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Washington Monument Closed for Elevator Glitch

Washington Monument Closed for Elevator Glitch
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The Washington Monument was closed to tourists Thursday, as technicians searched for the source of an electrical issue in the elevator. The closure notice was an unwelcome reminder of elevator malfunctions this spring, which raised questions about the monument’s renovation.

Capitol Hill Commissioner Concerned About 2024 D.C. Olympics Bid

District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser and representatives from Washington 2024 made their pitch for D.C. to host the 2024 Summer Olympics Tuesday, but one Capitol Hill neighborhood representative is raising concerns about the bid.

McConnell Announces New Senate Sergeant-at-Arms

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is sweeping the decks at the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Office, replacing SAA Drew Willison with former Navy SEAL and Defense Department alumnus Frank J. Larkin for the 114th Congress.

Liver Let Die, Foie La La Ducks Controversy

The second annual Foie La La competition is under way on H Street Northeast, with nine establishments going beak to beak for the hearts and minds (and livers?) of diners with a taste for foie gras.

Before You Go, a Short To-Do List for Hill Staffers

The “cromnibus” is done! Holidays are here! Tax extenders are done! Sine Die! There are a couple weeks of recess in front of you, with time to tap out some constituent mail and take long lunches, perhaps even a take few days off to spend with family. But not everyone is as happy about their job prospects this holiday season, and lots of transition affects people in different ways. So before you head out, Hill Navigator has a short list of recommended to-do items.

From 'Printing' to 'Publishing': The GPO Has a New Name

The U.S. Government Printing Office has officially become the Government Publishing Office, after President Barack Obama signed the year-end “cromnibus” spending package late Tuesday night.


Fired Staffer Sues Farenthold, Alleging Sexually Charged Workplace

Rep. Blake Farenthold is being accused of discussing “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about a former staffer with one of his employees in a lawsuit that alleges the Texas Republican created a hostile work environment on Capitol Hill.

D.C. Attorney General Unsure How Marijuana Rider Affects District

D.C. Attorney General Unsure How Marijuana Rider Affects District

Interim District of Columbia Attorney General Eugene Adams has still not determined the implications of an appropriations rider targeting marijuana legalization in the District.

House Ethics Committee Scolds Phil Gingrey for Bank Ties

As six-term Rep. Phil Gingrey wraps up his career in Congress, the House Ethics Committee took the Georgia Republican to task for helping a bank in which he held up to $250,000 in stock warrants.

Surviving a Saturday in the Senate

Cars packed the East Front of the Capitol Saturday, as senators returned for a surprise weekend session. Even as the first vote of the day was underway, lawmakers were still making their way back to the Senate.

D.C. Activists Make Last-Ditch Senate Lobbying Effort

Activists are making a final lobbying push Friday to rally senators to oppose a rider targeting marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia that was attached to the year-end spending package “cromnibus.”

The House Day Care Waitlist Isn't Getting Any Shorter

Good news for early childhood education.

Washington 2024 Olympic Campaign Features Capitol Hill Cast

The team behind Washington’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics is trying to spin D.C.’s “this town” reputation to its advantage.

Know Before You Go: An Ethics Overview for Capitol Hill Holiday Parties

Know Before You Go: An Ethics Overview for Capitol Hill Holiday Parties

The holiday party scene between K Street and Capitol Hill is a lot more complicated than simply deciding which event sounds like the most fun and what to wear.

Gutiérrez Recalls Racial Profiling Incident at Capitol

During a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the state of civil rights Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez revisited a 1996 exchange that raised the issue of racial profiling in Capitol security.

House Ethics: An Isolating Gavel to Hold

Come January, Rep. K. Michael Conaway won’t have to worry about scaring away his friends on Capitol Hill.

House Ethics Chides Hastings for Talking Sex, Underwear With Aide

The House Ethics Committee cleared Rep. Alcee Hastings of a sexual harassment case in the waning hours of the 113th Congress, but chided the Florida Democrat for unprofessional behavior with a female employee of the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Oh Ya! Capitol Christmas Tree Gets Lit

Golden yellow hoodies dotted the West Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday, and a dark tree stood behind the children and adults wearing them. In the distance one could make out the white blur of the Washington monument through the cold mist that hung in the air.

'Remote Area Medical' — a Documentary Whose Subject Is No Longer Remote

“If I’d made this movie, I’d have screwed it up,” said Stan Brock, the founder of Remote Area Medical and a man with nearly a half-century of film experience.

Report Outlines Constituent Meeting Do's and Don'ts

Constituent participation is the key to scheduling meetings on Capitol Hill, according to a new report from the Congressional Management Foundation.

Eisenhower Memorial Plan Still Faces Skepticism, Despite Approvals

Capitol Hill’s representatives on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission remain skeptical the monument to the 34th president will break ground next year, despite rosy projections from commission staff.

How to Negotiate Anything: Lessons Learned From the Capitol Leaders Program

Forty House and Senate foreign affairs and national security staffers came together recently at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs to learn the necessary skills to overcome gridlock in Congress. The program was organized by the Partnership for a Secure America and Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. The bridge to bipartisanship, it seems, will be built by cooperative staffers.

DCanter Uncorks Concierge Service

DCanter Uncorks Concierge Service

DCanter wine shop wants to make enjoying a relaxing bottle (or 12) so easy, staff will do everything — short of strolling into your kitchen and topping off a balloon goblet — to speed the process along via a new custom-ordering program.

Hiking Arizona's Gabe Zimmerman Trail

DAVIDSON CANYON, Ariz. — The bike rack at the Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead here is a twisted oxidized metal coil molded to look like a rattlesnake. It’s a small bit of whimsy amid a majestic part of the 800-plus-mile Arizona Trail dedicated to the victims of a dark chapter in the Grand Canyon State’s history.

New Members of Congress Flip for Office Selection (Slideshow)

On the final day of orientation, new members of Congress, their staff and the media packed into a Rayburn committee hearing room Wednesday to find out their fate for office selection.

Whitfield Denies Helping His Wife's Financial Interests in Congress

Rep. Edward Whitfield is facing new allegations he has been using his House seat for family gain and is pushing back against a report that he was using his position to boost his wife’s stock portfolio.

Capitol Dome Braces for Next Phase of Restoration

With frigid winds whipping around the 288 foot-tall Capitol Dome, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers said the next phase of the nearly $60 million restoration project has begun.

The Hill Navigator Guide to Sending Holiday Cards

Welcome to the holiday season! It’s full of receptions, cocktail parties and Christmas cards, all things Hill Navigator endorses (in moderation, of course). But how do you go about sending cards to your workplace contacts? Hill Navigator discusses.

'Rough Times Ahead' for District's Marijuana Law?

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and a few lawmakers from pot-friendly states have high hopes that the House will not try to stop the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana for recreational use, but the rest of the chamber isn’t ruling out the possibility of intervention.

Collections Pool Art Resources for El Greco

The 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death this year put the National Gallery of Art in an unusual bind. As keepers of one of the largest collections of the painter’s work outside of Spain, curators made a priority of loaning four of their prized pieces to exhibits abroad. That complicated efforts to mount their own commemoration of an artist whose startlingly modernist style, with its vivid colors and elongated figures, has spawned centuries of praise and criticism.

Rohrabacher Tells Republicans Pot 'Is Going to Help You Politically'

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was a senior speechwriter at the White House when first lady Nancy Reagan coined the catchphrase, “Just Say No.”

Cheese Making Its Way Into D.C. Culture

“You don’t want to disturb the milk,” Genevieve O’Sullivan said as she slowly poured the white liquid into a plastic container. “That would break the fat molecules. Pour it like you pour champagne.”

In Bobby Rush Case, Was the Rent Too Darn Low?

If the landlord never asks you for rent, do you still owe?

Hill Staff Making Less Money, Reports Show

Hill staffers might be working hard in competitive jobs, but they still aren’t making much money, according to two new reports from the Congressional Research Service.

How to Land a Job Working for a New Member of Congress

The congressional job search goes into overdrive every two years, as each election brings new members of Congress looking to hire staff. Working for a new member can be so much fun — you get all the optimism, good will and eagerness of Congress without the jaded, pessimistic edge (at least not yet). But how do you land one of those coveted spots? Hill Navigator discusses.

Party Like It's 1844

An ambitious Kentucky lawmaker. A president mistrusted by his own party. Texas taking on an outsize role in Congress. Is this 2014, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell waiting gleefully to seize the majority, President Barack Obama under withering criticism from Democrats marooned in the minority and Lone Star Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz ready to take up spheres of influence in the Senate?

Congressional Staff Organizations: Just Like College, Right?

Remember that time your closest friends were just down the hall from you? You could meet in the cafeteria for lunch, or grab a drink together at the end of the day at a local bar?

The Have-Nots: 132 Members Show Negative Net Worth

While the wealth of Congress surged $150 million last year and at least a third of federal lawmakers are millionaires, there’s a sizable group of have-nots in Congress too.

With Malice Toward Some: 'Lincoln and the Power of the Press' Elucidates Symbiotic Relationship Between Politicians and Journalists

The haze of nostalgia often blinds people to the problems of the past. This is especially true in politics and journalism, where current practitioners love to wax rhapsodic about how great things were in the good old days, when everybody got along and drank whiskey with each other and were regular old pals.

Capitol Police Replenish Their Ranks After Hiring Freeze

CHELTENHAM, Md. — Forearms pressed into the black asphalt, the Capitol Police’s 179th class of recruits shook and dripped with sweat in their third minute of planks. It was near 10 a.m. on an 80-degree morning in mid-September, and since 7 a.m. they had been performing squats, crunches and a particularly grueling training drill requiring them to drag a 165 pound dummy 40 feet.

Secrets From Capitol Hill's Back Rooms: How to Get Hired on the Hill

Want that Capitol Hill job? Doesn’t “congressional staffer” have such a nice ring to it?

The Maine Attraction: Getting a Taste of the Chellie Pingree Experience

ROCKLAND, Maine — Once aboard the boat that will speed us to North Haven, a Connecticut man opens up about his affinity for the Pine Tree State.

A Hard Rock Day's Night

If there is an epicenter of the Washington Tourist-Industrial Complex, it may very well be the Hard Rock Cafe in Penn Quarter.

Portraits of Committee Chairmen: They're Up the Wall

A House chairman usually ends up hanging around the committee room years after he or she retires.

Dads on Capitol Hill: House Paternity Leave Varies Widely

Matt Dennis wasn’t used to making reporters wait for a response. But when he was on paternity leave, his newborn son Jonah took priority over his boss, Democratic Rep. Nita M. Lowey of New York, so he put the BlackBerry aside.

Segs in the City: They're Just Not That Into You

In a city such as D.C., with its infinite possibilities, had Segway tours become too much to endure? The answer is no, thanks to Segs in the City and their friends forever at the Institute of Justice, who sued to get rid of that D.C. rite of passage.

The Quick Guide to 'Best Intern Ever: How to Ace Your Capitol Hill Internship'

Interns are busy. Most everyone in D.C. is busy. But as longtime Hill Navigator readers may have noticed, this week we launched the first Roll Call e-book: Best Intern Ever: How to Ace Your Capitol Hill Internship.

Adventures in Babysitting: Getting Into the House Day Care

Adventures in Babysitting: Getting Into the House Day Care

Thinking about starting a family? Interested in having kids, but not sure when?

Beginner’s Guide to Political Reporting Jobs

So you want to be a reporter? You want to join the profession listed as among the worst jobs of 2014, at a time when publishing industry is going through a “period of turmoil”?

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