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Freshman Class Filled With Losers

Congress is filled with a bunch of losers, but it’s not exactly what you’re thinking.

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Politically Connected Ambassador Nominees to Get Floor Votes

When the Senate returns from Thanksgiving, the first pressing business will be confirming a pair of President Barack Obama’s nominees who might not stand a chance in a Republican-led Senate.


Hill Life D.C. Health Care Enrollment Site Down Until Saturday Night

D.C. Health Care Enrollment Site Down Until Saturday Night

Members of Congress and Capitol Hill staffers looking to enroll in the health care exchanges this weekend will have to wait until Saturday night, as the website administering enrollment is down for maintenance. The enrollment period for congressional employees began on Nov. 10 and ends on Dec. 8.

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Ron Johnson Open to Hearing on Marijuana Legalization

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., likely the next chairman of the Senate committee with oversight over Washington, D.C., said Thursday that he would like to hold a hearing on marijuana legalization.

Durbin Says Omnibus in Progress, Warns Against Defense CR

Durbin Says Omnibus in Progress, Warns Against Defense CR

Appropriators appear to be making good progress on behind-the-scenes negotiations on a big omnibus bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

New RSC Chairman: Don't Look for Public Fights With Boehner

Good news for Speaker John A. Boehner: The next Republican Study Committee chairman wants to work with him — and he doesn’t want any public fights.

Politics Josh Holmes, the Mastermind of Team Mitch

Josh Holmes, the Mastermind of Team Mitch

Much of the movie “Fargo” takes place in Minnesota, the home state of the aide in charge of the campaign that propelled Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell to the role of Senate majority leader in the next Congress.

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Mandatory House Ethics Training? Some Incoming Freshmen Don't See the Point

Minnesota Republican Tom Emmer, the staunchly conservative congressman-elect preparing to replace retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann, drew three takeaways from his recent training on House ethics rules.

Hill Life New Members of Congress Flip for Office Selection (Slideshow)

New Members of Congress Flip for Office Selection (Slideshow)

On the final day of orientation, new members of Congress, their staff and the media packed into a Rayburn committee hearing room Wednesday to find out their fate for office selection.

Members Rush to Recruit Freshmen to Softball Team

Think it’s too early for softball? Think again.

Senate's 2015 Calendar Features Fuller Weeks, Fewer Breaks

Senate's 2015 Calendar Features Fuller Weeks, Fewer Breaks

In addition to longer workweeks, it appears the Senate will be in session more frequently in 2015.

Major Players From Team Cantor to Open Lobbying Shop

Months after Cantorland was turned upside down by their boss’ stunning primary defeat, two key members of the ex-majority leader’s team are returning to the workforce, opening a lobbying firm with another prominent former Hill staffer.

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Republican National Committee Headquarters Hit With Blue Spray Paint

A vandal struck the Republican National Committee headquarters on Veterans Day, according to Capitol Police.

McCain, Corker Doubtful of White House's ISIS Strategy, Intent for AUMF

McCain, Corker Doubtful of White House's ISIS Strategy, Intent for AUMF

Leaving Wednesday’s closed briefing on the fight against the Islamic State, the terror group also known as ISIS or ISIL, Sen. John McCain said he doubted the Obama administration really wanted to have a new Authorization for Use of Military Force at all.

End of the Road for Michael Boggs Nomination?

Time is running out for Michael P. Boggs, whose nomination by President Barack Obama to the district court bench in Georgia roiled Democrats and raised new questions about the longstanding Senate practice of giving senators a veto over court picks in their home states.

Mike Enzi Challenging Jeff Sessions for Budget Gavel

Mike Enzi Challenging Jeff Sessions for Budget Gavel

Senate Republicans have a battle for a gavel.

Pallone Defeats Eshoo for Energy and Commerce Slot

In a triumph for the seniority system and a blow to Nancy Pelosi’s clout, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey beat Rep. Anna G. Eshoo of California in a hard-fought race for ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Negotiations Over CIA Torture Report Nearing End

Negotiations Over CIA Torture Report Nearing End

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein expects her panel’s long-delayed report on the CIA’s use of torture to be released before Republicans take over the chamber, signaling to reporters there’s one sticking point left.

NSA Overhaul Dies in Senate Vote (Updated)

An effort backed by the Obama administration to overhaul the NSA’s controversial surveillance activities died in the Senate Tuesday.

LujŠn Pledges to Bring Farmer's Work Ethic to DCCC

LujŠn Pledges to Bring Farmer's Work Ethic to DCCC

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has ruffled plenty of feathers lately, reclaimed some goodwill with her caucus Monday, bypassing more established members to name Ben Ray LujŠn the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Keystone XL Pipeline Stalls in Senate Vote

A Senate bill aimed at approving the Keystone XL pipeline stalled Tuesday, dealing a blow to Sen. Mary L. Landrieu’s tough re-election bid.

Policy Election Trivia for Political Wonks, Part 2

Election Trivia for Political Wonks, Part 2

Maybe the lovers of congressional curiosities still haven’t mined the 2014 election results for all the political and institutional trivia pushed toward the surface.

Hill Life

Whitfield Denies Helping His Wife's Financial Interests in Congress

Rep. Edward Whitfield is facing new allegations he has been using his House seat for family gain and is pushing back against a report that he was using his position to boost his wife’s stock portfolio.

Hill Life Capitol Dome Braces for Next Phase of Restoration

Capitol Dome Braces for Next Phase of Restoration

With frigid winds whipping around the 288 foot-tall Capitol Dome, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers said the next phase of the nearly $60 million restoration project has begun.

Hill Life

The Hill Navigator Guide to Sending Holiday Cards

Welcome to the holiday season! It’s full of receptions, cocktail parties and Christmas cards, all things Hill Navigator endorses (in moderation, of course). But how do you go about sending cards to your workplace contacts? Hill Navigator discusses.

Policy K Street Files: Democratic Lobbyists Still Have Value

K Street Files: Democratic Lobbyists Still Have Value

The Democrats may have taken a pummeling in this month’s elections, but K Street still sees value in hiring them.

Policy

Money Dominates Committee and Leadership Races | Rules of the Game

As House members finalize their senior leadership and committee posts, money is playing a decisive role in who occupies — and retains — the chamber’s seats of power.

Loretta Lynch Nomination Will Wait as Reid Seeks Broader Deal (Video)

Loretta Lynch Nomination Will Wait as Reid Seeks Broader Deal (Video)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping Republicans will play ball on confirming a number of President Barack Obama’s nominations before they take over the majority in the next Congress, but that list won’t include the next attorney general.

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