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Lisa Mascaro

Lisa Mascaro previously covered Congress in Washington, D.C., for the Los Angeles Times.
Maryland's Steny Hoyer has been eyeing the House's top spot for over a decade. Now he's taking one last shot.

Hoyer has been eying the top spot for more than a decade, living in the shadow of a San Francisco Democrat who has a white-knuckle grip on power. Now, as the party wrestles with its ideological impulses and younger lawmakers push for a generational shift, Hoyer may be looking for one more play.

Government shutdown looms as stopgap spending measure appears likely to stall in the Senate

Legislation to temporarily fund the federal government and avert a shutdown passed in the House Thursday evening, though its prospects remain uncertain in the Senate.

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