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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.

Hill Blotter

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

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.

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.

Hill Life

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.

Hill Life

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.

Lujn Pledges to Bring Farmer's Work Ethic to DCCC

Lujn 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 Lujn 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.

Politics

Democrats Win 2 Contested California House Contests

In a boost for California Democrats, Reps. Jim Costa and Ami Bera will return to Congress in January, after The Associated Press called both races Wednesday night.

Hill Life Say Cheese! New Members of Congress Pose for Class Photo

Say Cheese! New Members of Congress Pose for Class Photo

Just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 58 new members of Congress participated in an orientation rite of passage: the class photo.

Politics

The One-Term Caucus? Top House Targets in 2016

They haven’t even been sworn in yet, but these members start off the cycle as underdogs in their quests for re-election in 2016.

Will Republicans Need a New Message on Climate Change in 2016?

Will Republicans Need a New Message on Climate Change in 2016?

Senate Republicans were swept into power vowing to fight the White House’s “war on coal,” but at least one says they need a broader message than “no” in 2016.

Hill Life

Hiking Arizona's Gabe Zimmerman Trail

DAVIDSON CANYON, Ariz. — The bike rack at the Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead here is a twisted oxidized metal coil molded to look like a rattlesnake. It’s a small bit of whimsy amid a majestic part of the 800-plus-mile Arizona Trail dedicated to the victims of a dark chapter in the Grand Canyon State’s history.

Politics The Survivor: How Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick Held On

The Survivor: How Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick Held On

But as House Democrats fell across the country, Kirkpatrick didn’t just win re-election. She expanded her margin from 2012. She proved the naysayers wrong due to one, simple political maxim: To win, a candidate has to be better than his or her opponent. And she was.

Alicia Menendez to Talk Change With Cory Booker at Union Market

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, are two of the highest ranking officials scheduled to share their thoughts Wednesday during Fusion’s inaugural “RiseUp” summit.

Hill Life Tree Honoring Emmett Till Planted at the Capitol

Tree Honoring Emmett Till Planted at the Capitol

As rain poured onto the Capitol grounds Monday morning, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., joined Republican senators and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., to plant a tree on the north side of the Capitol in honor of Emmett Till.

Obama Full Speed Ahead on EPA Climate Regulations; Your Move, McConnell

President Barack Obama’s administration is dismissing incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vow to target the EPA’s efforts to cap carbon emissions and what he calls the “War on Coal.”

Hill Life The Photographer's Guide to Food on the Road

The Photographer's Guide to Food on the Road

Now that we’ve all had time to fully digest the midterm elections, and Photo Editor Bill Clark had time to get back to a regular diet after a week on the road in Arkansas and Louisiana, let’s talk food on the road.

Boehner’s Birthday Stirs Up the Sentimental

Speaker John A. Boehner cracked the old 6-5 on Monday, a milestone event that did not go unnoticed by colleagues real and imagined.

Congressional Ribbing Devolves into Game of Moans

Congressional Ribbing Devolves into Game of Moans

Mischief makers in the employ of Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn went medieval on one of their own in an ongoing prank war commemorating everyone’s unrelenting march toward grim death.

Saying Farewell to Retiring Obscure Caucus Members

At least two lawmakers are disappearing from the CQ Roll Call Obscure Caucus after the 113th Congress wraps at the end of this year — and you may not have noticed them at all.

House Approves Keystone XL Pipeline ... Again

House Approves Keystone XL Pipeline ... Again

In a bid meant to bolster the campaign of bill sponsor Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is in a runoff election for a Louisiana Senate seat, the House voted 252-161 on Friday to once again approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Next Congress to Formally Convene on Jan. 6, 2015

Mark your calendars: The 114th Congress is planning to convene just a few days late.

New House GOP Rules Impact Medals, Gavels — and Paul Ryan?

New House GOP Rules Impact Medals, Gavels — and Paul Ryan?

House Republicans will operate the 114th Congress under essentially the same rules as the 113th — with two exceptions, including one that could have big implications for Rep. Paul D. Ryan.

Hill Life

'Rough Times Ahead' for District's Marijuana Law?

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and a few lawmakers from pot-friendly states have high hopes that the House will not try to stop the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana for recreational use, but the rest of the chamber isn’t ruling out the possibility of intervention.

Benghazi Committee Will Meet During Lame Duck, Chairman Says

Benghazi Committee Will Meet During Lame Duck, Chairman Says

Remember the Select Committee on Benghazi?

A Lame-Duck Fight Over Yucca Mountain

Harry Reid’s longtime opposition to the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository appears set to have one of the last quacks in the lame duck, and Republicans are crying foul.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Nov. 10 (Video)

Despite the short work week, members still managed to discuss airbags, baseball and Mitch McConnell’s age while dressed in madras.

Tim Ryan Concentrates on Keeping Mindfulness Around

Rep. Tim Ryan is expected to share his thought-provoking life hacks with the Zen seekers assembling in Arlington, Va., for the Mindful Leadership Summit.

Politics Mark Kirk: 'No Frickin' Way Am I Retiring'

Mark Kirk: 'No Frickin' Way Am I Retiring'

Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., has a message for anyone who doubts his will or appetite for a second term.

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