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'Food Chains' Explores Farm Worker Rights, Wages

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D.C. Health Care Enrollment Site Down Until Saturday Night

Members of Congress and Capitol Hill staffers looking to enroll in the health care exchanges this weekend will have to wait until Saturday night, as the website administering enrollment is down for maintenance. The enrollment period for congressional employees began on Nov. 10 and ends on Dec. 8.

Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives on the Hill

All the way from Minnesota, the Capitol Christmas Tree arrived on Friday. Now, the Minnesota White Spruce just needs to be anchored upright, decorated head to toe and lit, finally, by Speaker John A. Boehner on Dec. 2.

Capitol Police Chasing Law Enforcement Accreditation

As a legislative branch agency, the Capitol Police force is subject to oversight by both chambers of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Compliance and other external entities, including an independent Office of the Inspector General.

Ron Johnson Open to Hearing on Marijuana Legalization

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., likely the next chairman of the Senate committee with oversight over Washington, D.C., said Thursday that he would like to hold a hearing on marijuana legalization.

Republican National Committee Headquarters Hit With Blue Spray Paint

A vandal struck the Republican National Committee headquarters on Veterans Day, according to Capitol Police.

Mandatory House Ethics Training? Some Incoming Freshmen Don't See the Point

Minnesota Republican Tom Emmer, the staunchly conservative congressman-elect preparing to replace retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann, drew three takeaways from his recent training on House ethics rules.

Charlie Dent: Nice Guy Tapped for Tough Job

Pennsylvania Republican Charlie Dent will serve as chairman of the House Ethics Committee in the next Congress, Speaker John A. Boehner announced in a statement praising the congressman’s practicality.

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DCanter Uncorks Concierge Service

DCanter wine shop wants to make enjoying a relaxing bottle (or 12) so easy, staff will do everything — short of strolling into your kitchen and topping off a balloon goblet — to speed the process along via a new custom-ordering program.

New Members of Congress Flip for Office Selection (Slideshow)

On the final day of orientation, new members of Congress, their staff and the media packed into a Rayburn committee hearing room Wednesday to find out their fate for office selection.

Whitfield Denies Helping His Wife's Financial Interests in Congress

Rep. Edward Whitfield is facing new allegations he has been using his House seat for family gain and is pushing back against a report that he was using his position to boost his wife’s stock portfolio.

Decoding the Sometimes Mystifying Vocabulary of Politics

Have you ever found yourself walking back a dog whistle on the basis of a Washington handshake? Sometimes the political world’s vocabulary is otherworldly. In those cases, “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs & Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech,” is here to help.

Capitol Dome Braces for Next Phase of Restoration

With frigid winds whipping around the 288 foot-tall Capitol Dome, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers said the next phase of the nearly $60 million restoration project has begun.

The Hill Navigator Guide to Sending Holiday Cards

Welcome to the holiday season! It’s full of receptions, cocktail parties and Christmas cards, all things Hill Navigator endorses (in moderation, of course). But how do you go about sending cards to your workplace contacts? Hill Navigator discusses.

Native American Tribe Protests Keystone Vote (Video) (Updated)

Updated 11:15 p.m. | A Senate vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday took an odd turn after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., read the final vote tally as protestors of the pipeline in the Senate Gallery burst into song.

Former Sergeant-at-Arms Howard Greene Dies at 73

Former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Howard O. Greene Jr. died at his home in Alexandria, Va., Sunday at the age of 73.

Say Cheese! New Members of Congress Pose for Class Photo

Just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 58 new members of Congress participated in an orientation rite of passage: the class photo.

Hiking Arizona's Gabe Zimmerman Trail

DAVIDSON CANYON, Ariz. — The bike rack at the Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead here is a twisted oxidized metal coil molded to look like a rattlesnake. It’s a small bit of whimsy amid a majestic part of the 800-plus-mile Arizona Trail dedicated to the victims of a dark chapter in the Grand Canyon State’s history.

Chris Christie Gives Advice to New House Republican Members

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., stopped by the Capitol Monday to have lunch with Republican representatives-elect in the members’ dining room, imparting his own wisdom about finding common ground and getting things done.

Tree Honoring Emmett Till Planted at the Capitol

As rain poured onto the Capitol grounds Monday morning, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., joined Republican senators and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., to plant a tree on the north side of the Capitol in honor of Emmett Till.

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