Warren Rojas

Clinton, Kaine Paint Presidential Race as Stark Choice
Voters can choose “confidence and hope” or “bigotry and bluster”

ANNANDALE, Va. – Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine rolled out the welcome mat for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a rally in Northern Virginia, regaling supporters with her list of qualifications in not one, but two languages.  

“Are we ready for Hillary?” he asked a crowd that had endured sweltering temperatures and snaking lines for a chance to hear what the former first lady had to say. Well-wishers filled the surrounding risers, waving homemade signs reading “Clinton Country” and “HRC 45.”  

Former Giffords Staffer Plunges into Craft Distilling
Former chief of staff is co-founder of first woman-owned distillery in D.C. history

Gender politics and gun control issues are still critically important to congressional vet Pia Carusone.  

It just so happens that her bread and butter has shifted from how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill to quenching the insatiable thirst for adult beverages.  

Capitol Police Evacuate Ford Building
Suspicious package later found to be nonthreatening

Capitol Police evacuated staff on Tuesday from the Ford House Office Building over a suspicious package, later deemed nonhazardous.  

Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said an "object was found in a mechanical room." It was inspected and found not to be a threat. Staff was then allowed back in the building.  

Lead Problems Also Show up in Rayburn House Office Building
Latest testing identifies two restroom sinks with tainted water

Water from two bathroom sinks in the Rayburn House Office Building — located in the personal suites of House members — contains high levels of lead.  

The Rayburn building is the second congressional facility after the Cannon House Office Building where recent tests have detected elevated lead levels.  

DNC Staffer Killed in D.C.
Seth Rich, voter expansion data director, gunned down in own neighborhood

Seth Conrad Rich, a 27-year-old who worked for the Democratic National Committee, died of multiple gunshot wounds in the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW.  

According to police reports, officers from the Fifth District patrolling the Bloomingdale neighborhood heard gunshots at around 4:20 a.m. Sunday and shortly thereafter encountered a “conscious and breathing” Rich.  

Ross Requests Investigation into Murky Capitol Hill Water Scare
Officials must answer for “alarming unresponsiveness” on lead levels

Florida Republican Rep. Dennis A. Ross wants the Office of Compliance to take a hard look at how Stephen T. Ayers, the architect of the Capitol, has handled a health scare precipitated by the detection of lead-contaminated drinking water in the Cannon House Office Building last month.  

In the two weeks since government officials were first warned about the potential health hazard, the actions of the architect of the Capitol have ranged from temporarily disabling a handful of drinking fountains to offering free, voluntary check-ups to worried staffers.  

GOP Lobbyist Backs ‘Free the Delegates’ After Butting Heads with Trump
Convention coup remains last best hope

Lobbyist Jack Burkman Friday is scheduled to open up his Northern Virginia home to what he says is a mounting number of Republican loyalists eager to bankroll a last-minute challenge to presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.  

“You have no idea how many people want to write checks against him,” Burkman said.  

Gary Johnson Fine With Playing Spoiler, Envisions More
“Give us a chance and we will make a difference,” says Libertarian nominee

Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico turned Libertarian Party nominee for president, has no qualms about possibly costing either of the major parties the White House this fall.  

“I will lose no sleep if that is the label given to me,” Johnson assured those gathered at the National Press Club on Thursday when asked about potentially inheriting the “spoiler” mantle from previous third-party challengers Ross Perot and Ralph Nader.  

Blood Tests for House Staffers Concerned About Tainted Water
Elevated lead levels in drinking water at one office building raises questions and prompts some to get screened

At least a half-dozen House staffers showed up Wednesday for the free blood testing being offered to those worried about lead-contaminated drinking water on Capitol Hill.  

The architect of the Capitol arranged for the emergency screenings after days of releasing dribs and drabs of nebulous information about the health scare related to elevated lead levels in the drinking water at the Cannon building.  

Quiz: All Fired Up About Gun Control
GOP blasts the opposition

Congressional Republicans are up in arms about the sit-ins , protests and floor fights that Democrats and like-minded activists have employed to spur action on tougher gun control laws.  

While a floor vote remains a long shot , the vitriol keeps flying.  

Ryan Says Clinton Shouldn't Get Campaign Intel Briefings
House speaker says FBI rebuke makes Clinton ineligible for presidency

While House Speaker Paul D. Ryan still has questions about the FBI investigation that found presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton mishandled sensitive information during her time as secretary of state, one thing is crystal clear to him: Clinton’s carelessness undermines her ability to lead.  

The Wisconsin Republican on Wednesday told reporters that the director of national intelligence should deny Clinton access to classified information moving forward, adding that House leaders will also look into whether they can take action on that.  

House Staff to be Screened for Lead Poisoning
Free blood work offered to those exposed to tainted water

A week after shutting down the drinking water in the Cannon House Office Building due to an inexplicable spike in lead levels, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers is moving forward with complimentary blood testing for anyone affected by the health scare.  

“I am pleased to report that starting tomorrow, July 6, 2016, blood lead level testing will be available to House Members and Staff, with a valid congressional badge, at no cost to the individual or office,” AOC officials alerted the Capitol Hill community late Tuesday via email.  

'Cajun John Wayne' Sets Sights on Capitol Hill
Trash-talking Republican Clay Higgins loathes crime, decries government

House hopeful Clay Higgins wants everyone to know that if elected this fall, he’ll do his duty and serve the 3rd District of Louisiana.  

But he doesn’t have to like it.  

Meeting with Bill Clinton Won’t Affect Hillary's Email Case, Lynch Says
Attorney General says DOJ investigators will have the last word on nominee's emails

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she regrets that her meeting with former President Bill Clinton has cast doubt on the integrity of the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.  

“I certainly wouldn’t do it again,” Lynch told attendees Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado about her recent run-in with the former president in Phoenix.  

Officials to Explain Hazards of House Office Drinking Water
Congressional staff invited to briefing after elevated lead levels found

Officials with the Architect of the Capitol will answer questions about the severity of contaminated drinking water on the congressional campus in three meetings today after repeated requests from Florida Republican Dennis A. Ross.  

[Water in House Office Building Too Dangerous to Drink] The discussions are scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. in the Cannon House Office Building. Earlier this week AOC banned staff in Cannon from using drinking fountains and office filtration units after spotting elevated levels of lead in recent test samples.  

Ultimatum Given on Tainted Water in House Office Building
Congressman wants answers on lead levels; Officials set three briefings for Friday

Florida Republican Rep. Dennis A. Ross issued an ultimatum Thursday insisting that House administrators formally respond to a request for clarification about health hazards congressional staffers may be facing as a result of having possibly ingested tainted drinking water since last fall.  

Agents of the architect of the Capitol on Wednesday initially alerted only those located in the Cannon House Office Building that their drinking water was to be avoided pending an investigation into troubling levels of lead contamination.  

Former Lobbyist Launches Kidney Cancer Relief Effort
Group plans "No Tie July" campaign to raise critical awareness and funds

Dena Battle, the onetime House staffer turned tax lobbyist, is taking on an entirely new role as co-founder and president of the fundraising-centric Kidney Cancer Research Alliance, or KCCure.  

The dramatic career change — Battle quit Capitol Counsel in order to focus on the fledgling nonprofit — is the latest step in the life-changing journey she set upon in 2009 when her husband, GOP communications aide Chris Battle, was diagnosed with metastatic kidney cancer.  

Water in House Office Building Too Dangerous to Drink
Congressional administrators investigating sudden spike in lead levels

All sources of drinking water in the Cannon House Office Building were shut down Tuesday after the architect of the Capitol noticed unusually high amounts of lead during routine sampling, a health scare lawmakers deemed totally unacceptable.  

“The most recent results, received the week of June 27, 2016, indicate lead levels in primary drinking water sources (e.g., drinking fountains) are slightly above the Environmental Protection Agency standard,” AOC officials warned on an internal discussion board.  

Former D.C. Del. Walter Fauntroy Arrested After Years as a Fugitive
He was picked up at Virginia airport on charges of fraud and failing to appear in court

Walter E. Fauntroy, a prominent figure of the civil rights era and the first delegate to represent the District of Columbia in Congress, was arrested in Virginia on Monday over outstanding warrants after spending years abroad as a fugitive.  

U.S. Customs and Border agents picked up Fauntroy, 83, at Dulles airport after he arrived on a flight from Dubai, the agency said in a statement.  

America Still Obsessed with ‘The West Wing’
Fans quiz Podesta about Leo McGarry

The show has been off the air for more than a decade. Yet fans of the Emmy award-winning drama, "The West Wing” — including Clinton administration aide John Podesta — can’t stop talking about the Washington that producer Aaron Sorkin effectively tattooed onto the collective consciousness.  

Turning to TV for leadership is not how President Barack Obama would like to see the 2016 presidential election play out.