Stories by Douglas Graham:
June 4, 2012
With Wednesday marking the 68th anniversary of D-Day, we dipped into the archives for this photo of former Sen. Bob Dole walking the grounds of the World War II Memorial in April 2004, when the dwindling ranks of WWII vets in Congress were given a tour of the memorial before it opened to the public. On April 14, 1945, Lt. Dole was severely wounded in northern Italy. While engaged in combat southwest of Bologna, Dole was hit by German machine gunfire in his back and right arm, leaving the arm paralyzed.
June 1, 2012
A sartorially suspect Rep. Sam Graves waits to take the field at a Republican practice at Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va. Members have begun getting ready for the 51st Annual Congressional Baseball Game set for June 28 at Nationals Park.
May 30, 2012
As part of the Columbus Circle face-lift, workers were on the job Wednesday installing new sidewalks outside Union Stations main entrance.
May 29, 2012
Anita Kolen Hancock visits the grave of her father, Maj. Oleg Kolen, a veteran of World War II and Vietnam, after a Memorial Day ceremony at Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista.
May 23, 2012
Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse addresses a group of Close Up program students from the Ocean State on Wednesday in the Hart Senate Office Building Atrium.
May 22, 2012
Like pawns in a chess game, Members nameplates sit in place for the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support markup of the defense authorization bill Tuesday.
May 21, 2012
Mr. Republican, Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio, pays tribute to fallen soldiers at the 1939 Memorial Day observance at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery a little more than three months before World War II began in Europe.
May 18, 2012
Alida Lettunich, a student from Mount Madonna High School in Santa Cruz, Calif., takes a sun break on the East Plaza of the Capitol following a meeting between students from her school and Rep. David Dreier on Thursday.
May 16, 2012
Is it a help-wanted ad or political commentary? Unemployed circus clown Tim Torkildson, aka Dusty the Clown, sits on a bench on the north side of the Capitol, holding a sign with a message that is open to interpretation.
May 15, 2012
Jimmy Wayne, a former foster youth and now a spokesman for Court Appointed Special Advocates, performs in the House Ways and Means Committee hearing room in Longworth as part of a briefing in conjunction with First Focus, a childrens advocacy organization. Wayne is a country singer and the author of the novel Paper Angels.
May 14, 2012
Stephen Bahr II of the Customs and Border Protection Pipes and Drums Band practices outside the Prettyman Courthouse before competing in the 10th Annual Honor Guard Competition at John Marshall Park at Pennsylvania Avenue and Fourth Street Northwest. The competition was part of National Police Week 2012.
May 11, 2012
Bertie Bowman, hearing coordinator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, greets Chairman John Kerry before the start of a Thursday hearing on NATO. Bowman, one of the longest-serving African-Americans on the Capitol staff, is the author of Step by Step: A Memoir of Hope, Friendship, Perseverance, and Living the American Dream, which tells of his journey from a farm in the Jim Crow South to the halls of Congress.
May 9, 2012
Rep. Maxine Waters of California makes a phone call during a Tuesday news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building. Waters was joined by other Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee to express opposition to the House GOPs version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization.
May 8, 2012
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museums Rock and Roll Reception in the Longworth House Office Building on Tuesday featured Reps. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee and Collin Peterson of Minnesota with their bipartisan band, the 2nd Amendments.
May 7, 2012
Yolanda Estrict, Johnnie Eva Estrict, a woman who wished not to give her name and Willie Estrict attend the Angel Laboys BBQ Block Party and campaign rally May 1 for Rep. Bill Pascrell in Passaic, N.J. Pascrell faces fellow Rep. Steven Rothman in a June 5 Democratic primary.
May 4, 2012
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney does a meet and greet with voters at Exhibit Edge, a small business in Chantilly, Va., that provides services for trade shows and other exhibitors.
April 27, 2012
New York Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer sit in the Ohio Clock Corridor during a round of votes in the Senate.
April 25, 2012
The late Rep. Donald Payne speaks during the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2007. A memorial service for Payne, who died March 6, was held Wednesday in the Capitol.
April 24, 2012
The District Department of Transportation, the National Park Service and the Union Station Redevelopment Corp. began an 18-month reconstruction of Columbus Plaza and Massachusetts Avenue in front of Union Station in September. As part of continuing work on the project, workers installed new lighting on Monday.
April 23, 2012
Speaker John Boehner, Holocaust survivor Helen Lebowitz Goldkind and Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Per Westerberg light a candle during the national commemoration of the Days of Remembrance in the Capitol Rotunda last week.
April 20, 2012
Capitol Police K-9 tech Larry Bell touches his dog Jacks graduation medallion and badge to his head after completing the 14-week training class Thursday. More than 150 officers applied for the five slots available in the unit.
April 18, 2012
This could be a Saturday Evening Post cover, with Matt Cartwright, Democratic challenger in Pennsylvanias 17th district, greeting patrons at the Moosic Diner, between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.
April 17, 2012
Space shuttle Discovery atop NASAs shuttle carrier aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 makes one of several passes by the Capitol on Tuesday, ahead of the shuttles delivery to the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museums Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., where it will be on permanent display.
April 16, 2012
Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry S. Truman, congratulates future Sen. Chris Coons on being awarded a Truman Scholarship in 1983 at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo.
April 13, 2012
A visitor to the National Gallery of Art rides the moving walkway last week through the Multiverse, an LED sculpture by American artist Leo Villareal that spans the concourse between the gallerys east and west buildings.