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Economy

In Comcast's Failed Merger, a Victory for Al Franken

Lawmakers use congressional hearings and letters to wield influence over corporate mergers — and that was certainly the case with Sen. Al Franken and the now-failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal.

Hill Blotter

Cochran Staffer Confesses to Sex-for-Drugs Scheme, Feds Say

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations raided the Northwest Washington home of a Senate staffer at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning, in a drug bust prompted by Customs and Border Protection officers in Ohio.

WGDB

Durbin Claims He Has Votes to Remain Whip

Sen. Richard J. Durbin says he has the votes to remain Democratic whip two years from now — although senators asked by CQ Roll Call are loath to publicly declare their support and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington has yet to rule out a run.


Politics

Freshman's Campaign Issue Gets D.C. Attention

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally’s top local campaign issue will get legislative play on Capitol Hill, just a few months into the vulnerable Republican’s first term in Congress.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 20, 2015 (Video)

As Nancy Pelosi and John A. Boehner smooched, members spent the remainder of the workweek protecting turtle passwords, choking up over Sam Houston and threatening to drop activists’ asses.

Politics

Republican Wins Money Race in New York Special

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan walloped his Democratic opponent in fundraising for the special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

Hill Life Norton Rips Vitter for 'Mean-Spirited' Obamacare Probe

Norton Rips Vitter for 'Mean-Spirited' Obamacare Probe

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., applauded a Senate committee for declining to subpoena the District of Columbia government Thursday, but not before saving some choice words for its chairman, Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

Celebrities Schooled in D.C. Statehood on Capitol Hill

Celebrities walked the halls of the Capitol Friday to advocate for funding for arts in education, but they also received a lesson themselves: in District of Columbia statehood.

Loretta Lynch Confirmed by Senate (Updated) (Video)

Loretta Lynch Confirmed by Senate (Updated) (Video)

Get ready to start calling her “Attorney General Loretta Lynch.” The Senate voted to confirm the first African-American woman attorney general Thursday afternoon, but the scars from the long, tortured confirmation process will linger far longer.

Hill Life

Is God Angry With Capitol Police? (Video)

Compounding a series of dark days for Capitol Police, a bolt of lightning struck a post on the south side of the Hill this week while an officer was stationed inside.

Former Hoosier Senator Teases Washington

Former Hoosier Senator Teases Washington

When a retired lawmaker sitting on nearly $10 million fired off an email with the subject line “An important announcement” just ahead of the Thursday lunch hour, Washington took notice.

Making Your Own Fun on White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend

It’s time once again for worlds to collide — that extra special lost weekend during which visiting celebs and local reporters kick POTUS to the curb and get hammered together for days on end: the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Gowdy Invites Clinton to Capitol Hill for Public Hearings

Gowdy Invites Clinton to Capitol Hill for Public Hearings

Ex-first lady, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton could be swinging by Capitol Hill before too long — but not to glad-hand with congressional Democrats, at least not exclusively.

Leahy, Paul Honored Together as 'Constitutional Champions'

Looking only at voting records, you wouldn’t expect Rand Paul and Patrick J. Leahy to share an award of any kind.

Courting the Cucumber-Infused Crowd: Democrats Woo Millennials

Courting the Cucumber-Infused Crowd: Democrats Woo Millennials

NEW YORK — On a Thursday evening earlier this month, a group of Democratic lawmakers entrusted with a big chunk of the party’s future mingled with well-dressed young professionals in an industrial-chic space in Manhattan, drinking glasses of wine and Mason jars of water infused with strawberries or cucumbers.

Leahy, Paul Honored Together as 'Constitutional Champions'

Looking only at voting records, you wouldn’t expect Rand Paul and Patrick J. Leahy to share an award of any kind.

A Possible Path Forward on Patriot Act

A Possible Path Forward on Patriot Act

As the Senate worked its way out of two legislative knots Wednesday, passing a human-trafficking bill, 99-0, and setting up a Thursday vote on the long-delayed nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the path to reauthorizing surveillance activities would be a lot easier if the White House engaged Congress sooner rather than later.

Policy

A Few Delegations Newly Punching Above Their Weight

The newest Roll Call Clout Index reveals that, even more than before, the largest potential for influence belongs to the states with the most people and therefore the biggest delegations. So it’s worth paying special attention to the smaller places with lawmaker contingents positioned to punch highest above their weight.

Conservatives Surprisingly Optimistic About Ending Ex-Im Bank

Conservatives Surprisingly Optimistic About Ending Ex-Im Bank

It was a smaller room than usual for the monthly “Conversations with Conservatives” event Wednesday. There were fewer attendees than normal, too, both among members and the audience. But among the many topics conservatives delved into — over plates of their customary Chick-fil-A — members seemed united, even hopeful, on one item: the Export-Import Bank.

Politics

'Big Money' and the 2016 Elections

Reporters love to write about money in politics, so I shouldn’t have been at all surprised by an April 20 Washington Post article suggesting campaign finance is becoming an issue in the presidential contest.

Steve Chabot Confirms Passwords Not Related to Pet Turtles

Steve Chabot Confirms Passwords Not Related to Pet Turtles

In a Wednesday morning House Small Business Committee hearing on cyberattacks, Chairman Steve Chabot offered some sage advice on password security.

Tom Colicchio Displays Hunger for D.C. Advocacy

“Guys, this isn’t a one-time deal. You have to keep coming back,” is the message Tom Colicchio said he gives to every chef who comes to Washington, D.C., with him — and it’s the message he follows.

Minnesota Hotdish Banter Is Simply Delicious

Minnesota Hotdish Banter Is Simply Delicious

How good a cook is Rep. Betty McCollum? Skilled enough that the eight-term Democrat didn’t have to campaign — or even show up, for that matter — at the fifth annual Minnesota Hotdish Off to clinch congressional bragging rights.

Cornyn Redefines His Role as Senate GOP Whip

Cornyn has emerged in a new role as a conservative lion.

Policy Appropriators Hope for Budget-Deal Relief From Sequester-Level Spending Caps

Appropriators Hope for Budget-Deal Relief From Sequester-Level Spending Caps

Top House appropriators are crossing their fingers for another budget deal that would raise the tight sequester-level spending caps, but in the meantime they will consider a set of funding allocations that seek compromise with the budget limits they’ve got.

Hill Life

Suspicious Substance Leads to Partial Cannon Lockdown

Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., returned from an afternoon series of votes to find a surprising scene outside his office on the second floor of the Cannon House Office Building.

2016's 'October Surprise'? Not Much of a Surprise

2016's 'October Surprise'? Not Much of a Surprise

October revelations about the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi weren’t enough to get the Republican presidential candidate over the hump in 2012 — but that doesn’t mean it won’t work in 2016, right?

Doyle Mum on Richmond's Status for Congressional Baseball Game

The suspicious substance incident that happened Wednesday in Rep. Mike Doyle’s digs at the Cannon House Office Building was both inconvenient and alarming.

Policy Highway Funding Still Under Construction

Highway Funding Still Under Construction

Congress’ efforts to fund highway spending look like a driver trying to extricate a car from the snow. Lawmakers move an idea into first gear, then slip it into reverse, then back to first, hoping the back-and-forth-motion generates enough momentum to get off the slick spot and move some legislation.

Hill Life

Senate Contractors Join Federal Workers Strike at Capitol

Contract workers in the U.S. Senate will walk off their jobs Wednesday to join contractors from across the District of Columbia in a strike calling for preference to be given to contractors who offer better wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights.

Hill Life For Capitol Police, Change Keeps Coming

For Capitol Police, Change Keeps Coming

For Capitol Police, it’s been an unsettling and rough few weeks characterized by speculation about their top leaders, a suicide on the West Front, a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol lawn and members of Congress looking to trim the force’s budget.

Hill Life

Student Loan Forgiveness for Staff on Chopping Block

One of the more generous benefits for congressional staffers might be on the chopping block in this year’s budget. The House and Senate budgets include cuts for education, employment and training, including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The program forgives all federally backed student loans for those working for 10 cumulative years in public service — including time spent on Capitol Hill.

Hill Life

House Committee Approves Resolution Blocking D.C. Law

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Tuesday evening to strike down a D.C. bill.

GOP Leaders Tap K Street, Wall Street Cash

GOP Leaders Tap K Street, Wall Street Cash

The top three GOP leaders in the House collectively raised $7.3 million in the first three months of this year for joint fundraising committees, a type of campaign account that under new rules may collect contributions of six figures or more.

Politics

Special Election Candidate Gets Unlikely Donation

One of the candidates running for the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee’s Mississippi seat got some help from beyond the grave last month.

Dick Durbin, Honky Tonk Man (Video)

Dick Durbin, Honky Tonk Man (Video)

Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin said he would personally be willing to meet with actual or prospective Democratic challengers to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

State Department IG Tells Senate He Needs Own Network (Video)

Can an inspector general be truly independent while department officials have access to his computer network?

Politics Ex-NFL Linebacker Considering Illinois Senate Bid

Ex-NFL Linebacker Considering Illinois Senate Bid

Illinois state Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Chicago-area Democrat and former National Football League linebacker, is mulling a bid for Senate, according to multiple sources in the state.

Steve Knight Lashes Out at Conservative Activists

Freshman lawmaker Steve Knight got so fed up over the weekend with the anti-immigration protesters who have been hounding him for months that he finally snapped.

Politics The Mystery of a Possible Florida Senate Candidate

The Mystery of a Possible Florida Senate Candidate

A handful of Republicans are currently being mentioned as possible Senate candidates for the Florida seat being vacated by Marco Rubio, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination.

Politics

Candidates Look to Make Family Legacies in Congress

When nine-term Democratic Rep. Lois Capps announced her retirement, all eyes turned to a potential successor: her daughter.

Rand Paul Calls GOP Hawks Obama 'Lap Dogs'

Rand Paul Calls GOP Hawks Obama 'Lap Dogs'

Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday he thinks fellow Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain are, in effect, “lap dogs” for President Barack Obama.

Hill Life

Tim Ryan Goes 'Planetary' (Video)

One of Congress’ foremost messengers on mindfulness is set to lend his voice to an Earth Day after-movie discussion of “Planetary” Wednesday night at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md.

Legislative Deadlines for Presidential Candidates to Watch

Legislative Deadlines for Presidential Candidates to Watch

There’s no shortage of deadlines in 2015 that will put the national media spotlight on Capitol Hill, even as much of the attention is on shooting ranges, ballrooms and diners in early presidential states.

Hill Life

Fired Staffer Files Ethics Complaint Against Baldwin

A former deputy state director for Sen. Tammy Baldwin has lodged a complaint, asking the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the Wisconsin Democrat for “making false statements and representations to cover up actions by her chief of staff” and protect the first-term senator’s political career.

Hill Life Congressman Can't Use Franked Mail to 'Thank a Veteran'

Congressman Can't Use Franked Mail to 'Thank a Veteran'

The folks in charge of franked mail in the House refuse to allow members of Congress to send official mail for the sole purpose of encouraging their constituents to “thank a veteran,” a policy one Illinois Democrat calls “a disservice to the brave men and women who sacrifice so much for this country.”

Take Five: Rep. E. L. 'Buddy' Carter

Carter talks about his impressive workout regime and how his firstborn got his name in this week's edition of Take Five, when members of Congress speak with HOH about topics relatively unrelated to their work.

Hill Life Another Schock Staffer Served Grand Jury Subpoena

Another Schock Staffer Served Grand Jury Subpoena

Another staffer for ex-Rep. Aaron Schock has been served with a grand jury subpoena to testify as part of the investigation into the Illinois Republican’s spending.

Politics

Cruz's Struggle: This Man Loves to Argue

The first time I met Ted Cruz, he argued with me. The second time I met Ted Cruz, he argued with me. It wasn’t personal, of course. Ted Cruz simply loves to argue.

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