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NLRB Finds Retaliation After Capitol Food Worker Strike

The National Labor Relations Board has found that the Capitol’s food-service vendor likely violated labor laws when supervisors retaliated against workers who went on strike.

Second Hill Langar Raises Awareness About Sikh Faith

For the second time on Capitol Hill, staffers, lawmakers and citizens gathered in the Rayburn foyer, removed their shoes, donned orange head scarves and participated in a centuries-old Sikh tradition.

Capitol Police Chief to Retire in January

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine plans to step down in January, capping a contentious three years as the Hill’s top cop.

Norton Looks to Extend Workplace Protection to Congress' Staff

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., announced Friday she plans to introduce legislation to extend workplace protections and civil rights laws to congressional employees.

Azerbaijan Travel Probe Shows Strained Ties Between Congress' Ethics Cops

By the looks of the most recent report from the Office of Congressional Ethics, the first six months of 2015 were some of the busiest since the agency launched six years ago, at the beginning of the 111th Congress. But lawmakers remain lax about policing themselves.

Debating the Best Capitol Quip

Did you ever notice that the bigger our television screens get, the smaller our presidential candidates look? Nixon and Kennedy were larger than life when they debated on national TV way back when screens were tiny. This week, when FOX presents a chorus line of conservative contenders on one giant stage, we wonder if anyone will break out and become as big as . . . well, this week’s Capitol Quip.

Sharknado 4: A Capitol Quip Winner!

Congratulations to this week’s winner, and thanks to the readers who contributed captions to our Capitol Quip contest.

Driver in Barricade Crash Identified as Pennsylvania Man

The man who crashed his red sedan Friday morning into a barricade about 150 yards south of the Capitol appears to have a history of criminal activity related to automobiles.

Car Crashes at South Barricade, Police Arrest Driver (Updated)

Updated 10:31 a.m. | A red Nissan Altima with Florida license plates crashed into the South Barricade of the Capitol around 8:40 a.m. Friday.

Whistleblower Day, but Not for Hill Staff

The Senate approved a resolution Thursday declaring July 30, 2015, “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day,” though senators’ own staffers are not afforded the same protections as other federal workers.

Lawmakers Look to Enhance Unpaid Intern Protections

House Democrats introduced three bills to protect interns from sexual harassment and discrimination Tuesday, notably extending protections to the scores of interns in congressional offices.

Farewell, My Indigestion: Bidding Adieu to Restaurant Associates

“But if you‘ll eat it, you never have to prove your courage in any other way.”

Congressional Couches Test Positive for Toxic Retardant

As Congress considers an overhaul of toxic chemical regulations, a new analysis has brought the issue close to home — perhaps a little too close for comfort.

Democrats Look to Pivot From Milestones to Today's Priorities

Wielding the gavel he held nearly 50 years ago to the day, former Rep. John D. Dingell told a group gathered in the Capitol Visitor Center Wednesday, “We did it! Now let’s see some real enthusiasm,” adding, “They fought us all the way.”

Vote for Your Favorite 'Sharknado 4' Capitol Quip!

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Rep. Chaka Fattah Charged in 29-Count Indictment (Updated) (Video)

Updated 2:19 p.m. | Prosecutors charged Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Wednesday in a 29-count indictment with racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud as part of a probe into the 11-term congressman launched by the FBI and IRS in March 2013.

Norah O'Donnell: My First Article for Roll Call

This is part of a series of reflections from alumni journalists for our ongoing coverage of Roll Call’s 60th Anniversary. See all of our coverage at

Student Loan Repayment Is for Parents, Too

Student loans. A serious question that many undergraduates and graduates think about. But what about when it’s the parents concern? Can parents receive money from the student loan repayment program for loans taken out for their kids’ college education? Hill Navigator discusses.

On Unattended Guns, Questions Linger for Capitol Police

Called before Congress for an oversight hearing after a tumultuous few weeks of reports of loaded service weapons left in problematic places around the Capitol and an ongoing hunt for employees who may have leaked internal information, Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine promised the acts would be dealt with “firmly and effectively.”

House Limits Chamber Access for Pope Address

House lawmakers opted Tuesday to limit who can be present in the chamber during Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress in September.




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