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Congressional Softball Rivalry Resumes on June 24

It may be a frozen tundra out there right now. But things are sure to being heating up as pols and press begin training in earnest for the seventh annual Congressional Womens Softball Game.

Democratic Floodgates Open for Maryland House Seat

Updated 7:55 p.m. | Rep. Chris Van Hollens decision to run for Senate in Maryland marks the likely start of a crowded Democratic primary for Senate and for his newly open House seat too.

Lawmakers Decry ATF's Proposed AR-15 Bullet Restrictions

An Obama administration proposal to prohibit certain bullets has been raising the ire of lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, with senators on Thursday joining calls for the executive branch to back down.

Michigan Congresswoman Won't Run for Re-Election (Updated) (Video)

Updated 6:03 p.m. | Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., the sole female House committee chairman, will not seek a ninth term, she announced Thursday.

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and were doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

As Snow Blankets Capitol, 'the Arctic Senator' Holds Court

Last year, as the U.S. prepared to assume its two-year chairmanship of the intergovernmental Arctic Council, Maine independent Angus King decided he wanted to be the Arctic senator.

Stuck Inside? Start Wining

According to the National Weather Service, D.C. denizens can look forward to digging out from beneath 4-8 inches of fresh powder before this latest white out fades to black late Thursday.

Senate Democrats Press McConnell to Schedule Lynch Confirmation Vote (Updated)

Updated 1:23 p.m. | Frustrated with the pace of Loretta Lynchs confirmation process, Senate Democrats are ramping up pressure on Republicans to schedule floor consideration of the presidents pick to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Lawmakers Urge Obama to Expedite Lethal Aid for Ukraine

Eight House Republicans and three House Democrats agree on something: President Barack Obama should help Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression and fast.

Snow Day? S’No Problem for Pols

The weather outside can get as frightful as it would like. But Mother Nature shouldnt count on getting over on solons fully committed to spending Thursday exactly as they see fit.

What the 'Big Ten' Tells Republicans They Need in 2016

We wont know the 2016 Republican presidential nominee for more than a year, but we already know the 10 states the electoral Big Ten that will select the next occupant of the White House.

The Maryland Democrat Who Wants to Stay Where He Is

One of these House members is not like the others. One of these members doesnt hope to belong in the Senate.

How a Tea Party Favorite May Influence Mississippi Race

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, the tea party firebrand who nearly ousted a Republican senator in a primary last year, has attempted to shape the states upcoming 1st District special election.

Shaheen Finds Her Groove in Successful DHS Funding Fight

Jeanne Shaheen didnt have months to prepare for becoming the leading Democrat on Homeland Security spending. She didnt get the chance to start the process at the beginning, with the presidents budget request and weeks of hearings.

Spotted: Capitol Hill Fox Says 'Hi' To Lunchtime Crowd at Rayburn

The Capitol Hill Fox is back in business.

House Looks to Get Out of Town Before Snow

With a snowstorm expected to hit the nations capital Thursday, the House canceled scheduled sessions, giving lawmakers many headed to Selma, Ala., for a Saturday event to take part in the 50th anniversary of the towns historic civil rights marches a chance to fly out ahead of the weather.

Van Hollen May Not Have Field to Himself (Updated)

Updated 5:50 p.m. | Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced Wednesday he will run for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, moving swiftly as numerous other ambitious Democrats have their eye on the race.

Snowstorm Forecast No Match for Senate, House Resources Hearings

No, the Senate hearing about the Arctic, chaired by a senator from Alaska, wont be cancelled due to a little snow.

McConnell Discourages States From Crafting Clean Power Plans

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suggesting states shouldnt act on their own to implement the Environmental Protection Agencys clean power plans.

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For Hoyer and McCarthy, the Floor Dance is Getting Tense

The veneer of civility between party leaders on the House floor is thinning.

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