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Boehner Brushes Aside Notion He Is 'Blocking' Immigration Overhaul

May 22, 2014

In a tense exchange with Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos at a press conference Thursday, House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, was asked why, roughly a year after the Senate passed sweeping immigration changes, Boehner is "blocking immigration reform."

"Me? Blocking?" Boehner replied sarcastically.

Boehner, who reiterated again Thursday that most Republicans want to act on immigration but don't trust the president to enforce the law, said he has been calling for reform for more than a year, but that the Senate’s bill is unacceptable.

Vance McAllister Set for Congressional Baseball Game Debut

May 21, 2014

Republicans could have a Louisiana star of their own to rival the Democrats’ Rep. Cedric L. Richmond in the form of Rep. Vance McAllister.

Former Congresswoman Selected as Cuomo Running Mate

May 21, 2014

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has chosen former Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Hochul to be his 2014 running mate Wednesday afternoon.

Time Running Out to Vote in Taste of America's First Round

May 21, 2014

Time is running out to vote for your favorite food in the first round of this year’s Taste of America competition. Voting ends Friday, when the first batch of some states’ tasty concoctions will be tossed out.

'Koch Brothers Exposed' Film Premieres, but Democrats Take No Questions

May 21, 2014

Call it a screening, a press conference, a meeting, or a get-together of like-minded friends. Regardless, the [insert event term here] for the “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” documentary still happened Tuesday evening in the Capitol Visitors Center despite Republican accusations of Democratic impropriety.

Roll Call Cup Golf Trophy Stays in Republican Hands (Updated)

May 19, 2014

Updated 7:33 p.m. | Republicans won the 13th annual First Tee Congressional Challenge on Monday, taking home the coveted Roll Call Cup for the third straight year.

Elizabeth Warren Leads Progressive Charge, but Has GOP Admirers Too

May 19, 2014

“What reaction do you usually expect from banks?” Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked a reporter last week.

Lisa Tan Joins GPhA | Downtown Moves

May 16, 2014

A former Food and Drug Administration official has joined the Generic Pharmaceutical Association to strengthen the partnership between the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry.

With Obama's Signature, Height Act Change Becomes Law

May 16, 2014

President Barack Obama signed the Height Act Friday, which changed the more-than-century-old law to allow “human occupancy of penthouses built above the statutory height limits of buildings in the District of Columbia,” according to a White House release.

Bad News: Republicans Lose Top Baseball Player to Injury

May 16, 2014

Republicans hoping to redeem themselves after a devastating loss in last year’s Congressional Baseball Game will have to take the field without one of their star players.

Washington Monument Reopens (Video)

May 12, 2014

The Washington Monument reopened Monday morning, nearly three years after an earthquake shook the nation’s capital, cracking the monument and forcing renovations.

House Republican: There is a 'Fascist Intolerance' of Anti-Gay Remarks

May 9, 2014

Rep. Louie Gohmert likened the cancellation of HGTV's "Flip it Forward" to Nazism during a speech on the House floor Friday. According to the Texas Republican, backlash from anti-gay remarks that the show’s hosts made demonstrates a totalitarian atmosphere. "Look we love homosexuals, we love all people. But it doesn't mean that you have to support, embrace, encourage particular lifestyles that you believe are harmful to the individuals and harmful to the society in general. So it is amazing that in the name of liberality, in the name of being tolerant, this fascist intolerance has arisen.”

Louie Gohmert Goes There With Nazi Comparison (Video)

May 9, 2014

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, likened the cancellation of HGTV’s “Flip It Forward” to Nazism during a speech on the House floor Friday.

Deadline for Immigration Overhaul Is August, Says Diaz-Balart (Video)

May 9, 2014

The deadline to pass immigration legislation is this August, said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., who is part of the effort to develop an immigration bill that could pass the House.

Songwriters Jam at Library of Congress

May 7, 2014

Even at a concert celebrating songwriters, politics was on everyone’s minds. To be fair, the concert was right across from the Capitol.

Play Ball! Practices Begin for 53rd Annual Congressional Baseball Game

May 7, 2014

In a little more than six weeks, Republicans and Democrats will lace up their cleats to compete in the 53rd Annual Congressional Baseball Game.

Wisconsin Delegation Hinges on Future Senate Races

May 7, 2014

The makeup of the Wisconsin congressional delegation won’t change drastically this November, but there are contentious elections ahead for the Badger State.

Female Senators Push for Sanctions Against Nigerian Terror Group (Updated)

May 6, 2014

Updated: 6:03 p.m. | Every female senator signed a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday, calling for international sanctions against the terrorist group that abducted more than 200 girls in Nigeria last month.

The 'True Nerd Prom' Parties Down

May 2, 2014

Washington’s upscale party set was out in full force Thursday night as Nerd Prom weekend kicked off.

Lawmakers Honor Life and Legacy of Anne Frank

May 1, 2014

On the eve of Jewish Heritage Month, members of Congress gathered in the Capitol to honor the life and legacy of Anne Frank as part of Holocaust remembrance week.

Paul Ryan Meets With Congressional Black Caucus After Poverty Comments

April 30, 2014

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus reported mixed reactions Wednesday to their meeting with Rep. Paul D. Ryan over comments the Wisconsin Republican made regarding poverty in inner cities that some in the CBC considered “highly offensive.”

Boehner Challenger Let Go Over 'Electile Dysfunction' Ad

April 30, 2014

J.D. Winteregg, a tea-party-aligned Republican challenging Speaker John A. Boehner, has lost his post as an adjunct professor at a Christian university for a campaign ad touting his congressional bid as a cure for “electile dysfunction.”

Mfume Brings Dose of Activism to Health Policy

April 29, 2014

Nearly 20 years after leaving Congress, Kweisi Mfume is focused on ensuring health policies work for minority communities.

Haverly Embraces New Role as Press Secretary

April 29, 2014

What’s it like being a new Capitol Hill press secretary?

Rep. Sean Duffy: "First, Let Me Take a Selfie"

April 28, 2014

“Alright, I’m on the way to a town hall, but first, let me take a selfie.”

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