April 26, 2015

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Signs of Life, but Don't Expect Bipartisan Bloom

If there was ever a sound reason for a congressional leader from one party to plant a kiss on the cheek of a leader from the other side, it was in the Rose Garden last week.

Running Out of Gas Tax | Capitol Quip

Cars have become more fuel-efficient, people are driving less, and the gas tax, which has not been raised since 1993, just doesn’t generate enough horsepower to tow the Highway Trust Fund out of the breakdown lane. As America looks to Congress for emergency roadside assistance, we look to this week’s Capitol Quip.

In the Trenches with Chris Johnson: WHCD Edition

With all the haters throwing shade at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, HOH couldn’t help but wonder whether any of our fellow reporting brethren still get anything (other than a vicious hangover) out of the booze-soaked weekend.

In Comcast's Failed Merger, a Victory for Al Franken

Lawmakers use congressional hearings and letters to wield influence over corporate mergers - and that was  certainly the case with Sen. Al Franken and the now-failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal.

The Winning Gyroquip Has Landed | Capitol Quip

Congratulations to this week’s winner and thanks to the readers who contributed captions to our Capitol Quip contest.

Republican Wins Money Race in New York Special

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan walloped his Democratic opponent in fundraising for the special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 20, 2015 (Video)

As Nancy Pelosi and John A. Boehner smooched, members spent the remainder of the workweek protecting turtle passwords, choking up over Sam Houston and threatening to drop activists’ asses.

100 Years Later, Time to Recognize the Armenian Genocide | Commentary

By Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Robert J. Dold

Iran Bill Supporters Seek to Avoid Contentious Amendments

Supporters of the Senate’s Iran legislation know they have to do a delicate dance on the floor.

Return of the Reformicons | Pennsylvania Avenue

Last year, a group of mainly young conservative intellectuals made a splash with a document titled “Room to Grow,” attempting to outline policies that would address the problems, anxieties and worries of the middle class. The so-called Reform Conservative Movement — “Reformicons” for short—got favorable attention from The New York Times Magazine for its attempt to make the Republican Party “the party of ideas.”

WHCD Comes to Capitol Hill

Members of the Creative Coalition in town for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner Friday are expected to pop by a few congressional offices for some face time.

Celebrities Schooled in D.C. Statehood on Capitol Hill

Celebrities walked the halls of the Capitol Friday to advocate for funding for arts in education, but they also received a lesson themselves: in District of Columbia statehood.

Prayer Warriors Want WHCD Refocused on Community Service

Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman Friday plans to put the screws to all the revelers floating around #ThisTown for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner by publicly petitioning President Barack Obama to prod the host journalists and visiting celebrities to pursue more worthwhile causes.

Medical Billing System Rollout Date Is Elusive

The American Hospital Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans have pushed to stick with the current plan for implementing the ICD-10 billing system. Many organizations began working toward the conversion of codes years ago. An initial target date for ICD-10 was October 2011, which was then pushed to October 2013. The date was delayed to October 2014, which was most recently kicked to October 2015.

Cochran Staffer Confesses to Sex-for-Drugs Scheme, Feds Say

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations raided the Northwest Washington home of a Senate staffer at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning, in a drug bust prompted by Customs and Border Protection officers in Ohio, who intercepted a 1.1-kilogram package of gamma-Butyrolactone, or GBL, bound for D.C.

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