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Russ Feingold Hints at Senate Bid in Final State Department Speech

Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., hinted at a possible comeback bid in his final speech as an U.S. envoy to Africa for the State Department.

Oscar-Winning Portrayals About Legislative Impasse

Theres always at least of whiff of politics at the Oscars, but the speeches this year touched on as many different hot-button issues in Congress as ever.

Native Son Bidding for a Sweet Return to Montgomery | Life After Congress

MONTGOMERY, Ala. Perhaps its fitting that an African-American man who addressed the 2008 Democratic National Convention in support of Barack Obama and the 2012 Republican National Convention against Barack Obama is running in a nonpartisan race here against a man named Strange.

Why This Member Has Rubber Ducks on His Desk

Like most members, Rep. Eric Swalwell has put personal touches on his Capitol Hill office.

California's Outsider-Turned-Insider Tasked With Youth Outreach

Rep. Eric Swalwell got to Washington three years ago by taking on the establishment: Instead of waiting for Pete Stark, who was 80 at the time, to retire, Swalwell went after the 20-term Democratic incumbent.

McConnell Offers Plan to Break DHS Logjam

Updated 7 p.m. | Just days from a shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has begun to pivot toward a new strategy to separate funding for the Department of Homeland Security from the GOPs plan to roll back President Barack Obamas immigration actions.

Pols, Chefs Primed to Fete Military Families

A group of bipartisan lawmakers is expected to join a cadre of local chefs and administration officials Tuesday in showing their support for civic groups and community leaders devoted to assisting military families any which way they can.

Hotels Move to Make 911 Dialing Easier for Guests

Republicans often push voluntary programs to avert the need for new regulations, with mixed success. In the case of Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pais campaign to get hotels to allow direct 911 calls from their rooms, so far so good.

FCC Calls for Greater Accuracy in 911 Call Locations

Although 7 out of 10 emergency calls are made from cellphones, the location data sent to help 911 responders go to the right place is notoriously inaccurate. In response to an outcry from members of Congress, the Federal Communications Commission is trying to fix the problem. But its going to be a slow process.

Newseum Books John Lewis for More ‘March’ Talk

Freedom Rider turned graphic novelist Rep. John Lewis is scheduled to engage Newseum supporters Wednesday in an intimate discussion about the continuing saga of his illustrated memoir, March: Book Two.

Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton Face Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016

While the economy is a decisive topic in many presidential elections, national security looks increasingly likely to become a top issue in next years contest. And if that happens, it could dramatically affect both the direction of the race for the Republican nomination and the partys prospects in November.

Congressional Grump Blamed for Nixing Hillside Sledding

Updated: 5:30 p.m. | Capitol Police dashed the weekend fun being had by neighborhood youngsters because one congressional leader appears to be a stickler for decorum.

CBC Chairman: 'Black America Is in a State of Emergency'

The Congressional Black Caucus is still getting up and running for the 114th Congress it announced its staff Monday but its new chairman sees an urgency for an organization that has long been known to represent the interests of minorities and the poor.

Warren Joining Obama for Retirement Security Push

President Barack Obama will be making a public push to strengthen the regulation of financial advisers who provide advice about saving for retirement.

New Congressional Black Caucus Staffers Announced

With the 114th Congress already heading into its seventh week of action, the Congressional Black Caucus announced its new staff, filling out its four-person shop with three new hires and one holdover from the 113th.

HOH Word of the Week: Junketeer

Junketeer. Member of Congress given to travel outside of his or her district. All too often, the junketeer is more than willing to give up precious winter days in Washington, D.C., to discuss Atlantic-Pacific relations under the hot Hawaiian sun or to address the issue of Caribbean cooperation at poolside in Montego Bay.

UFO Activist to Capitol Hill: ‘Beam Me Up!’

Stephen Bassett, executive director of Paradigm Research Group and founder of the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC), has devoted the past 18 years to overcoming the truth embargo about government involvement in alien affairs.

Why a Fired Fire Chief Got on Capitol Hill's Radar

The firing of Atlantas fire chief has already become a flashpoint in the debate over how to balance the religious beliefs of public officials against the civil rights of their constituents. Now the argument has spread to the Capitol prompting questions about proper congressional roles in local controversies, especially when statewide electoral and legislative consequences lie just below the surface.

Senate Democrats Show Limits of GOP Spending Strategy

When Republican leaders seized control of the Senate, they quickly targeted must-pass appropriations bills not shutdown showdowns as their best tool for reining in the Obama White House.

Oil Producers Plan for Open Crude Exports by 2020

Industry representatives and key lawmakers plan market studies, polls of Americans views and incremental moves on exports to sway public opinion in favor of allowing crude oil exports.

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