Overture comes in midst of election controversy between U.S. and Moscow and spy scandal in U.K.

Trump Calls Putin to Congratulate Russian President on Election Win

wsj.com • Politics

U.S. President Donald Trump called Vladimir Putin Tuesday to congratulate the Russian president on his election victory, at a time when the two countries are embroiled in a controversy over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Saccone sought to hold off a stronger-than-expected challenge

Pennsylvania election comes down to the wire; Lamb holds narrow lead

washingtonpost.com • Politics

The polls have closed and ballot counting has begun in a hotly contested U.S. House seat special election that President Trump and the rest of Washington are watching closely as a bellwether for the midterm elections.

scrutinizing one of Ivanka Trump's international business deals

Exclusive: FBI counterintel investigating Ivanka Trump business deal

cnn.com • Politics

The FBI has been looking into the negotiations and financing surrounding Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, according to a US official and a former US official. The scrutiny could be a hurdle for the first daughter as she tries to obtain a full security clearance in her role as adviser to President Donald Trump.

Senators on both sides of the aisle unveiled proposals, though it’s unclear what might gain traction

Trump’s gun control embrace sets off scramble in Congress

politico.com • Politics

President Donald Trump's unexpected openness to expansive gun control measures set off a scramble in the Senate Thursday, with lawmakers in both parties laying out a raft of competing proposals and jockeying for position.

The Trump confidant's appearance may escalate tensions between the House Intelligence Committee and the West Wing over interview ground rules

Hope Hicks draws line on Russia testimony

politico.com • Politics

White House communications director Hope Hicks declined to answer many questions during an appearance on Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, escalating a standoff over witness ground rules between the West Wing and House members investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The plaintiff challenges the fees that government unions collect from nonmembers to cover collective bargaining costs

Supreme Court could cripple public unions in run-up to 2018 midterms

politico.com • Politics

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a case that could shrink government unions and their campaign war chests by as much as two thirds, with potentially devastating consequences for the Democratic Party in a competitive election cycle.

prepare for a lapse in appropriations

Congress stumbles toward second shutdown

politico.com • Politics

Washington readied itself for another government shutdown at midnight, as a budget deal stalled on Capitol Hill amid resistance from a cantankerous GOP senator and unhappy House Democrats.

Opponents have predicted that the law

Poland’s President Supports Making Some Holocaust Statements a Crime

nytimes.com • Politics

President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday that he would sign into law a bill making it illegal to accuse “the Polish nation” of complicity in the Holocaust and other Nazi atrocities, a measure that has roiled relations with Israel and the United States, and spurred claims that the nationalist government is trying to whitewash one of the bloodiest chapters in Poland’s history.

Pennsylvania race The national party has deployed its full arsenal in a March 13 special House election

Sound the alarm: National GOP breaks glass in Pennsylvania race

politico.com • Politics

The day after Conor Lamb won the Democratic nomination to run in this very pro-Donald Trump House district, Republican strategist Corry Bliss knew his party had another special election problem on its hands.

House Republicans looking to short-term budget fix providing military spending through 2018

Top Senators Pursue 2-Year Budget Deal

wsj.com • Politics

Top lawmakers signaled they were closing in on a two-year spending deal, progress that came as the House was preparing to vote later Tuesday on the latest in a string of short-term patches to keep the federal government open.

"There is a Russia investigation without a dossier," Gowdy said

Gowdy: Memo has no impact on Russia probe

cnn.com • Politics

South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy said the recently released, controversial GOP memo alleging FBI abuses of its surveillance authority does not have "any impact on the Russia probe," and even without the Steele dossier, there would be a Russia investigation.

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