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Meet Me at the Go-Go

July 7, 2012

Until you’ve heard firsthand what Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) calls the sound of “Hometown D.C.,” you can never really know Washington, D.C., and feel the true city hidden beneath the machinery of government. To do that, you have to walk through the doors of a go-go.

David Dreier Shows Passion on Democratization

July 6, 2012

As protesters swarmed outside the Supreme Court in the wake of last month’s health care ruling, House Rules Chairman David Dreier reflected on the historic elections that had just wrapped up in Egypt, arguing their turbulent history mirrors America’s own.

House Will Vote July 11 to Repeal Health Care Law

June 28, 2012

House Republicans wasted no time scheduling yet another vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law after the Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold its constitutionality.

A Chance to Celebrate Capitol Collegiality

June 27, 2012

Years of hyperpartisan warfare culminate Thursday in two of the most contentious events in Congressional history: the Supreme Court’s judgment on the Affordable Care Act and a House vote on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Sides Still Talking as Deadline Looms

June 25, 2012

Top negotiators on a final transportation reauthorization package are up against a tight deadline, with legislative language needing to be posted three legislative days before a House vote and authorization for current projects set to expire this weekend.

Harry Reid: ‘We’re Making Progress’ on Highway Bill

June 21, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today he remains hopeful a deal can be reached on highway legislation by Friday and avoid the need for another short-term extension.

Jamie Dimon Faces Oversight From House

June 19, 2012

If JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon came to the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday expecting the kind of kid-glove treatment he pleasantly suffered at the hands of the Senate Banking Committee last week, ranking member Barney Frank quickly disabused him of that notion.

A Frank Display of Congressional Mail

June 18, 2012

Back in the heady days of the 2010 election, tea-party-backed GOP candidates loved to rail against their incumbent foes’ use of Congressional mailing privileges as a symbol of the fiscal dysfunction of Congress and the need for sweeping reforms.

A Foe by Any Other Name

June 17, 2012

Are Republicans unwitting conspirators in the efforts of alien mastermind Lord John Whorfin to do the unthinkable and steal the coveted oscillation overthruster?

Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe Won't Abide By 'Thurmond Rule'

June 15, 2012

Senate GOP leaders might be trying to enforce a partisan blockade of President Barack Obama’s circuit court nominees, but the message apparently hasn’t fully sunk in yet.

John Boehner Cuts Anti-Barack Obama Web Video

June 14, 2012

The most powerful elected Republican in the country — Speaker John Boehner — is jumping headfirst into the presidential campaign surrogate game, unloading on President Barack Obama in a Web video this morning aimed at framing the president’s campaign swing through Cleveland.

GOP Begins Judge Blockade

June 13, 2012

With less than four and a half months until Election Day, Senate Republicans are shutting off the bipartisan spigot when it comes to confirming President Barack Obama’s nominees to the nation’s top courts and will present a unified front against his circuit court picks through November.

Chuck Grassley Voices Anger Over Voice Vote on Nominee

June 12, 2012

Senate Judiciary ranking member Chuck Grassley today ripped into Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), accusing him of violating the chamber’s “comity” when he conducted a voice vote on the confirmation of Andrew Hurwitz to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — without first checking with Republicans.

Andrew Hurwitz Narrowly Escapes Filibuster

June 11, 2012

Democrats on Monday narrowly beat back a GOP filibuster of President Barack Obama’s nomination of Andrew Hurwitz to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, despite a last-minute campaign by conservative activists to torpedo the appointment.

Barack Obama Clarifies Comment on Economy as Republicans Pounce

June 8, 2012

Republicans wasted no time today pouncing on President Barack Obama’s pronouncement that the private sector is “doing fine,” ridiculing him as being out of touch with reality.

James Inhofe Tries Out Role of Diplomat

June 6, 2012

Sen. James Inhofe has worn a lot of hats in his decades-long political career — firebrand conservative, global-warming skeptic and defender of earmarks, to name just a few.

Nancy Pelosi Knocks Next Week’s Recess

June 6, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today called on Republicans to cancel next week’s recess to continue work on transportation and student loan legislation.

House GOP Refashions Energy Plan

June 5, 2012

With gas prices not soaring as expected, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has shifted his upcoming legislative push on energy issues, recasting a package of domestic energy production measures as a jobs bill.

Crucial Week for Highway Bill

June 4, 2012

The prospects of passing a long-term extension to federal highway and transit programs before the end of the month are evaporating, and House and Senate negotiators face a make-or-break week if they want to get a bill done.

Thousands Say Farewell to Chuck Brown

May 31, 2012

Thousands of Washingtonians gathered in the heart of the city to sing, dance and say farewell to D.C.’s favorite son, Chuck “The Godfather of Go-Go” Brown.

Republicans Broach Options for Breaking Student Loan Impasse

May 31, 2012

House and Senate Republican leaders floated a new round of proposals to break a deadlock with President Barack Obama over extending a student loan program, even as Democrats stepped up their attacks on them.

RSC to Obama: No Debt Hike Without Spending Cuts

May 31, 2012

An influential group of House conservatives is throwing its weight behind Speaker John Boehner’s demand that any new increase in the nation’s debt ceiling be tied to a new round of spending cuts.

House Conservatives Make Play on Highway Bill

May 31, 2012

House conservatives today are expected to push a set of instructions to the chamber’s highway conferees that they must only spend as much on highway and transit programs as can be pulled from the Highway Trust Fund.

Remembering Chuck Brown

May 29, 2012

Tens of thousands of locals flocked to the historic Howard Theatre on Tuesday to pay respects to the “Godfather of go-go” Chuck Brown, a Washington, D.C., figure who helped define the city for more than 40 years. Brown died May 16 after a prolonged bout of pneumonia at the age of 75. His passing sent shock waves throughout the city, spurring impromptu celebrations of his life and music.

Despite His Criticism of Lavish Conferences, Jeff Sessions Has Traveled on Taxpayer Dime

May 28, 2012

Sen. Jeff Sessions may have spent much of the past week slamming the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for holding its annual taxpayer-funded conference in Hawaii, but the conservative lawmaker has also taken trips to exotic locales on the taxpayer’s dime.

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