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Running Out of Gas Tax | Capitol Quip

Cars have become more fuel-efficient, people are driving less, and the gas tax, which has not been raised since 1993, just doesn’t generate enough horsepower to tow the Highway Trust Fund out of the breakdown lane. As America looks to Congress for emergency roadside assistance, we look to this week’s Capitol Quip.

The Winning Gyroquip Has Landed | Capitol Quip

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

Cochran Staffer Confesses to Sex-for-Drugs Scheme, Feds Say

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations raided the Northwest Washington home of a Senate staffer at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning, in a drug bust prompted by Customs and Border Protection officers in Ohio, who intercepted a 1.1-kilogram package of gamma-Butyrolactone, or GBL, bound for D.C.

Under Microscope for Gyrocopter, Capitol Police Stretched Thin

Members of Congress agreed Doug Hughes is lucky to be alive after his dangerous stunt, based on what they learned about the April 15 gyrocopter landing during closed-door briefings from Capitol law enforcement. But big questions remain unanswered.

Norton Rips Vitter for 'Mean-Spirited' Obamacare Probe

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., applauded a Senate committee for declining to subpoena the District of Columbia government Thursday, but not before saving some choice words for its chairman, Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

Is God Angry With Capitol Police? (Video)

Compounding a series of dark days for Capitol Police, a bolt of lightning struck a post on the south side of the Hill this week while an officer was stationed inside.

On Garry Trudeau, Charlie Hebdo and Mohammed Cartoons

NOTE: A prominent professor of ancient Middle Eastern studies at a small Midwestern college sent me this scrap of ancient text (author unknown). I can’t verify its authenticity, but what it describes is strikingly similar to the cultural clash over Mohammed cartoons today! – R.J. Matson

Republicans Vote Against Vitter's Obamacare Subpoena

Sen. David Vitter’s quest against the government contribution to congressional health care hit a road block Thursday, as a number of Republicans on the panel he chairs declined to support his effort to subpoena the District of Columbia government for health care documents.

Capitol Lens: #MURICA

Vitter's Obamacare Probe Continues With Subpoena Vote

Sen. David Vitter’s crusade against government contributions to congressional health care plans continues this week with a vote to subpoena documents from the D.C. government, but he may have some dissenters in the Republican ranks.

Suspicious Substance Leads to Partial Cannon Lockdown (Updated)

Updated 4:01 p.m. | Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., returned from an afternoon series of votes to find a surprising scene outside his office on the second floor of the Cannon House Office Building.

Baseball Polling, in Black and White

Roughly one-third of Americans surveyed in a HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll released recently think the decline in African-American participation in baseball is reason for concern.

Vote For Your Favorite Gyrocopter Capitol Quip!

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

Guest-List App IDs D.C.'s A-List Venues

Of course there’s an app for checking in to a guest list, and for those heading to the MSNBC after party on Saturday after the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, you’ll be checked in using zkipster.

As Campaigns Heat Up, Candidates Mind Senate Rules

Juggling a grueling campaign schedule and work as a U.S. senator can be a daunting task for the ones running for president, but as election season picks up, they’ll also have to be mindful of the Senate rules for campaigning.

Capitol Lens: Honey, I Blew Up the Tulips

Red tulips on the West Lawn of the Capitol frame the Dome on Monday.

For Capitol Police, Change Keeps Coming

For Capitol Police, it’s been an unsettling and rough few weeks characterized by speculation about their top leaders, a suicide on the West Front, a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol lawn and members of Congress looking to trim the force’s budget.

Student Loan Forgiveness for Staff on Chopping Block

One of the more generous benefits for congressional staffers might be on the chopping block in this year’s budget. The House and Senate budgets include cuts for education, employment and training, including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The program forgives all federally backed student loans for those working for 10 cumulative years in public service — including time spent on Capitol Hill.

Senate Contractors to Join Federal Workers Strike at Capitol

Contract workers in the U.S. Senate will walk off their jobs Wednesday to join contractors from across the District of Columbia in a strike calling for preference to be given to contractors who offer better wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights.

House Committee Approves Resolution Blocking D.C. Law

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Tuesday evening to strike down a D.C. bill.

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