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  1. Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DCRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 22 | SFGate

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., plays piano in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Alexander, who had the piano delivered to his Capitol Hill office so he could practice, is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi River with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Saturday.


  2. Capitol cops get bathroom training after guns left in toiletRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 20 | SFGate

    U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine, right, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, before a House Administration Committee hearing to discuss safety concerns after a gyrocopter illegally landed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol grounds, securing officers handguns, and other issues. WASHINGTON - Capitol Police officers are getting training after officers accidentally left their guns in the Capitol's public bathrooms three times this year.


  3. Sarah Brady, gun control advocate, dies at 73Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 3, 2015 | SFGate

    FILE: Sarah Brady, the wife of former White House Press Secretary James Brady, has died at the age of 73. She had become ill with pneumonia. WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 30: Sarah Brady, wife of former White House Press Secretary James Brady, visits the press briefing room that bears her husband's name at the White House March 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.


  4. Top US general optimistic about outcome of Tikrit battleRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 7, 2015 | SFGate

    In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee.


  5. Kids defy Capitol Hill cops; sled anywayRead the original story

    Mar 6, 2015 | SFGate

    Hill staffer Brandon Ashley holds a sign of protest on the west front lawn of the Capitol during a snow storm, March 5, 2015. The Capitol Police informed people gathering of the ban on sledding in the area but most choose to ignore the warning.


  6. David Petraeus admits sharing military secrets with mistressRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 3, 2015 | SFGate

    MARCH 3, 2015: It was reported that former CIA director David Petraeus has entered to an agreement with federal prosecutors in which he would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information and would allow Petraeus to avoid a trial over whether he gave classified information to his mistress, Paula Broadwell March 3, 2015 WASHINGTON - JUNE 16: Commander of the United States Central Command Army Gen. David Petraeus pauses during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee June 16, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.


  7. Pot fight between DC mayor, Congress could cost the cityRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2015 | SFGate

    Rica Madrid poses for a photograph as she smokes pot in her home on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Washington. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser defied threats from Congress by implementing a voter-approved initiative on Thursday, making the city the only place east of the Mississippi River where people can legally grow and share marijuana in private.


  8. Lawmakers push for Amtrak to allow small pets on trainsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 17, 2015 | SFGate

    In this photo taken Feb. 11, 2015, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. poses with Lily, his 15-pound French bulldog in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington.


  9. Congress set to pass bill approving Keystone XL pipelineRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 11, 2015 | SFGate

    Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, speaks about Keystone XL, in this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hoeven of North Dakota, the chief Republican sponsor of the bill in the Senate, urged the president to approve the project.


  10. Senate approves ex-Mass. official Botticelli as US drug czarRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 9, 2015 | SFGate

    In this Feb. 4, 2014, file photo, Michael Botticelli testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate has voted to approve Botticelli to serve as U.S. drug "czar" overseeing federal drug policy on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.


  11. French, German leaders push new peace plan for eastern UkraineRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 5, 2015 | SFGate

    Refugees from the city of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine get into buses in Artemivsk to escape the pro-Russain rebels shelling. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande arrived in Kiev today with a new peace plan to stop an upsurge in fighting in the region.


  12. FCC's net neutrality plan a win for startups, consumersRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 4, 2015 | SFGate

    FEBRUARY 04: Sen. Edward J. Markey arrives to speak about net neutrality during a news conference on Capitol Hill, February 4. 2015 in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify the transmission component of broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.


  13. Feinstein and CIA step up war over spying on SenateRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 27, 2015 | SFGate

    This April 3, 2014 file photo shows Senator Dianne Feinstein D-CA as she walks to a closed meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The lawmaker behind the explosive US Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques presented several torture prevention proposals on January 5, 2015 to President Barack Obama including a ban on the CIA holding detainees.


  14. Obama's pointed speech targets GOPRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 20, 2015 | SFGate

    Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress , President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans. In a shift from tradition, Obama's address to a joint session of Congress was less a laundry list of new proposals and more an attempt to sell a story of a national economy emerging from the "shadow of crisis."


  15. House overwhelmingly approves Keystone XL pipelineRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2015 | SFGate

    Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee members, from left, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, as the committee crafts a markup of the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline bill. The bill, at the top of the GOP agenda, was passed out of the committee and will go to the Senate floor for debate.


  16. John Boehner beats back dissent to reclaim House speaker postRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 6, 2015 | SFGate

    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, kisses U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, after passing the gavel to Boehner during the first session of the 114th Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. John Boehner was sworn in for a third term as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, overcoming a challenge within his party as a new Republican-controlled Congress convened today in Washington.


  17. Washington drops its war on medical potRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 1, 2015 | SFGate

    Alison Holcomb, left, of the Washington state ACLU, shares a laugh with first customer Deb Greene at Seattle's Cannabis City in July. Washington is waving a white flag in the medical marijuana wars.


  18. The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, potRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 14, 2014 | SFGate

    Sen. Lindsey Graham talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. School kids, truckers, marijuana smokers and fans of old-fashioned light bulbs are among millions of Americans with something extra riding on passage of a giant spending bill needed to keep the government running.


  19. The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, potRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 13, 2014 | SFGate

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, as the Senate considers a spending bill. The House has passed an additional stopgap spending to make certain the government doesn't shut down at midnight Saturday when current funding authority runs out.


  20. Ashton Carter is Obama's likely Pentagon pickRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 2, 2014 | SFGate

    Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is expected to be nominated by President Obama for the position of Secretary of Defense. FILE - DECEMBER 2, 2014: According to reports, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is expected to be nominated by President Obama for the position of Secretary of Defense December 2, 2014.


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