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Critics Decry Capitol Police 'Old Boys' Network'

A two-word email sent on the eve of the Oct. 10 Million Man March prompted Capitol Police to confiscate the gun and badge of a newly promoted captain, only to return both items on Oct. 13.

Alarm Prompts Evacuation of Capitol Power Plant

The Capitol Power plant was evacuated Monday morning due to an audible alarm in the boiler room, though police said there was no fire.

Jeb Can Jump It | Capitol Quip

Sometimes, a stalled campaign just needs a jump. Other times, a drained campaign could use an energy boost. Extremely rarely does a campaign require a political cartoon caption contest to generate some buzz, which brings us to the presidential run of John Ellis Bush (Jeb!) — and this week’s Capitol Quip

Waiter-Speaker-Winner | Capitol Quip

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

Paul Ryan Asked to Curb Congressional Travel

Speaker D. Paul Ryan should suspend privately funded foreign travel by House members and staff, watchdog organizations said Thursday in a two-page letter that asks the Wisconsin Republican to launch a formal task force to review travel rules.

Gyrocopter Pilot Douglas Hughes: 'I'm Proud of What I Did'

Douglas Hughes said Friday he plans to plead guilty to one felony charge related to his gyrocopter flight to the Capitol in April — but he is not ashamed.

Finding That Committee Staffer Spot

Ah, the joys of working in a personal office: those unexpected “drop-by” visitors, a daily interaction with an elected official, even the chance to learn the legislative ropes vis-a-vis writing stacks of constituent mail. But what happens when a staffer wants to tackle a particular legislative issue and make the leap to become a committee staffer? Hill Navigator discusses.

Fattah's Son Found Guilty on 22 Counts in Fraud Case

A jury found Rep. Chaka Fattah’s son guilty on 22 of 23 counts Thursday in a federal bank and tax fraud case, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Maryland Residents Stand to Gain on Paid Leave

Following the path of D.C.’s ambitious proposed paid leave policy, federal workers who live in Maryland might also see a change to their paid leave benefits. Maryland Del. Ariana Kelly, a Democrat, plans to introduce legislation in January to allow federal workers who work in D.C. and live in Maryland to opt-in to a state insurance pool and receive up to 12 weeks of paid leave benefits.

Hill Makes Pitch for Protected Bike Lanes

The commute could get a little easier for cyclists who trek between Union Station and Capitol Hill, if Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers and local transportation officials can agree.

Despite Hush-Money Plea, Hastert Keeps Pension

Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert may have lost his Capitol portrait after pleading guilty to a felony, but he still gets to keep his pension — estimated at more than $70,000 per year.

Senate Leaders Join Dining Boycott

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., the chamber’s No. 3 Democrat, made a surprise appearance in a Senate cafeteria Wednesday afternoon to join a boycott of the Senate’s food service vendor.

Vote for Your Favorite Waiter-Speaker Capitol Quip!

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

What a Paul Ryan Speakership Means for D.C.

As Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., adjusts to his new role in the House, he also takes on a little-recognized responsibility: oversight of the District of Columbia.

Looking for Lost References

A great internship experience can lead to valuable references, which is one of the myriad reasons interning on Capitol Hill is often the best way to secure a full-time job there. But what if those valuable references aren’t in the same position anymore? Hill Navigator discusses how to track them down.

Fall Frame | Capitol Lens

Fred Thompson's Best Washington Roles

As Washington mourns the death of one of its own, former Sen. Fred Thompson, Hollywood is also contending with the loss of a reliable Washington heavy.

Capitol Police Arrest One of Their Own on Arson Charges

A 12-year veteran of the Capitol Police was arrested Monday by the department, in connection with an alleged arson attempt on Halloween.

Cannon Asbestos Scare Raises Safety Questions

An asbestos scare in the Cannon House Office Building over the weekend has raised questions about workplace safety, as construction and renovation of the century-old structure continues.

Afghanistan Is for Documentarians

The United States’ longest war has not led to the type of feature cinema that helped define previous conflicts.




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