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John McCain and Mark Salter's '13 Soldiers': The Unwritten 14th Chapter

Nobody would dispute that Sen. John McCain marches to his own tune. The fife in his head starts fifing and the drum up there starts drumming and John McCain breaks camp, squints into the distance and marches off with confidence and vigor. He’s been around the block often enough to know that America’s rich diversity ensures somebody is always willing to follow.

Capitol Police Investigating Ohio Man for Possible Threats

Capitol Police flew to Deer Park, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb represented by House Republican Brad Wenstrup, to investigate a possible threat against federally elected officials from a suspect whose work history could place him in proximity to his targets.

Democratic Pollster by Day, Capitol Hill Crime Fighter by Night

A burglar broke into the Capitol Hill home of Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and her husband, Stanley Greenberg, a prominent Democratic pollster, on Nov. 7. But the crime was thwarted when Greenberg, 69, arrived home some time after 5:30 p.m. and found the burglar inside, according to multiple media reports.

In Bobby Rush Case, Was the Rent Too Darn Low?

If the landlord never asks you for rent, do you still owe?

Ethics Committee Will Continue Review of Ed Whitfield

Legislative work related to an iconic Kentucky industry in Congress has landed Rep. Edward Whitfield at the heart of an ethics probe, which the House Ethics Committee announced Monday it will continue to review.

John Dingell to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom (Updated)

Updated 12:15 a.m. | Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Nov. 24.

Former Rep. Philip Crane Dies at 84

Former Rep. Philip Crane, R-Ill., an early leader of the conservative movement, died Sunday of complications from lung cancer. He was 84.

Hill Staff Making Less Money, Reports Show

Hill staffers might be working hard in competitive jobs, but they still aren’t making much money, according to two new reports from the Congressional Research Service.

New Member Orientation Welcomes New Class of Lawmakers

Getting to know fellow freshmen, attending panels about the institution, and posing for a class photo are staples of orientation during the first year of college. The same goes for the first year in Congress.

Road Closures for Concert for Valor on Veterans Day

The star-studded Concert for Valor planned for Veterans Day on the National Mall will result in many road closures around the Capitol on Tuesday.

Party Like It's 1844

An ambitious Kentucky lawmaker. A president mistrusted by his own party. Texas taking on an outsize role in Congress. Is this 2014, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell waiting gleefully to seize the majority, President Barack Obama under withering criticism from Democrats marooned in the minority and Lone Star Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz ready to take up spheres of influence in the Senate?

Not Everyone Loves the New Columbia Statehood Commission

Shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown fears legislation packaged as an effort to streamline the statehood movement will effectively turn the District of Columbia’s two shadow senators and shadow representative into “employees” of the D.C. government, instead of elected officials.

Norton and Bowser Optimistic About GOP Congress

Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser traveled to Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon to meet with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and discuss how they will coordinate with each other and lawmakers in the new Republican-controlled Congress.

Tight-Knit Illinois Democrats Mourning Again, This Time for Lane Evans

It’s been a rough year for western Illinois Democrats. On Wednesday, former Rep. Lane Evans, a Rock Island native who represented the 17th District for 12 terms, died at the age of 63. His death is one of three recently for a tightly connected political group.

'HillVets' Pub Crawl to Benefit Homeless Children

A group of congressional staffers who served in the military are hoping to use attention focused on them this Veterans Day weekend to bring fellow veterans together and give back to their Capitol Hill community.

How to Land a Job Working for a New Member of Congress

The congressional job search goes into overdrive every two years, as each election brings new members of Congress looking to hire staff. Working for a new member can be so much fun — you get all the optimism, good will and eagerness of Congress without the jaded, pessimistic edge (at least not yet). But how do you land one of those coveted spots? Hill Navigator discusses.

D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan Resigns

The District of Columbia’s Attorney General, Irvin B. Nathan, tendered his resignation Wednesday, effective Nov. 17. Nathan’s resignation comes the day after D.C. voters elected attorney Karl A. Racine to succeed him.

Anonymous Tears Through Capitol Police Barriers

Capitol Police confronted a mob of protesters around noon Wednesday. The protestors, who wore Guy Fawkes masks, tore through West Front barriers and yelled profanities at the cops.

D.C. Faces Statehood, Marijuana Challenges With Republican Congress

The Republican wave didn’t crash in the District of Columbia, but that doesn’t mean the victors won’t have to contend with the GOP Congress.

Hill Staffers Win Local Elections

Hill staffers can do pretty well when they run for local office.

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