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November 30, 2015

Democrats Won’t Charge Press for 2016 Convention Seats

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic National Convention has opted not to charge print media for a seat in the convention hall in July, more than a month after the GOP decided to do so.

“As has been the practice in past conventions, we do not plan to charge media for the writing press stands in 2016,” April Mellody, a DNC spokeswoman, wrote Monday in an email to Roll Call. Full story

November 17, 2015

‘Stabbing in the Senate’ Focuses on Hill Staffers

'Stabbing in the Senate' is a murder-mystery focused on Capitol Hill. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

‘Stabbing in the Senate’ is a murder-mystery focused on Capitol Hill. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Capturing the real-life drama of Capitol Hill in fiction can be a daunting task, but Colleen Shogan had an advantage: She’s been there, done that.

Shogan, 40, now the deputy director of the Congressional Research Service, used her time as a Senate staffer as the basis of her debut mystery novel, “Stabbing in the Senate,” the first installment in her Washington Whodunit series. Full story

November 14, 2015

Opera Tenor Channels Young John Lewis in ‘Appomattox’

Ballantine, second from right, plays Lewis during 'Appomattox.' (Courtesy Kennedy Center)

Ballantine, second from right, plays Lewis during ‘Appomattox.’ (Scott Suchman/WNO)

There’s really no other place but the Kennedy Center to launch the premiere of an overhauled version of “Appomattox,” the Philip Glass opera about the end of the Civil War set at the eponymous courthouse.

The opera, which premiered in San Francisco in 2007, underwent a complete transformation after the Supreme Court upended the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Now there’s a new second act set during the Civil Rights era that features a young John Lewis — now the veteran congressman from Georgia.

Full story

November 12, 2015

Robert Pittenger to Ethics: Come at Me, Bro

Pittenger asked the Ethics Committee to investigate him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pittenger asked the Ethics Committee to investigate him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., has gone on the offensive as to whether or not he violated ethics rules, requesting Thursday that the House Ethics Committee investigate him.

The FBI and the IRS are currently investigating his former company, Pittenger Land Investment, according to local media reports, to determine whether Pittenger transferred money from the company to his congressional campaign in 2012. Pittenger contends he did nothing wrong, and he wants the Ethics Committee to prove it. Full story

November 2, 2015

Hispanic Caucus to NBC: Dump Trump

Trump will host SNL on Nov. 7. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Trump will host SNL on Nov. 7. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hispanic members of Congress said Monday that Donald Trump hosting “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 7 is no laughing matter.

Trump is set to host NBC’s sketch comedy program, but members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are urging the network to un-invite Trump, pointing to his “inflammatory remarks” about Mexican immigrants. Full story

October 30, 2015

Overheard: Hurry Up, Chris Murphy

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

After midnight Friday, a live microphone captured one Senate clerk knocking Sen. Christopher S. Murphy’s sleepy pace.

“Yeah, uh, he better get his ass here, before, they’ve already lost one vote because he’s not here,” said the clerk, who may not have realized C-SPAN was capturing his 1 a.m. commentary.

Murphy, 42, the third-youngest lawmaker in the chamber, missed the cloture vote on the massive budget and debt ceiling measure that kept senators at the Capitol into the wee hours. Murphy made it to the floor for two subsequent votes on the measure, recorded at 2:32 a.m. and 2:43 a.m.

Asked about the absence, Murphy’s office said it was unintentional.

“He was delayed getting to the vote from his house,” according to a spokesperson, who noted the boss was present for final passage.

Murphy cheered the end of crunch-time deadlines in a statement about the fiscal package issued around 9 a.m.

“They say not to let the urgent crowd out the important, but that’s exactly what Congress has done in recent years,” Murphy said. “We spend way too much time panicking in the face of crises we inflict on ourselves. This budget deal means we can spend less time worried about shutdowns and more time working to improve the lives of the people we serve.”

Murphy urged Congress to “keep its eyes on the ball” and use the “breathing room” provided by the budget deal to tackle other big issues, such as mental health and long-term transportation funding.


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October 22, 2015

Democrats Pack Benghazi Hearing to Lift Clinton’s Spirits

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16: Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., left, and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., make their way to the House Democratic leadership elections. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Hastings, left, compared the hearing to his impeachment proceedings. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s not often that all committee members show up when their panel holds a hearing. It’s even more rare that members not even on the committee attend the hearing, just to see what’s going on.

But Thursday was one of those rare occasions, with presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill to testify on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 7:10 p.m.
Drama, POTUS, Reps

Barber’s Back and ‘Completely Disappointed’ in Benghazi Committee

Barber said the Benghazi Committee turned into "a political witch hunt." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Barber said the Benghazi Committee turned into “a political witch hunt.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., was in D.C. for business Thursday, so he thought he would return to Capitol Hill to see the committee he helped create. He was not pleased.

Barber was one of seven Democrats who broke ranks in 2014 to vote to establish the House Select Committee on Benghazi. And as he sat in the hearing room, watching lawmakers question former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he was “completely disappointed.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 6:27 p.m.
#tbt, Drama, Reps

‘Dump Trump’ Push Spurs #RacismIsntFunny Campaign (Video)

Gutierrez is urging NBC to "Dump Trump." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Gutiérrez is urging NBC to “Dump Trump.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The campaign to bar presidential hopeful Donald Trump from hosting NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7 took another step Thursday with the launch of

The website comes one day after Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., stood on the House floor next to a black poster with bold white letters that read: #RacismIsntFunny. Full story

V-I-C-T-O-R-Y: Don Beyer Wins Press Club Spelling Bee

Demirjian, left, and Beyer, right, were the finalists in the spelling bee. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Demirjian, left, and Beyer, right, were the finalists in the spelling bee. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

One thing’s for sure after Wednesday night: If you want to win a spelling bee, you better be a Democrat from Virginia.

Freshman Rep. Don Beyer Jr. bested fellow lawmakers and journalists to take home the National Press Club spelling bee trophy, taking the title of best speller on Capitol Hill from the 2013 champion: Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 9:25 a.m.
Baller, Drama, media, Reps, Sens

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

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Oct. 5, 2015 (Video)

A crazy week on Capitol Hill quickly spiraled into a competition to apply lipstick, open beer with another beer and sell used cars.

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October 2, 2015

The NRCC Benghazi Fundraising Web Page That Wasn’t

The NRCC wanted donors to be "Benghazi watchdogs" over Hillary Rodham Clinton (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The NRCC wanted donors to be “Benghazi watchdogs” over Clinton. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Don’t remember the National Republican Congressional Committee’s brief foray last year into raising money off the House Select Committee on Benghazi?

Neither did the NRCC apparently — until Thursday. Full story

September 29, 2015

Trent Lott: ‘Ain’t No Such Thing as Purity’ in Leadership

Trent Lott

Lott, center, talks with Sens. Dan Coats, R-Ind., left, and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., after the Senate policy luncheons. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., stood in a hallway just off the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by a throng of reporters. He was holding his left hand, pointing to one of his fingernails.

“I always thought I was having fun,” Lott said of his time in Congress. “But finally I noticed I kept getting these ridges on my fingernails. So I went downstairs to the doctor — in fact I got one right there — and I said what is this? He said that’s stress.” Full story

September 27, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 21, 2015 (Video)

Congress spent a busy week struggling with pronunciations, saluting “national treasures” and aligning chairs.

Full story

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