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Calendar: 'Through a Lens Darkly' Illuminates Screens

Thomas Allen Harris worked on his latest film project, “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” for years, and it was released in Washington on Dec. 12.

House Ethics Committee Scolds Phil Gingrey for Bank Ties

As six-term Rep. Phil Gingrey wraps up his career in Congress, the House Ethics Committee took the Georgia Republican to task for helping a bank in which he held up to $250,000 in stock warrants.

Surviving a Saturday in the Senate

Cars packed the East Front of the Capitol Saturday, as senators returned for a surprise weekend session. Even as the first vote of the day was underway, lawmakers were still making their way back to the Senate.

D.C. Attorney General Unsure How Marijuana Rider Affects District

Interim District of Columbia Attorney General Eugene Adams has still not determined the implications of an appropriations rider targeting marijuana legalization in the District.

National March Against Police Violence to End Near Capitol

The National March Against Police Violence, led by Rev. Al Sharpton, will culminate just outside the U.S. Capitol grounds Saturday afternoon, and the U.S. Capitol Police are ready in case the protest comes to the Capitol.

D.C. Activists Make Last-Ditch Senate Lobbying Effort

Activists are making a final lobbying push Friday to rally senators to oppose a rider targeting marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia that was attached to the year-end spending package “cromnibus.”

Hill Staffers Demonstrate in Wake Of Garner, Brown Protests

Hill staffers gathered on the steps of the Capitol Thursday for a demonstration of solidarity with those rallying over the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases.

House Ethics Chides Hastings for Talking Sex, Underwear With Aide

The House Ethics Committee cleared Rep. Alcee Hastings of a sexual harassment case in the waning hours of the 113th Congress, but chided the Florida Democrat for unprofessional behavior with a female employee of the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Capitol Agencies Monitoring Budget Developments, Not Worried About Shutdown

As members of Congress scrambled to gather enough votes to avert a government shutdown Thursday night, Capitol Hill agencies were keeping on eye on developments, but were not particularly worried about history repeating itself.

Chu Chastised for Interfering in House Ethics Investigation

Concluding a probe it launched in March 2012 into allegations that Rep. Judy Chu tasked her official staff with campaign work while they were on the clock, the House Ethics Committee rebuked the California Democrat Thursday for interfering with its investigation.

Tom Petri Off the Hook With Ethics Committee

The House Ethics Committee delivered some good news to Rep. Tom Petri on his final day of legislative business in Congress: Their review of allegations against the Wisconsin Republican has closed, with no wrongdoing found.

D.C. Marijuana Rider is Officially Chopped Liver

As the “cromnibus” careened in fits and starts on Thursday’s alleged get-out-of-town day, advocates for the District of Columbia got the latest in series of jabs, this time not even warranting a mention in the White House Statement of Administrative Policy.

Staff Changes at Senate Ethics Committee as Isakson Prepares to Take Gavel

The director of investigations on the House Ethics Committee has been named as the new staff director and chief counsel of the Senate Ethics Committee, in a slate of changes announced by the secretive panel on Thursday.

GPO Name Change, Dome Restoration in Legislative Branch Funding

Legislative branch spending in the year-end spending bill includes a slight increase from fiscal 2014, allocating $4.3 billion to agencies and instituting a number of policy changes, including changing the name of the Government Printing Office and developing online sexual harassment training for staffers.

Campaign Finance Provisions Causing 'Cromnibus' Heartburn

Despite backlash from Democrats, good government groups think the language in the year-end spending bill that alters campaign finance law benefits both parties’ pocketbooks too much for it to be carved out.

The House Day Care Waitlist Isn't Getting Any Shorter

Good news for early childhood education.

Norton Raises Questions About D.C. Pot Rider in 'Cromnibus'

Updated 4:45 p.m. | Just hours after news broke that the House and Senate spending package included a rider targeting the District of Columbia’s marijuana policy, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., raised questions as to how the rider’s specific language would actually affect the District.

'Cromnibus' Would Ban D.C. From Legalizing Recreational Pot

Congress would block the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana for recreational use, but preserve its decriminalization law, under the spending package released Tuesday night.




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