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Rohrabacher Tells Republicans Pot 'Is Going to Help You Politically'

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was a senior speechwriter at the White House when first lady Nancy Reagan coined the catchphrase, “Just Say No.”

Capitol Workers Strike for Higher Wages

Although executive actions don’t necessarily affect legislative branch contracts, a handful of contract workers walked off their food-services jobs in the Capitol Visitor Center Thursday to join a protest urging President Barack Obama to act to raise wages.

Learning by Doing: New House Members Juggle Orientation and Governing

Newly elected House members filed into the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium Thursday morning to be briefed on how to run a congressional office, but three of them were already putting their operations into action.

Cheese Making Its Way Into D.C. Culture

“You don’t want to disturb the milk,” Genevieve O’Sullivan said as she slowly poured the white liquid into a plastic container. “That would break the fat molecules. Pour it like you pour champagne.”

Steve Stockman, Three Aides Subpoenaed in District Court

Outgoing Rep. Steve Stockman and three staffers in his Capitol Hill office have been served with grand jury subpoenas for testimony and documents in a criminal investigation in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Norton Introduces Bill to Eliminate NFL Tax-Exempt Status

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., introduced a bill Wednesday that would eliminate the tax-exempt status for the National Football League, saying it benefits from promoting a “racial slur.”

Orientation: Some Are Old, Some Are New, Most Are Red, a Few Are Blue

On a sunny Wednesday in the nation’s capital, new members of Congress got their first taste of life as lawmakers in Washington, complete with meetings and run-ins with the press.

Feds in 'Catch-22' on D.C. Marijuana Legalization

Democrats representing jurisdictions that have voted to legalize recreational weed will roll out their congressional strategy Thursday, but federal drug regulators may be plotting to handcuff the first such ballot initiative sent to Congress for review.

Welcome to Capitol Hill! Hit the Ground Running

Now that Election Day euphoria has worn off, planning for the congressional office can begin. With New Member Orientation gearing up and offices looking to staff up quickly, how can new staffers hit the ground running? Hill Navigator discusses.

5 House Members Leave Congress With Open Ethics Reviews

One often-repeated soundbite of state Sen. Lee Zeldin’s successful campaign to unseat Rep. Timothy H. Bishop in New York’s 1st District was, “Just call me the . . . mailman” — a line that came straight from the pages of an Office of Congressional Ethics report on the Democrat.

Pack Up Your Troubles: Members Begin Moving Out

What does one do with 24 golden bulldogs?

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.




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