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Politics

7 Nail-Biter House Races

Less than two weeks before Election Day, the parties don’t agree on much — except these House races will be decided by the slimmest of margins.

Hill Blotter

Ebola Roundtable Sparks Divisions Over District's Preparedness

Though national attention turned to a congressional hearing on Ebola preparedness Friday, two members of D.C. Council Committee on Health also met to assess how the District is preparing for the virus, resulting in clashes between lawmakers, hospital officials and nurses.

At the Races

Candidates Get Platform With GOP Weekly Address

So far in 2014, 11 Republican candidates — four House hopefuls and seven vying for Senate seats — have had the honor to take to YouTube and spread their party’s message.


Gay Chorus Flier Vandalized in Longworth

An unknown vandal scrawled the slur “fags” across an advertisement for a Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. holiday concert posted in the Longworth House Office Building.

Hill Life Gainer's Capitol Fence Is Not a Popular Concept

Gainer's Capitol Fence Is Not a Popular Concept

The idea of building a security fence around the Capitol appears just as unpopular now as it was a decade ago, when then-Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer pitched the idea to Congress.

Hill Life

Hill Staffers Hit the Campaign Trail

When most people think of their dream vacation, they have reveries about eating their way through Paris or chilling on a pristine beach in the Caribbean. But if you’re a Hill staffer and it’s election season, then it’s likely you’re on “vacation” holed up in a battleground district or state, lucky to just grab one meal sitting down each day.

Politics South Dakota Senate Race Returns to Form

South Dakota Senate Race Returns to Form

Republican attacks on Democrat Rick Weiland and Independent Larry Pressler appear to have worked, making it more likely that the GOP will pick up the seat of retiring Democratic Senator Tim Johnson, as long expected.

Politics

Will Obama Leave the Democratic Party Better Than He Found It?

Barack Obama was elected on a swell of energy and enthusiasm, but he might leave the Democratic Party worse off than when he took office.

McCarthy Offers Glimpse of GOP's 2015 Priority: 'Government Reform'

McCarthy Offers Glimpse of GOP's 2015 Priority: 'Government Reform'

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent a memo to House Republicans Wednesday providing an early sketch of how a new Republican Congress would purportedly operate.

Energy and Commerce Rivals Battle to the Wire

Since January, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Anna G. Eshoo have been positioning themselves as the obvious choice to be the top Democrat on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.

Coburn's 'Wastebook' Targets Include Mountain Lions, Sheep, Beer (Video)

Coburn's 'Wastebook' Targets Include Mountain Lions, Sheep, Beer (Video)

Sen. Tom Coburn and his investigators have been busy in their most recent effort to unveil what they view as government waste and abuse.

Hill Life

Second Capitol Hill Gun Case Ends With Plea Deal

About three months after he was arrested at a security checkpoint in the Cannon House Office Building, Ronald Prestage pleaded guilty to two District of Columbia gun charges.

Scott Brown Writes Off Bay State Naysayers

Scott Brown Writes Off Bay State Naysayers

Senate hopeful Scott P. Brown has no interest in what non-believers from his former home state have to say about his bid to topple New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

Politics

For House GOP, a Wave ... Or a Trickle?

House Republicans are on track to make gains this cycle, but two weeks before Election Day, it’s still unclear whether the party will procure a wave of double-digit gains in their quest to extend the majority.

Politics Weak GOP Senate Candidates May Need More Than a Good Year

Weak GOP Senate Candidates May Need More Than a Good Year

Republicans have the wind at their backs this year. But not every GOP nominee is taking advantage of that dynamic. As usual, some candidates are under-performing, proving once again that candidates and the campaigns they choose to run actually matter.

10 Questions for Eric Holder's Replacement as Attorney General

Eric H. Holder Jr.’s replacement as attorney general will face a grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee after the elections, with the position key to enabling President Barack Obama’s pen-and-phone executive agenda and with numerous hot-button issues under the purview of the Justice Department.

Politics San Diego DA: No Charges in Carl DeMaio Campaign Incidents

San Diego DA: No Charges in Carl DeMaio Campaign Incidents

The San Diego District Attorney’s office said it will not press criminal charges at this time regarding two investigations dogging Republican Carl DeMaio in a competitive House contest in California, according to a statement from the office Monday.

New Ebola Restrictions Not Enough for Republicans Pushing Travel Ban

While the Obama administration continues to put in place additional measures to identify travelers potentially infected with Ebola, the early Republican response is in: It’s still not enough.

Politics Iowa Senate Race Becomes Headache for House Democrats

Iowa Senate Race Becomes Headache for House Democrats

A competitive Senate contest in the Hawkeye State is creating a ripple effect down ballot, causing headaches for national Democrats as Election Day nears.

Don Young: the Kodiak Bear of Capitol Hill (Video)

He’s flouted ethics rules. Twisted a staffer’s arm. Even allegedly threatened a life, telling his Democratic challenger this fall that the last person to touch him “ended up on the ground dead” — a fact he told CQ Roll Call there was “some truth” to.

Hill Life

Could Nov. 4 Results Render D.C.'s Budget Autonomy Case Moot?

More than 40 years after President Richard M. Nixon signed the Home Rule Act, legal experts in the District of Columbia are fighting about what the feds intended.

Politics Pat Roberts Finds No Place Like Home

Pat Roberts Finds No Place Like Home

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — Dozens of cows trumpeted in the pens out back as Sen. Pat Roberts made his pitch to attendees at a livestock market.

Hill Life

Grazing Wars: Grass March Cowboys Ride to Capitol Hill

A Prius driver pulled up next to the horse trailer parked on Maryland Avenue midday Thursday, a block southwest of the Capitol, and asked Nevada ranch hand George Martin what issue brought him to Washington.

Politics Are These 10 Vulnerable Members Lucky or Good?

Are These 10 Vulnerable Members Lucky or Good?

All’s fair in love and . . . House races? Not so much.

Politics

How 'Dr. Dan' Cured His Campaign Woes

Once a top target for Democrats, Rep. Dan Benishek, a former surgeon turned tea party candidate, has turned a corner in his campaign for a second term, and national Republicans have labeled him one of their “most improved” members of the cycle.

Politics Not His Father’s Arkansas

Not His Father’s Arkansas

I have been thinking for months about how politics has changed over the past decade, but those changes struck home in a very obvious way while I was reading a recent Washington Post article written by the very able Philip Rucker.

Hill Life

Watchdogs Want Stronger Congressional Ethics Office

Despite its small staff of nine and a slim operating budget of about $1.5 million, the Office of Congressional Ethics has managed to achieve tangible victories in the House, according to sources once skeptical the agency could accomplish its mission.

Bob Casey Campaigning for FIFA to Kick Qatar to the Curb

Bob Casey Campaigning for FIFA to Kick Qatar to the Curb

As part of his effort to shed light on allegations of corruption in FIFA, the soccer world’s governing body, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., appeared on the Men in Blazers podcast Wednesday to talk about an unreleased report on the bidding process surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Obama Has Another Key DOJ Post to Fill

President Barack Obama’s plate is getting a little more full, with the announcement Thursday that Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole is exiting the administration.

Hill Life Obamacare Lawsuit Challenges Congress' 'Small Business' Status

Obamacare Lawsuit Challenges Congress' 'Small Business' Status

The conservative group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that members of Congress and congressional staffers who enrolled in health care via the D.C. small business exchange did so illegally.

Politics

EMILY's List Endorses Kansas Candidates

EMILY’s List, an organization that backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, announced Thursday a pair of endorsements in two late-breaking House races in Kansas.

Durbin Hopes Tide Turning Against Corporate Inversions

Durbin Hopes Tide Turning Against Corporate Inversions

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., is hoping the tide is turning against corporate inversions — a practice aimed at minimizing U.S. taxes by merging with overseas firms.

Hill Life

Oops: Upside-Down Flag Mars D.C. Voter Guide

District of Columbia residents might be confused to see an upside-down D.C. flag on the cover of the official voter guide being shipped out in advance of the Nov. 4 elections.

Barney Frank's Advice for Mitch McConnell

Barney Frank's Advice for Mitch McConnell

Former Rep. Barney Frank has some words of wisdom for Sen. Mitch McConnell, should the Kentucky Republican claim the majority leader’s job in January.

Politics

The 9 Biggest Candidate Flameouts

Meet the cycle’s biggest candidate disappointments.

Hill Life Capitol Police Replenish Their Ranks After Hiring Freeze

Capitol Police Replenish Their Ranks After Hiring Freeze

CHELTENHAM, Md. — Forearms pressed into the black asphalt, the Capitol Police’s 179th class of recruits shook and dripped with sweat in their third minute of planks. It was near 10 a.m. on an 80-degree morning in mid-September, and since 7 a.m. they had been performing squats, crunches and a particularly grueling training drill requiring them to drag a 165 pound dummy 40 feet.

Politics

3 Senate Endgame Scenarios

So much for a predictable midterm cycle. The past month has left multiple possible outcomes for control of the Senate.

Twitter's Most Popular Congressional Staffer Gets New Title

Twitter's Most Popular Congressional Staffer Gets New Title

Sen. Ted Cruz has a new communications director in his Senate shop, but it’s a familiar face. Amanda Carpenter, the most-followed congressional staffer on Twitter, is getting a title that aligns more with her recent duties.

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