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Gill Seeks to Run Against Davis in Sixth Bid for House
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try try, try, try again

Dr. David Gill narrowly lost to Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the second-closest congressional race in 2012. (David Gill Congress)

Dr. David Gill, who has run unsuccessfully for Congress five times announced Tuesday that he’ll make a sixth try against Rep. Rodney Davis.

Gill, an emergency medicine physician, is seeking the Democratic nomination in Illinois’ 13th District against Republican Rep. Rodney Davis.

The Quieter Assault Against Obamacare
Democrats fault GOP tactic for problems

Some supporters of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law blame a Republican tactic as partly responsible for many of the failures in the law that the GOP says it must fix. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

The Republican drive to deliver a death blow to President Barack Obama’s health care law has overshadowed a quieter assault using annual government funding bills that’s gone on for years. 

It’s not as glamorous or high-decibel as the news conferences and floor debates surrounding the repeal of the law, but it certainly has proved controversial. What’s more, the law’s supporters see this GOP tactic as partly responsible for many of the failures in the law that Republicans now say they must fix.

Staffer Guide: Making the Most of Capitol Hill
Insight on money and perks

One Hill perk that can't be quantified is access to and direct interaction with lawmakers. An aide is seen here consulting with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., during a hearing on Jan. 24. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Hill is a great place to work, whether you’re just starting your career or have been staff for a while. Here are some tips on how to take advantage of your time on the Hill.

On Capitol Hill, you might not get paid as much as you might like. Aside from taking advantage of the benefits you have, here are some tips for saving money:

Opinion: Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap
Do policies meant to address big problems aggravate an economic divide?

The incoming Trump administration and lawmakers should anticipate whether new policies will improve or aggravate wealth inequities, Shapiro and Asante-Muhammad write. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We have a proposition for the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress and it’s not a liberal or a conservative idea. It’s just a call for pragmatism when developing new federal policies over the next four years.

For too long, even when coming together to enact laws to accomplish noble goals, Congress and previous presidents have ignored the unintended effects of “one-size-fits-all” legislation on the racial wealth divide in this country. What seems like a great idea — making college more affordable, for example — can actually feed the divide.

Shea-Porter Returns to Congress, Defeats Guinta in New Hampshire’s 1st District
Shea-Porter and Guinta faced off for the fourth straight time

Carol Shea-Porter, right, will return to Congress for the third time after beating Frank C. Guinta in their fourth matchup. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter will be returning to Congress, The Associated Press projects, after defeating Republican Rep. Frank C. Guinta in New Hampshire’s 1st District.


Democrats Eye Debt-Free College Push in Next Congress
Lawmakers have been working for months to craft plan

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, left, and Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz are involved in the working group. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Election Day is still looming, but a group of Democrats has already laid plans to start the next legislative year with a proposal that would allow students to graduate college without debt.

About two dozen congressional Democrats have met for more than a year, with discussions intensifying over the last month. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has also pushed debt refinancing and free tuition at public universities and congressional Republicans are proposing student-loan tax breaks in a bid to woo millennial voters.

Reid Readies for the Home Stretch
In last months, Senate minority leader aims to link GOP colleagues to Trump

Reid, seen at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, is retiring at the end of this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

September marks the beginning of the end of Harry Reid's tenure in Congress. The Senate minority leader has four months left in office, and he's not likely to go quietly. 

“As he told me a while ago, this is going to be his last rodeo," said Reid's former spokesman Jim Manley. "I think he’s going to take it for all it’s worth.”

'Aunt Hillary,' You're Embarrassing the Kids
Clinton's attempts to relate to younger voters have largely fallen flat

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton talked education, jobs and immigration during a campaign rally in Annandale, Virginia, on Thursday. (Tom Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Clinton, Kaine Paint Presidential Race as Stark Choice
Voters can choose “confidence and hope” or “bigotry and bluster”

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton talked education, jobs and immigration during a campaign rally at a community college in Annandale, VA on July 14, 2016.

ANNANDALE, Va. – Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine rolled out the welcome mat for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a rally in Northern Virginia, regaling supporters with her list of qualifications in not one, but two languages.  

“Are we ready for Hillary?” he asked a crowd that had endured sweltering temperatures and snaking lines for a chance to hear what the former first lady had to say. Well-wishers filled the surrounding risers, waving homemade signs reading “Clinton Country” and “HRC 45.”  

Sanders Endorses Clinton's College Plan, But Not the Candidate, Yet
Their staffs developed a proposal for college affordability jointly


Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his support Wednesday for Hillary Clinton's college affordability plan, a compromise proposal he said moves him closer to agreement with the presumptive Democratic nominee.