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CQ Roll Call Sept. 15, 2014

Capito Mourns Loss of Mother Shelley Riley Moore

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito announced Saturday the passing of her mother, former West Virginia First Lady Shelley Riley Moore. She was 88.

Heard on the Hill

Mark Sanford Calls Off Engagement in Epic Facebook Post

In an epic Facebook post, Rep. Mark Sanford announced he is calling off his engagement with Maria BelÚn Chapur because of the stress of an ongoing custody dispute with his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford.


Bill Maher Names Flip a District Pick

Updated: 3:44 p.m. | From now until Election Day, comedian Bill Maher has made it his mission to ensure Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., does not come back to Congress.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of September 8 (Video)

After a five-week recess, members returned to discuss the “crisis with ISIS” and Dick Cheney while reminding C-SPAN viewers to “tweet, tweet, tweet.”

Hill Life

CBO Announces YouTube Channel

Can’t get enough of budget hearings? The Congressional Budget Office has you covered.

Hill Life

Staffers, Diplomats Call for Capitol Hill to Act on Ebola Crisis

Capitol Hill observed a campus-wide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Thursday to honor those killed in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Pelosi Suggests Holiday Surprise on Immigration (Video)

Pelosi Suggests Holiday Surprise on Immigration (Video)

If Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is correct, President Barack Obama’s delayed executive action on immigration may be coming sooner than expected.

Hill Life

Ethics Won't Investigate Gwen Moore's Arrest

The House Ethics Committee will not investigate Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., following her Sept. 4 arrest while protesting with fast food workers outside a McDonald’s in her home state.

Politics Whitehouse Under Fire for Not Opposing Georgia Judicial Nominee

Whitehouse Under Fire for Not Opposing Georgia Judicial Nominee

An abortion rights group on Thursday criticized Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., for not opposing a controversial nominee to a federal district court in Georgia.

Hill Life

'Muslims for Life' Blood Drive Honors 9/11 Victims

After the Capitol Hill community observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, volunteers went to work in the Rayburn House Office building to facilitate the annual “Muslims for Life” blood drive in the Capitol.

Policy Campaign Money Debate Won't Help Hill's Reputation

Campaign Money Debate Won't Help Hill's Reputation

It’s nothing more than another Senate floor sideshow this week, a stage-managed debate in slow motion where the ultimate outcome is such a decisive and foreordained defeat that almost no one is paying attention.

Hill Life

Homeless Man Arrested for Wreaking Havoc on Lower Senate Park

Capitol Police arrested a homeless man Monday afternoon in Lower Senate Park who seemed bent on destroying the serene scenery.

Politics Rob Portman Will Look at Presidential Bid After Election

Rob Portman Will Look at Presidential Bid After Election

Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he would consider a presidential bid, but only after the elections in November.

Senators Push Against Burger King Tax Inversion

A handful of members of the Senate Democratic caucus are calling on the leadership of Burger King to abandon the idea of using inversion for tax purposes as part of the merger with a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.

Female Senators Write Letter to Goodell, Want NFL to Adopt 'Zero-Tolerance' Policy

Female Senators Write Letter to Goodell, Want NFL to Adopt 'Zero-Tolerance' Policy

A group of 16 female senators, including Maryland Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski, have written a scathing letter to Roger Goodell about the National Football League’s handling of violence against women.

Politics

How 'Establishment' Republicans Got the House Candidates They Wanted

Earlier this year, House Republicans had 12 potential problems that stood in the way of extending their majority.

Politics How to Lose a Primary in 10 Days

How to Lose a Primary in 10 Days

By the time Massachusetts Rep. John F. Tierney knew he had a real primary race on his hands, it was too late.

Politics

Pot Still Too Hot to Handle for Colorado Politicians

BOULDER, Colo. — Long a flashpoint in the culture wars, marijuana’s growing legitimacy hasn’t yet turned it into a political weapon, even in the marquee races in the first state to legalize the drug.

Politics How Major League Baseball Could Determine Control of Congress (Updated)

How Major League Baseball Could Determine Control of Congress (Updated)

For most of the country, this October’s television airwaves are filled with two things: baseball and politics — and the two rarely mix.

In a Partisan Climate, 2 Lawmakers Try to Talk Past Climate Change

Two House lawmakers are about to find out whether Congress can solve a problem precipitated, in part, by concerns over climate change — without devolving into a fight over climate change.

Hill Life District Doughnut Set for Barracks Row Friday Liftoff

District Doughnut Set for Barracks Row Friday Liftoff

After months of being relegated to pop-ups and soft openings, District Doughnuts is poised for its grand opening on Barracks Row on Friday, bringing to Capitol Hill a heaping dose of yeasty treats.

Reid Doubts Senate Will Vote on Inversions in September

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he doesn’t expect the Senate to vote on legislation revamping corporate inversions this month.

Hill Life Bayonets, Camo, Armored Vehicles: Senate Panel Criticizes Ferguson Response (Video)

Bayonets, Camo, Armored Vehicles: Senate Panel Criticizes Ferguson Response (Video)

One month after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the Senate convened its first hearing on police militarization.

House Condemns Obama for Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

The House voted 249-163 to disapprove of President Barack Obama’s transfer of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, providing a soft rebuke of the president’s actions on the prisoner swap.

Lameness of Post-Election Session Could Hinge on Results

Lameness of Post-Election Session Could Hinge on Results

There’s no “fiscal cliff” or global financial crisis for this year’s post-election lame-duck session, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.

Hill Life

Capitol Police Asking Officers About Talks With Media

Capitol Police authorities have been asking officers questions about media coverage of an alleged affair between a male deputy chief and a subordinate female officer, according to sources within the department.

Spurned Staffer Sends Email Accusing Top Republican of Ethics Violations

Spurned Staffer Sends Email Accusing Top Republican of Ethics Violations

A former communications director for House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers sent reporters a 1,959-word email Monday accusing the Washington Republican of “retribution” for in connection with an ethics complaint against her office — a serious charge that is the latest alleged impropriety in an ongoing Ethics Committee investigation.

Policy Lawmakers Press for Action to Repeal Blood Donation Limits on Gay Men

Lawmakers Press for Action to Repeal Blood Donation Limits on Gay Men

A group of lawmakers who are growing impatient with how long the Obama administration is taking to decide whether to lift the ban on gay men donating blood sent a letter on Monday to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell asking her what the agency is doing about this. But unless HHS changes the timetable it described in 2011, when it first announced that it was rethinking the Food and Drug Administration’s current lifetime ban on men who have sex with men being allowed to donate blood, the agency is on track to make a decision on the policy in the first quarter of 2015.

Politics

John McCain Boosts Joni Ernst in Iowa Senate Race

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., blasted a mailer from a group supporting Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, for a “disgusting attack” on Republican Joni Ernst’s military service.

Hill Life Senate Panel Sets D.C. Statehood Hearing for Next Week

Senate Panel Sets D.C. Statehood Hearing for Next Week

It took more than a year, but D.C. statehood advocates are finally getting the hearing that Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Thomas R. Carper promised.

Policy

Constitutional Amendment Debate Roils ACLU | Rules of the Game

The emotional debate over free speech versus free political spending, which erupts onto the Senate floor this week, exposes a deep rift on Capitol Hill and at the nation’s leading civil rights group, the American Civil Liberties Union.

Politics Rothenberg: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

Rothenberg: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats.

Policy

Niger Innis Hopes to Expand Tea Party Base and Influence | Downtown Moves

With an eye on looming legislative battles over immigration, the Export-Import Bank and foreign policy, Niger Innis is on a mission to prove that the tea party is still a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill.

Overheard: McConnell Blasted for Going to Work

Overheard: McConnell Blasted for Going to Work

The campaign of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell this fall, is criticizing the minority leader for heading to Washington, D.C., as the Senate returns.

September Congressional Agenda: Must-Pass Bills and Messaging Gambits

With Congress back in town Monday after five weeks off, plenty of Republicans and Democrats have made it clear the session’s No. 1 priority is passing a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.

Hill Life Capitol Tour Guides Say They've Lost the Right to Drink Water

Capitol Tour Guides Say They've Lost the Right to Drink Water

“No food, no drinks,” instructed Capitol Police officers posted outside the doors of the Capitol Visitor Center as tourists approached the complex on a recent muggy day.

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