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CQ Roll Call Dec. 20, 2014
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How the Nuclear Option Changed the Judiciary

For Sen. Harry Reid, going “nuclear” set the groundwork for his last great act of the 113th Congress.

POTUS Operandi

Obama to Give Jan. 20 State of the Union

Updated 10:41 a.m. | President Barack Obama is accepting an invitation to deliver the 2015 State of the Union on Jan. 20, according to a White House official.

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Paul Challenges Rubio Over Obama's Cuba Plan

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky trolled Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, his potential rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, on Twitter Friday over Rubio’s opposition to President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba.


Hill Life Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells Joins Bowser Administration

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells Joins Bowser Administration

District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser announced Friday that outgoing Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells will join her administration as the director of the District Department of the Environment.

Hill Life

Capitol Hill Commissioner Concerned About 2024 D.C. Olympics Bid

District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser and representatives from Washington 2024 made their pitch for D.C. to host the 2024 Summer Olympics Tuesday, but one Capitol Hill neighborhood representative is raising concerns about the bid.

Politics Will Russ Feingold Be Haunted by Campaign Problems Past?

Will Russ Feingold Be Haunted by Campaign Problems Past?

Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., isn’t ruling out trying to get his former seat back this cycle. But it’s unclear how good of a campaign he will run.

Hill Life

McConnell Announces New Senate Sergeant-at-Arms

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is sweeping the decks at the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Office, replacing SAA Drew Willison with former Navy SEAL and Defense Department alumnus Frank J. Larkin for the 114th Congress.

Sessions Yields to Enzi for Budget Gavel (Updated)

Sessions Yields to Enzi for Budget Gavel (Updated)

Sen. Michael B. Enzi will be the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee in the next Congress.

Policy

Bill O'Neill, Jerry Hogan: 2 Friends Taken in 2 Days

The low odds of two friends in the same tight-knit community on Capitol Hill dying on consecutive days were mercilessly defied last week, as a sad 24 hours rocked the tech and telecom lobbying world — along with numerous other universes both inside politics and out.

Politics

McSally Win Gives Republicans Another House Seat (Updated)

Updated 1:14 p.m. | Republican Martha McSally has officially defeated Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., after a protracted recount in the Tucson-based 2nd District reaffirmed her lead.

Hill Life

From 'Printing' to 'Publishing': The GPO Has a New Name

The U.S. Government Printing Office has officially become the Government Publishing Office, after President Barack Obama signed the year-end “cromnibus” spending package late Tuesday night.

Politics N.H. Democrats Prep Kelly Ayotte Challenge

N.H. Democrats Prep Kelly Ayotte Challenge

New Hampshire is set to play a far more pivotal role in deciding Senate control next cycle than it did in the midterms.

Democrats Close Out Majority With Wins on Nominations

The Senate’s end-of-session mechanics kicked into high gear Tuesday, with the chamber confirming a slew of President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive nominations and clearing a one-year retroactive extension of lapsed tax breaks that will resolve the issue for just weeks.

Chaffetz Lays Out Different Direction for Oversight

Chaffetz Lays Out Different Direction for Oversight

If incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz made just one thing clear Tuesday, it’s this: The Oversight and Government Reform Committee is not Darrell Issa’s anymore — in fact, Issa won’t even be on the committee next year.

Politics

14 Congressional Republicans Jeb Bush Helped Last Cycle

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday he is exploring a bid for president in 2016 with help from a new leadership PAC.

Hill Life A Tribute to Michele Bachmann (Video)

A Tribute to Michele Bachmann (Video)

Would it surprise you if I disclose that one of the most important pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten came from Rep. Michele Bachmann?

Politics

House Democratic Losses Deplete Bench of 2016 Senate Recruits

Sweeping House losses have not only pushed Democrats into a historic minority, they’ve depleted the bench of potential Senate recruits for the 2016 elections.

Hill Life Marijuana Legalization in D.C.: What Happened and What Happens Next

Marijuana Legalization in D.C.: What Happened and What Happens Next

District of Columbia officials and activists are grappling with a new thorn in their sides: an amendment attached to a year-end spending package targeting marijuana legalization in the District.

New Governing Coalition Emerges

In the wake of the “cromnibus,” a new governing coalition may have emerged in Washington.

Hill Life Norton Asks GOP Leaders for House Voting Privileges

Norton Asks GOP Leaders for House Voting Privileges

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., sent a letter to House Republican leadership Tuesday asking that she be granted a vote on the House floor in the 114th Congress.

Hill Life

Legislative Counsel Staffer Remembered as Funny, Positive

Edward Leong, 61, a staffer in the Office of Legislative Counsel for 36 years, died on Dec. 7 at his home in McLean, Virginia, after a nine-year battle with lung cancer.

Hill Life Bipartisan Bedfellows Push Overhaul of Prison, Sentencing Systems

Bipartisan Bedfellows Push Overhaul of Prison, Sentencing Systems

With Republicans set to have control of both chambers of Congress, there has been no shortage of talk of leaving the dysfunction of the 113th Congress behind and focusing on areas of compromise in the coming year.

Coburn Faces Blowback Over End-of-Session Blockade

Sen. Tom Coburn faced renewed criticism Monday evening over his blockade of bipartisan measures aimed at preventing veterans from committing suicide, improving energy efficiency and extending terrorism insurance.

Politics Exit Interview: John Barrow Laments Hyper-Partisan Congress

Exit Interview: John Barrow Laments Hyper-Partisan Congress

Defeating Georgia Rep. John Barrow, the last white House Democrat in the Deep South, may have been one of the House GOP’s biggest feats in last month’s near sweep of the 2014 elections.

From New Committee Seat, David Vitter Seeks to Stop AG Nomination

One of the new Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee says next year’s Senate should block President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee.

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