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The ‘X-Date’ Cometh

Plus: A Q&A with Rep. Mike Gallagher on China policy.

Debt Ceiling Deal Remains Elusive

Lawmakers may have only nine days to head off a default.

Discontent Grows on the Fringes Over Potential Debt Deal

It may signal a deal could emerge soon. It could also mean things are about to get messy.

Tuesday’s Make-or-Break Debt Limit Meeting

Deadline pressure is mounting for Kevin McCarthy and Joe Biden to work out a deal.

Could the Hunter Biden Probe Prompt New Ethics Legislation?

Some Senate Democrats are open to it.

Democrats Urge New Gun Laws Amid Spate of Shootings

Plus: Joe Biden and Kevin McCarthy begin new debt ceiling talks.

Senators Examine Worldwide Threats

Plus: A new China competition bill is in the works, and e-commerce trade benefits receive more scrutiny.

Lawmakers Dig In Despite New Debt Ceiling Deadline

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says ‘X-date’ is approaching faster than anticipated.

A Debt Deal Still Seems Out of Sight

After passing their borrowing bill, House GOP leaders are betting Democrats will blink.

Kevin McCarthy’s Biggest Test Yet

House Republicans will have to overcome thin margins to pass a debt-ceiling bill.

Lawmakers Game Out a Chinese Attack on Taiwan

Plus: GOP leaders forge ahead with their own debt ceiling bill.

Moderates Team Up on the Debt Ceiling

A bipartisan group has agreed on a broad framework while Kevin McCarthy readies his own plan.

Can Reimbursing Lawmakers’ Expenses Build a Better Congress?

New rules to ease the financial burden of public service risk political backlash.

Pentagon Leaks Alarm Washington

Plus: Members of Congress concerned about flaws in the rollout of a forced-labor law.

Lawmakers Revive SCOTUS Ethics Debate

A report about Justice Clarence Thomas has Democrats pushing for new rules.

Can the GOP Force Biden’s Hand on the Debt Ceiling?

House Republican leaders may pass their own bill to raise the federal borrowing limit.