POLITICO Health reporter Brett Norman dies at 43

Mourned by colleagues, Norman helped build the health team at POLITICO.

North Korea’s pledge to halt nukes holds new promise — and peril

Pyongyang says it will halt its nuke tests but will it give up its bombs? Even leading champions of diplomacy aren’t so sure.

Rosenstein survives latest clash with Congress

By handing over the Comey memos, the man overseeing the Mueller probe has soothed his sharpest critics — for now.

Democrats, activists slam changes to State Dept. rights report

The changes include dropping use of ‘occupied’ to refer to Palestinian-claimed land and trimming sections on women’s access to abortion.

McConnell aims to reshape courts in case Senate flips

The Kentucky Republican is prioritizing confirmation of conservative judges in what may be his final months as majority leader.

Kamala Harris’ rapid rise confounds California

First-term senator is popular but remains something of a mystery to state voters.

How Rand Paul could still stop Pompeo

The Kentucky libertarian crosses Trump even after the president heaped praise on him.

Kushner’s prison-reform push hits bipartisan resistance

The son-in-law of President Donald Trump is pressing for a criminal justice bill that’s narrower than a bipartisan one that has stalled in Congress.

Freedom Caucus seeks to make McCarthy pay

The conservative group is likely to need some concessions if the California Republican is to succeed Paul Ryan as speaker.

Patrick Kennedy profits from opioid-addiction firms

The scion of the liberal dynasty is the unlikely go-to person for companies seeking to benefit from Trump’s opioid initiative.

Dems hedge on Pompeo’s fate

Key Senate Democrats — including Chuck Schumer — are still undecided on the secretary of state nominee.

GOP fears rise over West Virginia Senate fiasco

First Roy Moore, now Don Blankenship. Washington Republicans are worried about another potential GOP Senate nominee, this time in West Virginia.

McConnell dismisses GOP efforts to protect Mueller

The Senate majority leader also rebuffed proposals to authorize war and slash federal spending.