Thomas McKinless

Pelosi lights the 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree
The 2019 tree is a blue spruce from New Mexico

Speaker Nancy Pelosi was joined by members of the New Mexico delegation on the West Lawn of the Capitol Wednesday night for the ceremonial lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree. ...
Watch: Trump calls Trudeau ‘two-faced’ after overheard comments

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced” following overheard comments Trudeau seemed to make about Trump at Buckingham Palace. World leaders are in London for a NATO summit.

Watch: Capitol Christmas Tree arrives on the West Lawn
This year’s tree came from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico

The 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree arrived on the West Lawn Monday, completing its nearly 2,000 mile journey from New Mexico’s Carson National Forest.

It’s Thanksgiving recess and all we want to talk about is food
Invite Kathryn Lyons to Thanksgiving and she’ll stop asking you annoying questions

‘Impeachapalooza 2019’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 18, 2019

“Welcome to Impeachapalooza 2019,” said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, during one of this week’s several blockbuster impeachment hearings. Witnesses were subjected to twin jokes, flaming pigtails and “epic mansplaining” as they testified before the House Intellige...
Inside the impeachment hearing room

Weepy-eyed Boehner roasted at portrait unveiling
Grab the tissues

Mark Ruffalo: Dangerous chemical found in water and ‘every one of you’
The ‘Avengers’ actor testified Tuesday afternoon on the Hill

If you’re not counted you’re not represented: Census 101
Roll Call Decoder

How many people will be living in the United States on April 1, 2020?

Congress is as outlandish as it could be: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 11, 2019

“It’s not as outlandish as it could be.” That’s how GOP counsel Steve Castor, during this week’s public impeachment hearings, described Rudy Giuliani’s backdoor diplomacy. But as watchers of Congress know, many things that happen on Capitol Hill are a little outlandish — like scooters, upside-down charts, flying microphones, a 20-second committee markup and more in this week’s Hits and Misses....
Watch: Trump live tweets impeachment hearing, Yovanovitch reacts in real time
President attacks ousted Ukraine ambassador as she testifies

Rep. Adam B. Schiff read aloud a tweet sent by President Donald Trump attacking Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony during the House impeachment hearing on Friday.

Watch: Rodney Davis and Eleanor Holmes Norton show off their scooter skills (or lack thereof)
Holmes Norton is an advocate for allowing electric scooters on the Capitol campus

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., attended an e-scooter safety demonstration on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon, hosted by the Micromobility Coalition. Holmes Norton is an advocate of allowing e-scooters on the Capitol campus.

“Let’s bring the Congress into the 21st century,” she said Wednesday.

Imitation Bernie, peeking on camera and too many Alaskans of the Week: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 4, 2019

Sen. Ron Wyden stepped into Sen. Bernie Sanders’ shoes, Rep.
Watch: Shelby endorses Sessions for return to Senate
“I believe he will be a formidable candidate,” Shelby said

Republican Sen. Richard C. Shelby endorsed his former Alabama Senate colleague for an expected 2020 Senate bid. “I believe he will be a formidable candidate,” Shelby said Thursday.

About a year ago, Jeff Sessions was forced out of his role as attorney general by President Donald Trump. Prior to that, Sessions served in the Senate for about two decades. He was first elected in 1996.

Popeyes chicken is riding on the outcome of the LSU-Alabama game
Sens. John Kennedy and Richard Shelby are betting chicken and sausage

Kennedy defends calling Pelosi ‘dumb’ at Trump rally
“I didn’t mean it as disrespectful at all,” Kennedy said

A spooky week on the Hill, Nats win the World Series: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Oct. 28, 2019

“The real horror story this Halloween is what’s preventing Congress from doing its job,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley said Wednesday. Maybe members can’t get their jobs done because they’re a bit distracted after the Washington Nationals won the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Drag whistleblowers, Nats and more run the annual High Heel race
Tuesday night was the 33rd annual 17th Street high Heel Race

If you went out to DuPont Circle on Tuesday night, hopefully you were prepared for the annual parade of drag queens down 17th street in Washington. Saucy whistleblowers, Nats in skirts and a giant baby Trump were just a few of the many colorful and outrageous get-ups on display at the 33rd annual 17th Street High Heel Race, which brought its usual mix of LGBTQ culture and D.C. politics to the neighborhood....
Migrants and lawmakers honored for Dia de los Muertos

Members of Congress are commemorating Dia de los Muertos at the Capitol this year with altars honoring migrants and civil rights activists, as well as Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and former Rep. John Conyers Jr., who both died earlier this month. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus put together an altar to honor migrants who have died in U.S. custody.

How you (and your pet!) can be buried at the Congressional Cemetery
Dog-walking, movie nights and pet burials at the historic boneyard

Despite its namesake, the Congressional Cemetery has about 5,000 plots available, and no, you don’t have to be a member of Congress to be buried in one. “The only requirement for being buried here is you have to be dead,” says Paul Williams, president of Historic Congressional Cemetery.

But the cemetery, situated in Southeast D.C., is not just a burial ground. It also serves as “a Central Park for this part of Capitol Hill,” according to Williams. It hosts parties, yoga, movie nights and has a dog-walking program. And you don’t have to be dead to partake in those.