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New Jersey’s Rob Andrews to Resign From Congress

Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., will resign from Congress this month to take a job with a Philadelphia law firm, a Democratic aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

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Former Capitol Hill Staffer Makes Run for D.C. Council

Nate Bennett-Fleming, a D.C. shadow representative and former Capitol Hill staffer, is now a candidate for the D.C. Council. He speaks with Roll Call at Port City Java coffee shop on Jan. 21.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 27

After a week off, Congressional Hits and Misses returns with Burger King, Lady Gaga and baseball's newest historian, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

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Candidate Interview: Milton Wolf (R) KS-SEN

The physician who is challenging Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas visited Roll Call on Monday, Jan. 27.

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Longtime California Democrat Announces Retirement

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., announced Thursday that he will not seek a 21st term in his Los Angeles-based House seat. In his statement, Waxman said it was simply his time to go.

Newest Member: Obama's Address 'Poked' Republicans With Threat to Act

In an interview with Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni, Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., said President Barack Obama's messaging on Tuesday suggested he may "go around" the Constitution in order to move his agenda forward.

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Representative Says Obama Gave Democrats a 'Lot to Work With'

Following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., told Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni that the president gave Democrats "an entire menu" of policies to work with in the House of Representatives.

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Florida Republican: Minimum Wage Hike Means Fewer Jobs

The former chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., criticized President Barack Obama's proposal for a minimum wage increase and said his 2014 State of the Union address "just didn't set the right tone" in an interview with Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni.

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Congresswoman Says Democrats, Republicans Can Find Common Ground on Economy

Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., talks with Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni following President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address.

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DNC Chairwoman Calls Obama Clear, Resolute in SOTU Address

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., praised President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address Wednesday, calling on Republicans to act on his proposals.

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Hoyer Says America 'Absolutely' Better Off Than 5 Years Ago

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., praised the work of President Barack Obama in an interview Tuesday with Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni.

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Hoyer: O’Malley Would Be ‘Excellent’ President

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Tuesday night that if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president in 2016, the Democrat would support his home state governor, Martin O’Malley.

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Senator Presses NSA Director on Warrantless Searches

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., hammered National Security Agency Director James R. Clapper Jr. on Wednesday, calling for the NSA to provide an unclassified response as to whether it conducted warrantless searches of private communications.

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The State of the Union in 3 Minutes

From focusing on the minimum wage to celebrating the Olympics to addressing the partisan divide in Congress, Roll Call condenses President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address into 190 seconds.

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Republican Field for Radel’s Seat Expected to Grow

An already brewing and nasty battle to oust an embattled Florida Republican escalated Monday when Rep. Trey Radel announced his resignation from Congress.

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Key Moments From Obama's State of the Union Addresses

Watch Roll Call's key moments from President Barack Obama's five State of the Union addresses, including criticism of the Supreme Court, hammering Wall Street banks and pushing for immigration and gun overhauls.

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Loskarn Found Dead After Apparent Suicide, Sheriff’s Office Says

Former Senate staffer Jesse Ryan Loskarn was found dead Thursday in Sykesville, Md., in an apparent suicide, according to the local sheriff’s office. Loskarn, the former chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was residing with his parents after being released into their custody following an arrest on child pornography charges. The deadline to bring an indictment against Loskarn, originally scheduled for this month, was delayed until Feb. 10. The sheriff’s office said the case remains under investigation. A source who knew Loskarn said a family friend had been reaching out with the news. News of the apparent suicide was first reported by Politico.

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Obama Asks for Congress' Help to Declassify NSA Activities

President Barack Obama called on Congress Friday to create an independent review board to monitor the National Security Agency's activities. The board would serve as an "advocate" to plead before special courts to declassify intelligence actions.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 13

Members speak Spanglish, salute landlords and remind us that calcium is in fact part of a nutritious diet in this week's Congressional Hits and Misses.

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Welcome Back, Congress

In honor of Roll Call's annual Welcome Back print edition, this video compilation looks ahead to 2014 and the second session of the 113th Congress.

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House Republican Says Judges Legalizing Same-Sex Marriages Need 'Plumbing Lessons'

During a panel discussion at The Heritage Foundation this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said judges legalizing same-sex marriages needed "plumbing lessons."

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Senator to Smoking Golden Globes Actors: 'You're Killing the Next Generation'

Senator Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., made a 10-minute speech on the floor Wednesday discussing the dangers of smoking and railing against Hollywood stars smoking e-cigarettes during the Golden Globes Sunday. Durbin said when he saw the celebrities "promoting" smoking during the televised awards ceremony he thought, "You're killing the next generation of fans."

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Boehner Calls On Obama, Senate to Act on Jobs

One day after Speaker John A. Boehner hammered President Barack Obama at the Republican Conference's weekly closed-door meeting, the Ohio Republican criticized the president's economic "Year of Action."

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Virginia’s Moran Announces Retirement From Congress

Senior appropriator and progressive stalwart James P. Moran will step down at the end of this year, making him the third House Democrat in just three days to announce his retirement. The 12-term Virginia lawmaker announced his decision in a Wednesday morning statement obtained early by CQ Roll Call.

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Tenth Democrat Announces Retirement from Congress

Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that he will retire from Congress after just two full terms. “After careful thought and consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election for the 21st Congressional District this November,” he wrote in a news release. “It has truly been a privilege to serve, and I plan on continuing to work for a brighter future for the region.”

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State Department Warns Congress Not to 'Derail' Iran Diplomacy

State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf told the press Monday that Congress "shouldn't take any steps" to exacerbate the "very delicate diplomatic situation" with Iran.

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GOP Negotiator: No Immigration Overhaul This Year

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is making a mistake pushing for an immigration overhaul this year, according to one of the House Republican Conference’s former top immigration negotiators.

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Top Pelosi Ally to Retire From House

Longtime Democratic Rep. George Miller announced he will not seek a 21st term in California’s 11th District. Miller, who was first elected to this Bay Area House seat in 1974, is a top ally to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who also represents Northern California.

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Hoyer, Cantor Spar Over Unemployment Benefits

During a scheduling update on the upcoming legislative week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Leader Steny H. Hoyer engaged in a nearly 20-minute exchange over how to tackle unemployment benefits and a budget agreement.

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D.C. Council Candidate Talks Tragic Entrance Into Politics, Corporate Finance

Ward 6 D.C. Council candidate Charles Allen sat down with CQ Roll Call on Jan. 3 to discuss his campaign and history in politics. Allen's entrance into politics was the Paul Wellstone campaign in 2002, which ended tragically when Wellstone was killed in a plane crash. Allen gives insight into his view of politics and how candidates should run their campaigns ethically.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 6

Congressional Hits and Misses starts off the new year with a bang, mixing together Dennis Rodman, New Jersey bridges and the United Nations global warming party.

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Harry Reid Professes His Love for Greg Maddux

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to congratulate the eighth winningest pitcher in Major League Baseball history, Greg Maddux, for his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and for being such a nice man.

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Harry Reid Blames Republicans for Senate Obstructionism

Following Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's speech Wednesday afternoon, Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor to counter the Kentucky Republican's claims that the Senate has changed for the worst. Reid accused the Republican leadership of obstruction and "distorting facts." Reid called the remarks a "diversion" from the GOP's "callous" and "cold-hearted" positions on current issues facing the Senate. Reid argued that he has voted for GOP amendments and has supported bipartisanship during his tenure as Majority Leader in the Senate.

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McConnell: 'The Senate Can Be Better'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Leader Harry Reid traded floor speeches on Wednesday, accusing the other of partisanship while calling for an end to obstructionism. While the Kentucky Republican criticized the “nuclear option” invoked by the Nevada Democrat in November, he emphasized he was not “point the finger of blame.”

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Who Is Mike McIntyre?

Longtime House Democrat Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina will not seek re-election in 2014, according to Democratic aides. McIntyre was one of this cycle's most vulnerable Democrats and his departure will likely allow the GOP to pick up his seat. Mitt Romney carried the 7th District by a 19-point margin in 2012, while McIntyre won re-election by a slim margin.

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Rodman Friendliness With Kim Jung Un Like Taking 'Hitler to Lunch'

Turns out members of Congress are just as irked by Dennis Rodman's "basketball diplomacy" as everyone else. Rep. Eliot L. Engel criticized the former NBA star Tuesday on the House floor, likening Rodman's trip to "taking Adolph Hitler to lunch."

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Republican Announces Bid to Succeed Frank Wolf in Virginia

State Del. Barbara Comstock announced on Tuesday that she will vie for the GOP nomination to succeed retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., in the competitive 10th District.

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McConnell Ties Jobless Benefits to Obamacare Delay

Attention President Barack Obama and the 1.3 million Americans who lost their unemployment insurance coverage Dec. 28: Senate Republicans say they will extend the federal jobless benefits program ... but only if Democrats agree to delay the health care law's individual mandate to pay for it.

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Enzi Receives High-Fives on Senate Floor

Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., received an upbeat reception on the Senate floor Monday afternoon, following news earlier in the day that Liz Cheney dropped her primary challenge in the Wyoming Senate race.

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Republican Announces Bid to Succeed Frank Wolf in Virginia -test-

State Del. Barbara Comstock announced on Tuesday that she will vie for the GOP nomination to succeed retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., in the competitive 10th District.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Dec. 16

In Roll Call's final installment of Congressional Hits and Misses before the new year, we are reminded senators can, in fact, read, translate and philosophize.

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Alex Mooney (R) WV-02

Alex Mooney, the former Maryland state senator who is running for West Virginia's open 2nd District, visited Roll Call on Wednesday, Dec. 11 as part of the candidate interview series .

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Bob Johnson (R) GA-01

Bob Johnson, a plastic surgeon and retired U.S. Army Ranger who is running for Georgia's open 1st District, visited Roll Call on Monday, Dec. 9 as part of the candidate interview series .

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Mike Collins (R) GA-10

Mike Collins, the owner of Collins Trucking who is running for Georgia's open 10th District, visited Roll Call on Dec. 4 as part of the candidate interview series .

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Dec. 9

Nothing caps off a week like mom’s cooking, empty boxes and tofu. It’s Roll Call’s third installment of Congressional Hits and Misses.

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Republicans Unite on Budget Rule, Beat Back Push on Unemployment Benefits

Plenty of Republicans might not like the budget deal, but only one of them, apparently, despises the deal enough to side against GOP leadership on the procedural votes for the bill — perhaps the last best chance for conservative members to sink the budget compromise.

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Senate All-Nighter on Tap for Nominations

It may be time once again for senators to pull out the cots. The Senate looked poised for an all-night session Wednesday to work through the process of confirming an assortment of President Barack Obama’s nominees to posts ranging from federal judgeships to the top official at the Department of Homeland Security.

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Second-Richest Member Bemoans Health Care Costs

Turns out Americans without employer-based health insurance might not be the only ones hit with higher insurance premiums.

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Hoyer Tries to Pin Cantor Down on Immigration Reform

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer on Thursday tried to get an answer from Majority Leader Eric Cantor on when Republicans would bring up an immigration overhaul.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Dec. 2

Amazon, Geico and high-school sports grace the House floor in HOH's second installment of Congressional Hits and Misses.

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