Paying respects to Elijah Cummings at the Capitol? Here’s what you need to know
Crowds expected to honor the late Democratic congressman from Baltimore

A memorial for the late House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The public can pay its respects on Thursday, Oct. 24, as Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings lies in state in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Public viewing will follow a private ceremony at 11 a.m.

Visitors must enter through the Capitol Visitor Center on the East Front of the Capitol. Attendees can start lining up Thursday morning on First Street Northwest and Southwest, between Constitution and Independence avenues, or on Second Street Northeast and Southeast, between East Capitol Street and Independence Avenue Southeast.

They’re doing a halfway docent job
When staffers double as tour guides, Capitol lore can get pretty interesting

A tourist takes a photo of John Trumbull's “Declaration of Independence” painting in the Capitol Rotunda. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

You’ve just arrived in the Capitol, and suddenly you’re an expert on bootlegging, tiny doors, and why no one is buried in the Crypt.

Almost as soon as new Hill staffers walk through the door, they’re asked to lead tours for constituents — and to some, that can come as a surprise. “We know they might not have known that they were going to be giving tours until they got here,” said Lee Ann Brackett, a congressional liaison at the Capitol Visitor Center.

Other DC spots are closed. But Capitol tourism is booming
The Capitol Visitor Center is open, partial shutdown or no — and tourists are taking note

There have been more visitors to the Capitol so far this month than usual as other attractions on the National Mall are closed due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Other attractions on the National Mall are locked up tight, but one tourist spot is seeing a traffic boom.

More visitors than usual have come to the Capitol so far this month, even as a partial government shutdown puts a damper on the best-laid plans of D.C. vacationers. 

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

'Koch Brothers Exposed' has been championed by Democrats like Sanders as they talk about needing to reform campaign finance law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.  

“The Koch brothers’ tentacles have sunken deep into our democracy and deep into the Republican Party,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told the few dozen interested people and reporters in attendance.  “That’s evident by the fact they even tried to stop us from having this meeting.” Controversy swirled around the screening as Republicans charged that the event focusing on billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch violated rules  about film premieres on Capitol grounds. Democrats responded that the rules did not apply to the room in the CVC and that the event was a press conference.