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Hill Staffers, This Is Why Gmail Exists

Hill Staffers, This Is Why Gmail Exists

The Ashley Madison hack is already embarrassing plenty of people, including Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Capitol Police and a handful of House offices.

Ex-Cochran Aide Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy

The former aide to Mississippi GOP Sen. Thad Cochran who was arrested as part of a sex-for-drugs scheme pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

How to Kick That Mid-August Recess Slump

How to Kick That Mid-August Recess Slump

August is to recess what November is to elections (and January is to the State of the Union and — once upon a time — what July was to appropriations). August is the month of shorter to-do lists and longer lunches. With Congress out of session, it’s an ideal time to take vacation, or to just leave early for midday cocktails.

Slain Intern a 'Terrible Tragedy,' Says Portman

For the second time this summer, a former congressional intern was killed in the District of Columbia, as a spike in violent crime continues to rock the nation’s capital.

Senators: Metro Safety Important Enough to Micro-Manage

Senators: Metro Safety Important Enough to Micro-Manage

The four senators from the states that surround Washington, D.C., say Metro’s board of directors needs to move more quickly to protect riders from the system’s aging rail infrastructure.

Rude Realities on Capitol Hill

Most of us are used to the jovial, amicable member of Congress, the one who shakes hands and listens attentively with a grinning staffer at his or her side as they greet constituents and take meetings. But what happens when Dr. Jekyll’s potion runs dry and Mr. Hyde comes out, especially when there’s a group of visiting college students? Hill Navigator discusses.


GAO Employees Indicted for School Lunch Fraud (Updated)

GAO Employees Indicted for School Lunch Fraud (Updated)

Updated 4:24 p.m. | Five employees with the Government Accountability Office, and one GAO employee’s spouse, were indicted Tuesday for working to illegally obtain reduced-price lunches for their children.

House Spending Review: Do Members Need Accounting Lessons?

When Rep. Scott Rigell came to Congress in 2011, he wore two phones on his hip. One was government-issued for official use; the other was a personal phone.

House Spending Review: Do Members Need Accounting Lessons?

House Spending Review: Do Members Need Accounting Lessons?

When Rep. Scott Rigell came to Congress in 2011, he wore two phones on his hip. One was government-issued for official use; the other was a personal phone.

Sodexo Takes Over the House

In one House cafeteria, closed doors and cardboard boxes. In another, red, white and blue balloons.

Hill Navigator Summer Reading List

Hill Navigator Summer Reading List

August. Even the newest D.C. residents know it might be the best time to switch the smartphone to silent and head out of town to cooler and less-humid places, preferably with beaches. (Mountains work too.)

Material in House Chamber Tests Negative for Asbestos

The material found in the House chamber that prompted its closing Monday has tested negative for asbestos.

Capitol Police Board Aims to Replace Chief Quickly

Capitol Police Board Aims to Replace Chief Quickly

Two former Secret Service agents and an architect walk into a board room. They’re charged with finding a replacement, and soon, for outgoing Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine.

White House Staffer, Capitol Police Officer Suspended After Shooting (Updated)

Updated 2:48 p.m. | Capitol Police have placed a dignitary protection agent on administrative leave after a White House staffer allegedly fired the agent’s own gun at him in Maryland during a domestic dispute. The staffer has also been suspended.

House Chamber Closed as AOC Investigates Unknown Material (Updated)

The House chamber was closed Monday morning after Architect of the Capitol workers discovered a potentially hazardous substance during ongoing restoration work.

Chaffetz Calls for Removal of OPM CIO

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, reiterated his call Thursday for the chief information officer at the Office of Personnel Management to step down in the wake of data breaches that affected millions of federal employees.

Senate Democrats Call for Higher Wages for Capitol Food Workers

Senate Democrats Call for Higher Wages for Capitol Food Workers

Nearly all members of the Senate Democratic Conference are calling for Capitol food service workers to receive higher wages and improved working conditions, according to a letter obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Rand Paul Allies Indicted in Iowa Campaign Fraud Case

A longtime ally of Sen. Rand Paul who at one point served as the 2014 campaign manager for now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been indicted for alleged campaign finance fraud.

Azerbaijan Travel Probe Shows Strained Ties Between Congress' Ethics Cops

Azerbaijan Travel Probe Shows Strained Ties Between Congress' Ethics Cops

By the looks of the most recent report from the Office of Congressional Ethics, the first six months of 2015 were some of the busiest since the agency launched six years ago, at the beginning of the 111th Congress. But lawmakers remain lax about policing themselves.

An Easy Fix for Members Who Want Overtime for Staff

Even if Congress takes no action on amending the Congressional Accountability Act to add overtime protections for staff, individual offices can lead the way and implement changes for their own staff, much as they have done for workplace protections such as maternity and paternity leave.

Second Hill Langar Raises Awareness About Sikh Faith

Second Hill Langar Raises Awareness About Sikh Faith

For the second time on Capitol Hill, staffers, lawmakers and citizens gathered in the Rayburn foyer, removed their shoes, donned orange head scarves and participated in a centuries-old Sikh tradition.

Richard Schweiker, 1926-2015

Richard Schweiker, a Pennsylvania Republican who served in the House, Senate and the Cabinet, then headed one of Washington’s most powerful associations, died on July 31. He was 89.

Lawmakers Look to Enhance Unpaid Intern Protections

Lawmakers Look to Enhance Unpaid Intern Protections

House Democrats introduced three bills to protect interns from sexual harassment and discrimination Tuesday, notably extending protections to the scores of interns in congressional offices.

Norton Looks to Extend Workplace Protection to Congress' Staff

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., announced Friday she plans to introduce legislation to extend workplace protections and civil rights laws to congressional employees.

Democrats Look to Pivot From Milestones to Today's Priorities

Democrats Look to Pivot From Milestones to Today's Priorities

Wielding the gavel he held nearly 50 years ago to the day, former Rep. John D. Dingell told a group gathered in the Capitol Visitor Center Wednesday, “We did it! Now let’s see some real enthusiasm,” adding, “They fought us all the way.”

Congressional Couches Test Positive for Toxic Retardant

As Congress considers an overhaul of toxic chemical regulations, a new analysis has brought the issue close to home — perhaps a little too close for comfort.

Rep. Chaka Fattah Charged in 29-Count Indictment

Rep. Chaka Fattah Charged in 29-Count Indictment

Updated 12:25 p.m. | Prosecutors charged Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Wednesday in a 29-count indictment with racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud as part of a probe into the 11-term congressman launched by the FBI and IRS in March 2013.

Farewell, My Indigestion: Bidding Adieu to Restaurant Associates

“But if you‘ll eat it, you never have to prove your courage in any other way.”

On Unattended Guns, Questions Linger for Capitol Police

On Unattended Guns, Questions Linger for Capitol Police

Called before Congress for an oversight hearing after a tumultuous few weeks of reports of loaded service weapons left in problematic places around the Capitol and an ongoing hunt for employees who may have leaked internal information, Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine promised the acts would be dealt with “firmly and effectively.”

House Limits Chamber Access for Pope Address

House lawmakers opted Tuesday to limit who can be present in the chamber during Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress in September.

Convicted Republicans Plead for Mandatory Minimums Changes

Convicted Republicans Plead for Mandatory Minimums Changes

An ex-colleague of Jack Abramoff shared an anecdote from his stint in prison with a room full of conservatives Thursday. After the one-time Hill climber explained to a fellow inmate that a dog was going to get neutered, the inmate asked the longtime Republican aide, “How long does it take for them to grow back?”

Norah O'Donnell: My First Article for Roll Call

This is part of a series of reflections from alumni journalists for our ongoing coverage of Roll Call’s 60th Anniversary. See all of our coverage at media.cq.com/60thanniversary.

Capitol Police Search Powers Provoke Constitutional Concerns

Capitol Police Search Powers Provoke Constitutional Concerns

The trio of congressional officials who have exclusive control over traffic rules on the Capitol grounds are ordering a change that would enhance Capitol Police’s authority to search backpacks, suitcases and other personal belongings carried onto the 290-acre property.

View From a Decade Ago: Reporter Reflects on Covering Pelosi-Hoyer Feud

This is part of a series of reflections from alumni journalists for our ongoing coverage of Roll Call’s 60th Anniversary. See all of our coverage at media.cq.com/60thanniversary.

Rotunda Closing Changes Capitol Tour Route

Rotunda Closing Changes Capitol Tour Route

With the Rotunda closing for six weeks this summer, Capitol tour guides will be offering a modified tour of the Capitol, that does not include National Statuary Hall.

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