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Kerry Bentivolio Files for Bankruptcy

Fewer than two months after the Santa Claus impersonator and reindeer farmer who represented southeast Michigan for one term left Congress, the tea party-inspired Republican has filed for bankruptcy.

The Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride: Civil Rights and Bamas

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. — A partial list of things not present at the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march: A drone mini-copter, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” Viola Liuzzo’s roadside memorial.

Private Plane Rides Have Bumpy Congressional History

Among the serious accusations of improper spending leveled at Rep. Aaron Schock since The Washington Post shined a spotlight on his “Downton Abbey”-themed office are at least a dozen flights aboard his political donors’ private planes.

Officer Morale a Hot Topic for Capitol Police at Appropriations Hearing

Low morale among Capitol Police was a hot topic for law enforcement officials on Wednesday during a series of panels convened by the House lawmakers who set the department’s budget.

D.C. Stands Up to Congress on Marijuana Legalization (Updated)

Updated 5:41 p.m. | As of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the District of Columbia will legalize marijuana, despite warnings from two congressional Republicans that doing so would break the law and could lead to possible prison time for D.C. officials.

Vote for Your Favorite Whip Now Capitol Quip!

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

Touring Tastemaker Wants D.C. in His Regular Rotation

While dazzling patrons with mind-blowingly fresh ingredients is certainly part of his master plan, dining impresario Michael Stember is currently most obsessed with making his traveling food show self-sustainable.

Congress Investigating D.C. Marijuana Legalization

One day before the District of Columbia is set to legalize marijuana, members of Congress are launching an investigation into D.C.’s decision to do so, and warning that implementing legalization would break the law.

The Democrats' Lost Opportunity in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Walk into any barbecue place in the South and you’re pretty certain to find walls of fame and photos of the area’s local sports heroes. Dine at Carlile’s BBQ here in Magic City and you’ll see prominent politicians, mostly rock-ribbed Republicans, interspersed among the likes of Joe Namath, Bart Starr and Bear Bryant.

Maureen McDonnell Offers Cautionary Tale for Congressional Spouses

Virginia’s former first lady, Maureen McDonnell, is heading to prison for a year and a day after she was found guilty of trading favors in return for loans, vacations and gifts. Her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, has also been sentenced and is appealing the ruling. A onetime GOP star, his career is likely over.

Job Switching: Better to Jump Around or Sit Still?

You can’t go a week without getting one of those “Moving on. . .” emails from staffers detailing their latest job switch, usually something more glamorous than their last position (which they will bemoan leaving behind, along with an outstanding boss and set of co-workers, as any good staffer should). But how many emails can you read without questioning whether YOU should make the job hop as well? Hill Navigator discusses.

Court Reinstates FMLA Complaint Against Capitol Police

A Capitol Police officer who sued the department in April 2012 with allegations of Family and Medical Leave Act interference and retaliation won a small victory in District of Columbia appeals court on Feb. 20 when the court reinstated her claim.

DHS Funding Debate Gets the Capitol Quip Treatment

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for our latest Capitol Quip contest.

A Very Vice Presidential Capitol Quip

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was in the second year of his first term in the Senate when President Gerald Ford delivered his famous “Whip Inflation Now” speech before Congress on Oct. 8, 1974, and rallied the country to fight a new “public enemy No. 1.”

Capitol Police Chief's Leadership Questioned

The State of the Union night car chase that ended without arrest added new strains to already tense relationships inside the law enforcement community on Capitol Hill.

Court Gives Bowser Budget Autonomy Deadline

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals has paused an ongoing case over budget autonomy, giving Mayor Muriel Bowser until March 16 to solidify her position in the case, public court documents filed Friday show.

A Scientist Grows Art in NoMa at Gallery NK

Tucked away amid the rowhouses of NoMA is a once run-down warehouse transformed into a clean modern contemporary art gallery. The quaint studio, Gallery NK, is the creation of Turkish born artist Nihal Kececi.

Vitter Extends Deadline for Obamacare Documents From D.C., House, Senate

Sen. David Vitter is continuing his investigation into congressional health care enrollment, and he was not satisfied with recent responses from the D.C. government and House and Senate officials.

Wisconsin GOP Files Ethics Complaint Against Baldwin (Updated)

Updated 1:59 p.m. | The Wisconsin Republican Party wants the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the termination of Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s deputy state director.

Shadow Senator Visits Iowa, Leaves Trip Open to Speculation

When senators head to Iowa, speculation about presidential aspirations heats up — a fact one shadow senator who traveled to Des Moines over the weekend kept in mind.

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