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The Hill Staffer Guide to Holiday Party Invites

By now your inbox should be full of brightly colored invites for holiday parties, open houses, receptions, dinners and cocktails. If it’s December, the holiday party season is in full swing.

Former Hill Staffer Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

Former congressional staffer Donny Ray Williams Jr. pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday to four charges of sexual assault in a plea deal that could keep him out of jail.

Oh Ya! Capitol Christmas Tree Gets Lit

Golden yellow hoodies dotted the West Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday, and a dark tree stood behind the children and adults wearing them. In the distance one could make out the white blur of the Washington monument through the cold mist that hung in the air.

Appeals Court Rejects Renzi's Bid for Re-Hearing

A federal appeals court panel has rejected ex-Rep. Rick Renzi’s request for a third hearing in his corruption case, affirming an opinion that House lawyers argue “alters the fabric of our constitutional structure.”

Legislative Branch Funding Takes Shape

As House and Senate appropriators negotiate the structure and content of a government funding package, funding for legislative branch agencies appears to be all set.

'Remote Area Medical' — a Documentary Whose Subject Is No Longer Remote

“If I’d made this movie, I’d have screwed it up,” said Stan Brock, the founder of Remote Area Medical and a man with nearly a half-century of film experience.

Virtual 'Giving Tower' Visible on National Mall

Visitors to the National Mall can point their smartphone or tablet at a new structure Tuesday, and a holographic, multicolored tower will appear on their screen, representing charitable donations made on “Giving Tuesday.”

In Response to Ferguson, CBC Backs Obama's Call for Police Body Cameras (Video)

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are backing the White House’s request for a $263 million spending package to expand the use of body cameras for police, hammering the point in a series of passionate floor speeches Monday night regarding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Ted Cruz, Ashley Judd and Others to Address Millennial Summit

More than 400 young people from across the country will descend on Capitol Hill Tuesday to hear how Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, actress Ashley Judd and other lawmakers will address issues relating to the so-called millennial generation.

D.C. Concealed Carry Fight Could Provoke Congress, Contempt of Court

On Tuesday, the D.C. Council will consider a more permanent version of the emergency measure that revived the city’s long-standing concealed carry law. That bill turned D.C. into a “may-issue jurisdiction,” where authorities have discretion over who may carry and where they are allowed.

Tough Lessons Learned for Staffer Resigning Over First Daughters Comments

Another Capitol Hill staffer learns the rough lesson of the power of words and social media.

GOP Spokeswoman Resigns After Criticizing Obama's Daughters

There will be no pardon for Elizabeth Lauten.

A Tale of Two Handshakes

Taking pictures at a political event is hard.

Know Before You Go: An Ethics Overview for Capitol Hill Holiday Parties

The holiday party scene between K Street and Capitol Hill is a lot more complicated than simply deciding which event sounds like the most fun and what to wear.

Marion Barry to Be Memorialized With Citywide Procession, Public Viewing

The District of Columbia plans to bid farewell to its “mayor for life” over the course of three days, with a procession through all eight wards of the city and a massive celebration at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Steve Stockman Takes Aim at D.C. Traffic Cams

Outgoing Rep. Steve Stockman is trying to leave his mark on Washington residents before he heads back to Texas by using his seat in Congress to intervene in local policy on guns and traffic.

Report Outlines Constituent Meeting Do's and Don'ts

Constituent participation is the key to scheduling meetings on Capitol Hill, according to a new report from the Congressional Management Foundation.

Congressional Future Caucus Promotes 'Giving Tuesday'

After shoppers hunt for the best deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, some members of Congress are hoping Americans will pull out their wallets and roll up their sleeves for “Giving Tuesday.”

Eisenhower Memorial Plan Still Faces Skepticism, Despite Approvals

Capitol Hill’s representatives on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission remain skeptical the monument to the 34th president will break ground next year, despite rosy projections from commission staff.

Ferguson Protesters March on Capitol, SCOTUS, DOJ

Facedown on the pavement — meant to emulate the body of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed on Aug. 9 — one protester sprawled on the sidewalk outside the Department of Justice in downtown Washington on Tuesday morning.




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