Stories by Douglas Graham:
July 23, 2012
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in a happy mood as he boarded his special train for a July 1938 transcontinental trip that ended with a review of the fleet and a Pacific fishing expedition. Seeing FDR off were (from left) Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Attorney General Homer S. Cummings, Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Mrs. Homer S. Cummings.
July 20, 2012
Ilsa gets some loving from Rep. Mark Critz during a Pets for Patriots event in Eastern Market. The Bernese mountain dog belongs to Colette Marchesini, a former colleague from Critzs days as a Hill staffer. The Pets for Patriots program connects at-risk pets with military veterans and service members.
July 18, 2012
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin talks with Carly Loew, 11, and her mother, Michelle, of Carroll, Iowa, in the Russell Senate Office Building on Tuesday. Carly was the Hawkeye State winner of the Tar Wars poster contest, an anti-smoking campaign. The work of Carly and the other winners can be seen at tarwars.org.
July 17, 2012
One hundred years ago, this was the scene outside the entrance to the 1912 Democratic National Convention in Baltimore. The party chose New Jersey Gov. Woodrow Wilson, a native of Virginia, as its standard-bearer, and he went on to win a landslide victory over a Republican Party split between William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.
July 16, 2012
The California delegates arrive at the 1912 Republican National Convention at the Chicago Coliseum via stagecoach. The GOP convention ran June 18-22 and President William Howard Taft was nominated for a second term. California gave 11 of its 13 electoral votes to the candidate the Republicans didnt choose former President Theodore Roosevelt, who ran a third-party race. The winner, Woodrow Wilson, got the other two. Taft carried only Utah and Vermont.
July 13, 2012
Rep. Charlie Rangel walks in the basement of the Capitol after the House voted 244-185 on Wednesday to repeal the 2010 health care law. The 21-term New York Democrat voted no.
July 11, 2012
Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley waits to do a television news interview in the Cannon House Office Building rotunda Tuesday.
July 10, 2012
Speaker John Boehner conducted a news conference in the Capitol after a meeting of the House Republican Conference. GOP lawmakers got together Tuesday to discuss, among other things, presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney and their own efforts to repeal the 2010 health care law.
July 9, 2012
Looking like a Whac-A-Mole, South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy takes a peek out of the sand trap on the first hole of the First Tee Congressional Challenge golf tournament at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md., on Monday.
July 6, 2012
Flags displayed at A Capitol Fourth, the annual Independence Day concert held on the West Front of the Capitol, wait to be removed the day after the festivities.
June 28, 2012
A man carries a mannequin dressed as Jesus through the CNN set at the Supreme Court, almost knocking over several lights as he tries to find a place to set up camp before the Thursday morning ruling on the health care law. The mannequin can usually be found on the House side of the Capitol, tended by Rita Warren of Fairfax, Va., known on the Hill as the Jesus Lady.
June 27, 2012
Workers hang the last of three giant American flags Wednesday on the facade of Union Station as part of the annual Independence Day decoration of the building.
June 26, 2012
Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware waits for a meeting to begin in the Senate Reception Room after the Democratic Conference luncheon in the Capitol on Tuesday.
June 25, 2012
Proponents and opponents of the 2010 health care overhaul turned out in force Monday in front of the Supreme Court, but the justices did not hand down a ruling on the law. The protesters and their media escorts will have to come back Thursday.
June 22, 2012
Kevin Stockert, a staff assistant for the Senate Budget Committee, loads up a tray at the 30th annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party in Upper Senate Park Thursday, when the temperature in Washington topped out at 99 degrees.
June 20, 2012
Staffers wait for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to start a hearing on a contempt citation for Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday. Hovering above the fray is the panels former chairman, Indiana Republican Dan Burton, who still serves on the committee.
June 19, 2012
California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman talks with his Massachusetts colleague Ed Markey (off camera) before a news conference on energy policy held in the Capitol Visitor Center on Monday.
June 18, 2012
Minnesota GOP Rep. Harold Knutson gave it the old college try in a milking competition with three other Members of the 75th Congress in 1938. He folded with the rest after about 10 minutes of effort produced no more than a pint. Texas Democratic Rep. Marvin Jones, the referee, declared the contest a draw.
June 15, 2012
Violinist Clarice Labbe, a D.C. resident, plays a pre-launch performance of Lunchtime Music on the Mall near the Smithsonian Metro stop on Thursday. The concerts this summer, sponsored by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the National Park Service, are scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
June 13, 2012
Several tractors and dump trucks were brought in as stage props for a news conference called by Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer to urge the conference committee working on a surface transportation reauthorization to act before the current law expires at the end of the month.
June 12, 2012
Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders is undaunted by Tuesdays rain as he speaks to a rally held by the National Council on Independent Living on the west side of the Capitol.
June 11, 2012
A man who identified himself as Castro shows off his Puerto Rican bona fides Saturday at the 116th Street Festival in New York. The event, which takes place in East Harlem, bills itself as the largest Latin festival in the Northeast. Democratic House candidate Adriano Espaillat, who is trying to unseat longtime incumbent Rep. Charlie Rangel in a primary contest, spoke to the crowd.
June 8, 2012
Entries from the Congressional Art Competition are hung in the Cannon-Longworth tunnel by Architect of the Capitol employees Jeremiah Jacobs and Luke Brewer. The competition is held each spring, with Members of the House invited to coordinate contests among high school students in their Congressional districts.
June 6, 2012
The "Cedric Richmond Show" was bringing the heat Wednesday morning in preparation for the 51st Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, scheduled for June 28 at Nationals Park. Last year the Democrats had a secret weapon in Richmonds arm and bat. This year the Republicans will need to best the Louisiana hurler if they hope to capture the coveted Roll Call trophy.
June 5, 2012
Capitol Police investigate an accident Tuesday involving a construction truck that ran into a security barrier on Independence Avenue at Second Street Southeast, near the Library of Congress. The police said no injuries were reported.