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Jim Webb's 1979 Thoughts on Violence, Women and Sexuality

Former Sen. Jim Webb says he’s changed his mind about his feelings on women in combat. The Virginia Democrat and 2016 presidential candidate spelled out his objections in a 1979 Washingtonian piece that is bracing in its argument that women in combat roles would have dire effects on the military’s viability.

'Moneyball' for the Power Grid: Reid Says Metrics Key

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid kicked off his annual clean energy summit Monday in Las Vegas by comparing utility companies that undervalue renewable power to an ill-managed baseball team.

Missing the Boat on the Big Political News

On Aug. 21, I did something — twice — that I rarely do. I tweeted. But it wasn’t about Donald Trump’s poll numbers or Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails. It was about the stock market’s plunge.

Why Harry Reid Needed to Announce Iran Deal Support When He Did

When Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Sunday he would support the international nuclear agreement with Iran and work to ensure it survives a GOP-led disapproval effort, the Nevada Democrat avoided what could have been an awkward Monday.

Ratings Changes in Two Governors' Races

Gubernatorial races don’t get a lot of coverage in the nation’s capital, but based on the field of presidential contenders, the chief executive of each state can be a consequential figure.

How Elijah Cummings Could Shake Up Maryland's Senate Race

Updated: 5:50 p.m. | After months of flirting with the notion of running for Maryland’s open Senate seat, it seems that Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings might be ready to take it for a first date.

For Rand Paul, a Kentucky Caucus Is a Major Victory

Kentucky Republicans voted Saturday to approve a presidential caucus – a major victory for Sen. Rand Paul that will allow him to continue his quest for the Republican presidential nomination and run for re-election to the Senate next year.

Despite Side Deal Report, Support Lines Up for Iran Deal (Updated)

Updated 4:49 p.m. | Despite revelations this week of a previously undisclosed side deal, despite face-to-face entreaties from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and despite nonstop criticism from Republicans, the Iran nuclear deal continues to pick up steam in Congress.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Steny Hoyer (Video)

Heard on the Hill continues its August recess “best of-a-thon” with a tribute to House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, who shows off his insults, his credit card and his resemblance to Mick Jagger.

Obamacare Repeal Effort Could Wait Until Next Year

The No. 3 Senate Republican hinted there may be no effort to use fast-track budget procedures to get an Obamacare repeal to the president’s desk this year.

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: Dinner and a Groove-y

What better way to cap off a full day of eating and drinking than by feasting on Caribbean cuisine and salsa dancing the night away?

Crist, Culver Contemplate Humbling Transition to the House

It’s not easy to transition from governor to become one of 100 senators. But former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver are contemplating something even more humbling — jumping from chief executive to become one of 435 in the House.

Some in Kentucky Wary of Rand Paul's Senate Insurance Plan

While Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has been campaigning for the Republican nomination for president, his supporters back home have been quietly wrangling the state party to get him an expensive insurance package that could possibly let him fall back on his seat if his upward ambitions are not successful.

Senator Warns Defense Secretary of Blockade Over Gitmo

Congress is gearing up for another fight over relocating detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that has Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter making calls.

What Ted Cruz Thinks About Manned Spaceflight

When Sen. Ted Cruz took questions at a campaign town hall in Huntsville, Ala., on his bus tour of SEC country last week, a boy scout from the area raised his hand. But the Texas Republican called for the last question before his staff could get the presidential candidate’s attention.

Immigration Could Get Push From Pope Francis

Many advocates for revamping immigration laws have tried to coax Congress into action over the years, but a particularly powerful one will be arriving next month: Pope Francis.

Office Space: Jeff Landry's Louisiana Lair (Video)

Then-Rep. Jeff Landry gave a tour of his congressional office in 2011 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: A Spirited Afternoon in Ivy City

Assuming you’ve already gotten some tasty food in your belly and are ready to tackle Saturday proper the next logical question is “What’s for lunch?”

Jimmy Carter Talks Brain Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

Former President Jimmy Carter said he’s at ease despite having cancer in four parts of his brain and his expectation that additional cancers will show up in his body.

Congress' Squishy Financial Disclosure Deadline

A week after Congress’ Aug. 13 deadline for members filing financial disclosures — a deadline already extended 90 days from May 15 — there are still almost a dozen members who have not turned in their forms.

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