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DCCC Announces Final Fundraising, Debt Figures for 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will report raising more than $206 million during the 2014 cycle — a record total, according to a committee aide.

Grassley to Ramp Up Oversight at Judiciary

When Loretta Lynch paid Sen. Charles E. Grassley a visit last month, the new Judiciary Committee chairman handed her a book — of all the unanswered letters he’s sent to the administration.

Conservatives Announce New Group That Could Rival RSC — Or Not (Updated)

Updated, 10:23 a.m. | Conservatives announced Monday morning the formation of a new group, the House Freedom Caucus. But with only nine members to start, it’s unclear what such a caucus will mean for another conservative group: the Republican Study Committee.

HOH Word of the Week: Australian Ballot

“Australian Ballot: System employed in the United States in which all ballots are marked in secret.”

Cuba CODEL Gets Firsthand Account of Dramatic Dealings

A relationship forged on Sen. Patrick J. Leahy’s first visit to Cuba some 15 years ago helped the Vermont Democrat take an unexpected step in support of the White House’s efforts to bring home Alan Gross and re-establish diplomatic relations with the island nation.

Reid Surgery a Crucial Moment in a Storied Career

This is one of the most pivotal weeks in Harry Reid’s personal life, not to mention his congressional career.

How Much Hot Air Is in This Political Football?

President Barack Obama has signaled to the 114th Congress that he’s ready to play some smash-mouth political football, which — along with the New England Patriots-provided #deflategate — brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Capitol Quip's Double SOTU Special

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entries, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Political Aides Pounce on Whatever-gate

Seizing on an opponent’s latest shortcoming is the currency of the communication director’s realm. But in an age when cleverly crafted GIFs or shade-throwing listicles grab more eyeballs than immediately deleted, boilerplate email blasts, it pays to have one’s digital way with the news of the day.

McConnell Shows He's the Boss

The honeymoon may be over for Mitch McConnell.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 19, 2015 (Video)

Members spent a short week in Congress learning about drones, women’s health and the difference between one trillion and one thousand billion.

Renee Ellmers May Face Primary Challenge

Rep. Renee Ellmers, the North Carolina Republican who led the charge to pull the House GOP’s 20-week abortion ban bill this week, could have a bruising primary from the conservative wing of her party in 2016.

Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

Ohio Democrats are expecting a crowded primary to challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016, and the recent announcement by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld may have accelerated its formation.

The Art of John Boehner Clapping (Video)

During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, it often wasn’t about how many times Speaker John A. Boehner clapped, so much as how he clapped. HOH is here to document the many styles of the Boehner clap.

Ford Trinket Transports Mike Quigley Down Memory Road

In anticipation of the 2015 Washington Auto Show, representatives from Ford Motor Company fanned out across the Capitol to deliver commemorative models of the latest Mustang to the 150-odd members of Congress whose districts produce parts for the iconic muscle car.

Exit Interview: Matthew Leffingwell Treasures Congressional Raconteurs

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: longtime House staffer calls it quits, moves on to sweet gig in the nonprofit world. Same old story, right?

Democrats Set National Convention Date for 2016

The Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016, Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Friday.

First Race Ratings for Gubernatorial Contests Revealed

With a wide-open race for the White House and the Senate majority in play in 2016, it can be hard to make the case to donors that gubernatorial races belong in the conversation.

Exclusive: NRSC Announces 3 Vice Chairmen

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will name Sens. Dean Heller, Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton as its vice chairmen for the 2016 cycle, according to a news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Democrats Could Face Primary Mess in Illinois Senate Race

Democrats are driving toward a primary collision course in Illinois, where the party could endure a multimillion-dollar slugfest in a race essential to capturing Senate control in 2016.

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