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Two top Architect of the Capitol employees have left the agency after investigation
Senate Building Superintendent Takis Tzamaras and House Building Superintendent Bill Weidemeyer both left in July

Acting Architect of the Capitol Thomas Carroll. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two top employees at the Architect of the Capitol who oversaw building operations in the House and Senate are no longer working there, months after they were put on administrative leave while they were investigated for emails critical of Christine Merdon, the former head of the agency.

Senate Building Superintendent Takis Tzamaras and House Building Superintendent Bill Weidemeyer both left the agency in July. Tzamaras said he resigned and Weidemeyer said he retired.

How I spent my summer vacation: Congressional Hits and Misses, Recess Edition
2019 August Recess

A man skateboards outside of Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Congress has been out of session this past month, but the madness doesn’t stop when lawmakers head home. Check out Sen. Bernie Sanders getting bested by a speed bag, Sen. Martha McSally showing off her dog on local news, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing with a penguin and Sen. Charles E. Schumer joining a game of ladder ball.

Merdon out at AOC, Thomas Carroll named new acting architect
Search continues for permanent Architect of the Capitol

Acting Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdon resigned, and Thomas J. Carroll has been named to lead the agency. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Christine Merdon is out as acting Architect of the Capitol, and Thomas J. Carroll has been named to lead the agency on an acting basis as the search for a permanent AOC continues.

In an internal notice to AOC employees, Merdon said she had accepted a job outside of the agency.

Pelosi downplays Democratic divides following meeting with Ocasio-Cortez
Speaker enters August recess with message of unity following weeks of tension

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is questioned by reporters after a meeting with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in the Capitol on Friday, July 26, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez huddled on Friday, giving Pelosi the chance to tout Democratic unity following weeks of tension between progressives and House leadership.

Pelosi said the meeting with Ocasio-Cortez went well and praised the New York freshman, calling her “a very gracious member of Congress.” She said the pair discussed issues facing their districts in California and New York, along with the challenges facing the nation on issues of immigration.

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Watch Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib’s fiery response to Trump’s tirade

From left, Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., conduct a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center responding to negative comments by President Donald Trump that were directed at the freshman House Democrats on Monday, July 15, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Appeals court orders trial in discrimination suit involving Capitol architect's office
Employee alleged his name was mocked by hiring team considering his promotion

Acting Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdon. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A racial discrimination lawsuit filed by an Architect of the Capitol employee who was passed up for a promotion will move forward to trial after the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a district court that had dismissed the case.

The appeals court found that Javier Mayorga, who emigrated to the U.S. from Nicaragua in 1990, presented evidence that could lead a jury to infer he was the victim of discrimination. An electronic industrial controls mechanic in the Capitol Superintendent’s Office, Mayorga has been an AOC employee since 2007. He has received numerous awards and his work was rated “outstanding” in his previous two evaluations, the court ruling said.

AOC chimes in on Florida debate from other end of the East Coast

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent her evening in New York City exchanging pleasantries with Stephen Colbert while some of her congressional colleagues spent theirs down in Miami, well, not exchanging pleasantries.

Ten Democratic candidates for president fought for airtime Wednesday to prove they deserve the desk in the Oval Office, and also that they could speak Spanish.

Trump: Green New Deal sounds like a ‘high school term paper that got a low mark’
 

President Donald Trump took a jab at the proposed Green New Deal at a rally in El Paso, Texas Monday.

Ocasio-Cortez joins most Republicans in voting against House Democratic bills to reopen government
House bills headed nowhere in Senate as upper chamber prepares to hold test votes Thursday that are expected to fail

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center, voted against two Democratic bills to reopen the government Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats passed two more bills Wednesday to reopen the government that most Republicans continued to oppose, but there was one surprise in the otherwise predictable floor proceedings — freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voted “no.”

The New York Democrat, a rising star in the progressive wing of the party with a massive social media following, explained her vote on Instagram.