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April 17, 2015

White House Fence Jumper Who Kicked K-9 Pleads Guilty

The Maryland man who scaled the White House fence in October and was caught on camera kicking one of the Secret Service’s big Belgian Malinois dogs pled guilty Friday to a federal charge stemming from the intrusion.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, formerly of Bel Air, Md., has been in custody since his Oct. 22 arrest on the White House grounds, a high-profile security scare that took place four weeks after another man made it into the executive mansion, allegedly armed with a knife. Full story

April 16, 2015

On Emancipation Day, D.C. Reflects on Lack of Rights

Women dress in period garb for the 2012 Emancipation Day Parade. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Women dress in period garb for the 2012 Emancipation Day Parade. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia is a time for celebrations and reflection, but also to draw attention to D.C.’s lack of voting rights in Congress.

As public schools and local government offices closed Thursday to celebrate the 153rd anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves in D.C., Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., noted Congress was still open.

“I sure wish we’d close them up,” Norton said at a prayer breakfast at the Willard Hotel. “Congress is particularly intent on doing great harm to the District of Columbia this year.” Full story

With Capitol in Sight, Postal Customers Struggle to Pay Their Taxes

Customers gather outside the National Capital Station post office on tax day. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

Customers gathered outside the National Capitol Station post office on tax day. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

The irony was unmistakable.

Just blocks north of the Capitol building, confused taxpayers from D.C., Maryland and Virginia were gathered outside the National Capitol Station post office branch, trying to mail their returns to the IRS late in the evening on deadline day.

Until recently, the large postal facility was open late at night, particularly on April 15. But, as more returns have been filed electronically and the Postal Service has faced budget woes, the extended hours have ceased.

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April 15, 2015

Gyrocopter Lands Amid Capitol Police Tumult

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After arresting the pilot of a small gyrocopter that touched down Wednesday on the West Front, many Capitol Police were left wondering, “What’s next?”

Hours before Florida man Doug Hughes landed his small aircraft, officers learned new details about a major shakeup underway among the department’s top brass. In an official memo obtained by CQ Roll Call, Chief Kim C. Dine notified the force he had chosen Deputy Chief Matt Verderosa to replace outgoing Assistant Chief Daniel Malloy, effective May 1.

Still uncertain is Dine’s own future with the department. The chief has submitted a resignation letter to the Capitol Police Board, following reports of conflict within the agency. Full story

Calls for D.C. Rights Mount on Tax Day, Emancipation Day

Woodrow Landfair, left, and a man named David who declined to give his last name, sit along 3rd St., on the Mall while bound to a "liberty pole" as part of a vigil to draw attention to the District's lack of full representation in Congress. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Protesters attach themselves to a “liberty pole” as part of a vigil to draw attention to D.C.’s lack of full representation in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

While April 15 might just be a filing deadline for most Americans, for D.C. residents, it’s a day when the words that adorn their license plates hit home.

“The slogan ‘taxation without representation’ is something you would hope had perished with the end of the Revolutionary War, but it still applies today to the 650,000 Americans who call the District of Columbia home,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said in a statement Wednesday. “We feel our status as lesser citizens especially on April 15.” Full story

April 11, 2015

MPD Will Lead Capitol Shooting Death Investigation

Spectators gather near Peace Circle on the West Front of the Capitol to view officials process the scene of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Spectators gather near Peace Circle on the West Front of the Capitol to view officials process the scene of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., will lead the investigation of the death of a man who shot himself on the West Front of the Capitol on Saturday, according to Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine.

Standing behind yellow police tape and in front of about 30 reporters at a 5 p.m. press conference at Pennsylvania Ave. and First Street NW, Dine said a male subject with a backpack and rolling suitcase walked along a public area along the Lower West Terrace at approximately 1:05 p.m. and “engaged in a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

According to Dine and a follow-up advisory from the Capitol Police, the man who turned his weapon on himself was the only shooter, and no other injuries were reported. Law enforcement officers on the scene did not fire their weapons. The department’s bomb squad, with an assist from MPD, didn’t find any hazardous materials in the man’s belongings. Parts of the West Front will likely continue to be closed off until the investigation is completed, according to Capitol Police.

The subject’s identity is being withheld until his next of kin is informed. In addition to the MPD, Capitol Police will be working with the FBI, Secret Service and Park Police in the probe of the event. The subject had a sign with him, which Dine acknowledged was a “social justice” message. “I don’t have the actual language,” he said, but added he would relay as soon as it could be confirmed.

“That’s all we have now,” Dine said.

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March 31, 2015

‘Team 26′ Demands Congress Address Gun Violence

Team 26 arrives at the Capitol. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Team 26 arrives at the Capitol. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, 26 bikers in green jerseys turned off of First Street and headed straight toward the Capitol Dome.

“Team 26″ arrived in the District of Columbia after a four-day, 400-mile journey from Newtown, Conn., as part of the third annual Sandy Hook Ride On Washington to honor victims of gun violence and call on Congress to act. Full story

Bowser Bans Travel to Indiana Over Religious Freedom Law

Mayor Muriel Bowser

Bowser banned official travel to Indiana Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an executive order Tuesday prohibiting D.C. officials and employees from approving official travel to Indiana in response to the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The RFRA bars laws that would inhibit a person, religious institution or business from following one’s religious beliefs. But critics say the law opens the door for discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Full story

March 26, 2015

Former Staffer Is Off the Hill, but Still On the Grind

(Courtesy Robert McAlister)

(Courtesy Robert McAlister)

Robert McAlister didn’t know anything about the coffee business. But he knew he enjoyed drinking coffee.

“People from New Orleans, and Louisiana in general, tend to really be coffee lovers, so I already was. And I had an interest in it and just really wanted to know more about the coffee industry,” McAlister said, explaining his move from Capitol Hill to become head of wholesale sales for a burgeoning coffee company. Full story

March 24, 2015

Secret Service Director: ‘We Are Not a Perfect Agency’ (Video)

For the third time in a week, U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy faced pointed questions from members of Congress about officer misconduct and a lack of accountability for rank-and-file agents, but defended his beleaguered organization.

“The president, the White House, the first family is safe. Absolutely. I’ve protected four presidents. Four presidents who apparently respect the work that I’ve done,” Clancy told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during a three-and-a-half hour hearing Tuesday. “I know what it takes to protect presidents and their families. And I know that we are not a perfect agency. … We know what we’re doing. But do we make mistakes? Yes we do. We make mistakes and we follow up on them.” Full story

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