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November 9, 2015

Honoring Veterans, One Story at a Time


The Veterans History Project has more than 99,000 collections. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Veterans History Project has more than 99,000 collections. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Americans will pause Wednesday to remember the nation’s veterans. But one Library of Congress project is working to ensure veterans’ stories are preserved for years to come.

The Veterans History Project is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. It was established on Oct. 27, 2000, by an act of Congress, and over the past 15 years the project has collected more than 99,000 stories of service members. Full story

November 6, 2015

Gyrocopter Pilot Douglas Hughes: ‘I’m Proud of What I Did’


Hughes to plead guilty to one felony charge. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hughes plans to plead guilty to one felony charge. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Douglas Hughes said Friday he plans to plead guilty to one felony charge related to his gyrocopter flight to the Capitol in April — but he is not ashamed.

The Florida man flew from Pennsylvania to the Capitol on April 15, to deliver letters to Congress pushing for a campaign finance overhaul. He was immediately arrested for breaching restricted airspace and later indicted on two felony and four misdemeanor charges. After several months of negotiations, Hughes is poised to accept a plea deal this month. Full story

October 28, 2015

Residents Want Answers on Capitol Hill Crime


Lanier addressed residents about the spike in Capitol Hill crime. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lanier addressed residents about the spike in Capitol Hill crime. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

More than 300 residents packed into a charter school gymnasium in Southeast D.C. Tuesday night to hear from legislators and police about the recent spike in Capitol Hill crime.

They voiced their concerns about an uptick in city-wide crime, and particularly in the neighborhood, peppering Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Klein, and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen with questions about what is being done to address it. Full story

October 26, 2015

Capitol Hill Crime Spike Prompts Community Meeting


(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A recent string of robberies in the Capitol Hill neighborhood have left residents wondering what is happening and what is being done to combat the crime.

The uptick in crime, most dramatically indicated by five armed robberies that occurred within a span of roughly 30 minutes on Oct. 21, has shaken the neighborhood. The Washington Post reported that police arrested several suspects connected to the robberies, but the crime has prompted the local D.C. councilman to call for a public meeting to discuss what’s going on. Full story

October 19, 2015

National Museum of the American People Gets Senator’s Support


Schatz introduced legislation to explore creating the museum. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Schatz introduced legislation to explore creating the museum. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A museum dedicated to immigrants that helped shape the nation received some congressional support Monday, but the museum’s main advocate is pushing the White House to take action in the face of congressional gridlock.

Sam Eskenazi, director of The Coalition for the National Museum of the American People, said he was encouraged by a recent Senate resolution to establish a commission to study the museum’s creation, but hoped President Barack Obama would establish a presidential commission. Full story

October 16, 2015

Connolly: Metro Issues Caused ‘Crisis of Confidence’ in Riders, Congress


Connolly also pushed for more federal funding for WMATA. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Connolly also pushed for more federal funding for WMATA. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

One Virginia lawmaker said Friday that safety and management issues surrounding Washington’s transit system has caused a “crisis of confidence” among riders and lawmakers.

“I think that one of the consequences of this drip, drip, drip of safety concerns is a crisis of confidence in the riders and in stakeholders, including stakeholders in Congress,” Rep. Gerald E. Connolly said on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, when asked about the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s ability to request assistance from Congress. Full story

October 9, 2015

Campaign Finance Reformers Skeptical of Doug Hughes’ Strategy


Hughes soaks in the support at the courthouse. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hughes soaks in the support at the courthouse. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Douglas Hughes’ warning on the corrupting influence of money in politics resonated, but his delivery strategy did not necessarily help the cause.

The Florida mailman headed to federal court on Thursday for a status hearing on the six charges he faces after landing his gyrocopter on the Capitol’s West Lawn, even as key players in the campaign finance debate criticized his flight. Full story

September 30, 2015

Safety Board Urges Federal Oversight Over D.C. Metro


UNITED STATES - AUGUST 19: A Silver Line Metro train pulls into Capitol South Metro station on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued two urgent recommendations that the Washington, D.C., Metro system be placed under federal oversight in the wake of safety issues.

“There is now a lack of independent safety oversight of Metrorail,’’ NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart said in a statement Wednesday. “This is an unacceptable gap in system safety.” Full story

Gridlock to Governing: Staffer Joins D.C. Council Office


Austin is excited about her move from Capitol Hill to D.C. government. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Austin is excited about her move to D.C. government. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Keenan Austin’s work day now begins by climbing the steps of the John A. Wilson building, instead of the Cannon House Office Building.

Austin recently became the latest congressional staffer to depart the gridlocked institution for the District of Columbia government, joining At-Large Councilmember David Grosso’s office as his new chief of staff in September.

Full story

September 24, 2015

‘Papa!’ Thousands Greet Pope Francis at the Capitol


Francis addressed the crowd on the Capitol's West Front after his speech to Congress. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Francis addressed the crowd on the Capitol’s West Front after his speech to Congress. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

“Buenos días,” Pope Francis said to the thousands gathered on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The crowd responded with an eruption of cheers and applause.

The greeting was the peak of the energy in the crowd that stood on the grass for several hours Thursday morning, waiting to be in the pontiff’s presence and hear his historic address to Congress.

Some began arriving at the Capitol at 4:30 a.m., before the security checkpoints opened, to score a spot at the front of the lawn. It was there that afforded the best view of the jumbotrons broadcasting the pope’s congressional address, and of Francis when he appeared on the Speaker’s Balcony after his speech to lawmakers. Full story

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