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Harry Reid Backs Maryland Senate Candidate

In an unusual move, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has endorsed Rep. Chris Van Hollen for the newly open Senate seat in Maryland.

Menendez: 'I'm Not Going Anywhere' (Updated)

Updated 7:45 p.m. | Sen. Robert Menendez, who is likely to face federal corruption charges in the coming weeks according to multiple published reports, is gearing up for a battle with the Justice Department.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 2, 2015 (Video)

Members spent the three-day workweek trading lines over the Constitution, discussing Twinkies and playing Jeopardy! on the House floor.

Van Hollen's Exit Changes House Democratic Leadership Landscape

Ambitious House Democrats looking to position themselves as future caucus leaders thought they’d face stiff competition from Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

Congressional Softball Rivalry Resumes on June 24

It may be a frozen tundra out there right now. But things are sure to being heating up as pols and press begin training in earnest for the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Democratic Floodgates Open for Maryland House Seat

Updated 7:55 p.m. | Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s decision to run for Senate in Maryland marks the likely start of a crowded Democratic primary for Senate — and for his newly open House seat too.

Lawmakers Decry ATF's Proposed AR-15 Bullet Restrictions

An Obama administration proposal to prohibit certain bullets has been raising the ire of lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, with senators on Thursday joining calls for the executive branch to back down.

Michigan Congresswoman Won't Run for Re-Election (Updated) (Video)

Updated 6:03 p.m. | Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., the sole female House committee chairman, will not seek a ninth term, she announced Thursday.

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

As Snow Blankets Capitol, 'the Arctic Senator' Holds Court

Last year, as the U.S. prepared to assume its two-year chairmanship of the intergovernmental Arctic Council, Maine independent Angus King decided he wanted to be “the Arctic senator.”

Stuck Inside? Start Wining

According to the National Weather Service, D.C. denizens can look forward to digging out from beneath 4-8 inches of fresh powder before this latest white out fades to black late Thursday.

Senate Democrats Press McConnell to Schedule Lynch Confirmation Vote (Updated)

Updated 1:23 p.m. | Frustrated with the pace of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation process, Senate Democrats are ramping up pressure on Republicans to schedule floor consideration of the president’s pick to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Lawmakers Urge Obama to Expedite Lethal Aid for Ukraine

Eight House Republicans and three House Democrats agree on something: President Barack Obama should help Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression — and fast.

Snow Day? S’No Problem for Pols

The weather outside can get as frightful as it would like. But Mother Nature shouldn’t count on getting over on solons fully committed to spending Thursday exactly as they see fit.

What the 'Big Ten' Tells Republicans They Need in 2016

We won’t know the 2016 Republican presidential nominee for more than a year, but we already know the 10 states — the electoral “Big Ten” — that will select the next occupant of the White House.

The Maryland Democrat Who Wants to Stay Where He Is

One of these House members is not like the others. One of these members doesn’t hope to belong — in the Senate.

Shaheen Finds Her Groove in Successful DHS Funding Fight

Jeanne Shaheen didn’t have months to prepare for becoming the leading Democrat on Homeland Security spending. She didn’t get the chance to start the process at the beginning, with the president’s budget request and weeks of hearings.

How a Tea Party Favorite May Influence Mississippi Race

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, the tea party firebrand who nearly ousted a Republican senator in a primary last year, has attempted to shape the state’s upcoming 1st District special election.

Spotted: Capitol Hill Fox Says 'Hi' To Lunchtime Crowd at Rayburn

The Capitol Hill Fox is back in business.

House Looks to Get Out of Town Before Snow

With a snowstorm expected to hit the nation’s capital Thursday, the House canceled scheduled sessions, giving lawmakers — many headed to Selma, Ala., for a Saturday event to take part in the 50th anniversary of the town’s historic civil rights marches — a chance to fly out ahead of the weather.

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