Roger Goodell wants Congress to standardize sports betting with at least ‘four core principles,’ but one stands out over the others

Jeff Haynes/AP The NFL’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, wants Congress to oversee sports betting now that states are free to make it legal. Goodell wants uniform standards for sports betting that include at least “four core principles.” While three of the principles feel like no-brainers, the fourth will receive a lot of pushback from casinos and […]

Clean air, water on voters’ agenda, but not Congress’

Enlarge / Congressman Mo Brooks wanted to know if scientists were including the influence of rocks falling into the ocean when they calculated sea level rise. A poll came out this week indicating that huge majorities of the US public think that the federal government isn’t doing enough to protect the environment. About 70 percent […]

Congress fires back at Trump plan to end funding for space station in 2025

Enlarge / Sen. Ted Cruz, right, and Sen. Bill Nelson (background) both support extending ISS operations beyond 2025. (credit: NASA) At one point on Wednesday afternoon, US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) turned to his counterpart from Florida, Democrat Bill Nelson, and spoke of their mutual preference for continuing federal funding for the International Space Station throughout the […]

Top Trump ally Matt Gaetz wants to be the most media-accessible person in Congress — but not Joe Scarborough

Alex Wong/Getty Images Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is one of the most media-friendly members of Congress. He has agreed to do an “ungodly” number of profile interviews. He’s one of President Donald Trump’s top defenders on TV. That has made him an outsize presence in Congress, even as a freshman. The second time we ever […]

Mattis reportedly wanted Congress’ support before striking Syria — but Trump had other plans

Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly pushed President Donald Trump to get congressional approval before launching new military strikes on Syria. Mattis feared an escalated conflict with Russia, Syria’s ally. Trump shook off the suggestion and reportedly wanted a fast and dramatic action against the Syrian regime for a suspected chemical weapons […]