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Congresswoman Demonstrates 'Worst Parking Job Ever' (Video)

Congresswoman Demonstrates 'Worst Parking Job Ever' (Video)

Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Mendelson to Lankford: D.C. Bills Don't Violate Religious Freedom

After Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced resolutions of disapproval to block two District of Columbia bills from becoming law, the D.C. Council chairman took his argument in support of the bills directly to Lankford.

Congress Not Pushing Back on July Fourth Security Crackdown

Hill staffers would be the people most affected if Capitol law enforcement cracks down on Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties. That might be why members of Congress do not seem to be pushing back on a March 12 letter from the Capitol Police Board.

Former Staffer Is Off the Hill, but Still On the Grind

Robert McAlister didn’t know anything about the coffee business. But he knew he enjoyed drinking coffee.

Rotunda to Close for Six Weeks This Summer

Rotunda to Close for Six Weeks This Summer

The Capitol Rotunda will close for six weeks this summer for scaffolding installation as part of the $60 million Dome restoration project.

Police Want to Curtail Capitol Fourth of July Festivities

First sledding, now the Fourth of July.


Social Media Policy Stirs Up More Trouble Within Capitol Police Ranks

Sharing photos and posts about the scene of the March 7, 2014, crash that landed a silver car in a tree southeast of the Capitol got a few Capitol Police officers into trouble with the department.

What Will Happen to Schock's 'Downton Abbey' Office?

What Will Happen to Schock's 'Downton Abbey' Office?

When Rep. Aaron Schock leaves Congress on March 31, his “Downton Abbey” office will remain, though the days of the pheasant feathers and paintings could also be numbered.

Finding Nick Ryan: The Case of the Mysterious Email

The email landing in Capitol Hill inboxes was simple enough — a personalized note thanking congressional staffers for their service.

Could Aaron Schock Really End Up in Jail?

Could Aaron Schock actually end up “in jail” for his misspending, as the Illinois Republican’s father said after his son’s resignation announcement?

When the Boss Quits: Staffer Survival Guide

Rep. Aaron Schock is not the only person’s career to be upended in a flash. The Illinois Republican’s staffers, who once thought they could be working for a future leader in the House, will be out of a job and looking for work.

New CVC Exhibit Highlights Congressional Investigations

New CVC Exhibit Highlights Congressional Investigations

In the Capitol Visitor Center, behind the replica of the Statue of Freedom, a small address book sits in a glass case.

Finally Found Work-Life Balance? Here’s What's Next

It’s been one heck of a year for Brigid Schulte.

Cruz, Lankford Move to Block D.C. Bills

Cruz, Lankford Move to Block D.C. Bills

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced resolutions of disapproval Wednesday to strike down two D.C. bills they say violate religious freedom.

No Criminal Charges for Drone Lost on White House Grounds

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday there will be no criminal charges against the intelligence agency employee who set off a national security furor after crashing a drone on the grounds of the White House early Jan. 26.

Schock Fallout: Rules Subject to Interpretation

Schock Fallout: Rules Subject to Interpretation

Rep. Aaron Schock’s downfall marks another high-profile lawmaker felled by ethics troubles. But don’t expect Congress to ramp up efforts at self-policing.

The Plight of the Unemployed Chief of Staff

All good things come to an end.

'Colonists' Ask Chaffetz to Respect D.C.

'Colonists' Ask Chaffetz to Respect D.C.

Dressed head to toe in colonial garb, a handful of District of Columbia activists went to Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s office Tuesday afternoon to ask the Utah Republican to respect D.C. laws.

Aaron Schock Resignation Statement: 'I Gave My All'

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill.,who has come under fire for a variety of questionable practices in his congressional office, announced Tuesday he will resign from Congress effective March 31.

Who Polices How Members Spend Office Budgets?

Who Polices How Members Spend Office Budgets?

With the Office of Congressional Ethics reportedly investigating Rep. Aaron Schock over his spending of taxpayer and campaign money, the Illinois Republican’s accounting will be subject to a fresh round of scrutiny, this time from a quasi-independent House agency.

D.C. Responds to Marijuana Investigation

The District of Columbia government is in the process of responding to a congressional investigation into the enactment and implementation of the voter-passed marijuana legalization initiative.

A Federal Funding Fight Over D.C. Vouchers

A Federal Funding Fight Over D.C. Vouchers

Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to protect the D.C. school voucher system, a GOP pet program championed by Speaker John A. Boehner and others.

Senate Protests More Likely to End in Handcuffs

Planning to protest a hearing on Capitol Hill? One warning is all you get under Frank J. Larkin, the Senate’s 40th sergeant-at-arms.

Leave D.C. Laws Alone, Coalition Tells Congress

Leave D.C. Laws Alone, Coalition Tells Congress

More than 50 women’s rights and gay rights groups are urging members of Congress not to interfere with two District of Columbia laws they say protect against discrimination.

Bowser Says D.C. Budget Autonomy Case Is Moot

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday said an ongoing case over a law granting D.C. control over its local budget is moot, deviating from her predecessor and throwing the future of the case into question.

U.S. Attorney Who Investigated D.C. Corruption Steps Down

U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced Monday that he will step down on April 1 and return to private practice. Machen’s investigation into a former D.C. mayor’s campaign will likely continue after his departure, though that probe drew some criticism from members of Congress.

St. Pachyderm's Day

It is said that every Republichaun has a pot of gold hidden deep in a government archive, and, if captured by a human, Republichauns have the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom.

A Documentary Looks to Influence Legislation, NFL Draft

When a documentary comes around that might influence legislation in Congress, a few people might raise their eyebrows. But when a documentary comes around that might influence the NFL draft? That’s how you get attention.

Capitol Police Chief's Relationship With Union Hits New Low

Capitol Police Chief's Relationship With Union Hits New Low

Members of Congress have been raising questions about morale among Capitol Police officers in recent weeks, but the strained relationship between rank-and-file officers and the department’s top brass appears to have hit a new low.

There's Snow Quip Like a Winning Quip

Congratulations to this week’s winner and thanks to the readers who contributed captions to our Capitol Quip contest.

A Refresher Course on Clintonian Semantics

As my kids might ask, why do we have to know this stuff?

Capitol Expecting 'Mass of Humanity' for Pope Visit

The officials in charge of Capitol security are preparing for Pope Francis’ address to Congress in September, and the masses of people that are expected to descend upon the District of Columbia to get a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church.

Paul Ryan and Chief of Staff Sued After Fender-Bender

Paul Ryan and Chief of Staff Sued After Fender-Bender

Two men from the D.C. area are suing Rep. Paul Ryan and his chief of staff for $100,000, alleging negligent driving caused Ryan’s top aide to rear-end their car while he was driving his boss’ vehicle.

A More Perfect Staffer: Could Your Record Catch Up With You?

Larry Craig's Attorneys Argue Former Senator Has Suffered Enough

Larry Craig's Attorneys Argue Former Senator Has Suffered Enough

The legal battle stemming from ex-Sen. Larry Craig’s 2007 arrest in a Minnesota airport bathroom sex sting wages on.

Ron Johnson Denies His Office Sat on Whistleblower Tips

Sen. Ron Johnson insists critics are trying to “drag” him into the controversy that led the Wisconsin Republican Party to file an ethics complaint against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Will Menendez Staffers Be Forced to Testify Against Their Boss?

Will Menendez Staffers Be Forced to Testify Against Their Boss?

The future of Sen. Robert Menendez might hinge on what his staffers have to say. At question is whether his aides can give testimony that would implicate the New Jersey Democrat, who is facing possible federal corruption charges for his dealings with Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

Capito Steps Into Legislative Branch Chairmanship

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., stepped into the limelight Tuesday, highlighting her new role as head of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Capitol complex and introducing herself on the floor with her maiden speech.

Obama, City Leaders Share Approach to Gridlocked Congress

Obama, City Leaders Share Approach to Gridlocked Congress

In yet another example of how the president is attempting to work around a gridlocked Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled an initiative Monday to spur technology hiring throughout the country. And the nation’s city leaders were all ears.

‘Liberty’s First Crisis’ Is a Reminder of the Fragility of Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech is much on our minds these days.

The Last Days of the West End Cinema

The West End Cinema will close out its nearly five-year run as the redoubt of art house film in Washington this month with the cult and documentary classic, “Grey Gardens.”

Congressional Staffer Arrested on 17 Counts of Child Sex Crimes

A staffer for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child, according to KWCH in Kansas.

Congressional Softball Rivalry Resumes on June 24

It may be a frozen tundra out there right now. But things are sure to being heating up as pols and press begin training in earnest for the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Sled On! Residents Defy Ban and Sled Down Capitol Hill

Sled On! Residents Defy Ban and Sled Down Capitol Hill

It’s snowing! School is cancelled, you grab your saucer and go sledding with your friends — just like any other snow day — except for the throngs of reporters and cameras waiting for you at the bottom of the hill.

Throwback Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

Full FMLA Benefits? Not So for Congressional Staff

Capitol Hill employees are in limbo when it comes to workplace rights, or at least when it comes to a key update to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Rolling With the DC Brew Crew

“By the end of the day, we’ll all be drinking buddies,” DC Brew Tour Guide Max Moline pledged as he pulled away from the curb and began inundating those of us who’d signed on for a mid-day swing through the various beer-making operations that have bubbled up across the area with trivia about barley- and hops-related beverages.

Craigslist for Congress? Farr Makes Far-Fetched Pitches

Trying to find housing near the Capitol? Selling a bike? Need to locate lost jewelry?

'When It Comes to Luck, You Make Your Own'

'When It Comes to Luck, You Make Your Own'

Photo Editor Bill Clark got up early to take sunrise shots of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., but ran into an additional subject thanks to some lucky timing.

Issa Rae: A Relatable Star in the Making

Devoted fans gathered at the historic Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on a cold night recently to hear author — and YouTube sensation — Jo-Issa “Issa Rae” Diop discuss her new book, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

Hill East Redevelopment Moves Forward With Land Agreement

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an agreement Monday launching the redevelopment of the Hill East District, with construction expected to begin next year on a project that includes additional apartments, a public village square and green space.

The 'Real Congresswoman From Selma' Has Her Say

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Rep. Terri A. Sewell has her constituents in Alabama. Then she has “the” constituent.

Judge Dismisses Obamacare Lawsuit Targeting Congressional Health Care

A D.C. Superior Court judge dismissed on Wednesday a lawsuit challenging congressional health care enrollment in the D.C. small business exchange, ruling that federal regulations allow members of Congress and their staffs to enroll in the exchange.

D.C. Stands Up to Congress on Marijuana Legalization

D.C. Stands Up to Congress on Marijuana Legalization

As of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the District of Columbia will legalize marijuana, despite warnings from two congressional Republicans that doing so would break the law and could lead to possible prison time for D.C. officials.

Kerry Bentivolio Files for Bankruptcy

Fewer than two months after the Santa Claus impersonator and reindeer farmer who represented southeast Michigan for one term left Congress, the tea party-inspired Republican has filed for bankruptcy.

The Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride: Civil Rights and Bamas

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. — A partial list of things not present at the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march: A drone mini-copter, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” Viola Liuzzo’s roadside memorial.

Private Plane Rides Have Bumpy Congressional History

Among the serious accusations of improper spending leveled at Rep. Aaron Schock since The Washington Post shined a spotlight on his “Downton Abbey”-themed office are at least a dozen flights aboard his political donors’ private planes.

Maureen McDonnell Offers Cautionary Tale for Congressional Spouses

Virginia’s former first lady, Maureen McDonnell, is heading to prison for a year and a day after she was found guilty of trading favors in return for loans, vacations and gifts. Her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, has also been sentenced and is appealing the ruling. A onetime GOP star, his career is likely over.

Capitol Police Chief's Leadership Questioned

Capitol Police Chief's Leadership Questioned

The State of the Union night car chase that ended without arrest added new strains to already tense relationships inside the law enforcement community on Capitol Hill.

Job Switching: Better to Jump Around or Sit Still?

You can’t go a week without getting one of those “Moving on. . .” emails from staffers detailing their latest job switch, usually something more glamorous than their last position (which they will bemoan leaving behind, along with an outstanding boss and set of co-workers, as any good staffer should). But how many emails can you read without questioning whether YOU should make the job hop as well? Hill Navigator discusses.

A Scientist Grows Art in NoMa at Gallery NK

Tucked away amid the row houses of NoMA is a once run down warehouse transformed into a clean modern contemporary art gallery. The quaint studio, Gallery NK, is the creation of Turkish born artist Nihal Kececi.

Shadow Senator Implies Presidential Bid After Iowa Trip

When senators head to Iowa, speculation about presidential aspirations heats up — a fact one “shadow” senator who traveled to Des Moines over the weekend kept in mind.

Can I Skip the Intern Route?

Interning may be the common way to get a job on Capitol Hill, but what if you’ve got the political experience and are ready to work full time? Do you really need the Capitol Hill internship? Hill Navigator discusses:

When Interior Decorating Questions Get Weird

When Interior Decorating Questions Get Weird

Some members of Congress go their whole lives without being asked about their office decorations. Others have it foisted upon them.

House Ethics Committee Briefly Opens Its Doors

The public got a rare glimpse inside the House Ethics Committee on Thursday morning, when the secretive panel convened to determine its rules and oversight plan for the 114th Congress.

Sonoma, Beuchert’s Team Up to Trick Out Stanton & Greene

Artisan spirits and historic accents make up the foundation of the collaborative hospitality project slowly taking shape behind the soon-to-be reopened doors at 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

Unloved and Underpaid in a Home-State Office

It’s no secret Capitol Hill staffers are underpaid compared to their private-sector counterparts. But what if you’re underpaid compared to the rest of Capitol Hill? When is it time to find work in another office? Hill Navigator discusses.

The Era of Cold Calling Has Ended

There’s something to be said for gumption: the go-get-‘em attitude that shrinks the power distance between junior staffers and the far senior authorities. But how does one bridge that divide and advance a career in the process? Hill Navigator discusses.

Late Congressman's Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

Late Congressman's Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

SEMINOLE, Fla. — What happens when a member of Congress dies in office? There is no standard set procedure and the internecine melee that followed the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, perhaps best illustrated by the exhaustive search for a handful of pictures and one Pentagon-approved memento, has ruined decades-old friendships and frayed family bonds seemingly beyond repair.

On Capitol Hill, Ad Hoc Paid Leave Policies Flourish

Much has been written about Capitol Hill staff and the wide disparities in paid maternity and paternity leave policies. Offices with longstanding histories of generous leave policies are quick to speak up, but many offices dodge the question, either citing privacy concerns or giving the classic silent treatment by ignoring reporters’ questions.

A Mild Journey to the Heart of Pentagon City (Video)

“You can’t be subtle in this town.”

Chilling Out Is What It’s All About at the Dolcezza Factory

The little, local gelato maker that could has come a long way from solely dishing scoops of handmade refreshment to college kids and thrusting samples in the faces of those perusing different stalls at the farmers market. The decade-long trek to the top of the frozen dessert heap in D.C. has culminated in the development of the bright, welcoming Dolcezza Factory at 550 Penn St. NE that took up residence in the shadow of next-gen shopping hub Union Market last winter.

Chaffetz Allowed to Move Oversight Chairmen Portraits

The walls of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room were bare Thursday afternoon, with a handful of tiny holes where portraits of past committee chairmen once hung.

The Two-Second Shot

The Two-Second Shot

Many times on the Hill, a photographer has to guess which direction someone will go, how many photographers will be there already, what the light situation will be and numerous other scenarios.

The Best News Sources for Staffers to Read

Are you reading this while at your desk? On your smartphone on the Metro? Maybe you get Hill Navigator delivered directly to your inbox. But how do you know if you’re reading the best news sources to do your job effectively? Hill Navigator discusses.

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.

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.

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.

How to Ace the Business Lunch

How to Ace the Business Lunch

Forget the sunrise diner special, or candlelit, white tablecloth dinners. If you’re going to eat one meal properly in Washington, D.C., it should be the power lunch. The power lunch is the ideal midday break, a mini-vacation to the day, a chance to hear the lobby pitches while nibbling on veal tagliatelle or steak frites, perhaps eyeing the room to see nearby diners who would warrant a quick tip to Heard on the Hill.

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.

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.

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.

Dads on Capitol Hill: House Paternity Leave Varies Widely

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.

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?

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