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Rep. Chaka Fattah Charged in 29-Count Indictment

Rep. Chaka Fattah Charged in 29-Count Indictment
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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.

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.”

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.

Student Loan Repayment Is for Parents, Too

Student Loan Repayment Is for Parents, Too

Student loans. A serious question that many undergraduates and graduates think about. But what about when it’s the parents concern? Can parents receive money from the student loan repayment program for loans taken out for their kids’ college education? Hill Navigator discusses.

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.

D.C. Drawn Into Sanctuary Cities Debate

D.C. Drawn Into Sanctuary Cities Debate

The House has voted to limit funding for so-called sanctuary cities, but one lawmaker is pushing to take further action in the District of Columbia, dictating specific policies for law enforcement.


Sharknado 4: A Capitol Quip Disaster!

When we watched Sen. Rand Paul chainsaw the tax code, we were thrilled by his skill. While we can’t say whether this makes the Kentucky Republican presidential timber, we do now know whom to call if Fin Shepard isn’t around when the next sharknado threatens liberty, Congress, the Constitution . . . and this week’s Capitol Quip.

Boehner and Pelosi Agree: Overtime for Their Aides

Boehner and Pelosi Agree: Overtime for Their Aides

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., agree on one aspect of the new overtime provisions: More of their own aides will be eligible for extra pay when the new criteria issued by the Department of Labor are finalized, likely in early 2016.

Josh Oppenheimer Looks Into the Abyss With 'The Look of Silence'

Josh Oppenheimer has an open invitation to the world with his new film, “The Look of Silence.”

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?”

Senate Panel OKs 10-Year Credit-Monitoring for Hacked Workers

A Senate panel approved enhanced protections for the more than 22 million federal workers and retirees affected by data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management Thursday, but opted not to provide additional funds for the embattled agency.

Capitol Food Workers Bring Income Inequality to Congress' Front Step

Capitol Food Workers Bring Income Inequality to Congress' Front Step

For the third time in the past eight months, food-service workers at the Capitol have gone on strike to push for higher wages and union representation, a rare example of a national issue — income inequality — hitting close to home for Congress.

Ike Memorial Panel Adds Ex-NRA Leader

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission is bringing out the big guns.

National Security or First Amendment? Gyrocopter Case Proceeds

National Security or First Amendment? Gyrocopter Case Proceeds

The airspace security concerns Congress has harped on since the April 15 gyrocopter stunt on the West Front continue to delay Douglas Hughes from a federal trial, but the Florida mailman has dreamed up his own defense strategy.

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.

Graham Cellphone Debacle Might Be Hassle for Senate Tech Team

Graham Cellphone Debacle Might Be Hassle for Senate Tech Team

Because the cellphone number Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced to the world Tuesday was issued to Sen. Lindsey Graham by the Senate, Trump’s stunt has likely caused some extra work for the institution’s tech support team.

Capitol Hill Is No Place for the Passive

Good things come to those who wait — except on Capitol Hill, where good things come to those who pounce immediately at the opportunity. Passivity has a time and place, but it’s not likely to serve you well in the competitive job hunt. Hill Navigator discusses how and when to speak up.

Lawmaker Threatens to Strip WMATA of Management

Lawmaker Threatens to Strip WMATA of Management

Amid concerns about the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s management of the second busiest transit system in the country, one member of Congress is threatening to strip WMATA of its current management and structure.

With Blagojevich, Court Seems OK With 'Political Logroll'

A federal appeals court on Tuesday vacated five convictions against former Illinois Gov. and Rep. Rod Blagojevich, who received a 14-year prison sentence in 2011 for his scheme to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now-President Barack Obama.

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.

WWI Group Asks Congress to Help Commemorate War

Braving the stifling humidity, a handful of members from the Marine Corps re-enactors unit donned their “doughboy” uniforms at the Capitol to bring attention to the commemoration of World War I.

Cruz and Vitter to Target Congressional Health Care

Cruz and Vitter to Target Congressional Health Care

Sen. David Vitter’s crusade against congressional health care benefits will continue this week, this time with help from a presidential hopeful.

Menendez Defense Team Comes Out Blazing

With a bolstered defense team, Sen. Robert Menendez is pushing back against corruption charges filed by the Justice Department, arguing much of his conduct is shielded from prosecutors under the Constitution and alleging false testimony from an FBI agent.

Sheila Jackson Lee at Center of Capitol Police Collision Questions

Sheila Jackson Lee at Center of Capitol Police Collision Questions

A recent Capitol Hill collision drove a confrontation between Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Capitol Police.

Capitol Bike Accident Reveals Cyclists' Challenges in D.C.

Emily Estus’ daily bicycle route to work includes a stretch along the Capitol grounds, but her commute took a turn for the worse one day in April.

‘March’ Team Prods Youths to Change the Future (Video)

‘March’ Team Prods Youths to Change the Future (Video)

SAN DIEGO — Some 50-plus years since committing to drag a deeply divided nation toward a brighter tomorrow, Rep. John Lewis recently turned not to well-heeled donors or seasoned pols for help, but to a roomful of children.

Should Congressional Research Service Reports Be Public?

The walls between members of the public and Capitol Hill’s exclusive division of policy and legal analysts are too tall, according to transparency advocates both inside and outside of Congress.

Half of Capitol Hill Staff Could Qualify for New Overtime Rules

Half of Capitol Hill Staff Could Qualify for New Overtime Rules

Nearly half of Capitol Hill staffers could qualify for overtime pay under the new Obama administration overtime rules to move the threshold to $50,440. Whether the new rules will apply to staffers is an open question for Congress.

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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