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Watch Live: Senate Judiciary Hearing on Homeland Security Oversight

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds an oversight hearing for the Department of Homeland Security with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. Coverage begins at 10 a.m.

New Front Opens in 'Fast-Track' Trade Fight

There’s no shortage of liberal opposition to President Barack Obama on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but a more serious threat to the administration’s pro-trade alliance with Republicans might come from those who want to tackle the perpetually thorny issue of currency manipulation.

Early Votes Reveal Positioning for 'Blue State Five'

The nation officially has its 83rd attorney general with Loretta Lynch having taken the oath of office Monday morning. But before her five-month nomination odyssey fades into the rearview mirror, it’s worth noting the pivotal part played by an election 19 months down the road.

The Steve Scalise Comeback Tour

When Majority Whip Steve Scalise walked to the floor on Feb. 27 for the vote on a three-week continuing resolution for the Department of Homeland Security, he knew it was going to fail.

Take Five: Rep. Diana DeGette

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

DOJ to Probe Baltimore at Maryland Delegation's Request

Updated: 8:11 p.m. | Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin said Monday the Justice Department is moving forward with an independent investigation into the death of a Baltimore man who died in police custody that has fueled days of protests and looting in the city.

Japan Taps Lobbyists to Bolster U.S. Ties

The government of Japan knows its way around K Street.

Chuck Grassley's Iowa Advice for Presidential Hopefuls: Show Up

It’s tough to be in two places at once. And if history is any guide, all of the senators running for president will frequently forgo floor votes to be on the trail shaking hands and kissing babies.

'Mistake' to Oust Hussein, Paul Says in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told a group of Jewish community leaders here Monday he thinks the United States made an error ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003.

House Aide Saves ‘Black-ish’ Star From Embarrassment

Democratic staffer-turned-graphic artist Andrew Aydin graduated to full-fledged superhero over the weekend, swooping in to extract “Black-ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross from a ridiculously sticky situation.

Laura Capps Won't Seek Mother's Seat in California

Laura Capps announced Monday she will not seek the California seat being vacated by her mother, Democratic Rep. Lois Capps.

Scalise: Export-Import Bank 'On Track' to Expire

Majority Whip Steve Scalise doesn’t seem to be making any reversals on the Export-Import Bank.

Tim Daly Relishes Being Tight With Madeleine Albright

The Creative Coalition President Tim Daly is no slouch when it comes to networking with bold-faced names in #ThisTown. But the Hollywood vet is absolutely enthralled by his friendship with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Hillary Rodham Romney? Keep an Eye on O'Malley (Video)

For all her recent efforts to prove her progressive credentials to Democratic primary voters and caucus participants, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has not made those on her party’s left entirely comfortable with her. And she never will.

Trade Fight Galvanizing the Left

With the first round of appropriations bills and a possible budget conference report on the House floor this week, the chamber’s progressive contingent is looking farther down the road at the storm brewing over so-called Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track.”

Doug Hecox Lives to Lampoon Politicians

Perhaps the most important thing recovering Hill staffer Doug Hecox took away from his time in the legislative branch was an abiding appreciation for intentionally funny stuff.

Tester's DSCC Pursues Same Strategy That Nearly Nixed Him in 2006

If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn’t be in the Senate today.

HOH Word of the Week: Optics

“Optics: How voters and the media perceive something. In politics, it often is an event, phrase, or policy that is pushed front and center because of the belief that it will help win the politician more votes.”

Signs of Life, but Don't Expect Bipartisan Bloom

If there was ever a sound reason for a congressional leader from one party to plant a kiss on the cheek of a leader from the other side, it was in the Rose Garden last week.

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