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Tom Colicchio Helps Mark World Food Day in D.C.

Perhaps no other city in the United States provides the platform to address food issues better than Washington, D.C., a culinary hot-spot that also provides a public policy forum in the seat of government.

Gray Signs D.C. Handgun Law to 'Cure Alleged Constitutional Flaws'

With little fanfare, Mayor Vincent Gray signed legislation Thursday evening legalizing the concealed carry of handguns in the District of Columbia in response to a lawsuit brought against the city by Second Amendment advocates.

Will Bowser Push Democrats on D.C. Statehood?

National Democrats parachuted into local District of Columbia politics this week to bolster D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s campaign to succeed Mayor Vincent Gray, but neither President Barack Obama nor Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made any promises to use their political capital on behalf of residents’ longtime goal.

Norton to GOP: Support Democracy for D.C., Not Just Hong Kong

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is urging Republican senators who called on President Barack Obama to support the democracy movement in Hong Kong to also support democracy in D.C.

Congress' Doctor: Ebola Precautions Are in Place

With fear of an Ebola outbreak on the rise, the attending physician of Congress is assuring the congressional community that a carefully developed protocol is in place at the Capitol to handle a potential infectious disease outbreak.

Spin is Overrated: Crisis Communications for Members of Congress

Ever wonder how “spin doctors” in the public affairs world really accomplish their feats? According to crisis communicator and former White House staffer Eric Dezenhall, promises of “spin” are overrated. His new book “Glass Jaw” (Hatchette Books, 2014) explores the “instant scandals” that can affect anyone and anything: from corporations to members of Congress to average joes.

American Film Institute Sets 2015 Documentary Festival Schedule

The American Film Institute today announced the date’s for next year’s documentary film festival, setting aside June 17-21 at multiple sites in downtown D.C. and Silver Spring, Md.

Krepp Campaign Tired of 'Being Blown Off' by Norton

Congressional hopeful Tim Krepp has repeatedly called on Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to participate in a debate before Election Day, so far, to no avail.

This Is What It's Like to Be a Baseball Town

“You can take that off now,” the Architect of the Capitol worker yelled out, pointing to my Washington Nationals’ hat as I rode past the Russell Senate Office Building this morning.

Wasserman Schultz Gives Bowser a Boost

Muriel Bowser picked up more help from national Democrats on Tuesday in her bid to become the District of Columbia’s next mayor, one day after a nod from President Barack Obama.

GPO First Legislative Agency to Move to the Cloud

The U.S. Government Printing Office became the first legislative branch agency to transition to “cloud” technology, announcing Tuesday that the agency’s email system will move to the cloud by January.

DC Vote Taxi Ads To Be Replaced ... for Now

Between paid advertisements and weather updates on cab monitors, D.C. taxi riders have also heard a message about District voting rights. But those videos, which aired over the past seven months, are in the process of being replaced with a public service announcement about D.C. libraries.

Secrets From Capitol Hill's Back Rooms: How to Get Hired on the Hill

Want that Capitol Hill job? Doesn’t “congressional staffer” have such a nice ring to it?

Gainer: Better Communication is the Lesson From Navy Yard Shooting

Last fall’s massacre at the Navy Yard taught Capitol Hill law enforcement important lessons about front-line response and securing the chambers, according to former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer, who participated in a seminar on the subject Monday as part of his new role with Securitas USA.

Green Hat Gin's Cotton Anniversary Party

For anyone bummed that the Russians are buying All-American beer Pabst Blue Ribbon, fret not. There’s plenty of home-grown beer and booze right here in the nation’s capital.

Obama Endorses Muriel Bowser for D.C. Mayor

President Barack Obama on Monday endorsed Muriel Bowser, the Democratic nominee for D.C. mayor.

How to Tackle the Two-Year Staff Assistant Itch

What is it about staff assistants? Such a highly coveted job, but once a person is in, established and able to navigate the Cannon tunnels, then — all of a sudden — “Oh please don’t let me be a staff assistant much longer.”

Flight 93 Memorial Fire Destroys Flag Flown Above Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001

The soot-smudged flag that flew atop the Capitol on 9/​11 was destroyed Friday in a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pa., less than a month after it arrived in Somerset County.

Second Senator Quits Eisenhower Memorial Commission

A second senator has quietly cut ties with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

House Says Goodbye to Styrofoam

Food containers in the House became more environmentally friendly last week, as paper containers have started to take the place of their plastic foam counterparts.

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