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Charm City Meadworks Buzzes With New Brews

Mead does not have to be sweet and hangover-inducing, or always served in a goblet. It does not have to be considered a beverage of yore.

A Campaign Finance-Minded Don Quixote of Congress

Ask Rep. Ted Deutch about the fresh kiwi-hued paint job in his Rayburn office, and the Florida Democrat has a schtick: Green, like the money we want to get out of politics.

The Interpretation of Marco Rubio's 'American Dreams'

My fellow Americans,

Stabbing Delays Metro Trains at Federal Center SW

A stabbing incident related to a snatch-and-run theft delayed trains Wednesday afternoon at Federal Center SW station, Metro officials said.

'Downton Office' Not First Ethics Flap for Schock

Rep. Aaron Schocks, R-Ill., recent flap about his Downton Abbey-inspired office decor is not his first run-in with ethics watchdogs. The House Ethics Committee still has a referral into Schocks actions from March 2012. This case stems from an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation that found he may have improperly solicited contributions for an anti-incumbent super PAC.

GPO Cuts Workforce to Lowest Levels in 100 Years

The U.S. Government Publishing Office announced Wednesday it has achieved its goal of reducing its workforce, amounting to the lowest number of GPO employees in 100 years. But the GPO also said the reduction will not hamper the offices functions.

Vitter Requests Obamacare Documents From D.C., House and Senate

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is continuing his legal battle over congressional members and staffers health care enrollment in the D.C. small business exchange by demanding answers to questions raised by an ongoing Obamacare lawsuit.

Capitol Police Drug Bust Goes Bust

A New York man arrested on Dec. 23 in one of the biggest drug busts in recent Capitol Police history had his case dismissed in January, when the government failed to produce a witness.

George, Ellen or Groucho? National Portrait Gallery Asks for Votes

The National Portrait Gallery is going to put one of three comedians George Carlin, Ellen DeGeneres or Groucho Marx up on its Recognize wall, and it wants the public to weigh in.

Lawmakers Line Up for Throat Blessings in Speaker's Lobby

Nearly one third of Congress is Catholic, and that made Tuesday, the feast day of Saint Blaise of Sebaste, a busy one for House Chaplain the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.

On Capitol Hill, Ad Hoc Paid Leave Policies Flourish

Much has been written about Capitol Hill staff and the wide disparities in paid maternity and paternity leave policies. Offices with longstanding histories of generous leave policies are quick to speak up, but many offices dodge the question, either citing privacy concerns or giving the classic silent treatment by ignoring reporters questions.

Obama's Budget Includes D.C. Marijuana, Budget Autonomy Provisions (Updated)

Updated 5:49 p.m. | President Barack Obama waded into the debate about marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia, as well as budget and legislative autonomy, with a few provisions tucked into the fiscal 2016 budget proposal released Monday.

Kojo, Will and Roll Call on the Hill

If the voice of Kojo Nnamdi sounds different starting Monday, it could because be hes channeling the Bard.

Jim Moran Doesn't Miss Congress

For the record, ex-Rep. James P. Moran doesnt miss Congress. At least, not yet.

5 Potential Scenarios for D.C.'s Marijuana Initiative

The ongoing battle over the District of Columbias marijuana policy is currently at a standstill, but several scenarios over the coming weeks could alter its fate.

Port City Brewing Celebrates Four Years

Port City Brewing Co.s magic number is four. Starting Friday, the Alexandria, Va.-based beer maker is celebrating its fourth anniversary of operations, complete with the release of a Belgian quad-style beer, Colossal IV.

Answers on Paid Leave Hard for Staffers to Find

If a member of Congress has a generous parental leave policy but the staff doesnt know about it, whats it worth?

McCain Outraged by CodePink Protesters, Police Response

Sen. John McCains reaction to protesters who disrupted a hearing, calling one low-life scum, garnered media attention Thursday, but the incident also has sparked calls for an investigation into the Capitol Polices response to the rowdy CodePink activists.

Congress' Top Travelers Say Globetrotting on Private Dime Essential

As one of the top travelers in Congress, Colorado Democrat Diana DeGette likes to give this advice to incoming House freshmen: Pick one or two countries and really get deeply involved in the politics and culture.

Heritage Action Urges Congress to Reject D.C. Bills

Heritage Action for America, a conservative advocacy group, is calling on Congress to reject two District of Columbia Council bills, which, the group argues, infringe upon religious liberty. It is the first time the group has weighed in on a District initiative.

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