Heard on the Hill

Cups to Remain in Russell
Co-owner Kathy Chung received affirmative email Monday

Cups & Company coffee shop is located in the basement of the Russell Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

Updated 4:22 p.m. | The Architect of the Capitol has decided to keep Cups & Company in the Russell Senate Office Building after all.

The beloved coffee spot’s contract will be renewed, co-owner Kathy Chung told Roll Call. The good news came in a Monday email from the AOC, she said.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess
Franken cut from Letterman special, star sighting, and supporting the home team

Gonna Fly Now: Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., runs up the House steps at the Capitol for the vote on tax reform on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Rand Paul, Still Ailing, Offers Thanksgiving Wishes
Kentucky Republican makes brief remarks in video statement

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul posted a Thanksgiving greeting on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul said in a video message released Friday that “he’s getting better” after a still-mysterious attack by a neighbor.

“Hey, everybody. Thanks for your concern, your prayers, and your thoughts, all of the get well cards,” Paul said in the video. “It’s been a rough couple weeks, but I’m starting to get better.”

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Sessions tries out his standup act; late night comics roast Franken; dumb D.C. news

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., sits on the House steps to do a selfie video about his vote on tax reform on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Rosie feuding with the Whip, Palin on the weather and other former reality TV stars on the Hill

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., poses outside the House Democratic Cloakroom in the Capitol as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., looks on, which was named in honor of Giffords and the late Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif., (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

What to See in the New Museum of the Bible
A short walk from the Capitol, the museum opens Saturday

Cary Summers, president of the Museum of the Bible, poses inside the museum in Washington on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Washington’s newest museum, a 15-minute walk from the Capitol, debuts this weekend with a little help from Congress’ chaplains.

The Museum of the Bible opens to the public Saturday, following a black-tie dedication gala Thursday night at the Trump hotel.

Slaughter Outed as Not a Texan
The New York Democrat has for years had Texan Barton thinking she was one of them

Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., was born in Kentucky. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y., has, for years, kept Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton thinking she was from Texas.

In the late hours of Tuesday night, during a Rules Committee hearing the tax bill, the truth came out.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Kellyanne sighting, Congressional Baseball Game date set, and be on the lookout for John Cleese’s diary

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, takes a picture during a Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Take Five: Matt Gaetz
Florida Republican says members of Congress ‘are hamsters on a hamster wheel’

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., says he first ran for Congress because he didn't want to vote for anyone else. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Matt Gaetz, 35, a Florida Republican, talks about what he would say to President Donald Trump in a one-on-one meeting, how baby boomers can hurt progress and what he teaches his staffers.

Q: What has surprised you so far about Congress?

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Rockin’ mocs, Ryan gets all theatrical, and Mall ballers say game on

Reflecting puddle: The U.S. Capitol building is seen Monday after rain moved through the Washington area. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

The Lazy Staffer’s Holiday Gift Guide
Do your holiday shopping on the Hill for under $60

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Just in time for holiday shopping, the Senate gift shop has returned to its usual location by the Dirksen Senate Office Building subway stop.

For months, it was operating temporarily in the Russell Senate Office Building basement during renovations.

Sen. Brown Welcomes Granddaughter, Ela
Ohio Democrat is grandfather to six children

Sen. Sherrod Brown’s, D-Ohio, wife tweeted a photograph of him holding his grandchild. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, welcomed his sixth grandchild to his family this weekend.

The senator’s wife, Connie Schultz, posted a photograph on Instagram of Brown and a new granddaughter, Ela Constance.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Ryan’s reunion, Coulter’s take on Moore, and your social calendar for the week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks back to his office from the Senate floor in the Capitol last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Capitol Hill Figures Out What to Do With 280 Characters
Members finding creative ways to use Twitter’s expanded limit

Members of Congress are already making the most of the 140 extra characters available for tweets. (Chris Hale/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers are experimenting with new ways to communicate with the extra characters Twitter has given them.

The increased 280-character limit for tweets is already being used to post full statements, Q&As with experts or the member, more hashtags and longer lists in a single posting, instead of a series of tweets.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Photos of the week; more on Moore; Veterans Day

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., walks up the House steps with his daughter Ellie for a vote in the Capitol on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.