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Wisconsin Field Hearing Could Fuel Critics of Ron Johnson, Tammy Baldwin

Monday’s rare recess field hearing will focus attention on the controversy within a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Medical Center that’s become a thorny subject for both the state’s senators.

Federal Budget Bunny | Capitol Quip

A Winning Quip at Schockton Abbey

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

West End Cinema Preps Its Own Last Picture Show

Alas, it’s not just a flesh wound. This weekend is it for the West End Cinema in Foggy Bottom, and owner Josh Levin is going out like a true cinephile.

After Schock: House to Review Spending Rules

The Committee on House Administration announced Friday it is reviewing regulations governing lawmaker spending. The announcement comes in the wake of Illinois Republican Aaron Schock’s resignation due to improper spending of his congressional funds.

Senate Loses Top Baseball Nut (Video)

Updated March 30, 2:30 p.m. | With Harry Reid’s retirement, the Senate is not just losing its top Democrat. It’s losing its foremost baseball fan.

Ed Whitfield's Ties to Lobbyist Wife Subject of House Ethics Probe (Updated)

Updated 1:30 p.m. | The congressional ethics police have launched a formal investigation into allegations that Rep. Edward Whitfield has been using his House seat for family gain.

Rubio, Jordan Target D.C.'s Local Control Over Gun Regulations

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio introduced a bill Thursday aimed at loosening the District of Columbia’s gun laws.

Mendelson to Lankford: D.C. Bills Don't Violate Religious Freedom

After Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced resolutions of disapproval to block two District of Columbia bills from becoming law, the D.C. Council chairman took his argument in support of the bills directly to Lankford.

Capitol Fun Police? Farr Opposes July Fourth Security Plan

One of the House’s most liberal Democrats vowed to be the “squeaky wheel” if congressional leaders agree to recommendations from Hill law enforcement to limit access to the Capitol on July Fourth.

Congress Not Pushing Back on July Fourth Security Crackdown

Hill staffers would be the people most affected if Capitol law enforcement cracks down on Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties. That might be why members of Congress do not seem to be pushing back on a March 12 letter from the Capitol Police Board.

Former Staffer Is Off the Hill, but Still On the Grind

Robert McAlister didn’t know anything about the coffee business. But he knew he enjoyed drinking coffee.

House Officials Not Impressed With Vitter's Obamacare Probe

As part of his ongoing investigation into congressional enrollment in Obamacare, Sen. David Vitter is taking on the House of Representatives, asking Speaker John A. Boehner to push House officials to comply with his inquiry. But neither the speaker’s office nor other House officers seem likely to do so.

Eight Arrested in Anti-Abortion 'Pray-In' Outside Boehner's Office

A 30-minute “pray-in” organized at the door of Speaker John A. Boehner’s office by anti-abortion groups ended Wednesday morning with eight arrests.

Vote for Your Favorite Schockton Abbey Capitol Quip!

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

Rotunda to Close for Six Weeks This Summer

The Capitol Rotunda will close for six weeks this summer for scaffolding installation as part of the $60 million Dome restoration project.

Authorities to Transfer Jesse Jackson Jr. to D.C. Halfway House

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is expected to return to Washington this week, nearly 17 months after the Illinois Democrat entered the federal prison system to begin a 30-month sentence for defrauding his campaign.

New Head of LGBT Congressional Staff Association Seeks Diversity for Group | Hill Climbers

Mitchell Rivard, the new president of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Congressional Staff Association, said he and the group’s board have a plan to broaden their organization.

Police Want to Curtail Capitol Fourth of July Festivities

First sledding, now the Fourth of July.

A Gold Medal for the Golden Bear

An emotional Jack Nicklaus received the Congressional Gold Medal Tuesday, honoring his achievements on and off the golf course.

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