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DC Health Link Down Until Saturday Night

blogs.rollcall.com — Members of Congress and Capitol Hill staffers looking to enroll in the health care exchanges this weekend will have to wait until Saturday night, as the website administering enrollment is down for maintenance. The enrollment period for congressional employees began on Nov. 10 and ends on Dec. 8.

Freshman Class Filled With Losers

blogs.rollcall.com — Congress is filled with a bunch of losers, but it's not exactly what you're thinking. In the wake of the election, it's easy to second guess losing candidates and their campaigns, and to discount their chances of ever winning a seat in Congress.
Nov 21, 2014

Congress' incoming freshman are a bunch of losers. More than 40% lost previous elections blogs.rollcall.com/rothenblog/fre… via @nathanlgonzales

Nov 21, 2014

RT @nathanlgonzales: Incoming class in Congress is filled with losers. My explanation: roll.cl/1yuXql9

Nov 21, 2014

RT @MattMackowiak: 27 new members of Congress and 4 new Governors lost earlier campaigns blogs.rollcall.com/rothenblog/fre…

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Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives on the Hill

blogs.rollcall.com — All the way from Minnesota, the Capitol Christmas Tree arrived on Friday. Now, the Minnesota White Spruce just needs to be anchored upright, decorated head to toe and lit, finally, by Speaker John A. Boehner on Dec. 2.

Politically Connected Ambassador Nominees to Get Floor Votes

blogs.rollcall.com — When the Senate returns from Thanksgiving, the first pressing business will be confirming a pair of President Barack Obama's nominees that might not stand a chance in a Republican-led Senate. The Senate's set to vote Monday, Dec.

Ron Johnson Open to Senate Hearing on Marijuana Legalization

blogs.rollcall.com — Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., likely the next chairman of the Senate committee with oversight over Washington, D.C., said Thursday that he would like to hold a hearing on marijuana legalization.
Nov 21, 2014

Ron Johnson on DC pot legalization: "If anything, I’d want to use the committee to hold a hearing." roll.cl/1p6dkme #initiative71

Nov 21, 2014

DC congressional overlord Chaffetz:"The recreational consumption of marijuana is not something I’ve been in favor of" bit.ly/1vvFCsx

DSCC Announces Top Staff

atr.rollcall.com — The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced on Friday its top staffing decisions for the 2016 cycle. Many of the key staffers have previously worked for incoming DSCC Chairman Jon Tester of Montana, who is tasked with helping win back a Democratic majority. The party would need to net five seats if Democratic Sen.

Obama Would Veto Any Bill Undoing Immigration Executive Action

blogs.rollcall.com — President Barack Obama would veto any legislation hatched by Republicans to undo his immigration executive action granting relief to millions, according to a senior administration official. The official left no doubt that the White House is prepared for a shutdown showdown if Republicans attach a rider to the upcoming spending bill needed to keep the government open past Dec.
Nov 20, 2014

Important: INS agents will ordered not to detain illegal immigrants who aren't recent arrivals or criminals blogs.rollcall.com/white-house/ob…

Nov 20, 2014

As with the health law, a government shutdown won't stop immigration executive action blogs.rollcall.com/white-house/ob… @StevenTDennis

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2014 on Track to be the Hottest Year on Record

wonkwire.rollcall.com — Think Progress: "It has been the warmest January-October on record and last month was the hottest October on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Thursday." "And while you wouldn't know it from the cold temperatures in large parts of this country, NOAA's "State of the Climate: Global Analysis," projects that 2014 is ...

ICYMI: Keystone, Tax Extenders & Yucca

blogs.rollcall.com — The Keystone XL pipeline came one vote short in the Senate, leaving its future in the hands of the administration, Nebraska and another legislative attempt expected under GOP control (subscription). President Barack Obama recently rekindled the debate about whether the pipeline would be used for exporting oil, and, speaking of exports, a previous condensate ruling emerged.
Nov 21, 2014

Here's a look back on our coverage of the Keystone vote, tax extenders and Yucca Mountain. cqnow.co/ICYMINov21 @CQEnergy @CQnow

Comparing Obama's Vetoes and Executive Orders to Past Presidents

wonkwire.rollcall.com — Danny Vinik points out that "other presidents ... have had to use their veto power much more frequently. Franklin D. Roosevelt, for instance, vetoed 635 bills during his 12 years in office. Bill Clinton vetoed 37 bills. Obama has vetoed just two bills during his presidency."

A Closer Look at Who is Immigrating to the U.S.

wonkwire.rollcall.com — Ben Casselman of 538 contends that the make-up of our immigrants has changed significantly. "The immigration debate ... focuses primarily on illegal immigration from Latin America. Yet most new immigrants aren't Latinos. Most Latinos aren't immigrants. And, based on the best available evidence, there are fewer undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Study: Binging on Booze Doesn't Make You an Alcoholic

wonkwire.rollcall.com — U.S. News: "Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says." "In fact, 90 percent of those who drink too much aren't dependent on alcohol. But one in three adults drinks to excess, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

Is Obama's Use of Executive Powers Unprecedented?

wonkwire.rollcall.com — Julie Hirschfeld Davis in the New York Times: "President Obama's action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and grant them work permits opens a new front in the decades-long debate over the scope of presidential authority." "Although Mr. Obama is not breaking new ground by using executive powers to carve out a quasi-legal ...

Barack Obama Still Has a BlackBerry

hoh.rollcall.com — Thanks to the White House press corps, we might have found the most high-profile person who still has a BlackBerry: Barack Obama. The tip comes from the Detroit News' David Shepardson, who filed this pool report earlier today: "Before departure, President Obama walked alone along Colonnade at 10:18 a.m.

Can Voter ID Laws Be Used to Steal Elections?

wonkwire.rollcall.com — Nate Cohn: "Voter ID laws might well be a cynical, anti-democratic attempt to disenfranchise voters to help Republicans, as Democrats claim. But that doesn't mean that voter ID laws are an effective way to steal elections. They just don't make a difference in anything but the closest contests, when anything and everything matters."

NSA: Hackers Probing Control of Power, Water & Fuel

blogs.rollcall.com — The head of the National Security Agency called for more information sharing to thwart hackers from China and elsewhere who crawl computer systems of critical U.S. infrastructure to access controls that could be used to cut utility services, CQ Roll Call's Rob Margetta reported Thursday.

Capitol Police Chasing CALEA Reaccreditation

blogs.rollcall.com — As a legislative branch agency, the Capitol Police force is subject to oversight by both chambers of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Compliance and other external entities, including an independent Office of the Inspector General.
Nov 21, 2014

Capitol Police chasing @CALEA_org reaccreditation, requires compliance with more than 350 standards roll.cl/1tauAD4

Parents of DACA Children Need Act of Congress, White House Says

blogs.rollcall.com — President Barack Obama's sweeping immigration action leaves millions still at risk of deportation - including one group activists had long hoped Obama would protect - the parents of the so-called "Dreamers" he granted relief to two years ago.
Nov 21, 2014

Re-upping since it appears @Schultz44 got asked about this in the gaggle roll.cl/1taviQM

Nov 21, 2014

RT @rollcall: Parents of DACA Children Need Act of Congress, White House Says roll.cl/1taviQM via @nielslesniewski

Nov 21, 2014

ICYMI: my piece on the case for the legality of the #ImmigrationAction (and its limits) roll.cl/1taviQM

Nov 21, 2014

Apparently this topic came up in the gaggle on Air Force One, too: roll.cl/1taviQM

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Members Rush to Recruit Freshmen to Softball Team

hoh.rollcall.com — Think it's too early for softball? Think again. Veteran members of the Congressional Women's Softball Team fanned out over Washington over the last week to recruit members-elect to their softball team. The team squares off each summer against the Bad News Babes, a team of reporters in a fundraiser for the Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer charity.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @rollcall: Think it's too early to talk about congressional softball? Think again. roll.cl/1yuhxA3 via @RollCallAbby (of course)

Nov 21, 2014

RT @rollcall: Think it's too early to talk about congressional softball? Think again. roll.cl/1yuhxA3 via @RollCallAbby (of course)

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