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CQ Roll Call April 1, 2015
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Menendez Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges

Menendez Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges
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After months of rumor and speculation, Sen. Robert Menendez has finally been indicted on corruption charges.

In Israel, Boehner Dials Down Anti-Iran Nuclear Deal Rhetoric

When Speaker John A. Boehner announced he would lead a congressional delegation to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, many believed it was another effort to undermine the efforts of President Barack Obama’s administration to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran.

Hill Life

Having Fun With Congress

Back in 2010 during my first stint at Roll Call, I suggested creating a “tear tally” to track how often Speaker John A. Boehner needs to pull out a hankie. Not to make fun of him, of course, but to use data to remind our readers that we track Congress like no one else.

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The Year of the Rematch

The Year of the Rematch
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Meet the New Boss. Not the Same as the Old Boss

Relationships are everything in the Senate, and Charles E. Schumer, the presumptive top Democrat in the next Congress, has them down pat.


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Booker, McCaskill: Senate Needs to Be More Digital Friendly

Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Claire McCaskill of Missouri are calling for an update of Senate technology policies to make better use of digital technology.

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Can Ex-Members Sustain Success as Mayors?

It’s not only the season’s most consequential political event, but also a rare local election with a big rooting interest on the Hill. Voters in the nation’s third-biggest city are deciding next week if they still want to be led by a onetime member of congressional leadership.

Jesus Lady Vows to Make Easter Event Happen

Religious activist Rita Warren will not allow House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving — or anyone else, for that matter — dictate how or when she carries out her business on the Capitol grounds this Easter.

10 Things We Learned From the Vote-a-Rama

10 Things We Learned From the Vote-a-Rama

With the vote-a-rama in the rearview mirror, it’s worth taking stock of what the 15-plus hours of nonbinding votes on dozens of amendments said about the 2016 presidential election, how vulnerable senators voted and what issues might now come to the fore.

Col. John G. Keliher, Arms-Control Pioneer, Dead at 82

Col. John Graham Keliher, an Army veteran, former Hill staffer and Department of Energy employee, died on March 7. He was 82.

Senators Want 2018 World Cup Taken Away From Putin

Senators Want 2018 World Cup Taken Away From Putin

A bipartisan coalition of 13 senators is asking soccer’s governing body to give consideration to relocating the 2018 World Cup out of Russia, citing the the incursion into the territory of Ukraine.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Has History of Bad Parking Jobs

Negotiating tight spots, a source maintains, isn’t the only thing Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has trouble with when she’s behind the wheel.

Remembering Ted Kennedy, in Senate Session of Sorts

Remembering Ted Kennedy, in Senate Session of Sorts

BOSTON — “Lord. What an amazing day this has been,” Senate Chaplain Barry Black said, offering an opening prayer for a session of a replica chamber constructed as the centerpiece of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.

Hill Life

'Team 26' Demands Congress Address Gun Violence

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, 26 bikers in green jerseys turned off of First Street and headed straight toward the Capitol Dome.

Hill Life Bowser Bans Travel to Indiana Over Religious Freedom Law

Bowser Bans Travel to Indiana Over Religious Freedom Law

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an executive order Tuesday prohibiting D.C. officials and employees from approving official travel to Indiana in response to the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Food Court: Exploring The District Fishwife Is a Net Win

The tastemakers calling the shots at The District Fishwife are not afraid to reel in folks with the intoxicating aromas of beer-battered, deep-fried, finger-licking-good seafood.

Politics Special Election Dates Set to Replace Aaron Schock

Special Election Dates Set to Replace Aaron Schock

Voters in Illinois’ 18th District will select a replacement for Rep. Aaron Schock this summer, but exactly when remains unclear.

Exit Interview: Shane Skelton Appreciates the Ebb and Flow of Hill Life

He may (again) be done punching a clock under the Dome. But boomerang staffer Shane Skelton remains in awe of what he’s seen and done while working in the legislative branch.

Gowdy Requests 'Transcribed Interview' With Clinton Over Emails

Gowdy Requests 'Transcribed Interview' With Clinton Over Emails

Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy wants answers — and the truth, presumably — from Hillary Clinton regarding her use of a private email address and server during her time as secretary of State, and he wants those answers no later than May 1.

Politics

Jeb Bush Can’t Be Nominated. Or Can He?

There are plenty of reasons to believe Jeb Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida, son of a former president and brother of another former president, cannot win the 2016 Republican nomination.

Politics Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland in Ohio

Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland in Ohio

Former President Bill Clinton made his first endorsement of the 2016 cycle Tuesday, backing former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his bid for Senate.

Hill Life

West End Cinema Leaves 'Em Laughing

Every moviegoer knows the ending is important. Josh Levin ended the five-year run of his West End Cinema on March 29 with one last screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” choosing to go out with a laugh.

Politics Does Duckworth Change the Math in Illinois or Nationally?

Does Duckworth Change the Math in Illinois or Nationally?

If you care about politics at all, you probably know Rep. Tammy Duckworth has entered the Illinois Senate race. She hopes to be the Democratic nominee against first-term GOP Sen. Mark S. Kirk next year, though other Democrats are said to be looking at bids.

CODELs: Boehner to Israel, McCarthy to Tunisia, Pelosi to Asia

Not everybody gets to travel overseas during the two-week House recess — just ask Louie Gohmert.

Warm Fuzzies After Boehner-Pelosi SGR Deal Not Likely to Last

Warm Fuzzies After Boehner-Pelosi SGR Deal Not Likely to Last

House lawmakers left for a two-week recess on a high note Thursday, with members of both parties banding together in nearly equal measure to pass a substantive piece of legislation.

Politics

DCCC to Hit Republicans on College Campuses

House Democrats will launch a series of attacks on Republicans over college affordability over the next two weeks, when members of Congress will fan out across the country for the Easter recess.

Did Van Hollen Miss a Layup Opportunity With Progressives?

Did Van Hollen Miss a Layup Opportunity With Progressives?

Congressional Progressive Caucus members were emboldened this week.

C-SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

Blame it on the pre-recess jitters. Or perhaps vote-a-rama fatigue.

Boehner Promises Sanctions Action if Iran Talks Fail

Boehner Promises Sanctions Action if Iran Talks Fail

Speaker John A. Boehner, in an interview that aired Sunday, said the House will act quickly to tighten sanctions on Iran should the administration’s nuclear talks with the Islamic republic fail.

Hill Life

Ed Whitfield's Ties to Lobbyist Wife Subject of House Ethics Probe

The congressional ethics police have launched a formal investigation into allegations that Rep. Edward Whitfield has been using his House seat for family gain.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 23, 2015 (Video)

Before leaving town for two weeks, lawmakers learned arithmetic, “quacked” at one another and practiced three-point turns. This is Hits and Misses.

Hill Life

Capitol Fun Police? Farr Opposes July Fourth Security Plan

One of the House’s most liberal Democrats vowed to be the “squeaky wheel” if congressional leaders agree to recommendations from Hill law enforcement to limit access to the Capitol on July Fourth.

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Congresswoman Demonstrates 'Worst Parking Job Ever' (Video)

Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Bill Nelson: Don't Censor 'Climate Change' (Video)

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson used the annual Senate vote-a-rama to dis Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s alleged ban on the terms “climate change” and “global warming.”

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Schocked, Schocked That Coffee Is on House Floor (Video)

Aaron Schock, whose resignation officially takes effect on March 31, may be leaving Congress, but not before breaking just one more House rule: Schock brought coffee to the House chamber Thursday.

Loretta Lynch: From 'Back of the Bus' to 'Sacrificial Lamb'

Adopting rhetoric similar to Illinois Senator and Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin’s “back of the bus” comment that drew the ire of Republicans, about a dozen women congregated outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Thursday to protest the delay on confirming Loretta Lynch.

Hill Life Rubio, Jordan Target D.C.'s Local Control Over Gun Regulations

Rubio, Jordan Target D.C.'s Local Control Over Gun Regulations

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio introduced a bill Thursday aimed at loosening the District of Columbia’s gun laws.

Boehner: Obama Is 'Anti-War President' Unwilling to Lead (Video)

Speaker John A. Boehner dismissed Barack Obama Thursday as an “anti-war president” unwilling to lead an international coalition against the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL; al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations.

Hastert Delivers Personal Pitch for Ethanol

Hastert Delivers Personal Pitch for Ethanol

Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert delivered a blunt reminder to farm-state lawmakers about the clout of the ethanol industry with a visit for nearly an hour to the main lobby off the Senate floor during votes on Tuesday, while he worked to stave off a call by conservatives to eliminate the renewable fuels standard.

Politics

Coats' Top Aide Enters Indiana Senate Contest

Eric Holcomb, a congressional staffer and former Indiana GOP chairman, announced a bid Thursday to succeed retiring Sen. Dan Coats, becoming the first Republican to enter what could be a crowded primary field.

Lobbyists-Turned-Staffers Disclose Salaries, Clients

Lobbyists-Turned-Staffers Disclose Salaries, Clients

Lobbyists who left K Street in recent months to take jobs on Capitol Hill left behind big salaries and numerous clients that have a stake in the debates their new bosses are engaged in.

Senators Launch Effort to 'Cut Red Tape'

“People don’t get up every morning and read the Federal Register.”

Freshman Senator: Pay for Obamacare Replacement With ... Obamacare

Freshman Senator: Pay for Obamacare Replacement With ... Obamacare

Bill Cassidy, the freshman senator from Louisiana and a doctor, has been pushing fellow Republicans in his first few months in the Senate to embrace an alternative to Obamacare — one he predicts will insure more people without mandates.

Hill Life

Former Staffer Is Off the Hill, but Still On the Grind

Robert McAlister didn’t know anything about the coffee business. But he knew he enjoyed drinking coffee.

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