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Fight Over Edmund Pettus Bridge Simmers

Fight Over Edmund Pettus Bridge Simmers
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Alabama: It’s complicated.

Hawkings

Two Weeks on, Hill's Post-Charleston Agenda Has All but Disappeared

The last of the funerals for the Emanuel Nine is Tuesday, and momentum for removing Confederate symbols from the public square has reached a plateau. But what about tangible federal policy changes in reaction to the Charleston, S.C., shootings?

Heard on the Hill

Patrick Leahy Lives for The Dead

Though it sounds like he’ll be unable to travel to Chi-town this weekend for the final shows, longtime Grateful Dead fan Sen. Patrick J. Leahy will undoubtedly be there in spirit.

At the Races

State Senator Considering Run for Arizona Open House Seat

Arizona State Sen. Barbara McGuire, a Democrat, said Monday she is considering a run for the Democratic nomination in the state’s 1st Congressional District.


Politics When the Second Time Isn’t the Charm

When the Second Time Isn’t the Charm

I feel bad for Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry. They are presidential retreads at a moment when anything that is more than an hour or two old is passé.

Politics

Voting-Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court

Monday’s big election law news came from the Supreme Court’s penultimate decision of the term upholding Arizona’s congressional districts.

Hill Life D.C. Statehood Bill a 'Take That' to Republicans

D.C. Statehood Bill a 'Take That' to Republicans

Despite the uphill battle for District of Columbia statehood, Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., has reintroduced a statehood bill noting that the District’s unique political status is contrary to the American values celebrated on Independence Day.

Mike Lee's Missed 'Fast-Track' Vote Causes Discord, Confusion

Sen. Mike Lee had said he supported a stand-alone measure to revive Trade Promotion Authority, but when the vote was called, the Republican was still in Utah.

Menendez: Suspend Iran Nuclear Talks if Iran Won't Budge

A Democratic senator who has led calls for stronger sanctions against Iran is joining Republicans skeptical of the country’s intentions when it comes to the ongoing talks over nuclear capabilities.

Hill Life

SCOTUS Decision Met With Anger, Joy and Relief

If you stood outside of the Capitol’s East Front just before 10:30 a.m. Thursday, you could hear cheers emanating from across the street.

House Rebels Warn of Blowback for Boehner

The House Freedom Caucus has a secret it wants to share with Democrats.

In Highway Debate, Durbin Channels His Inner Jamie Whitten

In Highway Debate, Durbin Channels His Inner Jamie Whitten

Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin and other Democrats have praised the efforts of the Environment and Public Works Committee on a six-year highway bill, but are stressing that the Finance Committee needs to find the money for a full authorization measure.

Politics

Michigan's Benishek Gets a Democratic Challenger — or Two

Republicans have a new defensive responsibility in their quest to maintain their House majority.

Congress Beats the Press in Annual Softball Game

Congress Beats the Press in Annual Softball Game

In a close game dominated by pitching and defense, the congressional women’s softball team prevailed over the press 1-0 in the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Policy

Senate Showing Its Age Lately, Mostly to the Good

The Senate seems as dinged up as ever this summer. Is it coincidence, or are senators just getting older?

Firing Up a Memorable Fourth

Firing Up a Memorable Fourth

Independence Day doesn’t just commemorate the birth of our nation.

Buck Fundraises Off Attempts to Oust Him as Class President

Rep. Ken Buck learned Thursday morning he could keep his slot as freshman class president, but the Colorado Republican is still calling in the reinforcements.

Politics Miller to Announce Bid for Rubio's Senate Seat

Miller to Announce Bid for Rubio's Senate Seat

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., will run for the Sunshine State’s open Senate seat, according to a source with knowledge of Miller’s plans. A second source said the announcement could come next week.

Hill Life

Frank Gehry's Ike Memorial Plan Adds to Interior Spending Discord

Ask Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, about the fate of architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial and he’ll tell you it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start over.

Lawmakers Seek Live Supreme Court Audio of Gay Marriage, Obamacare Decisions

Lawmakers Seek Live Supreme Court Audio of Gay Marriage, Obamacare Decisions

Ahead of key Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and Obamacare, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is making a plea to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., to provide a live audio feed of the release of the opinions.

Politics

Yarmuth Retirement Rumor Offers Window Into Future

Rumors that Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth was poised to retire or resign were hot and heavy right up until the moment the Democratic congressman announced his re-election bid on Monday. But the public uncertainty provided a brief glimpse into what the race to replace him might look like when he decides to call it quits.

Hill Life Policy or Communications? How to Choose

Policy or Communications? How to Choose

If “chief of staff” sits atop the apex of the congressional staffer pyramid, there are typically two expertise areas that lead to it: policy or communications. But how do you decide if you’re meant to be a legislative assistant or press secretary, which lead down distinct career paths? Hill Navigator discusses.

New Highway Bill Has Next Best Thing to Earmarks

It may be tougher to grease the wheels for highway spending without earmarks, but the leaders of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee have come up with the next best thing.

Politics Kay Hagan Won't Challenge Richard Burr in 2016

Kay Hagan Won't Challenge Richard Burr in 2016

Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan will not be mounting a challenge to her former GOP colleague, Sen. Richard M. Burr.

Harry Reid Awarded for Environmental Efforts

In the vaulted atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C., more than 500 people gathered Tuesday evening for the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Capital Dinner.

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