Steve Scalise

Full-Body Scanners Appear Outside House Chamber’s Gallery
Capitol Police are tightening security measures

Two security points on the third floor of the Capitol now feature full-body scanners like the one above at the Capitol Visitor Center in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Police is working on increasing Hill security, and one obvious addition includes two new, large body scanners on the third floor of the Capitol.

The third floor is usually occupied by tourists, journalists, Capitol Police officers, and the occasional member of Congress escorting tourists. There are a few security points on both the House and Senate sides from where tourists can enter the respective chamber’s gallery but must walk through metal detectors. 

Word on the Hill: Hill 2 Houston
Intelligence conference, and save the date for basketball

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Today is the Hill 2 Houston Kickin’ It For a Cause Charity Kickball Tournament organized by the Congressional Black Associates to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery.

Stivers says Both Parties’ Rhetoric Inciting Hate
NRCC chairman said culture hasn’t changed after Congressional Baseball practice shooting

Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, said both parties are to blame for hateful rhetoric and increased violence (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Ohio Republican said neither side took initiative to say enough was enough, despite the fact Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and faces a long road for recovery.

“We all need to look ourselves in the mirror and figure out how we might be contributing to the problems with our society,” he said.

Word on the Hill: Flake Honored for Courage Under Fire
Staffer recognized by HBCUs, and CODEL news

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., walks away from the scene of the shooting at the Republican baseball team’s practice in Alexandria, Va., in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

On the same day that President Donald Trump was bashing him at a rally in Phoenix, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., was honored Tuesday in Tucson by Arizona sheriffs for his actions during the shooting at the Republicans’ Congressional Baseball Game practice in June.

Flake was recognized by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the Arizona Sheriffs Association for running from cover to help House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who was seriously wounded, and for calling Scalise’s wife to inform her about what happened.

Zack Barth ‘Not Living in Fear’ After Congressional Baseball Shooting
Hill staffer talks about his shooter, his faith and life afterward

Zack Barth, an aide to Texas Rep. Roger Williams, was wounded in the leg during the shooting at the Republicans’ baseball practice in Arlington, Va., on June 14. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Zack Barth was never supposed to be dodging bullets in the outfield.

His job was to feed fly balls back to the infield for Republican lawmakers during an early-morning baseball practice ahead of the annual Congressional Baseball Game against the Democrats.

GoFundMe Set Up for Agent David Bailey
Comes after $46,000 raised for Crystal Griner

David Bailey, one of the the injured Capitol Police officers on Rep. Steve Scalise’s security detail, has had a GoFundMe set up to help cover his medical costs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Baseball Practice Shooting Mix-Up: Capitol Police Sent to Pelosi’s Georgetown Home
Alexandria address was not originally given to USCP team

Alexandria Police stand next to a SUV with a shattered window across the street from Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Capitol Police Containment and Emergency Response Team was directed to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s house the day of the Republican baseball practice shooting, as oppose to the Alexandra, Va., field where the incident occurred, Bloomberg first reported.

There is an open internal investigation about how Pelosi’s Georgetown home was given as the address on June 15 when gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire on the practice.

Acting House Majority Whip Sidelined With Pneumonia
McHenry to postpone first round of town hall meetings

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has pneumonia and is postponing his first round of town hall meetings during the August recess. (By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Patrick T. McHenry, the acting House Majority Whip, has pneumonia and will be out of public view for an indeterminate time, his office announced Monday afternoon.

The North Carolina Republican made the announcement as an addendum to his weekly newsletter.

Trump Again Threatens Members’ Health Insurance
President tries to reset bumpy tenure, but attacks lawmakers

President Donald Trump picked up Monday where he left off on Saturday, threatening members' health insurance because of their failed effort to repeal the 2010 health care law. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

On a day he will try — again — to reset his embattled presidency, Donald Trump kicked off Monday by again threatening lawmakers’ health insurance.

The president repeated his threat — initially made on Saturday — to strip the employer contribution for health insurance away from members of Congress in a morning tweet fired off about an hour before he will swear in his new White House chief of staff, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly.

Opinion: ‘Values’ Are Relative When Rooting for Your Political Team
Demonization is easier than appreciating the virtues of opponents

President Donald Trump waves as he walks to Marine One while departing from the White House to Beaver, West Virginia, on Monday to address the Boy Scouts’ 2017 jamboree. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In his wary optimism after the U.S. Senate voted to proceed with debate on dismantling President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act and replacing it with, well, something, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he and his supporters were “not out here to spike the football.”

In this case, the cliched sports metaphor fit.