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John McCain's Counterterrorism Contretemps

Yeah, you know, Yemen falls to the Houthis, and were talking about football.

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Democrats Plan Police Body-Camera Legislation

Two similar Democratic proposals to equip more police officers with body-worn cameras should come into better focus within days, as details emerge on a White House initiative as well as a prominent African-American lawmakers legislation in the House.

Ultraconservatives Dig In via House Freedom Caucus

GOP lawmakers who find the far-right Republican Study Committee too squishy now have a new clique to call home: the House Freedom Caucus.

DCCC Announces Final Fundraising, Debt Figures for 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will report raising more than $206 million during the 2014 cycle a record total, according to a committee aide.

Grassley to Ramp Up Oversight at Judiciary

When Loretta Lynch paid Sen. Charles E. Grassley a visit last month, the new Judiciary Committee chairman handed her a book of all the unanswered letters hes sent to the administration.

Cuba CODEL Gets Firsthand Account of Dramatic Dealings

A relationship forged on Sen. Patrick J. Leahys first visit to Cuba some 15 years ago helped the Vermont Democrat take an unexpected step in support of the White Houses efforts to bring home Alan Gross and re-establish diplomatic relations with the island nation.

HOH Word of the Week: Australian Ballot

Australian Ballot: System employed in the United States in which all ballots are marked in secret.

Conservatives Announce New Group That Could Rival RSC — Or Not (Updated)

Updated, 10:23 a.m. | Conservatives announced Monday morning the formation of a new group, the House Freedom Caucus. But with only nine members to start, its unclear what such a caucus will mean for another conservative group: the Republican Study Committee.

Reid Surgery a Crucial Moment in a Storied Career

This is one of the most pivotal weeks in Harry Reids personal life, not to mention his congressional career.

How Much Hot Air Is in This Political Football?

President Barack Obama has signaled to the 114th Congress that hes ready to play some smash-mouth political football, which along with the New England Patriots-provided #deflategate brings us to this weeks Capitol Quip.

Capitol Quip's Double SOTU Special

Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last weeks Capitol Quip contest. Heres the winning entries, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Political Aides Pounce on Whatever-gate

Seizing on an opponents latest shortcoming is the currency of the communication directors realm. But in an age when cleverly crafted GIFs or shade-throwing listicles grab more eyeballs than immediately deleted, boilerplate email blasts, it pays to have ones digital way with the news of the day.

McConnell Shows He's the Boss

The honeymoon may be over for Mitch McConnell.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 19, 2015 (Video)

Members spent a short week in Congress learning about drones, womens health and the difference between one trillion and one thousand billion.

Renee Ellmers May Face Primary Challenge

Rep. Renee Ellmers, the North Carolina Republican who led the charge to pull the House GOPs 20-week abortion ban bill this week, could have a bruising primary from the conservative wing of her party in 2016.

Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

Ohio Democrats are expecting a crowded primary to challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016, and the recent announcement by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld may have accelerated its formation.

The Art of John Boehner Clapping (Video)

During Tuesdays State of the Union address, it often wasnt about how many times Speaker John A. Boehner clapped, so much as how he clapped. HOH is here to document the many styles of the Boehner clap.

Ford Trinket Transports Mike Quigley Down Memory Road

In anticipation of the 2015 Washington Auto Show, representatives from Ford Motor Company fanned out across the Capitol to deliver commemorative models of the latest Mustang to the 150-odd members of Congress whose districts produce parts for the iconic muscle car.

Exit Interview: Matthew Leffingwell Treasures Congressional Raconteurs

Stop me if youve heard this one before: longtime House staffer calls it quits, moves on to sweet gig in the nonprofit world. Same old story, right?

Democrats Set National Convention Date for 2016

The Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016, Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Friday.

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