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CQ Roll Call March 4, 2015
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Deal or No Deal? How Boehner and Pelosi Funded DHS

Despite the repeated insistence from Speaker John A. Boehner’s office that there was “no deal” between the Ohio Republican and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic sources close to negotiations tell a slightly different story.

Hawkings

Landmark Supreme Court Cases Ahead, but Not on TV

It’s arguably the most important single hour of federal policymaking this year, and it’s happening Wednesday morning inside a government building on Capitol Hill. But except for clusters of reporters and attorneys, joined by a few dozen citizens who’ve waited hours in a long queue for a glimpse, the event will remain invisible forever.

Hill Blotter

Craigslist for Congress? Farr Makes Far-Fetched Pitches

Craigslist for Congress? Farr Makes Far-Fetched Pitches
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At the Races

Democrats Have Early Favorite House Pickup Opportunity

In one of the party’s best pickup opportunities this cycle, Democrats have zeroed in on second-time candidate Monica Vernon to win Iowa’s 1st District.


Hill Life

When No One in Your Office Likes You

On some level, we all want to like our co-workers. Eight hours a day (or more) sitting next to someone is certain to go a lot more smoothly if you enjoy the company. But what happens when the relationship among staff has more animosity than amicability? And worse yet, what happens when it’s directed at you? Hill Navigator discusses.

McConnell's Turn to Iran Legislation Surprises Democrats (Video) (Updated)

McConnell's Turn to Iran Legislation Surprises Democrats (Video) (Updated)

In between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress and Netanyahu’s meeting with Senate leaders, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans to move full speed ahead with legislation to give Congress a say in any potential nuclear deal with Iran.

Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role in Party's Message

Members of the New Democrat Coalition have struggled for years to make their centrist message heard in the larger, and distinctly more left-leaning, House Democratic Caucus.

Harry Reid Sticks Up for Capitol Police Leadership (Video)

Harry Reid Sticks Up for Capitol Police Leadership (Video)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, asked Tuesday about lingering concerns over the Capitol Police Department’s handling of a controversial State of the Union night car chase, said the force does a “masterful job.”

Wicker Dubious of Obama's Commitment to Promoting Trade

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker pushed back Tuesday against the suggestion the Obama administration is sending mixed messages about its commitment to a deal on Trade Promotion Authority.

Is the Senate Where It's At for Ambitious House Democrats?

Is the Senate Where It's At for Ambitious House Democrats?

The next generation of House Democratic leaders sees opportunity for advancement — in the Senate, that is.

Policy

Mikulski Legacy Is Beyond Longevity

The most obvious distinction Barbara A. Mikulski will take into retirement is that she’s spent more time in Congress than any other woman, and that’s a record worthy of significant recognition. But, especially at a Capitol so deeply mired in dysfunction and partisanship, the meaning of her service is deeper than mere longevity.

Politics Ex-Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois

Ex-Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois

Former Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider is inching closer to a rematch with Republican Rep. Robert Dold, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of his plans.

Politics

Both Parties Monitoring Impact of Arizona Redistricting Case

The Supreme Court appeared divided Monday on an Arizona redistricting case that could have implications for congressional elections beyond the Southwestern state’s borders.

Politics Pat Toomey Is a Strong Candidate. Will That Be Enough in 2016?

Pat Toomey Is a Strong Candidate. Will That Be Enough in 2016?

Yes, I know Pennsylvania Democrats don’t have a 2016 Senate candidate who excites the entire party yet. I also know the election is 20 months away — plenty of time for them to rally around a nominee.

Take Five: Rep. Mark Takai

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Graham: Senate Could Overcome Veto of Iran Deal Review Legislation

Graham: Senate Could Overcome Veto of Iran Deal Review Legislation

Could Congress overcome a promised veto of legislation designed to compel the Obama administration to submit any nuclear deal with Iran to Capitol Hill for approval? At least one of the bill’s champions seems to think so.

Politics

Russ Feingold, Joe Sestak and the Improbable Senate Race Rematch

The Senate is filled with members who lost previous races. But Democrats Joe Sestak and Russ Feingold are trying to pull off a rare electoral feat: defeating the people who defeated them six years prior.

Hill Life Hill East Redevelopment Moves Forward With Land Agreement

Hill East Redevelopment Moves Forward With Land Agreement

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an agreement Monday launching the redevelopment of the Hill East District, with construction expected to begin next year on a project that includes additional apartments, a public village square and green space.

Hill Life

Judge Dismisses Obamacare Lawsuit Targeting Congressional Health Care

A D.C. Superior Court judge dismissed on Wednesday a lawsuit challenging congressional health care enrollment in the D.C. small business exchange, ruling that federal regulations allow members of Congress and their staffs to enroll in the exchange.

Politics CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Amethyst Archer probably wasn’t the targeted audience for the campaign boot camp held on the eve of the Conservative Political Action Conference, but the presenters made it clear the right needs all the help it can get in 2016 and beyond.

Politics

Ex-House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign

Amanda Renteria, the former Capitol Hill aide who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, is poised to be named the national political director of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.

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Jim Inhofe Throws a Snowball (Video)

Sometimes you just can’t resist the urge to start a snowball fight.

Activist Toques Scour Capitol Hill for Food Aid

Just under a dozen renowned hospitality professionals looked to carve up both chambers of Congress, pressing their respective lawmakers to support the realignment of outdated global assistance provisions.

Policy Presidential Hopefuls Skirt FEC Rules | Rules of the Game

Presidential Hopefuls Skirt FEC Rules | Rules of the Game

With only a couple of exceptions, the nearly 20 hopefuls eyeing the Oval Office are "likely violating" Federal Election Commission regulations that impose strict limits on candidates testing the waters of a White House bid, said Paul Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center.

3 Republicans Defy Ted Cruz, Back Loretta Lynch (Updated)

It’s starting to look like yet another loss under the Dome for Ted Cruz.

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Boehner Reminds Members Again to Dress Appropriately (Video)

Eleven months to the day after Speaker John A. Boehner reminded members to wear “appropriate business attire” on the House floor, the Ohio Republican was singing a familiar tune Wednesday.

Hill Life

Private Plane Rides Have Bumpy Congressional History

Among the serious accusations of improper spending leveled at Rep. Aaron Schock since The Washington Post shined a spotlight on his “Downton Abbey”-themed office are at least a dozen flights aboard his political donors’ private planes.

Hill Life Kerry Bentivolio Files for Bankruptcy

Kerry Bentivolio Files for Bankruptcy

Fewer than two months after the Santa Claus impersonator and reindeer farmer who represented southeast Michigan for one term left Congress, the tea party-inspired Republican has filed for bankruptcy.

Hill Life

Officer Morale a Hot Topic for Capitol Police at Appropriations Hearing

Low morale among Capitol Police was a hot topic for law enforcement officials on Wednesday during a series of panels convened by the House lawmakers who set the department’s budget.

Policy A Former Senior Senate GOP Leader Is Ready for a Comeback. Who Knew?

A Former Senior Senate GOP Leader Is Ready for a Comeback. Who Knew?

He’s looking a little tan, sounding rested and signaling he’s ready. He’s a former senator from a big swing state who was a senior member of the congressional leadership. He was even the runner-up for his party’s presidential nomination last cycle.

Policy Fears of Chaos Mount Over Obamacare Case

Fears of Chaos Mount Over Obamacare Case

There’s no shortage of dire predictions about what would happen if the Supreme Court strikes down the system for awarding subsidies to people seeking insurance under the 2010 health care law.

Hill Life

D.C. Stands Up to Congress on Marijuana Legalization (Updated)

As of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the District of Columbia will legalize marijuana, despite warnings from two congressional Republicans that doing so would break the law and could lead to possible prison time for D.C. officials.

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