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Cannon Reopens After Asbestos Scare

Officials have reopened the Cannon House Office Building after an asbestos scare shuttered its doors from late Friday through most of Saturday.

The Waiter Who Would Be Speaker | Capitol Quip

In New York or Los Angeles your waiter may really be a future famous actor, but in Washington, D.C., chances are, your server is just a few election cycles away from a seat in Congress. And like the new speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, whose lifetime of service on Capitol Hill began at Tortilla Coast, your waiter today might end up running the House tomorrow. That’s why the savvy players in D.C. will always leave a very big tip – and why the savviest of players will leave a caption or two for this week’s Capitol Quip.

Cannon Evacuated for Potential Asbestos Leak

The Cannon House Office Building was evacuated Friday night for a potential asbestos leak, and the building is closed until further notice.

Library of Congress Case Highlights Questions of Oversight

The case of a fired Library of Congress staffer is prompting questions about whether the institution is being properly overseen by Congress and whether library employees have a fair process to appeal personnel decisions — including from members of Congress.Suzanne Hogan, 58, who worked as a special assistant to former Librarian of Congress James H. Billington for 11 years, was officially terminated in August. She is in the process of appealing her decision via a discrimination complaint, but is calling on Congress’ own independent agency, the Office of Compliance, to intervene, alleging she does not have an avenue for due process.

A One in a Minion Caption | Capitol Quip

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

Why a Former Staffer Could Make a Good Speaker

Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., in the course of two decades, has risen from congressional staffer to the speakership.

Carper Hit With Ethics Complaint Over Clinton Endorsement

Endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president has landed Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., in the crosshairs of a conservative watchdog group.

Wealth of Congress: How the Rich Got Richer (Video)

If Congress ever raises taxes on the 1 percent, nearly 10 percent of members will face the hike.

Senate Staffers Rally Behind Capitol Food Workers

A group of Senate staffers are organizing in solidarity with Capitol food service workers, joining the workers’ push for a union and higher wages.

Residents Want Answers on Capitol Hill Crime

More than 300 residents packed into a charter school gymnasium in Southeast D.C. Tuesday night to hear from legislators and police about the recent spike in Capitol Hill crime.

'The Armor of Light' Comps NRA for Screenings

This isn’t your average Disney movie. For one, the makers of “Armor of Light,” a documentary that explores the morality of being pro-gun, are offering NRA members free tickets in select theaters.

Vote for Your Favorite Paul Ryan Capitol Quip!

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

Hastert Pleads Guilty in Hush Money Scheme

Updated 10:30 a.m. | Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty during a Chicago federal court hearing Wednesday morning to evading federal bank reporting requirements as he withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars in hush money.

5 Things You Should Know About D.C.’s Proposed Paid Leave

Washington, D.C., is poised to become the jurisdiction with the most generous paid family leave plan in the country, but its effects on the area’s federal workers are complicated.

'Immigration Battle' Reveals Big, Little Congressional Details

They were two days away.

Capitol Hill Crime Spike Prompts Community Meeting

A recent string of robberies in the Capitol Hill neighborhood have left residents wondering what is happening and what is being done to combat the crime.

Ready for Her Close-Up | Capitol Lens

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives to a sea of smartphones before testifying on Oct. 22 at a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing regarding the 2012 attacks in Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

After Capitol Police Missteps, Congress Looks the Other Way

The makers of the Glock boast that the pistol is “precisely engineered to meet the demanding specifications of military and law enforcement agencies worldwide.” It’s just the sort of item that should never find its way into the hands of a child.

Cozy With the Cops

Paul Ryan and His Minions | Capitol Quip

We understand the importance of family time, so we understand Rep. Paul D. Ryan’s reluctance to run for a job as demanding as speaker of the House. But with the office comes great power, and with great power comes . . . minions. And if the travails of the great Gru (now a consultant for the Anti-Villain League) have taught us anything, it’s that minions are family, too. So, as Halloween approaches, let’s all spend some quality family time trick-or-treating with this week’s Capitol Quip.




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