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Will The Supreme Court Become 'First Amendment-Free Zone?'

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that protesters at the Supreme Court of the United States are confined to the sidewalk, which was disappointing news to those who argued that restricting demonstrations on the court’s plaza violated the First Amendment.

Ike Memorial Gets Another Critic

As appropriators get down to business on fiscal 2016 spending, one House Republican is asking key players in the deal-making process not to compromise on their proposal to strip funding for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

Doug Hughes Legal Team Takes Aim at D.C. Airspace Security

The legal team representing Douglas Hughes plans to poke holes in congressional testimony from federal officials who were called before Congress in the wake of Hughes’ April 15 landing of his gyrocopter on the Capitol’s West Front Lawn.

How August Recess Makes Life Better — for Everyone

September is looming large, with the August recess eventually coming to an end. But these several weeks aren’t wasted time. On the contrary, August recess actually improves a congressional office’s effectiveness, says Brad Fitch, president of the Congressional Management Foundation and a former Hill staffer.

Ethics Battle Still Brewing Over Azerbaijan Travel

After it provoked a dispute between key players in Capitol Hill’s ethics enforcement process, Congress handed a probe of Azerbaijan travel to the executive branch and headed out for recess. But the battle is still brewing in Washington.

Civil Rights Icon Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies at 104

Amelia Boynton Robinson, the 104-year-old civil rights activist whose role in the 1965 Bloody Sunday march from Selma to Montgomery was celebrated in this year’s 50th anniversary of the event, in the movie “Selma” and by her appearance at this year’s State of the Union, died Wednesday. She was 104.

Court Orders in Chaka Fattah Case Could Complicate Life in Congress

Pre-trial orders from the federal judge overseeing Rep. Chaka Fattah’s corruption case have made it hard and expensive for the Pennsylvania Democrat to do his job in Congress.

Virginia Shooting Sparks Discussions About Journalism, Gun Control (Updated)

Updated 2:40 p.m. | After two journalists were shot and killed in southwest Virginia Wednesday morning, one nearby congressman said their tragic deaths highlighted the risks of their profession.

Prosecutors: Menendez Argument 'Blueprint' for Criminal Immunity on Capitol Hill

Measuring the scope of Congress’ ability to shield its work from prosecutors, Department of Justice lawyers and attorneys representing Sen. Robert Menendez seem to agree on only one point: The New Jersey Democrat’s assistance securing tourist and student visas for Dr. Salomon Melgen’s young, foreign girlfriends falls into the unprotected category.

Mission Impossible's Adorable View of Congress

“The time has come to dissolve the IMF,” thick-necked spymaster Alan Hunley tells the Senate Intelligence Committee. And just like that, the gavel comes down in “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” on Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Mission Force, and the big, bad CIA gets to absorb the best elements of Hunt’s daring-do team of operatives.

Justice Department Ready to Rumble With Menendez

The team prosecuting Sen. Robert Menendez is firing back against accusations of misconduct in the government’s corruption case, calling the New Jersey Democrat’s legal arguments “meritless” and sensational.

Labor Group Sees 'Pattern of Retaliation' Against Capitol Workers

Less than a week after the Senate food vendor settled a dispute regarding retaliation against workers who went on strike, a supervisor allegedly reprimanded a worker who spoke out against her wages.

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.

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.

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.

Vote for Your Favorite Congressional Recess Capitol Quip!

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

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.

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.

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.




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