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'Hacking' Congress, With Lawmaker Support

'Hacking' Congress, With Lawmaker Support
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In fewer than two days last week, more than 100 hackers developed 11 projects aimed at helping Congress function more effectively and transparently.

Hill Blotter

Glock Photo Sparks Firestorm on Capitol Hill

A firestorm sparked by CQ Roll Call's report on three instances of Capitol Police leaving loaded guns in problematic places has put top law enforcement officials on edge, launched a hunt for the source behind the photo of one unattended Glock and drawn fresh scrutiny from Congress.

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Coffee, ’Cue and M&Ms: How to Survive a Markup All-Nighter

Lawmakers share tips on surviving the annual defense authorization markup all-nighter.

Hill Life

Report: Busy Season for Congressional Ethics Investigators

The first few months of 2015 brought a flurry of activity at OCE, with the quasi-independent agency launching 15 preliminary reviews of allegations of misconduct involving members or staff of the House.


Senate Pushes Ahead With Iran Debate (Video)

The debate over the role of Congress in international negotiations with Iran about nuclear development is entering another week.

Politics Ad Man Scott Howell Back At It After Cardiac Arrest

Ad Man Scott Howell Back At It After Cardiac Arrest

Scott Howell doesn’t remember Jan. 25.

Politics

Van Hollen, Edwards Square Off in First Maryland Senate Race Debate

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Maryland Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen faced off for the first time Sunday, showcasing sharply different styles as they vie for the Democratic nomination for Senate.

Immigration Fight Could Return to House This Month

Immigration Fight Could Return to House This Month

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy opened his Friday memo to House members regarding May’s legislative agenda by quoting Steve Jobs and praising Republicans for the victories they’ve overseen in the first 100 days of the 114th Congress.

Senate Patent Bill Gets White House Plaudits

President Barack Obama wants to see a bipartisan patent overhaul reach his desk before the end of 2015, and the White House is responding favorably to the new Senate bill introduced this week.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 27, 2015 (Video)

Members spent last week on Capitol Hill playing with BB guns, recommending sewage-based water fountains and searching for Dr. Pepper.

Politics

Robin Kelly Met With DSCC on Possible Illinois Senate Bid

Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly met with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about a possible Senate bid, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.

Trade Deal on Hold While Obama Woos Democrats (Video)

Trade Deal on Hold While Obama Woos Democrats (Video)

It’s been a week since Speaker John A. Boehner warned the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal backed by President Barack Obama needed help from the White House. On Thursday there were indications the president is stepping up his efforts.

Hill Life

Cruz Makes Ill-Fated Pitch to Block D.C. Law

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made a last-ditch push for the Senate to block a District of Columbia law Friday, but his statement was almost certainly made in vain.

Politics Koch-Backed Conservative Group Seeks to Woo Latinos

Koch-Backed Conservative Group Seeks to Woo Latinos

A Koch brothers-backed group is making a new push to persuade Hispanics to vote for conservative candidates in the 2016 elections.

Politics

Exclusive: NRCC Adds 8 More Vulnerable Members to Patriot Program

The National Republican Congressional Committee added eight more members to its Patriot program Friday, according to a list provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Policy Sanders Asks Democrats to Pick Proud Non-Democrat

Sanders Asks Democrats to Pick Proud Non-Democrat

When Bernard Sanders declared his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, he joined a lengthening roster of gadflies who have run in order to push the party to the left. So will it matter that he is not now, never has been and does not plan to become an actual Democrat?

Hill Life

Graves Brings Conservative Focus to Legislative Branch Funding

For Rep. Tom Graves, his role as chairman of the subcommittee that doles out funds for the legislative branch is an opportunity to put his fiscal conservative principles into practice.

From the Archives: Presidential Candidate Scolds Senators for Playing Hooky

From the Archives: Presidential Candidate Scolds Senators for Playing Hooky

With the Senate attendance record of the three Republicans who recently announced presidential campaigns now gaining some notice in the press, this gem from the archives seemed remarkably applicable.

Politics

Good News for Democrats Courting Millennial Voters

If Democrats can turn out millennial voters for the presidential race in 2016, their down-ballot candidates may just get the boost they’re looking for from the 18-to-29-year-old crowd.

Abe Speech Checks All but 1 Conspicuous Box

Abe Speech Checks All but 1 Conspicuous Box

It was a perfectly acceptable address: reverent, touching, even a little funny. But Shinz┼Ź Abe’s speech to Congress Wednesday will be remembered less for any applause line and more for what was left unsaid.

Hill Life

Senate Aide Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Drug Charges

In a federal courtroom blocks from the Capitol, a Senate aide who spent the past three decades working for Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two serious drug charges related to methamphetamine and date rape drugs.

Policy Members Face Off on Online Sales Tax Bills

Members Face Off on Online Sales Tax Bills

Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has assembled a bipartisan rump group around a proposal to empower states to collect sales taxes from online sellers outside their borders. At the same time, a loose coalition of retailers, state officials and allied groups is trying rally support for the plan in both chambers of Congress.

Hill Life

Pat Roberts: 'Nothing Less Than Full Victory' on Ike Memorial

The senator who made headlines for quoting a Disney movie earlier this month adopted on Wednesday the words of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on Wednesday, declaring he would “accept nothing less than full victory” in the long slog to build a memorial to the 34th president.

Politics Is John Kasich in the Top Tier in 2016?

Is John Kasich in the Top Tier in 2016?

“Perpetually in motion, Kasich is a whirlwind of restless energy and is sometimes criticized for being cocky,” reads the 1996 Politics in America profile of the then-Ohio congressman.

Paul Seeks to Block FCC on Net Neutrality

Sen. Rand Paul has launched an effort that could get a bill to the White House to upend net-neutrality efforts.

Politics Baltimore Riots Change Senate Race Conversation

Baltimore Riots Change Senate Race Conversation

The nascent Maryland Senate race will likely take on a new focus, as the state’s largest city works to heal its wounds following the death of a young black man in police custody and the sometimes violent expressions of anger that followed.

McCain Sets Stage for Fight Over Drones

Sen. John McCain is planning to shift the CIA’s secretive drone program to the Defense Department through the National Defense Authorization Act, setting the stage for a fight later this year with Senate Intelligence leaders and making him an unlikely ally of President Barack Obama.

Policy What Gay Marriage Briefs Tell Us About Congress

What Gay Marriage Briefs Tell Us About Congress

Though only a few lawmakers participated in the rallies during Tuesday’s oral arguments, more than half the members of Congress had already formalized their views on the same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court.

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