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Ebola Roundtable Sparks Divisions Over District's Preparedness

Though national attention turned to a congressional hearing on Ebola preparedness Friday, two members of D.C. Council Committee on Health also met to assess how the District is preparing for the virus, resulting in clashes between lawmakers, hospital officials and nurses.

CREW Awarded $86K After Court Fight for Don Young Documents

Refusing to release information on the “Coconut Road Corruption Investigation” that targeted Rep. Don Young will cost the Department of Justice more than $86,000, a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia has ruled.

Gainer's Capitol Fence Is Not a Popular Concept

The idea of building a security fence around the Capitol appears just as unpopular now as it was a decade ago, when then-Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer pitched the idea to Congress.

The Have-Nots: 132 Members Show Negative Net Worth

While the wealth of Congress surged $150 million last year and at least a third of federal lawmakers are millionaires, there’s a sizable group of have-nots in Congress too.

WMATA: Current Procedures 'Sufficient' for Countering Ebola

In the wake of concerns about the Ebola virus in the U.S., leaders in the D.C. transit system met last week to review protocols for preventing the spread of infectious diseases on the metro system and determined current procedures were sufficient to counter the virus.

D.C. Board of Elections: 'Well, We Messed Up.'

One week after a lighthearted dismissal of the error, the District of Columbia’s election board issued a formal apology to voters for printing an upside down image of the D.C. flag on its official voter guide.

Do the Capitol's Sergeants-at-Arms Carry Guns? (Video)

Members of the Canadian Parliament are praising as a hero House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, a former police superintendent, for his reported role in taking down the gunman who entered the building. Capitol Hill may be wondering if its own sergeants-at-arms usually pack heat.

Hill Staffers Hit the Campaign Trail

When most people think of their dream vacation, they have reveries about eating their way through Paris or chilling on a pristine beach in the Caribbean. But if you’re a Hill staffer and it’s election season, then it’s likely you’re on “vacation” holed up in a battleground district or state, lucky to just grab one meal sitting down each day.

The Hill Staffer Campaign Trail Survival Guide

It’s October! Which brings postseason baseball (sorry, Nationals) and the return of football. It’s the end of iced coffee and the overly sweet arrival of latte concoctions like pumpkin spice and cinnamon dolce.

Capitol Police Monitoring Canadian Parliament Shooting (Updated)

Updated 1:30 p.m. | Capitol Police say they are monitoring the Wednesday morning shooting inside the Canadian Parliament, but have not taken any “significant” steps to heighten security around Congress.

West Virginia's Members of Congress Wealthiest, Arkansas Lawmakers are Poorest

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the richest member of Congress, might hail from California, but the Golden State does not actually have the richest delegation, according to the first-of-its kind Roll Call ranking of every single member of Congress based on financial disclosure forms covering 2013.

Former Top Cop Suggests Capitol Complex Is Too Open (Audio)

Congress’ former top cop thinks there should be major changes to security at the 276-acre Capitol complex, saying its open and accessible campus is “much to my chagrin.”

These Members of Congress Report Having No Assets

In a Congress packed with millionaires and near-millionaires, six lawmakers stand out on the other end of the spectrum — they didn’t report a single asset on their financial disclosure forms.

Wealth of Congress Jumps $150 Million

It was a good year for members of Congress in one respect: their pocketbooks.

Second Capitol Hill Gun Case Ends With Plea Deal

About three months after he was arrested at a security checkpoint in the Cannon House Office Building, Ronald Prestage pleaded guilty to two District of Columbia gun charges.

Getting the Job Done in Media Scrums

There are many competitive photographers in D.C. I’ve learned from guys such as Stephen Crowley of The New York Times, Win McNamee of Getty and The Associated Press’ J. Scott Applewhite since I came here as an intern with six months of experience at my college newspaper. They don’t need to be the closest or most aggressive. They put some elements together, capture a moment, or catch a piece of light that will tie a picture together. Colleagues I respect will always try to be aware of where the other shooters are in a crowd and flash a “You OK?” look when they are close to being in your frame. I try to operate this way, too, but sometimes it can be difficult on the road.

Hastert Recalls Sept. 11, 2001 Evacuation of the Capitol

The smoke he saw drifting across the National Mall on Sept. 11, 2001, while sitting behind his desk at the Capitol left a lasting impression on former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert.

What To Do in D.C.'s In-Between Times

Well, we all know what we’ll be doing in two weeks: sweating out election returns. And next week is Halloween. But what about this week — particularly if you’re not on the trail or otherwise — should you find yourself in Washington, D.C.?

Late-Night Terrorism Drills Test D.C. Officials

Police in the District of Columbia responded to a staged suicide bombing shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center site in Northwest Washington.

National Christmas Tree Lighting Lottery Starts

Decorations might stay off the shelves until after Halloween, but if you want to see the Dec. 4 National Christmas Tree lighting on the White House Ellipse this year, you better get your head wrapped around the holidays at least for this week.

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