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Trade Fight Galvanizing the Left

With the first round of appropriations bills and a possible budget conference report on the House floor this week, the chamber’s progressive contingent is looking farther down the road at the storm brewing over so-called Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track.”

Doug Hecox Lives to Lampoon Politicians

Perhaps the most important thing recovering Hill staffer Doug Hecox took away from his time in the legislative branch was an abiding appreciation for intentionally funny stuff.

HOH Word of the Week: Optics

“Optics: How voters and the media perceive something. In politics, it often is an event, phrase, or policy that is pushed front and center because of the belief that it will help win the politician more votes.”

Tester's DSCC Pursues Same Strategy That Nearly Nixed Him in 2006

If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn’t be in the Senate today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gowdy Invites Clinton to Capitol Hill for Public Hearings

Ex-first lady, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton could be swinging by Capitol Hill before too long — but not to glad-hand with congressional Democrats, at least not exclusively.

Freshman's Campaign Issue Gets D.C. Attention

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally’s top local campaign issue will get legislative play on Capitol Hill, just a few months into the vulnerable Republican’s first term in Congress.

Making Your Own Fun on White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend

It’s time once again for worlds to collide — that extra special lost weekend during which visiting celebs and local reporters kick POTUS to the curb and get hammered together for days on end: the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Trade Deal: Boehner, Pelosi Both Put Onus on Other Side (Video)

House leaders of both parties said Thursday they’re hopeful Congress could pass legislation giving President Barack Obama authority to negotiate his long-sought Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Adventures in Babysitting With Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

On Thursday, Take Your Child To Work Day became “Rep. Gerald E. Connolly Will Take Your Baby And Only Return It Upon Request” Day.

Durbin Claims He Has Votes to Remain Whip

Sen. Richard J. Durbin says he has the votes to remain Democratic whip two years from now — although senators asked by CQ Roll Call are loath to publicly declare their support and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington has yet to rule out a run.

Brown Praises GOP's Newfound Love for Obama

“I just think it’s a new day for our country,” Sen. Sherrod Brown deadpanned Thursday to a room full of reporters gathered to hear him and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., discuss their reservations with trade promotion authority legislation cruising toward the Senate floor.

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