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Tom Harkin's Reflecting, but Trying Not to Stare

At the end of an extended interview in his Senate office, Tom Harkin called out into the hallway, having neglected to show off a prized possession — his father’s Works Progress Administration card.

Too Cool? Boehner's Thanksgiving Technique Falls Short of USDA Recommendation

Speaker John A. Boehner has helpfully shared his favorite recipe for Thanksgiving turkey brine. Interestingly, the Ohio Republican says in his YouTube video that he cooks his “bird to about 160, max.”

Thanksgiving Shouldn't Be About Wal-Mart, Says Florida Congressman

Ah, Thanksgiving: football, parades, turkey and stuffing, Rep. Alan Grayson going after Wal-Mart.

Illinoisans Invited to Toast Statehood Day

The Illinois State Society is throwing down Dec. 3 in the Capitol Visitor Center for Illinois Statehood Day. And any Land of Lincolners looking to get their Prairie State on are welcome to partake.

Congressional Hits and Misses: 2014 Thanksgiving Edition (Video)

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Heard on the Hill takes a look at the times lawmakers simply could not get food off their minds.

How to Handle a Broken Campaign Promise

Broken campaign promises complicate a politician’s re-election effort, but they don’t have to be fatal.

Relive the Horror of the Midterm Emailing Blitz

The political watchdogs over at Represent.us are pitting the greatest misses from this year’s avalanche of hyper-panicky, completely tone deaf, patently absurd fundraising pleas in a last ditch effort to duly recognize the all-stars of public relations suckdom.

Obama on Immigration: 'I Just Took an Action to Change the Law'

President Barack Obama’s big immigration speech in Chicago Tuesday included a stunning aside as he talked down hecklers upset at his deportation record.

Immigration Bill Killer Needs a New Home

A House Republican aide who fancies himself the straw that in 2013 broke a bipartisan immigration proposal’s back is hoping one of the conservatives coming to Congress next January could use a little help from a procedural wiz.

Obama Would Veto Corporate Tax Cut Bill (Updated)

Updated 5:37 p.m. | President Barack Obama would veto an emerging $450 billion tax cut deal coming together in the Senate because it doesn’t do enough for the middle class, according to the White House.

Don't Count on Democrats to Help Pass GOP 'Cromnibus,' Says Pelosi

House Republican leaders and incoming Budget Chairman Tom Price of Georgia are floating a plan to fund immigration-related activities separately from an all-encompassing government spending bill — and for a shorter length of time.

After Ferguson Riots, Durbin Calls Hearing on Civil Rights

In the wake of renewed rioting in Ferguson, Mo., Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., announced Tuesday that he intends to hold a hearing on the state of civil and human rights in the United States.

Price Pushes Plan to Separate Immigration Funding From Omnibus

House GOP leaders are likely to float a proposal in their conference next week to fund most government agencies through September 2015, while providing a shorter-term stopgap component for immigration-related programs and initiatives.

Congressional Black Caucus Members React to Decision in Ferguson

Just as America seems divided on the death of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., members of the Congressional Black Caucus are showing their own divisions over the racially charged incident that has prompted many in Congress to wonder how they should respond.

Schumer: Health Care Distracted Democrats From the Middle Class

Sen. Charles E. Schumer says Democrats need to have a realistic agenda for demonstrating the importance of government to middle class voters, citing a rather unlikely subject as detracting from that message: health care.

The Anti-Cantor: Dave Brat on Bringing Rationality to Washington

It’s 7:49 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 — the first day of Congress’ Thanksgiving recess — and Dave Brat is 11 minutes early.

Capitol Hill Cop Spices Things Up as ‘Three Sheets Chef’

Capitol Police Officer Terry Heffernan told HOH he caught the acting bug while in college.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Fires Head of Phoenix System Sharon Helman

The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System.

Boehner Reappoints Gowdy to Head Benghazi Panel

Speaker John A. Boehner announced Monday he will reappoint Rep. Trey Gowdy as chairman of the Select Committee on the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya in the 114th Congress.

Ted Cruz Floats Joe Lieberman for Defense Secretary

Sen. Ted Cruz has an idea for a new Defense secretary that the incoming Senate Armed Services chairman would love.

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