Oct. 1, 2014

Hill Life Archive

Judge Rules Larry Craig Must Repay Campaign Funds Used in Bathroom Scandal

Larry Craig’s 2007 arrest in a Minnesota airport bathroom sex sting continues to cost the former senator.

Ethics Office Finds Evidence Petri Violated House Rules

The House Ethics Committee announced on Tuesday it will continue to investigate whether Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., used his position in Congress to help certain companies in which he held significant financial interest.

Omar Gonzalez Charged in White House Breach

Omar J. Gonzalez could spend 15 years in prison following his White House intrusion, which has raised serious questions about the Secret Service.

Secret Service Takes Beating in Rare Recess Hearing (Video)

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson took a beating from nearly 20 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers who traveled back to Washington for Tuesday’s rare, three-and-a-half hour recess hearing.

Watch Live: House Committee Hearing on White House Security Breach

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing examining the Sept. 19 intrusion into the White House by 42-year-old Omar J. Gonzalez, who officials say climbed the north fence of the complex and bolted into the North Portico with a 3 1/2-inch serrated blade folding knife in his pocket.

D.C. to White House: Don't Fence Us Out

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton didn’t like the lay of the land during a Monday stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Roland Burris Accused of Shakedown Scheme During Senate Tenure

Three years after his brief stint in the Senate, a federal court case in Chicago has raised questions about Illinois Democrat Roland Burris’ conduct while he was in office.

'Fort Bliss' — A Grounded Movie Gets Theatrical Run

Call it the little movie that could. “Fort Bliss,” a feature film about an Army medic/single mom returning stateside after a tour in Afghanistan and struggling with re-entry, is enjoying an extended theatrical release in Washington, continuing its rise from festival favorite and video on demand to big screens, thanks largely to grass-roots support.

'Women Who Make a Difference' Honored in D.C.

An audience of mostly women filled the banquet hall of the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Northwest D.C. Thursday evening to honor four women in the first Women Who Make a Difference awards, organized by the Top Ladies of Distinction D.C. chapter.

Holder Says It's 'Long Past Time' for D.C. Voting Rights

A day after announcing his exit, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. paid lip service to voting rights for residents of the District of Columbia.

'Dear White People' Sparks Conversation on Race and Identity

As Sam White, an aspiring filmmaker, strolls through the courtyard at fictitious Winchester University, her teaching assistant tells her the best way to reach viewers is to make her film a mirror and hold it up to the audience. The film in which the scene takes place, “Dear White People,” does just that.

Jog Like It's the 1860s This Saturday at Lincoln's Cottage

Heels pointed toward the Soldiers’ Home Cemetery in Petworth, runners in the Freedom XC 5k on Saturday will cross near the home where the Emancipation Proclamation was conceived and then continue further. Leg muscles expanding and contracting, they’ll move along the paths, normally closed, that wind through the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, passing a golf course, community gardens and fishing ponds.

Ebola Containment Equipment Gets Capitol Hill Debut

A patient isolation chamber suited for the front lines of the fight against Ebola in West Africa arrived Tuesday on the third floor of the Rayburn House Office building.

Yoga Community Argues 'Yoga Tax' Does Not Apply to Studios

The D.C. yoga community is working to convince lawmakers that the district’s so-called “yoga tax” does not actually apply to yoga studios.

Jerry Moran Quits Eisenhower Memorial Commission

Despite criticism, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission plans to seek preliminary approval of architect Frank Gehry’s latest design during an Oct. 2 meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission.

D.C. Police Roll Out Body Cameras; None Planned for Capitol Police

Congress escalated its calls for more transparency in law enforcement in the wake of the Aug. 9 shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., suggesting body cameras for police officers might improve public safety.

Jim Traficant Critically Injured in Tractor Accident

Update, Saturday 2:32 p.m. | Traficant has died, a family spokesperson says.

Norton to Congress: Hands Off D.C.'s New Gun Law

Emergency legislation legalizing the carry of concealed handguns in the District cleared the D.C. Council unanimously on Tuesday afternoon, setting up a temporary “may-issue” permitting scheme.

Sona CREAMery Taps Its Inner Wu-Tang Clan

It finally makes sense why Method Man’s character on “The Wire” was named Cheese.

Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for Congressional Staff?

Capitol Hill staffers might be learning a new issue area in the upcoming Congress: preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.