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Gyrocopter Pilot Back in Court; Questions Not Over for Capitol Police

Doug Hughes returns to the District of Columbia Friday for a preliminary hearing on charges related to his April 15 landing on the West Front of the Capitol, an event that provoked tough questions from members of Congress about how safe Washington is from aerial attacks.

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Conservatives Set for Immigration Fight on Defense Bill

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee voted 33-30 for an amendment to the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would encourage the Pentagon to affirm undocumented immigrants should be permitted to serve in the military.

Executive Branch

Clinton Foundation's Missteps Point to Broader Problem

On the surface, the uproar over foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of State looks like another example of the Clintons behaving badly. But the problem goes beyond the Clintons and could tar Republicans as well.


Politics Democrat Eyes Rematch in West Virginia's 2nd District

Democrat Eyes Rematch in West Virginia's 2nd District

Former West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey is considering challenging freshman Republican Rep. Alex Mooney, who narrowly beat him last year for the open seat long held by GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

Hill Life

Capitol Dome Workers Pause for 'Safety Stand-Down'

Construction workers who scale the Capitol Dome each day gathered Wednesday morning to learn about safety procedures and fall prevention.

Hill Life GOP Leaders Not Briefed on Bodyguards' Lost Guns

GOP Leaders Not Briefed on Bodyguards' Lost Guns

House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., might never have known their bodyguards left guns in the bathroom without CQ Roll Call’s report, which has launched a Capitol Police investigation into the source of the leak.

Wicker Pledges GOP Will Adhere to Strict Spending Limits (Video)

As the Senate was preparing to finalize the fiscal 2016 budget resolution, both sides seem to want the spending blueprint to be an election issue next year.

Reid Threatens to Short-Circuit Trade Bill (Video)

Reid Threatens to Short-Circuit Trade Bill (Video)

Does Minority Leader Harry Reid have the votes to throw a monkey wrench into President Barack Obama’s trade agenda?

Politics

Dan Donovan Wins Special Election to Succeed Michael Grimm

Republican Dan Donovan easily won a special election in New York’s 11th District Tuesday night, solidifying his role as the successor to disgraced ex-Rep. Michael G. Grimm.

Policy

Amos Snead Shows Off Alabama Roots

Amos Snead is showing off his roots.

Graham, Leahy Host Elton John to Promote Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Patrick J. Leahy hosted Sir Elton John at the Capitol Tuesday evening as part of a push to ensure funding for the bipartisan effort to combat AIDS.

Hill Life Area Lawmakers: Don't Change Reagan Airport Rules

Area Lawmakers: Don't Change Reagan Airport Rules

Members of the Virginia and District of Columbia delegations are urging Congress not to change the rules governing Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, citing an increasing imbalance between the region’s two major airports.

Senators Vow to Protect Air Force's A-10 Fleet

Senate defense hawks fired warning shots over the Air Force’s nose on Tuesday over plans to retire the A-10 Warthog, vowing to fund the fleet through the National Defense Authorization Act.

Policy New Congress, New Round in Senate Fight Over Obama's Judges

New Congress, New Round in Senate Fight Over Obama's Judges

In the long-running judicial wars between the Senate and the White House, the first skirmish of the year is flaring into the open this week.

Messin' With Texas?

Well, somebody really did it this time. In an apparent violation of an inviolable maxim, someone on the Senate side went ahead and messed with Texas.

Politics Senate Races, Pro Salaries and Perspective on Spending

Senate Races, Pro Salaries and Perspective on Spending

Complaining about campaign spending is a time-honored tradition, along with the Kentucky Derby and Major League Baseball. But a closer look reveals the dollars spent on controlling government pales in comparison to spending in other areas of life.

Chow Down for Charity at Biscuit Bash

Hump day goes humanitarian this week with the help of the real American heroes: biscuit sandwich-crafting toques.

Coffee, ’Cue and M&M's: How to Survive a Markup All-Nighter

Coffee, ’Cue and M&M's: How to Survive a Markup All-Nighter

It started at 10 a.m. More than 18 hours later, at 4:39 a.m., it ended.

Hill Life

Report: Busy Season for Congressional Ethics Investigators

The first few months of 2015 brought a flurry of activity at the Office of Congressional Ethics, with the quasi-independent agency launching 15 preliminary reviews of allegations of misconduct involving members or staff of the House. The office also lost its chairman, former Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla.

George Mitchell Tells His Favorite Tales in New Memoir

George Mitchell Tells His Favorite Tales in New Memoir

Not long after George J. Mitchell gave up a federal judgeship in Maine for an appointment to the Senate, he found himself sleeping on a cot.

Hill Life

Paul Weighs In on Cruz Effort to Block D.C. Law

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has weighed in on Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to strike down a District of Columbia law aimed at combating workplace discrimination, seemingly supporting Cruz’s effort.

Overheard: What Alan Grayson Thinks of the DSCC

Overheard: What Alan Grayson Thinks of the DSCC

“. . . Voters choose our party nominee, not out-of-touch party bosses sipping cognac in a smoke-filled room in Washington, D.C.”

Hill Life

Have a Ball With DC Vote

Disenfranchised District denizens who dare to dream of one day having a say in how Congress handles its business can once again raise their voices in unison during DC Vote’s 3 Star Ball.

Hill Life Congress Is for Hackers

Congress Is for Hackers

In fewer than two days last week, more than 100 hackers — coders, business analysts, former congressional staffers and grass-roots advocacy specialists — developed 11 projects aimed at helping Congress function more effectively and transparently.

Politics

Darin LaHood Raises $500K in Race to Replace Aaron Schock

Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood raised more than $500,000 in five weeks since entering the special election to replace Republican Aaron Schock, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Politics Ad Man Scott Howell Back At It After Cardiac Arrest

Ad Man Scott Howell Back At It After Cardiac Arrest

Scott Howell doesn’t remember Jan. 25.

Politics

Van Hollen, Edwards Square Off in First Maryland Senate Race Debate

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Maryland Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen faced off for the first time Sunday, showcasing sharply different styles as they vie for the Democratic nomination for Senate.

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