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Senate Reaches Trafficking Deal, Teeing Up Loretta Lynch Confirmation

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Legislative Deadlines
for Presidential
Candidates to Watch

There's no shortage of deadlines in 2015 that will put the national media spotlight on Capitol Hill, and for what's likely to be four Republican senators making runs for the White House and their advisers, these moments will be an opportunity to distinguish themselves.

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'Nice Guy' Crowley Eyes Bigger Role in Democratic Caucus

Ask Washington lawmakers what they think of Rep. Joseph Crowley and they’ll use words such as “funny,” “kind,” “helpful,” “good listener” and “loyal colleague.”

Hill Blotter

Norton Warns GOP: Don't Tread on D.C.

For the first time in more than two decades, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is set to take up a resolution aimed at blocking a D.C. bill Tuesday, to the chagrin of the District’s congressional delegate.


Hill Life

Fired Staffer Files Ethics Complaint Against Baldwin

A former deputy state director for Sen. Tammy Baldwin has lodged a complaint, asking the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the Wisconsin Democrat for “making false statements and representations to cover up actions by her chief of staff” and protect the first-term senator’s political career.

Hill Life Congressman Can't Use Franked Mail to 'Thank a Veteran'

Congressman Can't Use Franked Mail to 'Thank a Veteran'

The folks in charge of franked mail in the House refuse to allow members of Congress to send official mail for the sole purpose of encouraging their constituents to “thank a veteran,” a policy one Illinois Democrat calls “a disservice to the brave men and women who sacrifice so much for this country.”

Take Five: Rep. E. L. 'Buddy' Carter

Carter talks about his impressive workout regime and how his firstborn got his name in this week's edition of Take Five, when members of Congress speak with HOH about topics relatively unrelated to their work.

Hill Life Another Schock Staffer Served Grand Jury Subpoena

Another Schock Staffer Served Grand Jury Subpoena

Another staffer for ex-Rep. Aaron Schock has been served with a grand jury subpoena to testify as part of the investigation into the Illinois Republican’s spending.

Politics

Cruz's Struggle: This Man Loves to Argue

The first time I met Ted Cruz, he argued with me. The second time I met Ted Cruz, he argued with me. It wasn’t personal, of course. Ted Cruz simply loves to argue.

House to Take Up Cybersecurity Bills in Condensed Week

House to Take Up Cybersecurity Bills in Condensed Week

With a scheduled work week that even a college senior could endorse, House lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday for just three days to deal with cybersecurity bills and to put the finishing touches on a budget and trade legislation.

Hill Life

Hill Staffer Student Loan Perk Comes With Caveats

Have student loans and want a $10,000 raise? The Student Loan Repayment Program, offered through both the House and Senate, can shoulder the student loan burden for up to $10,000 per staff member per year.

McCarthy Uses Bully Pulpit to Spotlight California Drought

McCarthy Uses Bully Pulpit to Spotlight California Drought

Legislation targeting arcane water rules is not typically the stuff of legacy building for high-profile political figures.

Hill Life

What About #ThatTown?

This is the week #ThisTown lives for, the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner and its multiple party-time events. But what about #ThatTown, the folks who won’t be picking up the tux or cocktail dress from the cleaners?

Listen Up, D.C.! Here Comes the White House Correspondents' Jam.

Listen Up, D.C.! Here Comes the White House Correspondents' Jam.

If getting the ear of Washington was half as easy as coaxing accomplished writers who moonlight as rockers out from behind their laptops and up onto stage, Mother Nature Network Co-Founder Chuck Leavell might very well already be running #ThisTown.

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 Miriam Carey Shooting Provokes Lawsuit Against DOJ

Miriam Carey Shooting Provokes Lawsuit Against DOJ

Efforts to shed light on the chaotic 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.

Politics

Manchin Is Staying in the Senate

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

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

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.

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