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The Bill Young Saga: Harry Glenn’s Timeline

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young produced a melee among his family, staffers and others entrusted with the Florida Republican’s legacy. Longtime Young Chief of Staff Harry Glenn has found himself in the middle of some of these fights, and he provided CQ Roll Call with his own timeline surrounding the events in question.

Who’ll Steal the Show at SOTU?

The thing about the State of the Union address is, even though the American people are supposed to hang on to every word that drops from President Barack Obama’s lips, there’ll be 534 other highly opinionated people around that night who would also like to have their say.

James K. Polk: He Might Be a Giant

The list of things President Harry S. Truman, presidential architect Karl Rove and alt-rock band They Might Be Giants have in common is probably a short one. But all three agree on one thing: James K. Polk.

State of the Union: Why Members Keep Showing Up

This year there are more defensible rationales than ever for members of Congress to miss the State of the Union address. But there doesn’t seem to be any groundswell of absenteeism in the works.

The Bill Young Saga: Items the Family Has Yet to Recoup

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young set off a fight for custody of some of the Florida Republican’s personal effects. While many items have been returned to the Young family, some memorabilia is still not accounted for and in the family’s possession.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 12, 2015 (Video)

Even with party retreats this week, members still found time to recognize children born outside of marriage, debate NFL rules and bake cookies in the House chamber.

Tammy Duckworth: I'm 'Taking a Real Serious Look' at Senate Run

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a two-term Democrat, told CQ Roll Call Monday that she is seriously considering challenging vulnerable Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., in 2016.

Obama, GOP Clash Ahead of SOTU

A revitalized President Barack Obama and newly empowered Republican leaders are heading into Tuesday’s State of the Union address on a collision course.

Former Rep. Frank Wolf Will Lead Baylor University's Efforts on Capitol Hill

After nearly 35 years representing Northern Virginia in Congress, former Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf plans to lead Baylor University’s efforts on Capitol Hill.

HOH Words of the Week: 'Let Me Be Clear'

“Let me be clear”: A frequent expression of exasperation from a politician who believes he or she isn’t making a fully understood argument. It’s the rhetorical heir to Richard Nixon’s famous “Let me make one thing perfectly clear.”

GOPAC Announces 2015 Advisory Board

GOPAC, an organization that grooms Republican state lawmakers to run for higher office, will announce its 2015 Legislative Leaders Advisory Board Monday, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Joke, Flatter, Dig In: Handling Post-Shellacking SOTUs

If President Barack Obama is looking to break the ice at Tuesday’s State of the Union, he could do worse than quote Harry S. Truman, who in 1947, just a few months after his party lost its majorities in the House and Senate, told the assembled Congress: “It looks like a good many of you have moved over to the left since I was last here!”

Obama Would End Death Tax Break for Wealthy to Fund Middle Class Tax Breaks, Programs

President Barack Obama’s sweeping new tax proposal, detailed by senior administration officials Saturday, takes aim at the less-well-known death tax break.

Double Down on These SOTU Capitol Quips

Have you ever wanted to play speechwriter for the State of the Union?

White House's New Bonds Seek to Attract Private Investment

The White House’s effort to promote public-private partnerships for infrastructure is the latest effort to tap the private sector for funds in an era of tight fiscal constraints. The outcome, if successful, could raise billions of dollars for investment in transportation projects with relatively little fiscal effect on the government.

Obama Wants Updated Wiretapping Laws

President Barack Obama said laws need to be updated to ensure the ability of governments to track terrorists’ phone calls, email and social networks at a news conference Friday.

Backed by Cameron, Obama Warns Congress on Iran

A day after privately telling Senate Democrats he would veto a new Iran sanctions bill, President Barack Obama scolded Congress to cool it, and if they don’t, he’ll take his case to the public.

Congressional Black Caucus Sees Leverage in Steve Scalise Protests

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus see opportunity in the scandal that inspired a heart-shaped “KKK + GOP” sign outside a recent Capitol Hill Club fundraiser for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Marc Veasey Always Has His Game Face On

Rep. Marc Veasey isn’t just adept at moving Mary Kay cosmetics — he’s also a client.

Laser Cat May Just Take Your Breath Away

Follow Friday. Feline Friday. Whatever you want to call our weekly tumble down virtual rabbit holes, there’s no escaping the fact that you MUST pledge allegiance to Laser Cat.

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