When I was studying photojournalism, I had a professor who would present an award at the end of each week called the “Stopper Award” — nothing special, just a rubber bathtub plug on a chain. It was given not necessarily for the best image of the week but for the photo that, when viewed with all of the work as a whole, got your attention first. Bill gets the Stopper Award this week for a photo of House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson during a news conference. The image has a powerful impact that just makes you stop and look.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.