLED OFF a big win with the reelection of Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) this week, but it could also be a boon to Vice President Harris as she looks to build her political profile. With Democrats…

NotedDC — What’s on the menu for Biden’s first state dinner

Lobster, caviar and sparkling wine will be flowing at the White House on Thursday night as President Biden and first lady Jill Biden host French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, for the Biden administration’s first state dinner. More than 300 guests are expected to attend the event, which will be held under a heated pavilion on the White House South…