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Fattah Could Have Avoided Some Trouble Through Possible Student Loan Repayment

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was one of five members present in July 2002, when the House Administration Committee made the Student Loan Repayment Program a reality for the House of Representatives.

Defense & Foreign Policy

Cybersecurity Opponents Gird for Senate Floor Debate

The Senate will take up a cyber bill this week that already has critics promising a rigorous debate over what they say is little more than a surveillance measure dressed in the guise of cybersecurity legislation.

Politics

Former Republican Running as Democrat to Replace Kirkpatrick

In Arizona’s 1st District, Democrats may turn to a former Republican as they try to hold on to outgoing Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s seat.


Politics

One Last Hurrah for Joe Biden?

The news that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is giving serious consideration to running for president spread like wildfire over the weekend.

Hill Life

Capitol Police Chief to Retire in January

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine plans to step down in January, capping a contentious three years as the Hill’s top cop.

Politics

Joe Baldacci Complicates Cain's Challenge to Poliquin in Maine

New England’s only Tossup election got a little more complicated last week, when Maine’s Joe Baldacci, the brother of former Gov. John Baldacci, filed to run as a Democrat in the 2nd District.

Democrats Vote to Filibuster Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill

Democrats Vote to Filibuster Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill

Planned Parenthood funding will continue despite outrage — mostly from Republicans — over videos showing officials discussing the sale of aborted body parts.

Cruz, Rubio and Paul Make New Hampshire Forum — Sort Of

For three of the 14 presidential candidates participating in Monday’s Voters First Forum, the timing was less than ideal.

GOP Silent on Sanctions Strategy if Iran Deal Derailed

GOP Silent on Sanctions Strategy if Iran Deal Derailed

GOP lawmakers who have declared their opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran have so far failed to articulate a detailed strategy for what would come next if they secure enough votes to derail the agreement.

Hill Life

Second Hill Langar Raises Awareness About Sikh Faith

For the second time on Capitol Hill, staffers, lawmakers and citizens gathered in the Rayburn foyer, removed their shoes, donned orange head scarves and participated in a centuries-old Sikh tradition.

Hatch Calls ADA One of His Most Important Achievements

Hatch Calls ADA One of His Most Important Achievements

Lawmakers across the political spectrum have celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act over the past week — none more than Sen. Orrin G. Hatch.

Hill Life

Azerbaijan Travel Probe Shows Strained Ties Between Congress' Ethics Cops

By the looks of the most recent report from the Office of Congressional Ethics, the first six months of 2015 were some of the busiest since the agency launched six years ago, at the beginning of the 111th Congress. But lawmakers remain lax about policing themselves.

Politics In Senate Race, Alan Grayson Could Be Own Worst Enemy

In Senate Race, Alan Grayson Could Be Own Worst Enemy

In his bid for Senate in Florida, the biggest thing standing in Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s way is . . . Alan Grayson.

Pot Bills Stalled Despite Increased Support

Even though Senate support for a medical marijuana bill is building, it’s not getting the backing it needs to advance.

Wide Political Fallout Expected From Massive Nuclear Bomber Deal

Wide Political Fallout Expected From Massive Nuclear Bomber Deal

In a few weeks, the Pentagon will announce the companies picked to develop America’s next bomber jet, sparking a budget war that will last for years and reshape the defense industry, experts say.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 27, 2015 (Video)

Members wrapped up the last week in July with rhetorical questions, pipe smoke and empty toothpaste tubes.

That Time a Congressman Killed a Lion in Zimbabwe (Video)

That Time a Congressman Killed a Lion in Zimbabwe (Video)

Long before the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a Minneapolis dentist triggered an international outcry over the illegal hunting, one U.S. Congressman confidently bragged about killing — and eating — his own conquests.

Politics

Democrats Hope Baron Hill Can Follow Donnelly's Path to the Senate

Former Indiana Rep. Baron P. Hill’s road to the Senate won’t be any easy one, but Democrats think they have a roadmap to get him there.

Congress Goes to the Dogs

Congress Goes to the Dogs

Life on Capitol Hill was good for a few fleeting moments Thursday, as members and staff wandered from wet-nosed critter to furry-faced charmer in pursuit of the perfect cuddle.

Politics

Onetime DCCC Prospect Greitens Running as Republican in Missouri

Depending on how things shake out, Missouri voters could face a bizarro world next fall: A former Democrat running as the Republican nominee for governor against a Democrat who used to be a Republican.

Hill Life

Whistleblower Day, but Not for Hill Staff

The Senate approved a resolution Thursday declaring July 30, 2015, “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day,” though senators’ own staffers are not afforded the same protections as other federal workers.

Senate Passes Long-Term Highway Bill, Short-Term Extension

Senate Passes Long-Term Highway Bill, Short-Term Extension

The Senate passed its long-term highway bill shortly after noon Thursday, and then agreed to a House-passed three-month extension before completing work for the day.

64 Lawmakers Rally Behind Alexander Hamilton

As the House headed for August recess, a group of 64 lawmakers is uniting against reducing the role of Alexander Hamilton on the 10-dollar bill.

Takoma Park Feels the Bern

Takoma Park Feels the Bern

TAKOMA PARK, Md. — Thousands of “house parties” gathered throughout the country Wednesday night to collectively #feelthebern.

Josh Earnest: Planned Parenthood Videos 'Fraudulent'

Strong words today from the White House over those Planned Parenthood videos showing officials with the nation’s leading abortion provider discussing the sale of aborted body parts. But not for Planned Parenthood.

Hill Life Congressional Couches Test Positive for Toxic Retardant

Congressional Couches Test Positive for Toxic Retardant

As Congress considers an overhaul of toxic chemical regulations, a new analysis has brought the issue close to home — perhaps a little too close for comfort.

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