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Capitol Jewish Forum Welcomes All to Pre-Hanukkah Soiree

Homeward-bound members and congressional staff can get a jump on holiday festivities Thursday by ducking into the Senates Mike Mansfield Room for a taste of Jewish food, fun and fraternity.

Club for Growth President Steps Down

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, a former Indiana congressman, announced his retirement Thursday from the conservative outside group that often serves as a thorn in the side of Republican leadership.

Congress' Closing Chaos, as Viewed in the Senate Subway

For a sense of what this climactic week for the 113th Congress feels like, a well-timed visit to the Capitols main subway platform will do the trick.

McConnell Chief Sharon Soderstrom Wields Influence Behind the Scenes

In her first stint in a majority leaders office, Sharon Soderstrom, chief of staff to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, used to sit quietly in the back of the chamber watching the floor.

Ohio Democrat Pushes Healthy Eating as Fiscal Issue

Rep. Tim Ryans ideal world would contain children snacking on salad at the school lunch table, local farmers supplying organic fruit to universities and community gardens replacing even the most dilapidated urban centers.

'Cromnibus' Strains GOP Principles on Open Process

As the House prepares to pass a trillion dollar, 1,603-page cromnibus Thursday, at least one criticism can be applied to both Republicans and Democrats when the bill comes to a vote: few lawmakers if any will have read the entire thing.

Steve Cohen Details Daytrip With POTUS

Unlike those who tried to distance themselves from President Barack Obama ahead of last months power-shifting elections, HOH social media Hall of Famer Steve Cohen wants everyone to know how much he loves hanging with the commander in chief.

Reporters' Parsing Prompts Michael Steel 'Meltdown'

The winding down of the legislative clock has everyone in the Capitol on edge particularly partisan mouthpieces who feel the boss is being unduly grilled about end-of-session escape plans.

GOP to Bring Up Bill Blocking Obama Immigration Action — Next Year

While it may be little consolation to conservatives, House Republicans announced their intention Wednesday to vote on an amendment in January, when the new Congress is sworn in that would block the presidents executive action on immigration.

Leahy: 'Kind of Petty' Not to Fund Emeritus Office in 'Cromnibus'

Not since the electoral defeat of Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens departed has the Senate had a president pro tempore emeritus.

Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on 'Cromnibus'

One of the Senates leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

Commercial Space Industry Regroups After Accidents

Two accidents in the commercial space industry this year an unmanned rocket that exploded shortly after launch in the fall and an experimental suborbital craft that broke apart during flight shortly after are almost sure to come up the next time a congressional committee discusses the private spacecraft market. But, experts say the incidents wont have much of an effect on the sectors increasing expansion.

Vote for Your Favorite Capitol Christmas Capitol Quip!

The five finalists for this weeks caption contest are ready for your votes.

Senate Report Tests U.S. State-Secrets Defense

The Senates report on CIA interrogation practices is poised to become a new weapon in legal proceedings for former and current detainees, both in the United States and foreign courts.

GOP: Staffers Should Use Obamacare

All Senate GOP staffers should get their health benefits through District of Columbias Obamacare exchange and not use a special carveout for committee and leadership staff, a resolution adopted by the Senate Republican Conference Wednesday said.

Democrats' Discontent on 'Cromnibus' Bubbles to Surface

As House Republican leaders try to shore up support for the cromnibus on their side of the aisle, its becoming less of a sure bet that House Democrats can be relied upon to make up for the shortfall if need be.

Indigo Blurs Lines Between Carry-Out and Community Hub

Its been just more than a year since Indigo co-founders Dinesh and Nidhi Tandon formally established their brick-and-mortar neighborhood restaurant. But the writing on the wall (literally) suggests they have already firmly cemented their place among Indian dining enthusiasts.

Indigo Skirts Major Flare Up

An early Wednesday morning scare could have sent Indigo founder Dinesh Tandons hospitality dreams up in smoke. Luckily, things were brought under control before the budding restaurateur was forced to switch careers.

Watch: Select Committee on Benghazi Holds Second Hearing

The House Select Committee on Benghazi holds its second hearing, titled Reviewing Efforts to Secure U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel.

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