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May 30, 2015

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May 29, 2015

Internet Squatter Trolls Capitol Police (Updated)

(Screenshot, courtesy Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

(Screenshot Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 8:20 a.m. | Typing into a Web browser reveals a toxic takedown of Congress’ own law enforcement agency that appears to have been created by someone who wears — or recently wore — a Capitol Police badge.

A cybersquatter who is full of vitriol for Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine, his inner circle and the senior House and Senate officials in charge of security established an “Independent News, Opinion and Commentary” site to troll the department. A former employee of the Capitol Police brought the site to Roll Call’s attention Thursday morning. Full story

May 21, 2015

Senate at Work Won’t Stop Memorial Day Concert

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Setup for the Memorial Day concert will go on as planned. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Despite the impending weekend Senate session, the 26th Annual National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol will go on — and that means some inconvenience for congressional staffers and thousands of dollars worth of overtime work for Capitol Police.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Senate was scheduled to be in session and voting Saturday on legislation related to expiring surveillance authorities under the Patriot Act. And a reauthorization of expiring highway authorities was also on track to be unresolved by the weekend.

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May 5, 2015

GOP Leaders Not Briefed on Bodyguards’ Lost Guns

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., might never have known their bodyguards left guns in the bathroom without CQ Roll Call’s report, which has launched a Capitol Police investigation into the source of the leak.

Spokesmen for the two GOP leaders on Tuesday made their first comments on the security lapses that were revealed May 1, in a report featuring a photo of the Glock a member of McConnell’s detail allegedly left hanging out of a toilet seat cover dispenser in the Capitol Visitor Center’s Senate office space. A CVC worker found the gun on Jan. 29, resulting in a recommendation of six days of unpaid suspension for the officer. Full story

May 4, 2015

Congress Is for Hackers

Thune checks out augmented reality glasses after speaking at a "hack-a-thon" hosted at Google's office in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Thune tries out augmented reality glasses after speaking at a “hack-a-thon” hosted at Google’s office in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In fewer than two days last week, more than 100 hackers — coders, business analysts, former congressional staffers and grass-roots advocacy specialists — developed 11 projects aimed at helping Congress function more effectively and transparently.

It’s the kind of efficiency the legislators who spoke to those assembled at Google’s Washington, D.C., office can only dream of.

The winning project was something called “Coalition Builder,” which stemmed from Sen. Cory Booker’s challenge to develop a program to make it easier to find potential legislative partners.

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May 1, 2015

Capitol Police Left Guns in Bathrooms (Video) (Updated)

On Jan. 29, this gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol VIsitor Center. (Photo courtesy of CQ Roll Call Tipster)

This gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol Visitor Center on Jan. 29, according to a source. (Photo obtained by CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:20 p.m. | When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar with the Jan. 29 incident and two other disturbing instances when Capitol Police left loaded firearms in problematic places. Full story

April 22, 2015

For Capitol Police, Change Keeps Coming

Malloy's retirement comes amid reports of frustrations between rank-and-file officers and department brass. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police are dealing with a number of hot-button issues, including costs and department leadership. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For Capitol Police, it’s been an unsettling and rough few weeks characterized by speculation about their top leaders, a suicide on the West Front, a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol lawn and members of Congress looking to trim the force’s budget.

It started earlier this month, with news that Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine was headed for the exits when the resignation letter he submitted to the Hill’s top law enforcement officials surfaced. Full story

April 20, 2015

Kim Dine Will Stay On as Capitol Police Chief

Under Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine, right, the department is pursuing accredidation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Police Board signaled it will continue to work with Chief Kim C. Dine, despite his resignation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It appears Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine is staying in place as the head of the department, with a new No. 2 to help iron out some of the discord within the ranks.

The Capitol Police Board, in a Monday evening message to the congressional community, said it will continue to work with Dine and incoming Assistant Chief Matt Verderosa “to improve our service to the Capitol Community and to provide the officers with the necessary support they need to maintain the safety, openness and security of the Capitol.” Full story

April 17, 2015

Congress Wants Answers From Capitol Police on Gyrocopter (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Members of Congress say they received no warning that the West Front went into lockdown Wednesday afternoon, prompting concerns about how Capitol Police would handle a more menacing threat to the secure airspace surrounding the Dome.

Among those demanding accountability from Capitol Police over the gyrocopter incident are appropriators who write the Capitol Police budget. Full story

March 26, 2015

Congress Not Pushing Back on July Fourth Security Crackdown

Oh, say will you still be able to see from the Capitol? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Oh, say will you still be able to see from the Capitol? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hill staffers would be the people most affected if Capitol law enforcement cracks down on Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties. That might be why members of Congress do not seem to be pushing back on a March 12 letter from the Capitol Police Board.

While lawmakers dismissed past proposals to limit access to the so-called “people’s house,” such as building a fence around the 276-acre complex, as former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer recently suggested, this most recent recommendation might prove more popular. Full story

March 17, 2015

Senate Protests More Likely to End in Handcuffs

CodePink protesters more likely to end up in handcuffs on the Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Protesters are more likely to end up in handcuffs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Planning to protest a hearing on Capitol Hill? One warning is all you get under Frank J. Larkin, the Senate’s 40th sergeant-at-arms.

A few weeks after he was sworn in as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s choice for the chamber’s chief law enforcement officer, Larkin got together with the new Republican-controlled committees, his staff and Capitol Police to ensure everybody was “in sync” on how to deal with disruptions.

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