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CQ Roll Call July 31, 2015
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Democrats Hope Baron Hill Can Follow Donnelly's Path to the Senate

Former Indiana Rep. Baron P. Hill’s road to the Senate won’t be any easy one, but Democrats think they have a roadmap to get him there.

Hill Blotter

Car Crashes at South Barricade, Police Arrest Driver

A red Nissan Altima with Florida plates crashed into the South Barricade of the Capitol around 8:40 a.m.

WGDB

Senate Passes Highway Bill

The Senate passed its long-term highway bill shortly after noon Thursday, and then agreed to a House-passed three-month extension before completing work for the week.


Hill Life Congressional Couches Test Positive for Toxic Retardant

Congressional Couches Test Positive for Toxic Retardant

As Congress considers an overhaul of toxic chemical regulations, a new analysis has brought the issue close to home — perhaps a little too close for comfort.

Josh Earnest: Planned Parenthood Videos 'Fraudulent'

Strong words today from the White House over those Planned Parenthood videos showing officials with the nation’s leading abortion provider discussing the sale of aborted body parts. But not for Planned Parenthood.

Obama's Late Night Lobbying on Iran Deal

President Barack Obama has been working late to ensure he gets to votes on the Iran deal.

Politics A Brief Electoral History of Recently Indicted Congressmen

A Brief Electoral History of Recently Indicted Congressmen

It might be easy to scoff at Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania for talking about his re-election bid on the same day he faced a 29-count indictment on corruption charges, but the most recent members of the House to be indicted held their own at the ballot box, at least initially. The last two members of the House to be indicted won their next election.

Hill Life

Lawmakers Look to Enhance Unpaid Intern Protections

House Democrats introduced three bills to protect interns from sexual harassment and discrimination Tuesday, notably extending protections to the scores of interns in congressional offices.

Politics Becerra Won't Run for Senate

Becerra Won't Run for Senate

Ending months of speculation, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra announced Thursday he won’t run for Senate.

Bomber Must Fly Through Enemy Airspace on Capitol Hill

No matter which company wins the new B-3 bomber deal, the program’s advocates will start facing the first of many budget battles before any metal has been bent.

Politics Will a Candidate Emerge From Baltimore in Maryland Senate Primary?

Will a Candidate Emerge From Baltimore in Maryland Senate Primary?

While two candidates from the D.C. suburbs are running for the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat, no candidate has emerged from Baltimore.

Hill Life

Farewell, My Indigestion: Bidding Adieu to Restaurant Associates

“But if you‘ll eat it, you never have to prove your courage in any other way.”

Future of Tele-Town Halls Unclear to Lawmakers

Future of Tele-Town Halls Unclear to Lawmakers

The Federal Communications Commission was in damage control mode on Wednesday, trying to ratchet back comments made by the agency's chairman, Tom Wheeler, in testimony to a House Energy and Commerce panel earlier this week.

Chamber Plans August Outreach as Export-Import Bank Stays Expired

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce — a key White House ally on reviving the Export-Import Bank — plans a blitz to rebuild momentum with state and local chambers as members head home for the August recess.

Politics Democrat to Detractors: I'm Doing Better Than Your Guy

Democrat to Detractors: I'm Doing Better Than Your Guy

Seeking to avoid a contentious primary, some national Democrats have been working behind the scenes to force Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider out of a competitive open-seat House contest in California’s 24th District.

Policy

Congress Regulates Internal Speech for Good Reason | Procedural Politics

It is often noted there are two kinds of members in Congress: the showhorses and the workhorses. That’s probably an oversimplification, since most members consider themselves workhorses, but with a flair for show. Politics, after all, is a lot like show business, with public attention and appreciation focused on those actors who are able to entertain and project their roles in a convincing and effective manner. On Broadway, the payoff is in audience acclaim and good reviews. In Congress, it is in media attention and re-election.

Hill Life On Unattended Guns, Questions Linger for Capitol Police

On Unattended Guns, Questions Linger for Capitol Police

Called before Congress for an oversight hearing after a tumultuous few weeks of reports of loaded service weapons left in problematic places around the Capitol and an ongoing hunt for employees who may have leaked internal information, Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine promised the acts would be dealt with “firmly and effectively.”

Bob Dole, Pet Adoption Ambassador

Attention: Bob Dole is inviting pet lovers from across the political spectrum to mingle Thursday with homeless critters on the hunt for bipedal companionship.

Politics More Democratic Losses Could Be on the Horizon

More Democratic Losses Could Be on the Horizon

For Democrats anxious to turn the page from a terrible 2014 cycle, the news might get worse before it gets better.

Policy

Billionaire Donors Bypass K Street

When the country’s top political mega-donors want to get something for their corporations from Congress, chances are K Street is not their first call.

Politics House Democrats Going Good Cop/Bad Cop Against GOP

House Democrats Going Good Cop/Bad Cop Against GOP

House Democrats met Wednesday to review an ambitious new plan to target Republicans when lawmakers head home for the August recess.

Hill Life

Student Loan Repayment Is for Parents, Too

Student loans. A serious question that many undergraduates and graduates think about. But what about when it’s the parents concern? Can parents receive money from the student loan repayment program for loans taken out for their kids’ college education? Hill Navigator discusses.

Republicans Enter Policing Debate With New Task Force

Republicans Enter Policing Debate With New Task Force

Republicans have, for the most part, avoided one of the thorniest debates roiling the country in recent months: How does the United States begin to address the crisis of people, often minorities, being killed in violent encounters with police?

Politics

Tech Experts: Expect Innovation, Investment on Established Platforms for 2016

As candidates utilize the latest social media platforms ahead of the 2016 elections to expand their potential reach with voters, political and technology experts say they should be investing the most in the older guard (relatively speaking) technologies.

Hill Climbers: From Hacks to Flacks

Hill Climbers: From Hacks to Flacks

“I’ll just sort of talk. I know what it’s like. I’m not going to make you pull teeth, because I’m not a politician,” Richard Piatt, communications director for Utah Rep. Mia Love, said jokingly.

Exclusive: Gillibrand Held Up Dunford Over Military Sexual Assault Documents

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has lifted her anonymous hold on Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.’s nomination to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lining up his confirmation before the Senate departs for the August recess.

Republicans Reach Planned Parenthood Deal

Republicans Reach Planned Parenthood Deal

A working group of Republican senators has reached a deal on the details of a bill to stop funding Planned Parenthood that will get a vote before the August recess.

Hill Life

House Limits Chamber Access for Pope Address

House lawmakers opted Tuesday to limit who can be present in the chamber during Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress in September.

Politics Democrats' Window to Find Strong House Candidates Slowly Closing

Democrats' Window to Find Strong House Candidates Slowly Closing

When former Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller passed on a bid in the Silver State’s 3rd District last week, it sent Democrats back to the drawing board again to find a nominee for this Tossup seat in 2016.

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