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CQ Roll Call April 19, 2015
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Miriam Carey Shooting Provokes Lawsuit Against DOJ

Efforts to shed light on the confusing series of events that led federal law enforcement officers to fatally shoot a 34-year-old woman outside the Capitol 18 months ago may rest in the hands of a federal judge.

At the Races

Manchin is Staying in the Senate

Sen. Joe Manchin III will not be taking any country roads home to West Virginia any time soon.

WGDB

For Lynch, This Week Just Might Be the Week

For Lynch, This Week Just Might Be the Week
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WGDB

Wyden Knows His Challenge on Trade: Fellow Democrats

“Trade has never been for the faint-hearted,” Sen. Ron Wyden said Friday morning, less than 24 hours after announcing a bipartisan agreement on legislation to promote trade deals.


Hill Life Boko Haram Survivors Renew Push to #BringBackOurGirls

Boko Haram Survivors Renew Push to #BringBackOurGirls

Two schoolgirls who escaped the terrorist group Boko Haram solemnly marked the one-year anniversary of their kidnapping by climbing the steps of the Capitol to tie a red ribbon around one of its stately columns.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 13, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers shook off the rust of a two-week recess recalling trips to McDonald’s, playing their favorite Disney ringtones and counting to seven.

Cruz Iran Letter Uses the Royal 'We' — Briefly

Cruz Iran Letter Uses the Royal 'We' — Briefly

Sen. Ted Cruz fired off a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Friday that declared “we” are making requests for the countries involved in the Iran talks — even though no other senators signed the letter.

Hill Life

White House Fence Jumper Who Kicked K-9 Pleads Guilty

The Maryland man who scaled the White House fence in October and was caught on camera kicking one of the Secret Service’s big Belgian Malinois dogs pled guilty Friday to a federal charge stemming from the intrusion.

Wham! Bam! Comic Book Ads Target SEC Chairwoman

Wham! Bam! Comic Book Ads Target SEC Chairwoman

The comic book-like frames show hideous monsters oozing through Washington and attacking the White House.

From the Archives: Bud Shuster Lodging With Ex-Aide-Turned-Lobbyist

With the revelation Thursday that House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has “a personal and private relationship” with a top airline lobbyist, according to a Politico report, it seemed only fitting to pull this exclusive out of the Roll Call archives.

Politics

The 7 Most Interesting First-Quarter Fundraising Facts

With roughly a year to go before the first primaries of 2016, fundraising numbers are among the few benchmarks to assess candidate strength.

Politics

The What Ifs of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

If Jeb Bush doesn’t win any of the first four GOP contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — does that eliminate him from the Republican race? Or does he have the staying power to survive those losses?

Hill Life

On Emancipation Day, D.C. Reflects on Lack of Rights

Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia is a time for celebrations and reflection, but also to draw attention to D.C.’s lack of voting rights in Congress.

Politics Republican Launches Bid to Succeed Lois Capps in California

Republican Launches Bid to Succeed Lois Capps in California

Republicans have landed a top recruit for a competitive open-seat House race in California.

Getting Sloshed, POTUS-Style

Author Brian Abrams is set to dish about the boozing habits of the train-wrecks-in-chief laid bare in his irreverent expose, “Party Like A President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office.”

Homeland Security Morale Woes Blamed on Immigration Policies (Video)

Homeland Security Morale Woes Blamed on Immigration Policies (Video)

Two Republican House members, both former prosecutors, said at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday that White House immigration policies are contributing to low morale at Homeland Security.

GOP Senator Doesn't Care What You Think of His Disney Ringtone (Video)

A Senate Finance hearing on U.S. tariff policy was disrupted Thursday not by protesters, but by one Republican’s Disney-themed ringtone.

All the Budget Conference's a Stage

How do Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate conference a partisan budget that is little more than a messaging document? They don’t — at least, not really.

Reps. Stefanik, Comstock Join Launch of 'Empowered Women' Effort

Reps. Stefanik, Comstock Join Launch of 'Empowered Women' Effort

More than 200 people, including no shortage of current and former congressional aides, gathered Wednesday evening to launch a new platform for conservative-leaning women.

Scott Peters Challenger Poised to Launch Bid from Afar

Iraq war veteran and House hopeful Jacquie Atkinson plans to toss her hat into the ring Thursday to unseat two-term California Democrat Scott Peters.

Cleaver's Civility a Key Part of His Leadership Appeal

Cleaver's Civility a Key Part of His Leadership Appeal

Every power player in Washington, D.C., has a different metric for what makes a day a success. For one Missouri Democrat, it comes down to whether he was able to do his job without stepping on people.

Life as Jon Tester's Executive Assistant

Life as Jon Tester's Executive Assistant

With 14 fingers between them, there’s never a shortage of joke material for Montana Sen. Jon Tester and his executive assistant, Luke Jackson: catching, texting, meat grinders.

What 'Abolish the IRS' Really Means

“Abolish the IRS” is a popular Republican refrain, getting time on the campaign trail and promotion from the Republican National Committee. But don’t take the catch phrase literally.

Politics

Democratic Candidates Are Ready for Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy for president became official Sunday, but Democrats already see the down-ballot benefits she brings as the presumptive nominee.

Policy Tax Code Rewrite Prospects: Wait 'Til Next Year

Tax Code Rewrite Prospects: Wait 'Til Next Year

Washington always seems to be asking whether this will finally be the year Republicans and Democrats somehow set aside their differences on one of their most fundamental issues and undertake a full rewrite of the sprawling, unwieldy monster known as the tax code.

Policy

Where Graham Sees Room for a Fourth GOP Senator in White House Field

If Graham stands out in any way, in fact, it’s as the sort of deal-making and ideologically iconoclastic congressional Republican viewed with either suspicion or derision by most important factions of the party base.

Reid Not Sure If Boxing Blows to the Head Were Good for Him

Reid Not Sure If Boxing Blows to the Head Were Good for Him

CNBC’s John Harwood gets the award for today’s quote of the day from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

Hill Life

How to Deal With Those 'No' People

There’s a “no” person in every office, especially on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress say “yes” to every constituent and press request and then leave it up to the staffers to sort it out. Hill Navigator discusses how to deal with them.

Top House Democrats Warming to Senate's Iran Bill

Top House Democrats Warming to Senate's Iran Bill

The top two House Democrats are warming to the Iran legislation that will likely come to their chamber floor if it passes the Senate.

Hill Life

Laurie Hall of GPO Works in Changing Environment

If you hand a millennial an envelope of microfiche, chances are all you’ll get in return is a blank stare. That’s when Laurie Hall at the Government Publishing Office comes to the rescue.

Lawmaker's One Elevator Rule: Pee Before You Get On

Lawmaker's One Elevator Rule: Pee Before You Get On

It was a typical scene at the Capitol Tuesday. The House had just finished its afternoon series of votes, the chamber was emptying and members were scrambling to get back to whatever it is members scramble back to their offices to do.

Politics

Possible Primary Brewing in Michigan's 1st District

It’s not just Democrats considering a challenge to Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, who plans to run for a fourth term after pledging to serve only three.

Hill Life Library of Congress: the Unexpected Diplomat

Library of Congress: the Unexpected Diplomat

One doesn’t typically expect terrorism to become a topic of discussion at hearing about library funding.

Democrats Rebut McConnell's Message to States on EPA

A group of Democratic caucus members in the Senate has asked governors to consider the views of other Kentuckians before taking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s advice on implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Boehner Adds 2 Rules Republicans — Not the Ones He Booted

Boehner Adds 2 Rules Republicans — Not the Ones He Booted

Remember when two Florida Republican representatives voted against John A. Boehner for speaker and got themselves removed from the House Rules Committee?

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