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CQ Roll Call April 17, 2015
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For Lynch, Next Week Just Might Be the Week

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Miriam Carey Shooting Provokes Lawsuit Against DOJ

Efforts to shed light on the confusing series of events that led federal law enforcement officers to fatally shoot a 34-year-old woman outside the Capitol 18 months ago may rest in the hands of a federal judge.

Politics

Democrat Announces Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced a bid for Senate in Pennsylvania on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary in a must-win Senate contest for a party looking to win back the majority in 2016.

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Wyden Knows His Challenge on Trade: Fellow Democrats

“Trade has never been for the faint-hearted,” Sen. Ron Wyden said Friday morning, less than 24 hours after announcing a bipartisan agreement on legislation to promote trade deals.


From the Archives: Bud Shuster Lodging With Ex-Aide-Turned-Lobbyist

With the revelation Thursday that House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has “a personal and private relationship” with a top airline lobbyist, according to a Politico report, it seemed only fitting to pull this exclusive out of the Roll Call archives.

Politics The 7 Most Interesting First-Quarter Fundraising Facts

The 7 Most Interesting First-Quarter Fundraising Facts

With roughly a year to go before the first primaries of 2016, fundraising numbers are among the few benchmarks to assess candidate strength.

Politics

The What Ifs of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

If Jeb Bush doesn’t win any of the first four GOP contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — does that eliminate him from the Republican race? Or does he have the staying power to survive those losses?

Top Cruz Aide to House Colleagues: Please Say Nice Things

Top Cruz Aide to House Colleagues: Please Say Nice Things

Sen. Ted Cruz has plenty of friends in the House Republican Conference, and quite a few in his home-state delegation, too.

Hill Life

On Emancipation Day, D.C. Reflects on Lack of Rights

Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia is a time for celebrations and reflection, but also to draw attention to D.C.’s lack of voting rights in Congress.

Politics Republican Launches Bid to Succeed Lois Capps in California

Republican Launches Bid to Succeed Lois Capps in California

Republicans have landed a top recruit for a competitive open-seat House race in California.

Getting Sloshed, POTUS-Style

Author Brian Abrams is set to dish about the boozing habits of the train-wrecks-in-chief laid bare in his irreverent expose, “Party Like A President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office.”

Homeland Security Morale Woes Blamed on Immigration Policies (Video)

Homeland Security Morale Woes Blamed on Immigration Policies (Video)

Two Republican House members, both former prosecutors, said at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday that White House immigration policies are contributing to low morale at Homeland Security.

GOP Senator Doesn't Care What You Think of His Disney Ringtone (Video)

A Senate Finance hearing on U.S. tariff policy was disrupted Thursday not by protesters, but by one Republican’s Disney-themed ringtone.

All the Budget Conference's a Stage

How do Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate conference a partisan budget that is little more than a messaging document? They don’t — at least, not really.

Reps. Stefanik, Comstock Join Launch of 'Empowered Women' Effort

Reps. Stefanik, Comstock Join Launch of 'Empowered Women' Effort

More than 200 people, including no shortage of current and former congressional aides, gathered Wednesday evening to launch a new platform for conservative-leaning women.

Scott Peters Challenger Poised to Launch Bid from Afar

Iraq war veteran and House hopeful Jacquie Atkinson plans to toss her hat into the ring Thursday to unseat two-term California Democrat Scott Peters.

Cleaver's Civility a Key Part of His Leadership Appeal

Cleaver's Civility a Key Part of His Leadership Appeal

Every power player in Washington, D.C., has a different metric for what makes a day a success. For one Missouri Democrat, it comes down to whether he was able to do his job without stepping on people.

Life as Jon Tester's Executive Assistant

Life as Jon Tester's Executive Assistant

With 14 fingers between them, there’s never a shortage of joke material for Montana Sen. Jon Tester and his executive assistant, Luke Jackson: catching, texting, meat grinders.

What 'Abolish the IRS' Really Means

“Abolish the IRS” is a popular Republican refrain, getting time on the campaign trail and promotion from the Republican National Committee. But don’t take the catch phrase literally.

Politics

Democratic Candidates Are Ready for Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy for president became official Sunday, but Democrats already see the down-ballot benefits she brings as the presumptive nominee.

Policy Tax Code Rewrite Prospects: Wait 'Til Next Year

Tax Code Rewrite Prospects: Wait 'Til Next Year

Washington always seems to be asking whether this will finally be the year Republicans and Democrats somehow set aside their differences on one of their most fundamental issues and undertake a full rewrite of the sprawling, unwieldy monster known as the tax code.

Policy

Where Graham Sees Room for a Fourth GOP Senator in White House Field

If Graham stands out in any way, in fact, it’s as the sort of deal-making and ideologically iconoclastic congressional Republican viewed with either suspicion or derision by most important factions of the party base.

Reid Not Sure If Boxing Blows to the Head Were Good for Him

Reid Not Sure If Boxing Blows to the Head Were Good for Him

CNBC’s John Harwood gets the award for today’s quote of the day from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

Hill Life

How to Deal With Those 'No' People

There’s a “no” person in every office, especially on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress say “yes” to every constituent and press request and then leave it up to the staffers to sort it out. Hill Navigator discusses how to deal with them.

Top House Democrats Warming to Senate's Iran Bill

Top House Democrats Warming to Senate's Iran Bill

The top two House Democrats are warming to the Iran legislation that will likely come to their chamber floor if it passes the Senate.

Hill Life

Laurie Hall of GPO Works in Changing Environment

If you hand a millennial an envelope of microfiche, chances are all you’ll get in return is a blank stare. That’s when Laurie Hall at the Government Publishing Office comes to the rescue.

Lawmaker's One Elevator Rule: Pee Before You Get On

Lawmaker's One Elevator Rule: Pee Before You Get On

It was a typical scene at the Capitol Tuesday. The House had just finished its afternoon series of votes, the chamber was emptying and members were scrambling to get back to whatever it is members scramble back to their offices to do.

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Possible Primary Brewing in Michigan's 1st District

It’s not just Democrats considering a challenge to Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, who plans to run for a fourth term after pledging to serve only three.

Hill Life Library of Congress: the Unexpected Diplomat

Library of Congress: the Unexpected Diplomat

One doesn’t typically expect terrorism to become a topic of discussion at hearing about library funding.

Democrats Rebut McConnell's Message to States on EPA

A group of Democratic caucus members in the Senate has asked governors to consider the views of other Kentuckians before taking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s advice on implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Boehner Adds 2 Rules Republicans — Not the Ones He Booted

Boehner Adds 2 Rules Republicans — Not the Ones He Booted

Remember when two Florida Republican representatives voted against John A. Boehner for speaker and got themselves removed from the House Rules Committee?

Hill Life

Johnson Reviewing Options After Obamacare Lawsuit

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson isn’t ruling out further challenges to the Obama administration’s treatment of members of Congress and their staff members under the Affordable Care Act.

Politics The Young and the Restless of 2016

The Young and the Restless of 2016

Once upon a time, presidential candidates were expected to have more than passing experience in government, as well as the maturity and wisdom that sometimes come with age. But that has changed, apparently.

Politics

Marco Rubio's Presidential Bid Creates Open-Seat Scrum

Marco Rubio on Monday became the third Republican senator to announce a bid for president and the first of the group to leave behind a competitive seat.

What's 'Life After Congress' for a Temporary Senator?

What's 'Life After Congress' for a Temporary Senator?

BOSTON — Sporting a Red Sox cap and a fleece jacket emblazoned with the logo of his law firm, you wouldn’t know that the man in the corner booth of a diner was a historic figure, one of just nine African-Americans to have ever served in the United States Senate.

Hill Life

Assistant Capitol Police Chief to Retire

The U.S. Capitol Police announced Tuesday that Assistant Chief Daniel B. Malloy is retiring after nearly two years as assistant chief and more than 30 years with the department. The news comes at a sensitive time for the department.

At Reinstated Pen-and-Pads, McCarthy Gives Press Plenty

At Reinstated Pen-and-Pads, McCarthy Gives Press Plenty

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy did something Monday that hasn’t happened in years: a pen-and-pad sit-down with Capitol Hill reporters. And this was a good one.

Politics

Elder Members Aren’t the Only Ones to Retire

The usual way to identify potential House retirements is to pick out the oldest members of each caucus. But that strategy misses an entire crop of potential exits, since the most senior members aren’t the only ones to call it quits.

Take Five: Rep. Dina Titus

Take Five: Rep. Dina Titus

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Policy

Four Reasons Republicans Seem Reticent in Menendez Case

It’s the first federal bribery indictment of a sitting senator in almost a quarter century, and the defendant is among the most combative and combustible Democrats in the Capitol. So why have Republicans spent the better part of the past two weeks with their hands over their mouths?

Is Reconciliation a Real Challenge to Obamacare?

Is Reconciliation a Real Challenge to Obamacare?

Even if some Republicans don’t really want to go there, even if it’s an exercise in futility, many are convinced the guaranteed-to-be-vetoed process of budget reconciliation promises to put Obamacare at the center of the 2016 debate.

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