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Congress Could Face Rush to Review Iran Nuclear Deal

If everything goes according to Secretary of State John Kerry’s timeline, Congress will face a rush to review and respond to a nuclear deal with Iran before leaving town again for August recess.

Politics

GOP Women's Recruitment Effort Adapts for 2016

The Republican women’s recruitment effort is experiencing some growing pains.

Politics

Edwards Releases Senate Fundraising Totals

Rep. Donna Edwards raised $590,000 in the second quarter.


Hill Life Montana Woman Indicted for Mailing Gun to Tester's Senate Office

Montana Woman Indicted for Mailing Gun to Tester's Senate Office

A federal court has indicted a Montana woman for allegedly shipping a .22 handgun and ammunition to Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

Hill Life

Meet Capitol Quip's Mr. USA, Donald Trump

This will be the greatest Capitol Quip caption contest ever.

Who's Backing Whom? The House GOP Endorsement List

Who's Backing Whom? The House GOP Endorsement List

It’s a long time before primary season and the list of GOP presidential candidates is still likely to grow before it gets smaller — but plenty of House Republicans have already decided who they’re backing.

Scott Brown Is Listed as AdvoCare Distributor

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown appears to be on his way to fattening his wallet with some supplemental income — all thanks to a drug cocktail his son-in-law, Keith Weiser, brought to his attention.

Stabenow Seeks Tax Sweeteners for NASCAR Track Operators

Stabenow Seeks Tax Sweeteners for NASCAR Track Operators

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is teaming with Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and other senior Republicans in pressing for a permanent extension of faster tax write-offs for operators of motor racetracks, including 29 venues used for NASCAR events.

Support for Puerto Rican Bankruptcy Builds

Puerto Rico’s slide toward Chapter 9 bankruptcy continues to gain momentum; Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Tuesday his intention to introduce legislation allowing such a move.

Democrats Pursue a No-Veto Strategy on Spending Bills

President Barack Obama has issued just four vetoes so far in his presidency, and it appears he won't be taking out the veto pen for a host of contentious fiscal 2016 spending bills, either — despite threats he's already lodged on seven of them.

What a Good White House Pool Report Looks Like

“This is fun,” Caitlyn and Chloe Robinson told veteran White House reporter George E. Condon Jr., as relayed in Condon’s pool report on Wednesday, the first day tourists were able to take pictures (and selfies!) during a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Hill Life Capitol Police Chief Responds to Hearing Arrest Questions

Capitol Police Chief Responds to Hearing Arrest Questions

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine has clarified the process for removing demonstrators from congressional hearings, ahead of a Thursday court hearing for one activist who alleges he was unlawfully arrested.

McConnell Once Wanted Reagan on $10 Bill, Now Says Replacing Hamilton Is 'Terrible Idea'

When Ronald Reagan died, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., proposed replacing Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with the Republican president.

Politics Top Congressional Races in 2016: The West

Top Congressional Races in 2016: The West

This is the second in a series of regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate races to watch in 2016. The West Region includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Hill Life

Overtime Pay Not Likely for Congressional Staff

President Barack Obama may be signing overtime rules into place for nearly 5 million workers, but those beneficiaries aren’t likely to include Capitol Hill staffers.

In Washington, Ted Cruz's 'Truth' Will Make Him More Enemies

In Washington, Ted Cruz's 'Truth' Will Make Him More Enemies

When their presidential bids failed, senators as liberal as Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and as conservative as Barry Goldwater of Arizona returned to Capitol Hill and had productive — if not legendary — careers.

Democrats Want Domestic Terrorism Probe After Charleston Shootings

The Charleston, S.C., shootings have prompted six Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to push for hearings on domestic terrorism.

Hill Life Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope Francis U.S. Visit

Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope Francis U.S. Visit

The Vatican on Tuesday released Pope Francis’ schedule for his September visit to the United States, where he will spend five days and address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24.

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.

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

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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