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Booker, McCaskill: Senate Needs to Be More Digital Friendly

Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Claire McCaskill of Missouri are calling for an update of Senate technology policies to make better use of digital technology.

Having Fun With Congress

Back in 2010 during my first stint at Roll Call, I suggested creating a tear tally to track how often Speaker John A. Boehner needs to pull out a hankie. Not to make fun of him, of course, but to use data to remind our readers that we track Congress like no one else. It never quite came together, even though there has certainly been plenty of material.

Senate GOP Presidential Hopefuls Take On D.C.

In the course of eight days, two Senate Republicans eyeing the presidency introduced measures to strike down District of Columbia laws, causing local officials and activists to accuse them of using the District for their own political gain.

'Team 26' Demands Congress Address Gun Violence

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, 26 bikers in green jerseys turned off of First Street and headed straight toward the Capitol Dome.

Bowser Bans Travel to Indiana Over Religious Freedom Law

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an executive order Tuesday prohibiting D.C. officials and employees from approving official travel to Indiana in response to the states controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

West End Cinema Leaves 'Em Laughing

Every moviegoer knows the ending is important. Josh Levin ended the five-year run of his West End Cinema on March 29 with one last screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, choosing to go out with a laugh.

Wisconsin Field Hearing Could Fuel Critics of Ron Johnson, Tammy Baldwin

Mondays rare recess field hearing will focus attention on the controversy within a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Medical Center thats become a thorny subject for both the states senators.

Federal Budget Bunny | Capitol Quip

A Winning Quip at Schockton Abbey

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

West End Cinema Preps Its Own Last Picture Show

Alas, its not just a flesh wound. This weekend is it for the West End Cinema in Foggy Bottom, and owner Josh Levin is going out like a true cinephile.

After Schock: House to Review Spending Rules

The Committee on House Administration announced Friday it is reviewing regulations governing lawmaker spending. The announcement comes in the wake of Illinois Republican Aaron Schocks resignation due to improper spending of his congressional funds.

Senate Loses Top Baseball Nut (Video)

Updated March 30, 2:30 p.m. | With Harry Reids retirement, the Senate is not just losing its top Democrat. Its losing its foremost baseball fan.

Ed Whitfield's Ties to Lobbyist Wife Subject of House Ethics Probe (Updated)

Updated 1:30 p.m. | The congressional ethics police have launched a formal investigation into allegations that Rep. Edward Whitfield has been using his House seat for family gain.

Rubio, Jordan Target D.C.'s Local Control Over Gun Regulations

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio introduced a bill Thursday aimed at loosening the District of Columbias gun laws.

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.

Capitol Fun Police? Farr Opposes July Fourth Security Plan

One of the Houses most liberal Democrats vowed to be the squeaky wheel if congressional leaders agree to recommendations from Hill law enforcement to limit access to the Capitol on July Fourth.

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

Robert McAlister didnt know anything about the coffee business. But he knew he enjoyed drinking coffee.

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.

House Officials Not Impressed With Vitter's Obamacare Probe

As part of his ongoing investigation into congressional enrollment in Obamacare, Sen. David Vitter is taking on the House of Representatives, asking Speaker John A. Boehner to push House officials to comply with his inquiry. But neither the speakers office nor other House officers seem likely to do so.

Eight Arrested in Anti-Abortion 'Pray-In' Outside Boehner's Office

A 30-minute pray-in organized at the door of Speaker John A. Boehners office by anti-abortion groups ended Wednesday morning with eight arrests.

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