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L'Enfant Metro Incident Raises Questions About D.C. Emergency Response

Monday’s L’Enfant Plaza Metro incident has raised questions about Metro’s response to the situation, whether swifter action could have prevented the injuries and how Washington’s vast law enforcement network communicates in an underground transit disaster.

How to Ace the Business Lunch

Forget the sunrise diner special, or candlelit, white tablecloth dinners. If you’re going to eat one meal properly in Washington, D.C., it should be the power lunch. The power lunch is the ideal midday break, a mini-vacation to the day, a chance to hear the lobby pitches while nibbling on veal tagliatelle or steak frites, perhaps eyeing the room to see nearby diners who would warrant a quick tip to Heard on the Hill.

Pearce Pushed House Rule Change to Provide 'Protection' in Ethics Cases

Reacting to an Office of Congressional Ethics probe of a junior staffer, Rep. Steve Pearce pushed the House to add some stiff new language to its rules governing the OCE and the House Ethics Committee.

21 Guantánamo Protesters Arrested in the Capitol (Updated) (Video)

Updated 6:31 p.m. | Nearly two dozen protesters from “Witness Against Torture,” a group dedicated to closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were arrested in the Capitol Building Monday afternoon, after demonstrating in the Senate gallery and the Capitol Visitor Center.

The Dangerous Lives of Satirists

“Foreigners are sometimes amazed at the suffering that we are willing to undergo here, and at the same time they are amazed at the things we are still able to laugh at. It’s difficult to explain, but without the laughter we would simply be unable to do the serious things. If one were required to increase the dramatic seriousness of his face in relation to the seriousness of the problems he had to confront, he would quickly petrify and become his own statue.”

Police Supporters Planning 'Sea of Blue' March on Capitol

Hundreds of police officers are expected to converge on the Capitol later this month, in a rally planned to show support for law enforcement and counter what organizers view as an anti-police climate.

D.C. Loses 2024 Olympics Bid

Washington, D.C. has lost its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, with the U.S. Olympic Committee instead announcing Thursday evening that it has selected Boston.

Capito Mourns Her Father, Former Gov. and Rep. Arch Moore (Updated)

Updated Jan. 9, 6:53 p.m. | Former West Virginia Gov. and Rep. Arch Moore, the father of newly sworn in Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., died in Charleston on Wednesday. He was 91.

D.C. Government: OPM Trumps Local Law on Congressional Health Care

In an ongoing lawsuit challenging congressional health care enrollment, the D.C. government acknowledged that local law does not recognize Congress as a small business — which is seemingly necessary for it to have employees enroll in the small-business exchange. But, officials argued that federal regulations trump the local law, allowing enrollment to continue.

Pollster Thomas Riehle Dies at 58

Thomas Riehle, an admired Democratic pollster, died unexpectedly on Jan. 3 at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 58.

Ahead of D.C. Marijuana Legalization Standoff, Group Calls Out Congress

As Washington, D.C., leaders gear up for a legal fight over marijuana legalization, one advocacy group is calling out members of Congress from both parties for not protecting the will of District voters.

Paid Sick Days, More Workplace Benefits for D.C. Workers

Workplace advocacy groups are ringing in the New Year with new family friendly workplace laws, some of which take effect in this month. Among these changes are several in the District of Columbia, including:

'The Great War' Memorial's Great Journey

Achieving approval to establish a national World War I memorial in the District of Columbia took longer than the war itself.

Random Awesome Passages From Rep. Steve Israel's 'The Global War on Morris'

As Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., rolls out his book tour for his satirical novel “The Global War on Morris,” Roll Call After Dark makes note of some of the book’s passages, in a random and hopefully entertaining manner.

House Mandates 1 Hour of Ethics Training for Freshman Class

The House GOP appears to have had a change of heart on mandatory ethics training for members — at least the newest ones.

The Best News Sources for Staffers to Read

Are you reading this while at your desk? On your smartphone on the Metro? Maybe you get Hill Navigator delivered directly to your inbox. But how do you know if you’re reading the best news sources to do your job effectively? Hill Navigator discusses.

Norton's Last Attempt for House Floor Vote Fails

House Republicans defeated a final attempt by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to restore her vote in the Committee of the Whole on the House floor Tuesday.

House Snaps First Day Selfies, Because #YOLOcongress

House members and their relatives had a selfie heyday on the floor during the opening hour of the 114th Congress, cheesing it up with family members and colleagues for photos that would normally violate the chamber’s rules.

Ceremonies, Reflection and Chaos Define the First Day of Congress

For new members of the 114th Congress, their first day was a blur — and not just because the view of the Capitol was obscured by falling snow.

GOP Moves to Shore Up Rules for Congressional Caucus Employees

After revelations that may have hurt the Republican brand, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is pushing through a rule change that could strengthen the largest member organizations, such as the Republican Study Committee, in the 114th Congress.




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