Full of confidence as they looked ahead to the 1940 elections, Republicans gathered on April 20 that year for a dinner at which they forecast victory in the coming presidential election. Among the attendees were (from left) Republican National Committee Chairman John Hamilton, Ohio Sen. Robert Taft, Connecticut Gov. Raymond Baldwin, Kansas Sen. Clyde M. Reed and Massachusetts Rep. Joseph W. Martin Jr., the House Minority Leader.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.