Wary, Weary or Both, Southern Lawmakers Tone Down Culture Wars

State bills on lightning-rod social issues are getting noticeably less impetus this year, as elections loom and state leaders try to attract business investment.

Showdown Vote in Senate on Friday With Government Shutdown at Stake

Senate Democrats appear ready to block legislation to keep the government funded past midnight, gambling that President Trump will offer concessions in the face of a crisis.

On Washington: Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned

In an interview, Senator Richard J. Durbin says President Trump’s private immigration comments shed new light on his policy motivations.

House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Setting Up Shutdown Battle in Senate

The successful vote in the House provided only a faint glimmer of hope that a crisis could be averted before much of the government exhausts its funds at midnight on Friday.

Trump Upsets Republican Strategy to Avoid Shutdown

With a government shutdown looming, the House planned to vote Thursday on a spending bill that would avert a crisis. But President Trump upended the G.O.P. strategy.