When the Founding Fathers decided to create a bicameral legislative branch, they were trying to make things difficult for the federal government to grab power from the people.
Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley isn't expected to face charges after a lengthy investigation into his lurid messages to underage congressional pages, two federal law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Thursday
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert delivers his farewell speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert bid his colleagues farewell in a final speech Thursday, expressing worry about the "breakdown of civility" in politics.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert will resign his congressional seat rather than serve out the rest of his term, two GOP congressional sources told CNN.
CNN's Bill Schneider looks at whether Republicans can retake control of the House of Representatives in 2008.
Delay: Hastert perfect speaker
The 80-year-old John Dingell is no Ellen DeGeneres. Still, Al Gore came to Capitol Hill this morning determined to deliver an Oscar-level performance before the Detroit congressman's joint committee session.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened a criminal investigation of former Republican Rep. Mark Foley.
From the riotous coverage of this election, starting months ago and ending with the November 7 crescendo, one might conclude that momentous events are afoot: To the barricades! Out with the old; in with the new!
House Speaker Dennis Hastert's decision to return to the back benches after Republicans lost their majority in Tuesday's midterm election has set off a scramble for the job of House GOP leader.
With the House squarely in Democratic hands and the possibility of a Senate power shift still looming, President Bush made two back-to-back phone calls Wednesday morning -- one of condolence to House Speaker Dennis Hastert and one of congratulation to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
I'm still worried sick. The R's have seized the news cycle! Which says more about how dim American politics are than anything I can think of.
A former congressman said Thursday that based on his knowledge of the House official who oversaw the page program he is "confident" House Speaker Dennis Hastert's office was warned about former Rep. Mark Foley's correspondences with teenage congressional pages.
Former Florida Rep. Mark Foley will tell the Archdiocese of Miami the name of the priest he says abused him as a young man, his attorney said Tuesday.
Only about a quarter of Americans say the scandal over former Rep. Mark Foley will be "extremely important" in how they vote in November's congressional elections, according to a CNN poll released Tuesday.
Republican leaders of the House of Representatives said they will move to expel Ohio Rep. Bob Ney unless he resigns this month following his guilty plea to corruption charges.
Ex-congressional aide Kirk Fordham emerged from a House ethics committee hearing Thursday after more than four hours of sworn testimony in the scandal surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate contacts with teenage pages.
An ex-congressional aide will tell a House ethics panel Thursday that he delivered warnings about former Rep. Mark Foley to House Speaker Dennis Hastert's top aide years ago.
About half of Americans believe the scandal over former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley's contacts with teenage congressional pages should cost House Speaker Dennis Hastert his leadership post, according to a CNN poll released Monday.
(Time.com) -- Every revolution begins with the power of an idea and ends when the only idea left is power.
Faced with fending off the backlash from the Mark Foley scandal, House Republicans took the offensive Friday, asking Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats to testify about whether they engaged in partisan trickery by releasing Foley's messages weeks before the midterm elections.
President Bush called House Speaker Dennis Hastert, under fire for his handling of the Mark Foley scandal, and "expressed his support," White House Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino said.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday said that he has "done nothing wrong" and that he will not step down over the controversy surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley.
Federal investigators have asked the House of Representatives to keep computer records and papers from former Rep. Mark Foley's office, a senior Justice Department official said Wednesday.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert's office was notified of concerns about then-Rep. Mark Foley before 2005, casting doubt on top GOP leaders' statements that they heard nothing of Foley's inappropriate behavior before then, a former aide to Foley said Wednesday.
Four days after Rep. Mark Foley resigned amid allegations that he had inappropriate correspondences with teenage congressional pages, a conservative newspaper called for the House speaker to follow suit Tuesday.
Former Rep. Mark Foley was molested by a clergyman when he was between the ages of 13 and 15, his attorney said Tuesday amid allegations that the congressman exchanged inappropriate e-mails and instant messages with teen congressional pages.
The events leading up to former Rep. Mark Foley's resignation from his Florida Republican post began about a year ago.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert has asked the Justice Department to investigate how lawmakers handled allegations that a Florida congressman exchanged sexually explicit messages with teenage congressional pages, the speaker's office said.
Republican Rep. Mark Foley resigned Friday from the House after sexually explicit instant message conversations with teenage congressional pages attributed to him surfaced.
The pack of Barclays emerges ten minutes into our conversation, and John Boehner - plastics entrepreneur turned U.S. Congressman turned House majority leader - is unapologetic about a habit he hasn't bothered to try kicking in 20 years.
Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert was released Monday from a Washington-area hospital after undergoing four days of treatment for a skin infection, a House GOP aide said.
Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert was hospitalized Thursday for treatment of a skin infection, his office said.
In a move that could prevent immigration legislation from passing Congress this year, the House will begin a fresh series of hearings on immigration next month, Republican leaders announced Tuesday.
Gee, the Republicans seem to have lost their moral compass since Tom DeLay quit. Who knew it could get worse without that pillar of rectitude from Texas? What a snakes' nest of corruption and nastiness.
It occasionally occurs to me that if I could understand the Bush administration's foreign policy, I might like it. After months of threatening Iran with everything up to and including nuclear war, we are now full of Sweet Reason and offering to have diplomatic talks with the very people we have been denouncing as Beyond Vile.
The battle between the FBI and Congress over documents seized in a raid on the office of Congressman William Jefferson, a Democrat from New Orleans, turned Washington upside down last week. The FBI, which has long been investigating allegations that Jefferson accepted money in exchange for helping businessmen secure deals in Africa, says it had already found $90,000 wrapped in foil in the freezer of Jefferson's apartment and had a videotape of him allegedly accepting $100,000 in bribe money. But when federal agents, who had been trying to get documents from Jefferson for nine months, obtained a warrant and searched his Capitol Hill office, they found an unlikely adversary: House Speaker Dennis Hastert. The Illinois Republican argued that the search violated the separation of powers between the Legislative and Executive branches and demanded that the FBI return the seized documents.
It looks like we're headed for a huge political fight -- not between Republicans and Democrats, but between the Senate's immigration bill and the one passed last December by the House of Representatives: enforcement-only, no-guest-worker, no-path-to-citizenship bill.
The White House tried to cool congressional anger Thursday over a report linking House Speaker Dennis Hastert to a wide-ranging corruption probe, denying the story was leaked to punish Hastert for criticizing the FBI's raid of a lawmaker's office.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Tuesday that the FBI and the Justice Department "took the wrong path" when they searched a Democratic congressman's office this weekend as part of an anti-corruption probe.
Rep. William Jefferson vowed Monday to stay in Congress and fight allegations that he took bribes and hid $90,000 of allegedly ill-gotten funds in the freezer of his Washington home.
A congressional committee narrowly approved legislation on Wednesday to give the Bush administration the authority it wants to raise fuel economy standards for passenger cars.
Oil turned higher Wednesday on reports of refinery snags and news that the top Republican in Congress said he was hesitant to lift import tariffs on ethanol.
In a move in part meant to ease tensions between the White House and Congress, President Bush has nominated former Republican lawmaker Rob Portman to be budget director.
The top Republicans in both the House and Senate are indicating they don't support language in an immigration bill that would make entering the country illegally a felony.
The top Republicans in both the House and Senate indicated Tuesday they don't support language in an immigration bill that would make entering the country illegally a felony.
Former GOP Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham was sentenced Friday to eight years and four months in federal prison for taking $2.4 million in bribes from at least three defense contractors.
With the Bush administration, it's important to have in mind the old carnival con game: Keep your eye on the shell with the pea under it.
The White House said Wednesday that critics of a deal that would let a United Arab Emirates company manage six U.S. seaports are "misinformed," but conceded it should have consulted Congress earlier.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert is set to talk with the head of the oil industry's trade group about energy prices and profits in the wake of record corporate profit reported this week at Exxon Mobil.
Congressional Democrats made a sweeping election-year promise Wednesday to clean up Capitol Hill amid an influence-peddling scandal that has spurred Republicans to propose a reform package of their own.
The Republicans hope Tom DeLay's successor will repair their reputation, but the stink of the lobbying scandal clings hard to the GOP.
Rep. Bob Ney gave up his chairmanship of the House Administration Committee on Sunday amid an influence-peddling probe that has roiled the Republican Party, but he predicted the investigation would clear his name.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert is making moves to push fellow Republican Rep. Bob Ney from his post as chairman of the House Administration Committee, Republican sources said Friday.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert became the latest lawmaker to dump campaign contributions from clients of high-flying lobbyist Jack Abramoff, giving about $70,000 to charity Tuesday.
Democratic House leaders called Sunday for an independent panel to investigate the legality of a program President Bush authorized that allows warrantless wiretaps on U.S. citizens, according to a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
House Democrats unveiled a $128 billion "innovation" plan recently that includes proposals to give every American affordable access to broadband Internet within five years.
Soaring energy prices and record profits for big oil companies have sparked a wave of public outrage in the United States that's led all the way to Capitol Hill.
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is an old wrestler, and last Thursday night he used a classic move of his sport by quickly reversing positions.
The Senate convened in special session Thursday night and approved a $10.5 billion disaster relief request from the Bush administration to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.
A prominent Republican who had not been to Washington lately last week dropped into the capital, a city in the doldrums with both Congress and the president out of town. He was struck by one unexpected topic concentrating the attention of Republican insiders. It was not Iraq, Social Security or the Supreme Court.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi were hustled to "undisclosed secure locations" by Capitol Police when parts of the U.S. Capitol were evacuated briefly during a security scare Wednesday.
Two Republican members of the House ethics committee recused themselves Wednesday from any investigation of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, saying their presence on the panel could pose a potential conflict of interest because they both contributed to DeLay's legal defense fund.
The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to reverse Republican-written rules that led Democrats to shut down the ethics committee.
Democrats in the House are blocking the ethics committee from organizing so they can protect several fellow party members from ethics investigations, Speaker Dennis Hastert said Wednesday.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Thursday that he fully supports his embattled Majority Leader Tom DeLay and will do so until it's proven he violated the chamber's rules by accepting trips from lobbyists.
The quiet of Easter recess on Capitol Hill was interrupted last week by stunning news that Republican leaders of the House had changed their position on allowing a vote for federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research opposed by President Bush.
Stung by an onslaught of criticism by Democrats and media reports suggesting many Republicans lawmakers are not fully embracing President Bush's Social Security proposals, House GOP leaders Wednesday denied their members are shying away from the issue and vowed to increase their efforts to educate the American public on the need for reform.
The House of Representatives passed the intelligence reorganization bill Tuesday, voting 336-75 to enact the changes proposed by the independent commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Congressional negotiators have reached agreement on a bill to overhaul U.S. intelligence agencies, resolving an impasse over the control of data from spy satellites, the chairmen of the House and Senate armed services committees announced Monday.
The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee insisted Saturday that proposed intelligence overhaul legislation must allow the Pentagon to control battlefield satellite information.
President Bush publicly added a nudge Tuesday to a push to get the stalled intelligence overhaul bill through this Congress.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gave his backing Tuesday afternoon to the intelligence reform bill that has stalled in Congress.
Two GOP House committee chairmen who helped block an intelligence reform bill defended their actions Monday and insisted they will not relent, despite intensive arm-twisting by the Bush administration and Republican leaders.
Top Democrats and Republicans expressed anger and frustration Sunday over the failure of the House to pass a broad intelligence reorganization bill, pointing fingers at some conservative lawmakers and the Department of Defense.
A bill aimed at overhauling the nation's intelligence agencies was pulled Saturday because of conservative opposition, on what was supposed to be the last day of Congress' lame-duck session.
A day after strengthening the Republican Party's majority in the House, Speaker Dennis Hastert called on Democrats to assist GOP efforts to fight the war on terror, create jobs and expand health insurance to more Americans.
Conceding they won't be able to complete work on September 11 reforms before the election, House and Senate negotiators hope at least to have an agreement among themselves by then, senior congressional aides said Tuesday.
The House Republican leadership unveiled a post-September 11 government reform bill that is significantly broader than a bill before the Senate, setting up a potential problem for lawmakers who promised to complete action on the legislation before the November election.
The Bush and Kerry campaigns have reached a tentative agreement on a debate schedule, with the opponents apparently going head-to-head on three separate occasions, a Democratic source said Monday.
Top Democrats slapped back Sunday at a remark by House Speaker Dennis Hastert that al Qaeda leaders want Sen. John Kerry to beat President Bush in November.
President Bush and other Republican leaders have been talking about abolishing the IRS and replacing the income tax with a national sales tax.
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, who usually operates discreetly below the radar, set off a firestorm inside Washington last week with one telephone call.
After former President Ronald Reagan's funeral cortege arrived at the U.S. Capitol, he was remembered by Vice President Dick Cheney, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, the president pro tempore of the Senate.
When you meet Pennsylvanian Robert Collins, radioman second class United States Navy (ret.) on a visit to the new World War Two Memorial in the nation's capital, you no longer care who was right or wrong in the argument over whether it should have been built on the mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
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In a rare public swipe at a fellow Republican, House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Wednesday questioned the GOP credentials of John McCain, a U.S. senator who has often challenged party orthodoxy.
Top GOP leaders said Wednesday they oppose the release of hundreds of fresh images showing the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, saying they could compromise the prosecution of those soldiers implicated in the acts and further inflame tensions in Iraq.
A deadline extension for the commission investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks took a major step toward becoming law Wednesday when the House of Representatives approved a 60-day extension.
As more gays say "I do," Bush calls for a constitutional ban. But will the issue really change any voter's mind come November?
After intense pressure from lawmakers and family members of victims, House Speaker Dennis Hastert reversed his position Friday and said he would not oppose granting a 60-day extension to the commission investigating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Congress appears unlikely to grant a two-month extension requested by the commission investigating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to finish its report.
The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday it started an investigation almost two months ago into allegations Rep. Nick Smith was offered a bribe to vote for the Medicare prescription drug bill.
Rep. W. J. "Billy" Tauzin, R-Louisiana, announced Tuesday he will resign his chairmanship of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee and will not seek re-election to Congress, a move that comes as he considers a high-paying job lobbying for the pharmaceutical industry.
Democratic Rep. Ralph Hall, the longest serving member of the Texas congressional delegation, told CNN Friday evening he has switched parties and will file to run for a 13th term as a Republican.
A tuxedo-clad Republican leaned across the linen tablecloth and whispered, "He's George Bush's worst nightmare." This Washington insider wasn't referring to Al Gore, Tom Daschle, or Dick Gephardt. ...
Loose Lips Sink Ships: And they sure torpedo stock prices too. That's the lesson being learned by Michael Barach, CEO of the beleaguered vitamin e-tailer Mothernature.com. Barach has become the pos...
House Republicans are hopeless, literally. Also rudderless. And desperate to recover from the impeachment debacle. They're craving adult supervision. Not for nothing did they summon the onetime hea...
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