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4 Big Reasons Obama's Border Funds Request Is in Trouble

The initial outcry in Washington over the scale and scope of the child migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border signaled this could be a moment for rare bipartisan action.

Beltway Insiders

GOP Struggles With Fundraising for Women's Initiatives

It’s been a promising year for Republican women who have set out to fix their party’s “woman problem,” but not good enough for their bank accounts.

At the Races

Democrats Tout Walsh Bill to Bring Back Jobs — Without Walsh

Politics is overtaking the Senate floor schedule again this week, with a vulnerable Democrat leading the charge on a bill to give tax breaks to employers who return jobs to the United States.


Senate Needs 'Magic' to Complete Pre-Recess Agenda (Video)

Senate Needs 'Magic' to Complete Pre-Recess Agenda (Video)

The Senate might just have too much to do before departing for August recess.

Hill Life

Tennessee Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Obama, Romney, Paul Ryan

Police have arrested a Tennessee man who allegedly threatened to kill President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and shoot other national and local officials.

Politics Democratic Poll: The Issues That Resonate With Single Women Voters

Democratic Poll: The Issues That Resonate With Single Women Voters

A new poll of likely voters in 12 Senate battleground states suggests a populist economic message and focus on women’s health issues could help Democrats improve their standing with unmarried women voters in advance of the midterm elections.

Hill Life

Back in the Beltway and Looking for a Capitol Hill Job

Sometimes it takes time away from D.C. to realize this is where you want to be. But how do you get back on the job market after you return? Hill Navigator discusses.

Bill Clinton Had Secret Meeting With Obama in Oval Office May 1

Bill Clinton Had Secret Meeting With Obama in Oval Office May 1

President Barack Obama met secretly with former President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office May 1 — a meeting revealed to the public months later by a photo released by Pete Souza, the official White House photographer.

Policy

When Is a Tweet an Ethics Violation? | A Question of Ethics

It’s not really against the rules for staffers to tweet endorsements of other candidates, is it?

Nomination Backlog Frustrates Administration, Democrats as August Looms

Nomination Backlog Frustrates Administration, Democrats as August Looms

A pileup of nominations — particularly for scores of would-be U.S. ambassadors — has the Obama administration pushing hard for Senate action ahead of the August recess, while senators want to get home to campaign before the midterms.

Federal Judge Tosses Ron Johnson's Obamacare Lawsuit

A federal judge based in Green Bay has tossed a Sen. Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit targeting the health benefits for members of Congress and their staff.

Hill Life Capitol Police Complete Investigation of Suspicious Substance in CVC

Capitol Police Complete Investigation of Suspicious Substance in CVC

Updated 10:38 a.m. | Capitol Police sealed entrances to the Capitol Visitor Center shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, in response to a suspicious substance.

Politics

'Simple' Doesn’t Equal 'Easy' in N.H. Senate Race

Having written about House and Senate races for the past 30 years, I’ve seen plenty of press releases, polling memos and campaign strategy emails. But rarely have I received anything as silly as a July 9 press release from New Hampshire Republican Senate hopeful Scott P. Brown’s campaign, which presented the challenger’s alleged “Path To Victory.”

Politics The Re-Education of Rick Nolan

The Re-Education of Rick Nolan

Minnesota Democrats have two problems: The 8th District has changed, and Rep. Rick Nolan doesn’t want to change with it.

Hill Life

Roll Call After Dark Documentary of the Week: 'Code Black'

Not for the faint of heart, “Code Black” by Ryan McGarry is a documentary about Los Angeles County’s emergency trauma center.

Politics Georgia Runoff: Republicans Pick Senate and House Nominees Tuesday

Georgia Runoff: Republicans Pick Senate and House Nominees Tuesday

Georgia Republicans will pick their nominee for Senate in a runoff Tuesday, ending Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn’s nine-week wait for an opponent in the open-seat contest.

Hill Life

Ryan Shucard Case Highlights Gun Law Discrepancies

Staff in Rep. Tom Marino’s office are convinced that Ryan Shucard, the press secretary that arrived at the Cannon House Office building toting a 9 mm handgun on Friday morning, was not planning to harm anyone with the gun.

Hill Life Dads on Capitol Hill: House Paternity Leave Varies Widely

Dads on Capitol Hill: House Paternity Leave Varies Widely

Matt Dennis wasn’t used to making reporters wait for a response. But when he was on paternity leave, his newborn son Jonah took priority over his boss, Democratic Rep. Nita M. Lowey of New York, so he put the BlackBerry aside.

Oklahoma Republicans to Obama: No More Child Migrants at Fort Sill

The Oklahoma congressional delegation is proud of its Fort Sill Army Base, but that doesn’t mean it wants to play host to thousands more unaccompanied child migrants awaiting deportation proceedings.

Hill Life Muslim on Capitol Hill: Staffers Look to Rebuild

Muslim on Capitol Hill: Staffers Look to Rebuild

As rain pelted the capital, more than 200 Muslim Americans gathered in the Cannon House Office Building to break their daily fast.

Hill Life

Queen Bee Hawking Jewelry for the 'Powers That Bee' on Capitol Hill

A jewelry designer with a knack for brightening up Washington’s prim business attire brings her signature necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings to Capitol Hill this week for an exclusive trunk show and sale.

Hill Life Segs in the City: They're Just Not That Into You

Segs in the City: They're Just Not That Into You

There are things worse than being small, electric and self-balancing in Washington. Such as: Being small, electric and self-balancing and having your tour guide’s speech regulated in Washington.

Take Five: Rep. Cheri Bustos

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Policy Rand Paul 2016 Buzz Is Buzzier Than Senate Colleagues

Rand Paul 2016 Buzz Is Buzzier Than Senate Colleagues

The most wide open Republican presidential contest in modern times is shaping up, so a thousand things could change in the 80 long weeks before the first scheduled caucuses and primaries take place. And a couple hundred of them surely will.

Politics

Megachurches Prove Mega-Influential in GOP Primaries

The influence of religious conservatives might be waning nationwide, but the movement only stands to grow in Congress.

Obama Wants 'Immediate' Cease-Fire in Gaza

Obama Wants 'Immediate' Cease-Fire in Gaza

President Barack Obama called for an “immediate” cease-fire in Gaza Monday, after an invasion and air assault by Israel in response to rocked attacks by Hamas left hundreds dead.

McCarthy Takes Over Visible Leader Duties as Staff Transitions

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy does not officially step into his new job as majority leader until August, but for all intents and purposes, the California Republican has already assumed the visible duties of his next leadership role.

LGBT Executive Order Signed by Obama

LGBT Executive Order Signed by Obama

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday banning discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT people — without a broad religious exemption included in the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Politics

Florida Congressman Makes $1.4 Million Ad Buy for Re-Election

Rep. Patrick Murphy’s campaign made its first ad buy Monday in Florida’s 18th District, reserving $1.4 million in cable and broadcast in the West Palm Beach-Treasure Coast media market, according to figures shared first with CQ Roll Call.

Mark Kirk Says Obama Iran Policy is Path to Nuclear War (Video)

Mark Kirk Says Obama Iran Policy is Path to Nuclear War (Video)

Sen. Mark S. Kirk said in a jarring video circulated late Friday that President Barack Obama’s Iran policy is leading to nuclear war.

Policy

With Senate Action Stalled, Continuing Resolution Looks Likely for Fall

With the Senate’s regular appropriations work all but dead and an unexpected supplemental spending request for child migrants consuming time and energy on Capitol Hill, a government-wide continuing resolution now appears to be a near certainty for the fall.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 14 (Video)

As members discuss bathroom breaks, candy and The People’s Court, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., refuses to yield the Senate floor.

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