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D.C. Gun Fight Advancing Through Courts

A federal appeals court has expedited the case of a trio of men who filed suit against the District of Columbia in February after being denied handgun carry licenses, and ruled that D.C. can keep enforcing a key provision of its concealed carry licensing system in the meantime.

Overtime Pay Not Likely for Congressional Staff

President Barack Obama may be signing overtime rules into place for nearly 5 million workers, but those beneficiaries aren’t likely to include Capitol Hill staffers.

Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope Francis U.S. Visit

The Vatican on Tuesday released Pope Francis’ schedule for his September visit to the United States, where he will spend five days and address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24.

Georgetown Goes All-D.C. for Sunset Cinema, Starting With 'St. Elmo's Fire'

Georgetown is practicing the cinematic equivalent of farm-to-table for its new Sunset Cinema outdoor movie series, and it gets things started with maybe the most Georgetowny movie of all time, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” just in time for the film’s 30th anniversary.

Rick Renzi Appeal Denied, Limiting Congress' 'Speech or Debate' Immunity

When the Supreme Court declined to hear former Rep. Rick Renzi’s latest appeal Monday, it was the latest blow to Congress’ ability to shield its work from prosecutors under the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause.

D.C. Statehood Bill a 'Take That' to Republicans

Despite the uphill battle for District of Columbia statehood, Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., has reintroduced a statehood bill noting that the District’s unique political status is contrary to the American values celebrated on Independence Day.

A SCOTUS Fireworks Spectacular for Capitol Quip

The rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that the Affordable Care Act was still there . . . as much a part of the fabric of American life as fireworks on the National Mall. And now, thanks to the latest Supreme Court ruling, the perilous fight over subsidized health insurance purchased through exchanges established by the states is free to move on to other venues, including this week’s Capitol Quip.

Flying in Circles on ISIS Strategy

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

Norton Picks Gun Fight With Sergeant-at-Arms, GOP

In the wake of mass shootings in Charleston, S.C., Washington murmured about resurrecting failed firearm control legislation, yet the House’s Second Amendment defenders stuck to their guns about a push to further dismantle local weapons laws in the District of Columbia.

SCOTUS Scene Contrasts With Quiet Capitol

Except for some reporters and cameras on the East Front, the Capitol grounds were fairly quiet Friday morning, standing in stark contrast to the electric crowds across the street.

Confederate Flag Debate Comes to the House

As lawmakers reflected on Confederate symbols in the Capitol, members of the House began to take legislative action on the hotly debated issue.

SCOTUS Decision Met With Anger, Joy and Relief

If you stood outside of the Capitol’s East Front just before 10:30 a.m. Thursday, you could hear cheers emanating from across the street.

Rohrabacher Accuses Campaign Treasurer of Embezzlement

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has alleged his former campaign treasurer, Jack Wu, stole approximately $173,500 in campaign funds from the California Republican’s campaign committee.

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on OPM Data Breach

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing Thursday on a data breach at the Office of Personnel Management announced earlier this month. Reports have linked Chinese hackers to the breach, which may have exposed personal information of millions of current and former federal employees.

Lawmakers Reflect on Capitol's Confederate Symbols

As attention on the Confederate flag shifts from South Carolina to Mississippi and Alabama, federal lawmakers began looking around the halls of their own workplace and questioning whether flags and other symbols of the Confederacy have a place in the U.S. Capitol.

Vote for Your Favorite Military Force Capitol Quip!

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

Frank Gehry's Ike Memorial Plan Adds to Interior Spending Discord

Ask Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, about the fate of architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial and he’ll tell you it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start over.

Policy or Communications? How to Choose

If “chief of staff” sits atop the apex of the congressional staffer pyramid, there are typically two expertise areas that lead to it: policy or communications. But how do you decide if you’re meant to be a legislative assistant or press secretary, which lead down distinct career paths? Hill Navigator discusses.

Hot Enough for You?

As Capitol Hill endures the dog days of summer, it’s easy to forget how cold it can get here in the Mid-Atlantic. That’s why we’re amused by this archive photo from February 1958 of Capitol Police Sgt. G. Pendley standing in 18 inches of snow on the Capitol grounds. Perhaps unamused, he holds the previous day’s newspaper predicting a mere 3 inches of snowfall. Note the lines marked to crop the photo and help Roll Call’s layout staff as they were physically putting the newspaper together. You can see the end result below.

Leave the Guns at Home, House Official Warns

Daggers, dirks, brass knuckles — leave them at home when you come to the Capitol, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving cautioned members and staff Tuesday.

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