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Ginsburg Won't Resign, Notes Senate Kept Filibuster for SCOTUS Despite 'Nuclear Option'

Ruth Bader Ginsburg sounds like she might have retired from the Supreme Court if Senate Democrats went a step further with the “nuclear option.”

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Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for Congressional Staff?

Capitol Hill staffers might be learning a new issue area in the upcoming Congress: preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.

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When NOT to Air Political Ads on TV

When NOT to Air Political Ads on TV
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Capitol Hill Staffer Arrested on Gun Charge Returns to Work

As the D.C. Council moves forward with new, more permissive handgun legislation, the Capitol Hill staffer arrested on July 18 for carrying a 9mm to the Cannon House Office Building is back to work.


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The Roll Call Fab 50: An Evolution Begins

What exactly is it that makes a Capitol Hill staffer so fabulous?

Hill Life Congress Weighs In on White House Breach

Congress Weighs In on White House Breach

After an intruder managed to get inside the White House on Sept. 19, members of Congress are seeking answers from Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.

Obama Won't Withdraw Boggs Nomination

President Barack Obama still supports the nomination of Michael P. Boggs for a federal judgeship in Georgia, even though Sen. Patrick J. Leahy told The New York Times there aren’t enough votes for confirmation.

Republicans to Obama: Show Us How You'll Change Immigration Law

Republicans to Obama: Show Us How You'll Change Immigration Law

President Barack Obama has said he won’t make sweeping changes to immigration policy until after the midterm elections in order to protect vulnerable Democrats in tight races, but House Republicans don’t want to wait to see what the president has up his sleeve.

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D.C. Council Considering Handgun Permit Bill

District of Columbia officials have grudgingly taken up the task of putting in place a handgun permit system in response to a July 26 federal court ruling that struck down the local ban on carrying pistols outside the home.

Politics Voters, Tigers and Beers — Oh My!

Voters, Tigers and Beers — Oh My!

BATON ROUGE, La. — Six weeks from Election Day, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu gathered the troops on the Louisiana State University campus, where tens of thousands of football fans and prospective voters congregated for hours ahead of the Saturday night game.

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WMATA Receives $21 Million in Sandy Relief Funds

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority received $21 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation Monday as part of a multi-billion dollar effort to help transportation systems recover from Hurricane Sandy and prepare for future disasters.

McConnell Asks Medicare to Help Detect Lung Cancer in Smokers

McConnell Asks Medicare to Help Detect Lung Cancer in Smokers

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants Medicare to do more for early detection of lung cancer, a particularly pronounced issue in Kentucky.

Barbara Boxer Blasts NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's News Conference in New Letter (Video)

Sen. Barbara Boxer is making a personal appeal to the new National Football League executive in charge of government affairs, calling for more action to address domestic violence.

113th Congress Could Yield Fewest Laws in 60 Years

113th Congress Could Yield Fewest Laws in 60 Years

Say this about the 113th Congress: It’s managed to live down to low expectations.

Pushing for Minimum Wage Boost, Nader Decries Vacationing Congress

Pushing for Minimum Wage Boost, Nader Decries Vacationing Congress

Between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, the House will have only been in session for eight days — translating to a $788 per hour wage for Speaker John A. Boehner.

Politics

Internal Poll: Democrat Holds Slight Lead in California House Contest

A new Democratic poll showed freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., with a slim lead over former Rep. Doug Ose, R-Calif., in the race for his Sacramento-based district.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of September 15 (Video)

With Congress set to leave for seven weeks, members spent their final work week forgetting names, talking baseball and discussing the bad food at their uncle’s house.

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Kansas Ballots Will Be Mailed Without Democratic Senate Nominee

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has instructed county election officials to mail overseas election ballots without listing a Democratic candidate for Senate, his office confirmed Friday to CQ Roll Call.

Hill Life Congress Playing Tough With the NFL (Video)

Congress Playing Tough With the NFL (Video)

In 2009, Capitol Hill welcomed the Washington Redskins Marching Band and two cheerleaders for a pep rally on the West Front. It was a festive preparation for a Monday night NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Senate Votes to Fund Syrian Rebels Against ISIS, Avert Government Shutdown (Updated) (Video)

Updated 6:50 p.m. | After some last-minute drama on immigration, the Senate took care of Congress’ last must-pass piece of business before the November elections — keeping the government funded and providing authority for arming and training Syrian rebels in the fight against the terror group known as ISIS.

Energy and Commerce Race Heats Up

Energy and Commerce Race Heats Up

After a quiet couple of months, the race to be the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee is heating up again.

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Members of Congress Skip Confusing Eisenhower Memorial Meeting

Only one of the eight members of Congress who sit on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission attended a Wednesday afternoon meeting on the design, the latest attempt to move forward the project now 15 years in the making.

Hill Life 'Pay 2 Play' Street Art and Big Money in Politics

'Pay 2 Play' Street Art and Big Money in Politics

A poster pasted on H Street Northeast draws pedestrian attention to a familiar palette.

Boehner Lists Tax Reform Among House GOP's Top Priorities for 2015

In what was hyped as a potential road map for House Republicans in the 114th Congress, Speaker John A. Boehner laid out a five-point vision for creating growth and mobility in America on Thursday.

Elizabeth Roskam Paints Capitol for Ukrainian Leader

Elizabeth Roskam Paints Capitol for Ukrainian Leader

Artist Elizabeth Roskam, the wife of Illinois Republican Rep. Peter Roskam, on Thursday delivered a one-of-a-kind portrait of the U.S. Capitol to visiting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Politics

NRCC Chairman Aspires to Historic Majority in Midterms

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden called a 245-seat House majority an “aspirational” but “achievable” goal for the midterms — a more reserved prediction for his party than in previous comments.

Hill Life McAllister 'Disappointed' in Chief of Staff Arrested for DUI

McAllister 'Disappointed' in Chief of Staff Arrested for DUI

Gregory A. Terry, chief of staff for Republican Rep. Vance McAllister was arrested in Louisiana on Sept. 12, after a police officer observed the BMW he was driving swerving across highway lines. He has been charged with driving under the influence and improper lane use.

Senate Republicans Pass Out Campaign Talking Points

Senate Republicans are being sent home for election season with a tri-fold card that provides talking points on health care, taxes, the economy — even Senate procedure.

Hill Life Hill Staffers Hear Advice for Hiring Veterans

Hill Staffers Hear Advice for Hiring Veterans

Two representatives from the Wounded Warrior Project addressed a group of Capitol Hill staffers in Dirksen Senate Office Building Thursday to offer suggestions for hiring wounded veterans and accommodating those veterans in the workplace.

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Judicial Nomination Logjam Causes Dilemma for D.C.

With the flow of judicial nominations slowing to a trickle this summer, District of Columbia officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the effect on the local bench.

Party Like it's 1994: Gingrich, DeLay Reunite With 'Greatest Class'

Party Like it's 1994: Gingrich, DeLay Reunite With 'Greatest Class'

While most of Congress trekked down Pennsylvania Avenue Wednesday night to the annual White House picnic, a select group of current and former members took a trip down Memory Lane instead, converging on the Hill to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic House GOP class of 1994.

Politics

Meet the Super PAC Woman

As the political ad wars rage on television sets from New England to Southern California, Democrats think they have their answer to the Koch brothers and Karl Rove: a mother of three sons from suburban Virginia.

Hill Life Kansas City Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Bombing of Cleaver Office

Kansas City Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Bombing of Cleaver Office

Police charged a Kansas City man on Wednesday with throwing two Molotov cocktails at the district office of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II on Sept. 11.

Policy

McDonnell Appeal Begs Question: What Is Corruption?

As Bob McDonnell’s lawyers gear up to appeal the former Virginia Governor’s conviction on 11 counts of bribery, conspiracy and extortion, federal prosecutors, legal experts and elected officials around the country are all watching closely.

Policy Conservatives Pick Mike Lee as His Ambitious Pals Eye 2016

Conservatives Pick Mike Lee as His Ambitious Pals Eye 2016

The caucus of the most conservative senators has chosen a new leader. It’s not either of the Republicans who will probably come to mind first — but he may well be the man who’s going to push the Senate hardest to the right over the long term.

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Stockman Tweets Photo From the House Floor, Violating Chamber Rules

Rep. Steve Stockman got a little too excited following a floor vote Wednesday and made a move that violates House decorum.

Politics The 'Cory Booker of California' Leaps to Safer Ground

The 'Cory Booker of California' Leaps to Safer Ground

It’s a story even Hollywood couldn’t concoct.

Politics

The Amazingly Static House Playing Field

After a year of campaigning, television ads, a government shutdown, and a botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the House playing field is virtually unchanged from where it was 12 months ago.

Reid, Heller Push Proper Hygiene at Capitol Event

Reid, Heller Push Proper Hygiene at Capitol Event

Nevada’s senators appeared together Wednesday afternoon to promote hand-washing and proper hygiene.

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