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Reports: Indicted Congressman Expected to Plead Guilty to Tax Evasion

Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., is expected to plead guilty in court to at least one of the 20 felony counts lodged against him, local news outlets reported Monday.

Grover Norquist Will Miss Tussling With Stephen Colbert

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist fears no one in Washington. But it took him a while to figure out how to successfully mix things up with faux-conservative interviewer Stephen Colbert.

Senator: Liberia Is Safe for Travel

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., used his 4-day trip to Ebola-stricken Liberia to emphasize it is a safe place to travel — and additional investment may be needed to keep it that way.

Languid, Lax Congressional Ethics Disciplinary System May Pick Up Pace in 2015

The final flurry of activity aside, it remains undeniable that members of the outgoing Congress accomplished precious little as legislators. Less noticed, but almost as clear, is how the “do-nothing” label also may be affixed to their efforts at policing themselves.

Senator Calls on White House to Host Showing of Pulled Sony Film

One senator wants President Barack Obama to invite members of Congress to the White House for a screening of “The Interview.”

10 Races to Watch in 2016: Pennsylvania Senate

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., the former president of the conservative Club for Growth, is seeking re-election in a state that hasn’t picked a GOP nominee for president since 1988.

Six Degrees of Terri Sewell

Call her the Kevin Bacon of Congress.

How Jeb Bush Affects the Florida Senate Race

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential exploration roiled Capitol Hill last week. Back in his home state, pols also had their eye on another Sunshine State Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio, whose own presidential ambitions could kick off a pivotal open-seat race for Senate.

Have a Cuba Libre With Capitol Quip!

President Barack Obama’s new positioning toward Cuba provides this week’s Capitol Quip.

A Gold Star for Capitol Quip

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Martin Paone New Senate Liaison

The White House’s new Senate liaison is an old familiar face around the chamber, and someone who really knows how the trains run.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Farewell to the 113th Congress (Video)

Before leaving for the holidays, lawmakers paid tribute to one another, recalling “spawned” marriages while thanking their “awful” staff.

Heritage Action Staffers Migrate to House

Heritage Action for America is losing three staffers, including its top House lobbyist, to a trio of newbies in the 114th Congress.

Paul Challenges Rubio Over Obama's Cuba Plan

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky trolled Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, his potential rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, on Twitter Friday over Rubio’s opposition to President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba.

Norton on Colbert's Last Show, Chatting With Norquist and the After-Party

As a mob of guests reunited for Stephen Colbert’s final report to bid the host farewell, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., was spotted in the foreground, swaying and singing along.

The Friday Before Christmas, a Quieter House

Incoming Rep. Barry Loudermilk said he was surprised anybody at all was on Capitol Hill on Dec. 19, the last Friday before Christmas.

Obama Rattles Veto Pen but Hopes for Productive Congress

President Barack Obama said Friday he hopes to work with the new Republican Congress on tax changes, rebuilding roads and bridges and trade, but warned he’s prepared to use his veto pen — something he hasn’t done since 2010.

Officials Decry Sony Hack, Cyber Assault Against ‘The Interview’

The blowback against the “sophisticated actors” who’ve managed to muzzle the dimwitted duo at the heart of gag flick “The Interview,” has now officially swelled from general outrage to international incident.

D.C. Helps Stephen Colbert Say Goodbye

Citizens of #ThisTown were among the pop culture illuminati sending off faux conservative blowhard Stephen Colbert on the final episode of “The Colbert Report,” all to a resounding singalong of “We’ll Meet Again.”

Obama to Give Jan. 20 State of the Union (Updated)

Updated 10:41 a.m. | President Barack Obama is accepting an invitation to deliver the 2015 State of the Union on Jan. 20, according to a White House official.

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