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Policy

Voting Marathon: More Test Marketing Than Attack Ads

Senators readying their patience, their reading material and even their bladders for the annual ritual known as the “vote-a-rama” may rightfully be getting ready to ask, “Will it be worth it?” It depends on whom you ask.

Freshman Senator: Pay for Obamacare Replacement With ... Obamacare

Bill Cassidy has been pushing fellow Republicans in his first few months in the Senate to embrace an alternative to Obamacare — one he predicts will insure more people without mandates.

Heard on the Hill

Congresswoman Demonstrates 'Worst Parking Job Ever' (Video)

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Hill Blotter

Capitol Fun Police? Farr Opposes July Fourth Security Plan

One of the House’s most liberal Democrats vowed to be the “squeaky wheel” if congressional leaders agree to recommendations from Hill law enforcement to limit access to the Capitol on July Fourth.


Hill Life

Former Staffer Is Off the Hill, but Still On the Grind

Robert McAlister didn’t know anything about the coffee business. But he knew he enjoyed drinking coffee.

Harry Reid, GOP Senators Join Forces to Approve Highway

Harry Reid, GOP Senators Join Forces to Approve Highway

Harry Reid’s bid to push a new highway through Nevada before he faces the voters next year has a powerful Republican ally — James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma.

Pwning a Piece of Presidential History

Following Monday’s conservative pep rally down at Liberty University, it’s obvious that 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz believes in himself. Personally investing in said product — or, at least, his online persona — is something entirely different.

Hill Life Eight Arrested in Anti-Abortion 'Pray-In' Outside Boehner's Office

Eight Arrested in Anti-Abortion 'Pray-In' Outside Boehner's Office

A 30-minute “pray-in” organized at the door of Speaker John A. Boehner’s office by anti-abortion groups ended Wednesday morning with eight arrests.

New Jersey Republicans Set Stage for Fight on U.S.-Cuba Relations

Lawmakers are always eager to use appropriations bills to make political statements; this year, House Republicans are using the power of the purse to weigh in on President Barack Obama’s move to normalize U.S. and Cuba relations.

Hill Life Rotunda to Close for Six Weeks This Summer

Rotunda to Close for Six Weeks This Summer

The Capitol Rotunda will close for six weeks this summer for scaffolding installation as part of the $60 million Dome restoration project.

Policy

Why the 'Doc Fix' Deal Has Senate in Something of a Fix

The odds have crested the 50-50 threshold for what would surely become one of the year’s biggest legislative achievements — an overhaul of how doctors and other Medicare providers get paid. And the usual encrusted ideological positioning, at both ends of the political spectrum, is no longer the biggest obstacle.

Policy Port, Waterways Funds May Have Surplus Next Year

Port, Waterways Funds May Have Surplus Next Year

Congress has a self-inflicted problem in funding the nation’s ports and waterways infrastructure: There’s more money available than lawmakers are likely to spend.

Lynch's Republican Backers Holding Firm

GOP supporters of President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general are sticking by her, meaning Loretta Lynch is still on track for confirmation — if she can ever get a vote.

Politics Coats Retirement Sparks Hoosier State Free-for-All

Coats Retirement Sparks Hoosier State Free-for-All

An open Senate seat in Indiana could lead to a GOP free-for-all in 2016, with nearly every Republican member of the Hoosier State’s congressional delegation showing interest.

Kirk Blasts 'Ayatollah Stole My Homework' Excuse on Iran Talks, Plots Budget Amendment

Sen. Mark S. Kirk said Tuesday he would introduce an amendment to the budget resolution recommending new sanctions on Iran if no nuclear deal is reached.

Hill Life New Head of LGBT Congressional Staff Association Seeks Diversity for Group | Hill Climbers

New Head of LGBT Congressional Staff Association Seeks Diversity for Group | Hill Climbers

Mitchell Rivard, the new president of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Congressional Staff Association, said he and the group’s board have a plan to broaden their organization.

Politics

Benishek to Seek Fourth Term, Break Term-Limit Pledge (Updated)

Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek said Tuesday he has decided to break a self-imposed term limit and run for re-election next year.

Hill Life A Gold Medal for the Golden Bear

A Gold Medal for the Golden Bear

An emotional Jack Nicklaus received the Congressional Gold Medal Tuesday, honoring his achievements on and off the golf course.

Hill Life

Secret Service Director: 'We Are Not a Perfect Agency' (Video)

For the third time in a week, U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy faced pointed questions from members of Congress about officer misconduct and a lack of accountability for rank-and-file agents, but defended his beleaguered organization.

Inhofe's Revenge on FAA, Round 2

Inhofe's Revenge on FAA, Round 2

Updated, 10 p.m. | Sen. James M. Inhofe kicked off budget week with a floor speech on the sequel to his Pilot’s Bill of Rights, which the Oklahoma Republican acknowledged Monday “is not a big deal to the general public, but it is to anyone who is a pilot.”

Scalise, McHenry Go Forward, Move Ahead With Whip It Good PAC

When the Freedom Caucus comes along, you must whip it. When a close vote’s held open on the floor too long, you must whip it. Whip it good.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 16, 2015 (Video)

Between St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness, last week was a little longer than usual for everyone on the Hill. Members occupied their time arguing over the “little guy,” monogamous relationships and the correct pronunciation of “Xavier.”

Richest Man in Congress Knows His Soda Bargains

Rep. Darrell Issa may be worth at least $357 million, but he apparently knows where to find the cheapest sodas on Capitol Hill.

Hill Life Social Media Policy Stirs Up More Trouble Within Capitol Police Ranks

Social Media Policy Stirs Up More Trouble Within Capitol Police Ranks

Sharing photos and posts about the scene of the March 7, 2014, crash that landed a silver car in a tree southeast of the Capitol got a few Capitol Police officers into trouble with the department.

Policy

A History of Curiosities, Clout for Wisconsin Delegation

The death last week of Robert W. Kastenmeier, who evolved in the House from a prominent peace crusader into a premier intellectual property protector, is the freshest reminder of an odd truth about the modern Congress.

Hill Life Bipartisan Pair Volunteers to Get Schooled on House Ethics

Bipartisan Pair Volunteers to Get Schooled on House Ethics

On the heels of Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation announcement, two of the Illinois Republican’s House colleagues paid a timely visit to the congressional ethics police.

Rep. Raul Ruiz Welcomes Twin Girls

Rep. Raul Ruiz, the California Democrat and doctor known for saving ailing passengers on airplanes, can now add a new role to his resume: dad.

Politics It's Early: Why Pundits Shouldn't Overreact

It's Early: Why Pundits Shouldn't Overreact

The reviews are in after the first game of spring training: Hillary Rodham Clinton struck out. Or at best, she hit a slow roller to second base and was thrown out by a mile.

Hill Life

Double Duty: Graduate School and Capitol Hill

Hill staffers can do anything: pen legislation, autograph in lieu of a member of Congress, even run for office. But can they carry on the demanding, long-hours job while going to graduate school at night? Hill Navigator discusses.

Take Five: Rep. Derek Kilmer

Take Five: Rep. Derek Kilmer

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

Hill Life

Finding Nick Ryan: The Case of the Mysterious Email

The email landing in Capitol Hill inboxes was simple enough — a personalized note thanking congressional staffers for their service.

Politics Democrats' Florida Senate Hopes Could Cost House Seat

Democrats' Florida Senate Hopes Could Cost House Seat

A Senate recruitment victory for Democrats in Florida could, in turn, jeopardize the party’s quest for the House majority.

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