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Rand Paul Takes Aim at D.C. Gun Laws

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is once again drawing the ire of the District of Columbia’s congresswoman by taking aim at D.C.’s gun laws.

The Winning Honeymooners Caption | Capitol Quip

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

GOP Hindu-American Political Arm Emerges for 2016 Elections

Indian-Americans make up one of the of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population and generally lean Democratic. But Shalabh ‘Shalli’ Kumar – a wealthy Chicago businessman who immigrated from India nearly 50 years ago – is hoping to change that.

Why Mike Lee Won't Do Hallway Interviews

Sen. Mike Lee is no longer taking hallway interviews.

The Planned Parenthood Controversy Mirrored in 'Scandal'

The controversy over Planned Parenthood may have cooled down in Congress, but that didn’t stop the issue from heating up Thursday night on ABC’s hit show “Scandal.”

Vitter's Future on the Line as Louisiana Votes for Governor

As Louisiana voted Saturday in the runoff election for governor, Sen. David Vitter flooded the three-parish New Orleans metro area with robocalls striking a contrite tone: “I humbly ask for your vote.”

Gyrocopter Pilot Pleads Guilty, Hopes to Return to D.C.

The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol grounds pleaded guilty to a felony Friday, and is hoping to avoid jail time and return to the District of Columbia for a campaign finance overhaul rally before his sentencing.

In the House, Personal Debates on Refugees

The House debate on refugees and national security this week took a turn for the personal and for good reason: Several members are refugees or the children of refugees, have family ties to the Middle East or were imprisoned in U.S. internment camps on the basis of their ethnicity.

Former Aides to Ron and Rand Paul Re-Indicted

A trio of former aides to former Rep. Rand Paul, R-Texas, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are not out of the woods yet on criminal charges related to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.

NRCC Posts Strong October Fundraising After Boehner Steps Down

Despite initial concerns that former Speaker John A. Boehner’s departure would affect fundraising, the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $5.1 million in the first month after he announced his retirement.

Imperfect Candidates Get Elected

Updated: 12:50 p.m. | Every day there’s a new story exposing a candidate or a politician, and each misstep is portrayed as a disqualifier — a mistake that will lead to the candidate’s demise. It can be easy to forget that imperfect people get elected to office.

Obama: No Cigs At White House in 5 Years

President Barack Obama has acknowledged enjoying cigarettes at the White House, but says he stopped lighting up there in 2010.

Obama Administration Files Appeal in Immigration Case

The government on Friday asked the Supreme Court to lift an injunction that has blocked President Barack Obama's executive actions affecting millions of undocumented immigrants.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Nov. 16, 2015

Lawmakers prepped for their Thanksgiving recess by winking, saluting R. Kelly and “popping off.”

Domestic Surveillance Re-Emerges in Senate, on the Trail

A debate over domestic surveillance that appeared resolved months ago is getting new life in the Senate — and on the 2016 presidential trail.

Democrats Want More From Obama on Islamic State

Democrats on both sides of the Capitol want President Barack Obama to get tougher on the Islamic State, in both words and deeds.

White House Loses Votes to GOP on Syrian Refugee Bill

House Democratic leadership braced Thursday for at least 60 defections on the Republican bill to strengthen the vetting of Syrian refugees seeking resettlement in the United States.

Bipartisan Plan for Visa Changes Faces Business Backlash

Efforts to curb a visa-waiver program in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks may win bipartisan support in Congress but already are stirring backlash from industries that thrive on foreign visitors.

Ethics Committee Defers to DOJ on Pittenger Probe

Updated 5:43 p.m. | The House Ethics Committee voted Wednesday to establish an investigative subcommittee to look into allegations that Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., “received compensation for his involvement with a fiduciary business, a real estate investment firm known as Pittenger Land Investments, Inc.” But, at the request of the Justice Department, the committee has recommended the subcommittee defer its investigation.

Democrats Slam White House Messaging On Refugee Bill

In 24 hours, House Democrats have gone from opposing the GOP proposal to tighten the United States’ screening of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to supporting the bill in large numbers.




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