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January 26, 2016

Trashy Problem Comes Out of Blizzard Sledding

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 22: About a dozen sledders, young and old, took to the slopes of the West Front of the Capitol after the first few inches of snow blanketed Washington on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Snow began to fall early afternoon as approaching blizzard conditions threatened to shut down the Washington area. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sledders use a discarded March for Live protest sign to skid their way down the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 22. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With hundreds of people sledding at the Capitol this weekend, hundreds of pieces of trash were left behind.

From March for Life signs, pizza boxes, collapsed cardboard boxes and plastic bags, people sledding were either bringing their own trash and leaving it or taking items out of the trash to use as a sled. Full story

January 12, 2016

Police Arrest 13 at Capitol Ahead of SOTU

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police arrested 13 protesters on the East Steps of the Capitol Tuesday, ahead of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

All 13 were charged under the District’s law prohibiting obstruction of public or private buildings, Capitol Police’s Kimberly Schneider said. The misdemeanor violation carries a fine of $500, a penalty of 90 days in jail or both, according to the city’s code. Full story

December 16, 2015

Congress Approves of Capitol Hill Sledding

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress were accused of being the “grinches” of Capitol Hill for instituting the sledding ban.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The children of Capitol Hill were able to do something uniquely American: call attention to a lack of rights, go forth in protest and win those rights in the end.

Last winter, a group of neighborhood kids defied a sledding ban at the Capitol and slid down the snow on the West Front, arguing it is the closest and safest hill to slide down. And, when this week’s massive, year-end, $1.1 trillion appropriations bill was unveiled, members of Congress agreed. Full story

November 16, 2015

Metro Steps Up Security After Paris Attacks

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Metro Transit Police announced Monday that additional patrols were deployed on Nov. 13, as news broke of the attacks in France that left 129 dead and hundreds more wounded. A news release noted increased patrols “will continue for an unspecified period of time.” Full story

Capitol Police ‘On Highest Alert’ After Paris Attacks

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

A Capitol Police officer walks towards a line of nondescript black SUVs on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The board with oversight over Capitol security said Monday the Capitol Police department “continues to be on highest alert” and is enhancing security around the complex following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

“As with many law enforcement agencies around the nation, the USCP has increased visibility in a number of areas,” the Capitol Police Board wrote in a notice sent to congressional staff just after 10 a.m. “The increased presence and visibility is a proactive enhancement of our already heightened security posture. We appreciate your patience with any inconvenience you may experience or delays incurred at entry points to the Capitol Complex.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 11:17 a.m.
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Capitol Police Roll Out Transgender Policy; Union Cries Foul

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police rolled out a progressive new policy on Oct. 29 for handling interactions with transgender individuals.

The six-page directive, obtained by CQ Roll Call, instructs officers on security screening, frisks, medical treatment and arrests for a population that the Justice Department defines as particularly vulnerable. Full story

October 29, 2015

Cops Clinch 14-6 Win Over Congress

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 28 - The Guards' Harry Dunn celebrates as the The Guards' secure possession of the ball during the eighth annual Congressional Football Game for Charity, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, October 28, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The Guards’ Harry Dunn celebrates as his team takes control of the Congressional Football Game for Charity. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Police “Guards” notched a gritty 14-6 victory on Wednesday over the “Mean Machine” in the Congressional Football Game for Charity at Watkins Recreation Center on Capitol Hill.

But members of Congress and their ex-NFL counterparts put up a competitive fight, led by quarterback Rep. Robert J. Dold, R-Ill., despite wet, windy and slippery conditions. Full story

October 28, 2015

Congressional Football Game Welcome Letter

Chestnut and Gibson are honored in the Capitol. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Chestnut and Gibson are honored with a sign in the Capitol. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In 1998, two United States Capitol Police officers, Jacob J. Chestnut and John M. Gibson, gave their lives to protect those around them and to preserve the legislative process of our nation’s government — the ultimate sacrifice.

From that heroism, Reps. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., felt compelled not only to recognize the officers’ sacrifice, but also to lend a helping hand to the families they left behind and families of officers in the future that may be in need due to similar circumstances. Through their efforts arose the biennial Congressional Football Game for Charity. Full story

For Congressional Football, It’s Game Day

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22 - Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., leading his team as quarterback, runs a play during an early morning practice during Congressional football practice before the Congressional Football Game next week on October 28, 2015, on the National Mall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Members have been practicing hard for the Congressional Football Game. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Heading into Wednesday’s Congressional Football Game for Charity at Watkins Recreation Field, members of Congress are preparing to put partisan politics aside as they team up with former NFL players against the Capitol Police.

“This is one of the true times when you actually have Republicans and Democrats not only working together, but building relationships together,” said Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., one of three captains for “Mean Machine,” after one of the team’s final practices. Full story

Late Nights, Early Sweat Sessions for Congressional Football Game Players

Dold runs a play during an early morning practice during congressional football practice. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Dold runs a play during an early morning congressional football practice. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When the sun set on Oct. 20, the House Republican Conference was huddling on who might be the next speaker. When it rose the next day, 15 lawmakers huddled around Washington Redskins alumnus Ken Harvey, trying to figure out their offense for the 2015 Congressional Football Game for Charity.

“Over the last several weeks we’ve had some late nights, but everybody is pretty enthused to get out here early in the morning,” said the congressional team captain, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., in a post-practice interview. “We’re getting out here before it’s even light outside. You know, we start stretching and we get into a good practice.” Full story

October 26, 2015

Emotional ‘Draft Night’ for Capitol Police Officer

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22 - The trophy for the Congressional Longest Yard Football Champions is seen during Congressional football practice before the Congressional Football Game next week on October 28, 2015, on the National Mall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The trophy is up for grabs Wednesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When Capitol Police Explosive Detection K9 Handler James Davis deployed to Iraq four years ago, Our Military Kids gave his children a helping hand. Now the Congressional Football Game for Charity gives Davis, star wide receiver for “The Guards,” a chance to return the favor. Full story

October 21, 2015

Nearly Nude, Drunk Runner Nabbed at Capitol

UNITED STATES - October 14: A man walks his bike in front of the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Temperatures hovered in the upper 60's with an overcast. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police stopped the nearly nude man jogging the stairs. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A drunk man wearing nothing but his undies added to the mayhem that engulfed Capitol Hill on Oct. 8, the day House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled out of the speaker race.

At 7:24 p.m. on that clear Thursday evening, a Capitol Police officer posted on the Lower West Terrace spotted a 38-year-old white male running up the stairs of the Capitol “clothed in only underwear,” according to an arrest report. Full story

October 9, 2015

Pols, Cops Prepare for Gridiron Match

Team “Mean Machine” will once again clash with “The Guards” for bragging rights on Capitol Hill in the 2015 Congressional Football Game for Charity on Oct. 28.

Members of Congress and staffers huddle during a congressional football practice on the Mall in preparation for the upcoming game between members of Congress and the Capitol Police. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress and staffers huddle during a congressional football practice on the Mall in preparation for a game between members of Congress and the Capitol Police. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The fundraiser, which benefits the non-profit United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund, American Red Cross National Capital Region, Our Military Kids and A Advantage 4 Kids Inc., pits lawmakers against Capitol Police officers in a game of pigskin. Full story

October 8, 2015

Capitol Police Nab Nude Dude Bathing in Neptune Fountain

nude man

No skinny-dipping allowed. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Only the gods are allowed to be naked in the Library of Congress’ Court of Neptune fountain, Capitol Police warned a 27-year-old man last week.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Oct. 1, cops responded to 10 First St. SE, following a report of a nude male bathing in the fountain. Police say they discovered Wodaji Getawa Mekonnen “matching that description, with his genitalia exposed.” Full story

September 22, 2015

Worship Your Way During #Popeapalooza

 

UNITED STATES - September 21: Mike Normile, of Cleveland, Ohio, packs up his cardboard cutout of Pope Francis after offering people the chance to take a picture with it in front of Union Station in Washington, Monday, September 21, 2015. Normile paid $160 for the cutout and plans on coming out every day this week before Pope Francis' visit to Washington. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Pope-mania was on display at Union Station on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:45 a.m. | Ridiculously long lines. Highly intrusive security screenings. Terribly limited access.

It’ll be a miracle if we survive Pope Francis’ visit to Capitol Hill.

Luckily, a host of #ThisTown’s finest are offering up myriad ways to commemorate the papal fly-in: Full story

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