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Taste of America Defending Champ Eliminated, Field Is Wide Open

June 2, 2014

With last year’s champion out of the Taste of America competition, the field is wide open for a new dish to be crowned the best food in America.

Wyden-World Comes to GPhA Government Affairs | Downtown Moves

June 2, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association has added two senior-level staff members to its government affairs division.

Muslim Youth Group Meets With Members of Congress

May 30, 2014

Roughly 250 young men wearing identical black and white uniforms roamed the halls of the House office buildings Friday, encountering curious tourists and members of Congress along the way.

Selfie Opportunity: Celebrities in the House

May 27, 2014

With the Senate out of town and the House in a short session, it doesn’t look like Congress will accomplish much this week. But lawmakers could score a photo-op with a celebrity.

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.

Harry Reid Offers 2017 Effective Date for Immigration, Sets August Deadline (Video)

May 22, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered to make 2017 the effective date for an immigration overhaul Thursday so Republicans no longer can use President Barack Obama as an excuse not to pass a bill — and set an August deadline for the House to act.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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