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Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune

Abby Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the publication's first Washington Bureau Chief. Previously, she covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. A seventh-generation Texan, Abby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Fort Worth and has appeared in an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." Abby pitched and produced political segments for CNN and worked as an editor for The Hotline, National Journal’s campaign tipsheet. Abby began her journalism career as a desk assistant at NBC News in Washington, working her way up to the political unit, where she researched stories for Nightly News, the Today Show and Meet the Press. In keeping with the Trib’s great history of hiring softball stars, Abby is a three-time MVP (the most in game history —Ed.) for The Bad News Babes, the women’s press softball team that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball breast cancer charity game.

Bob Daemmrich: Ted Cruz/Roy Moore campaign/Shelby Knowles: John Cornyn

WASHINGTON — Texas' two U.S. senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, on Monday withdrew their support for Roy Moore, the embattled GOP nominee for Senate in Alabama. 

Bob Daemmrich: Ted Cruz/Roy Moore campaign/Shelby Knowles: John Cornyn

WASHINGTON — Texas' two U.S. senators found themselves under intense pressure Thursday after explosive allegations surfaced that a candidate both men have endorsed pursued underage teenage girls decades ago. 

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The powerful chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Dallas Republican, announced his retirement from Congress on Tuesday afternoon. He is currently serving his eighth term in the House.

Official House Portrait

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, on Thursday walked back controversial comments about sexual assault she made a day earlier.

Courtesy State Rep. Charlie Geren

A federal judge ruled against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision two years ago to remove a mock Nativity display from the Texas Capitol that advocated the separation and church state. 

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will travel to Dallas in late October for a major fundraiser, according to an invitation obtained by the Texas Tribune.

The event will take place on Oct. 25, and money raised will go into a joint fundraising committee that benefits Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee. Trump was due to fundraise in Dallas on Sept. 27 but the event was cancelled following Hurricane Harvey.

Callie Richmond / The Texas Tribune

Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy after Congress failed to renew authorization for a federal program.

Allison V. Smith/Spencer Selvidge

WASHINGTON – Confusion reigned Thursday morning after President Donald Trump offered conflicting statements on the state of a possible deal with Democratic leadership that would both extend an Obama-era immigration program and beef up border security.

Department of Defense

Sixteen years ago, it was a beautiful enough morning that Pete Olson, a staffer in the U.S. Senate, chose to drive from suburban Virginia into work with his Jeep’s top down. Just as the future Sugar Land-based congressman passed the Pentagon, his wife called to tell him a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center buildings.  

Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House approved $15 billion in aid to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey's destruction in southeast Texas on Friday, sending the legislation to President Donald Trump's desk for his signature. 

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate confirmed a former colleague, Kay Bailey Hutchison, as its new ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — A Texas GOP congressman says if the three female Republican senators who oppose a bill repealing Obamacare were men from South Texas, he might challenge them to a duel. 

Ayan Mittra / The Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON – At first blush on Thursday, Senate Republicans were no closer to passing a new health care bill than they were two weeks ago when their first bill collapsed. 

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has nominated former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to be his ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – a job that could test the former Texas senator’s diplomacy skills.  

Ayan Mittra / The Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing hard to keep the Senate health care bill's prospects alive, amid a rollercoaster week at the U.S. Capitol. 

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to overhaul President Obama's 2010 health care law. Within hours, Texas' two Republican senators took opposite positions on the measure.

Joshua Roberts / Reuters

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — A staffer of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, who was among those shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning, is expected to make a full recovery, the Austin Republican said.

Robert Hart / The Texas Tribune

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is planning a "major announcement" Wednesday afternoon amid speculation that he is zeroing in on a running mate.

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

When John Cornyn was installed as U.S. Senate majority whip in January, he was optimistic that his party's takeover of the chamber would translate into harmony between the establishment wing of the GOP that he represents and the Tea Party wing that includes his junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz.

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will announce Monday that he is seeking the Republican nomination for president.