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Administration Ramps Up NSA Pitch as Burr Makes New Offer

As the Senate Intelligence chairman floated a new proposal, the Obama administration is warning senators against doing anything other than clearing the USA Freedom Act.

Policy

Members Living in Their Offices Rent-Free Adds Up

Rep. Joaquin Castro knows a little about real estate, in part because his twin, Julian, is secretary of Housing and Urban Development. So after winning a safely Democratic seat three years ago, he decided buying a condo on the Hill was a smart investment.

Quid Pro Nope: Boehner, Cantwell and the Ex-Im Bank

The only commitment Speaker John A. Boehner is making on the Export-Import Bank is this: If the Senate is able to pass a bill on the export credit agency’s future, there will be an “open amendment debate.”


Obama to Havana? Would 'Relish' Cuba Trip

President Barack Obama’s bucket list for his remaining time in office has at least one sunny destination on it: Havana, Cuba.

Freshmen Join Congressional Women's Softball Game

Freshmen Join Congressional Women's Softball Game

The lawmakers who play in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game have three new recruits to brag about this year, ahead of next month’s charity game against the press.

One Staffer's Personal Connection to American Fighter Aces

For one Hill staffer, Wednesday’s ceremony to honor the American Fighter Aces with the Congressional Gold Medal had special significance.

Just Before Midnight, Rand Paul Ends 'Filibuster'

Just Before Midnight, Rand Paul Ends 'Filibuster'

Sen. Rand Paul continued to speak until almost midnight — and his campaign operation continued to solicit fundraising dollars — on the most eventful day of waiting the Senate’s seen in a while.

Four Texas Republicans Endorse Cruz for President

About a month ago, Sen. Ted Cruz’s chief of staff made a request of some House-side colleagues: Would their bosses be willing to say nice things about the Texas Republican’s 2016 presidential bid? Or, even better, would they be willing to endorse him?

Hill Life Foster Youth Shadow Day Shows Power of Personal Stories

Foster Youth Shadow Day Shows Power of Personal Stories

Rep. Karen Bass took to the House floor Wednesday for a one-minute speech, standing next to a picture of a smiling young woman. That same young woman sat in the gallery above as Bass told her story.

Trade Promotion Authority Clears Senate Hurdle

President Barack Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority package survived a near-death experience Thursday, with the Senate voting narrowly to cut off a filibuster in an extended vote.

Policy Carper Looks for Bipartisan Solution to Gas Tax

Carper Looks for Bipartisan Solution to Gas Tax

A big argument against raising the gasoline tax to provide more money for transportation projects is that the gas tax, by its nature, affects low- and middle-income people more than it does the wealthy.

Once-Bipartisan COMPETES Act Leaves Democrats Cold

Back in 2007, the America COMPETES Act — landmark legislation aimed at boosting U.S. competitiveness through federal investments in scientific research and development — was a bipartisan labor of love.

Politics Stutzman Staffs Up for Senate Bid

Stutzman Staffs Up for Senate Bid

GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is vacating his House seat to run in Indiana’s open Senate contest, has hired an experienced senior campaign team to help his bid, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Hill Life

The Revolving Doors of D.C.’s Think Tanks

Interning is considered one of the best ways to start out in D.C. — especially on Capitol Hill, where internships can often lead to paid work. But what if you are working at a think tank, albeit one with strong political and congressional ties? Hill Navigator discusses.

Politics Heck Close to Senate Bid

Heck Close to Senate Bid

Rep. Joe Heck has told some Nevada Republicans he is close to deciding to run for Senate, a source told CQ Roll Call Tuesday, and the conversations have prompted speculation among Nevada Republicans that an announcement could come sooner rather than later.

Fall of Ramadi Prompts New Questions About Obama's ISIL Strategy

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle called for action from the White House after the Islamic State terror group’s victory in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Al Anbar province.

Democrats Hold Their Noses, Help Pass Highway Fund Patch

Democrats Hold Their Noses, Help Pass Highway Fund Patch

House Democrats had two difficult votes to take on Tuesday, and for the most part, they held their collective noses and voted “yes” with Republicans.

Conservatives Take a Break From Chick-fil-A

Some things belong to each other. Chocolate and peanut butter, as the good people at Reese’s point out. A sad guitar and a hardshell case, as Bright Eyes notes. And, as HOH asserts, a monthly discussion with House conservatives and Chick-fil-A.

Politics Why 500 Attack Emails Couldn’t Take Down Thom Tillis

Why 500 Attack Emails Couldn’t Take Down Thom Tillis

There were a few constants during the 2014 cycle: death, taxes, my three young kids waking up before 7 a.m. and a daily Democratic email attacking North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis. But in the end, even in the face of hundreds of blistering emails, the Republican challenger knocked off Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Whitehouse Keeps Climate Change Front and Center (Video)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has been a familiar sight the past few years, standing on the Senate floor beside a “Time To Wake Up” placard and talking to a nearly empty chamber.

Policy Out of Prison, Ex-Lobbyist Pushes Sentencing Overhaul

Out of Prison, Ex-Lobbyist Pushes Sentencing Overhaul

Kevin Ring helped write a bill in the 1990s that toughened penalties for methamphetamine charges. Now, recently out of prison, the former Team Abramoff lobbyist says he wants Congress to overhaul the nation’s justice system and to undo mandatory minimum requirements altogether.

Democrats Face Risky Votes Ahead of Memorial Day Recess

House Democrats have some tough decisions to make before Congress breaks for a week-long Memorial Day recess.

Policy Capitol Hill's Women Hold Power Beyond Numbers

Capitol Hill's Women Hold Power Beyond Numbers

Almost every congressional campaign season opens with the potential for some political firsts. And, with just a few words uttered on the West Coast last week, this cycle has already made a bit of history and will have a shot at making even more.

Hill Life

With Menendez Trial, Is It Location, Location, Location?

Where should the corruption case against Sen. Robert Menendez be tried?

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