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Senators Call for Higher Wages for Senate Workers

A group of senators are pushing for Senate contract workers to be paid a “living wage” following reports of workers barely getting by.

Politics

Hillary Rodham Romney? Keep an Eye on O'Malley

For all her recent efforts to prove her progressive credentials to Democratic primary voters and caucus participants, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has not made those on her party’s left entirely comfortable with her. And she never will.

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Grassley's Iowa Advice for Presidential Hopefuls: Show Up

Grassley's Iowa Advice for Presidential Hopefuls: Show Up
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Scalise: Export-Import Bank 'On Track' to Expire

Majority Whip Steve Scalise doesn’t seem to be making any reversals on the Export-Import Bank.


Trade Fight Galvanizing the Left

Trade Fight Galvanizing the Left

With the first round of appropriations bills and a possible budget conference report on the House floor this week, the chamber’s progressive contingent is looking farther down the road at the storm brewing over so-called Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track.”

Politics

'Mistake' to Oust Hussein, Paul Says in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told a group of Jewish community leaders here Monday he thinks the United States made an error ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Politics Tester's DSCC Pursues Same Strategy That Nearly Nixed Him in 2006

Tester's DSCC Pursues Same Strategy That Nearly Nixed Him in 2006

If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn’t be in the Senate today.

Policy

Signs of Life, but Don't Expect Bipartisan Bloom

If there was ever a sound reason for a congressional leader from one party to plant a kiss on the cheek of a leader from the other side, it was in the Rose Garden last week.

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

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.

Doug Hecox Lives to Lampoon Politicians

Perhaps the most important thing recovering Hill staffer Doug Hecox took away from his time in the legislative branch was an abiding appreciation for intentionally funny stuff.

Iran Bill Supporters Seek to Avoid Contentious Amendments

Supporters of the Senate’s Iran legislation know they have to do a delicate dance on the floor.

Hill Life

Senate Leaders Are Sports Throwbacks

A couple of generations ago, America’s top sports were baseball, horse racing and boxing. Times change, but the Senate’s top two leaders love to kick it old school.

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

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.

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.

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