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David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Congressional Factions

This week on the whiteboard, Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings breaks down Congress’ many political factions.

Supreme Court Allows Virginia Redistricting to Stand in 2016

Virginia’s 2016 congressional elections in November can move ahead using a judge-selected redistricting plan put in place last month despite a pending Supreme Court challenge, under a Supreme Court order Monday.

McCain Pays Off a Bet

With Wednesday Deadline Looming, Cummings Hasn't Filed for Office in Maryland

Updated: 5:52 p.m. | If you were browsing the Maryland Board of Elections website midday on Monday, you might have thought you’d stumbled upon some news.

Akon Discusses Electricity in Africa at the Chamber

Musician Akon visited the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday to promote renewable energy in Africa.

Sanders Leads Iowa Facebook Conversation

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., was the top presidential candidate discussed in Iowa on Facebook on Monday. On Iowa Caucus Day, the social media site measured users’ conversations from midnight to noon on Feb. 1.

Tennessee's Stephen Fincher Won't Run in 2016

Updated 5:12 p.m. Tennessee Republican Stephen Fincher announced Monday that he would not seek a fourth U.S. House term.

McCarthy: Iowa Isn't the Barometer

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dodged questions about presidential candidates during a sit-down with reporters Monday, but he did offer his thoughts on what the results of the Iowa caucuses will mean: Not much.

Obama, Ryan to Lunch Tuesday at White House

The White House expects President Barack Obama and the Republican House and Senate leaders on Tuesday to discuss issues ranging from taxes to criminal justice to national security.

Quiz: How Many Past Iowa Caucus Winners Can You Name?

Iowans head to their caucus sites Monday evening while the rest of the country — and world — has nothing to do but await the results. While you do that, test your knowledge of Iowa races past.

Ribble Retirement Creates Vulnerable GOP Open Seat

Three-term Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble’s retirement leaves Republicans with yet another competitive open seat to defend.

Potential Field for Reid Ribble's Wisconsin Seat Grows

Three-term Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble’s weekend announcement that he won’t seek a fourth term has set off a potentially crowded race to replace him in what’s now a Favored Republican district.

Rand Paul Doubles Down on Wonky

WAUKEE, Iowa — Sen. Rand Paul has employed a close-to-the-bone strategy for the Iowa caucuses, relying on the enthusiasm of student volunteers to get out the vote and, down to the wire, going all in on wonky policy to make his case.

Watch Bernie Sanders and Vampire Weekend Sing an Old Subversive Folk Song

Sen. Bernard Sanders’ (I-VT) last rally before the Iowa caucus was a giant concert. Underscoring his significant lead among younger voters, Sanders was supported by members of several popular rock acts in Iowa City on Saturday, including Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors and Foster The People.

DSCC Raised More in 2015 Than Senate Republican Group

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $51.6 million in 2015, $10 million more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee did in the same time period.

Fat Tuesday, Polish-Style

Look out for Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., carrying pastries through the Capitol on Tuesday. Paczki Day is a Mardi Gras tradition, also known as Fat Tuesday, for Polish Lent celebrators.

Stacey Abrams: Pragmatic Democrat in a Red State

Stacey Abrams is a proud ex-bureaucrat who also loves the novel “Atlas Shrugged”; she works with Republicans but sometimes frustrates her Democratic colleagues; she grew up on food stamps and co-founded a beverage company for children; she has worked as a tax attorney and written several romantic suspense novels on the side.

Capitol's Top Cop to Stay a Little Longer

Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine will stay in his post as the Hill’s top cop for at least another month while the board overseeing the department begins interviewing candidates Monday for his replacement.

Revenge of the Old Fogies

While the decision makers at news organizations from the Public Broadcasting System to CNN and the three major networks scramble to appeal to younger viewers, often by skewing younger with their hosts and commentators, Republican and Democratic voters in Iowa and nationally have embraced a remarkably “mature” handful of top tier candidates.

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