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The Five Capitol Quips of Christmas

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Rubio Threatens To Unravel Obama Cuba Deal

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., excoriated President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba and threatened to hold up efforts to confirm an ambassador and fund an embassy.

Lindsey Graham Balks at Funding U.S. Embassy in Cuba (Updated)

Updated 3:10 p.m. | The debate over President Barack Obama’s announced changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba will face a tough test at the Senate Appropriations Committee next year.

McSally Win Gives Republicans Another House Seat (Updated)

Updated 1:14 p.m. | Republican Martha McSally has officially defeated Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., after a protracted recount in the Tucson-based 2nd District reaffirmed her lead.

John Dingell Wraps It All Up in Holiday Jingle

Rep. John D. Dingell, the retiring dean of the House, jokingly reflects on a lifetime of public service and the current state of congressional affairs in his latest holiday greeting.

White House Releases Cuba Deal Fact Sheet

The White House has released a fact sheet on President Barack Obama’s sweeping new deal to open up Cuba, which has sharply split Congress.

Obama's Cuba Deal Splits Congress

President Barack Obama’s deal with Cuba, which he will announce at noon, drew praise and sharp criticism on Capitol Hill as the details started to leak out.

Democrats Close Out Majority With Wins on Nominations

“This will be the last vote of this Congress,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced shortly before 9:30 p.m.

N.H. Democrats Prep Kelly Ayotte Challenge

New Hampshire is set to play a far more pivotal role in deciding Senate control next cycle than it did in the midterms.

Heller Pledges Yucca Mountain Will Stay Dead Despite Leaving Energy Committee

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., pledged that a proposal to build a nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain would remain dead, even though he is stepping away from the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to join the Finance Committee.

Tax Extenders Vote a Bipartisan Affair

The final vote on the $41.6 billion tax extenders package was, like the cromnibus last week, a very bipartisan affair.

Durbin and Schumer Split Up

The Senate’s longstanding D.C. roommates have gone their separate ways.

Keystone XL and Energy Efficiency, Together Again?

The first energy bill of the new year could feature a bit of a role reversal.

Chaffetz Lays Out Different Direction for Oversight

If incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz made just one thing clear Tuesday, it’s this: The Oversight and Government Reform Committee is not Darrell Issa’s anymore — in fact, Issa won’t even be on the committee next year.

DHS Not Ready to Torpedo ‘The Interview’ Opening

International troublemakers Seth Rogen and James Franco may be ready to run for cover from the mystery hackers who’ve brought Sony to its horribly bruised knees, but the feds see no reason (yet) to deprive moviegoers of a few laughs on Christmas.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Hosts 25th Annual Kids’ Holiday Party

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., will once again open up the halls of Congress to the District’s disadvantaged youth on Wednesday, injecting some cheer into the holiday season by hosting her annual Capitol Hill Holiday Party.

McConnell Puts Keystone First on the Agenda (Video)

The incoming Senate majority leader is putting approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project first on his 2015 agenda.

14 Congressional Republicans Jeb Bush Helped Last Cycle

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday he is exploring a bid for president in 2016 with help from a new leadership PAC.

Dingell's Condition Improving at Washington Hospital

Retiring Rep. John D. Dingell, hospitalized last week after a hip fracture, will likely spend the holidays at George Washington University Hospital recuperating, according to a Facebook update from the congressman’s wife.

Ex-Rep. Heath Shuler Earns Dubious Football Distinction

Ex-Rep. Heath Shuler is associated with two franchises that have their public relations challenges: Congress and Washington’s NFL franchise. It’s his time as quarterback in D.C. that has earned him further ignominy, though.

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