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Watch: Shelby endorses Sessions for return to Senate
“I believe he will be a formidable candidate,” Shelby said

Republican Sen. Richard C. Shelby endorsed his former Alabama Senate colleague for an expected 2020 Senate bid. “I believe he will be a formidable candidate,” Shelby said Thursday.

About a year ago, Jeff Sessions was forced out of his role as attorney general by President Donald Trump. Prior to that, Sessions served in the Senate for about two decades. He was first elected in 1996.

Popeyes chicken is riding on the outcome of the LSU-Alabama game
Sens. John Kennedy and Richard Shelby are betting chicken and sausage

Kennedy defends calling Pelosi ‘dumb’ at Trump rally
“I didn’t mean it as disrespectful at all,” Kennedy said

A spooky week on the Hill, Nats win the World Series: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Oct. 28, 2019

“The real horror story this Halloween is what’s preventing Congress from doing its job,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley said Wednesday. Maybe members can’t get their jobs done because they’re a bit distracted after the Washington Nationals won the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Drag whistleblowers, Nats and more run the annual High Heel race
Tuesday night was the 33rd annual 17th Street high Heel Race

If you went out to DuPont Circle on Tuesday night, hopefully you were prepared for the annual parade of drag queens down 17th street in Washington. Saucy whistleblowers, Nats in skirts and a giant baby Trump were just a few of the many colorful and outrageous get-ups on display at the 33rd annual 17th Street High Heel Race, which brought its usual mix of LGBTQ culture and D.C. politics to the neighborhood....
Migrants and lawmakers honored for Dia de los Muertos

Members of Congress are commemorating Dia de los Muertos at the Capitol this year with altars honoring migrants and civil rights activists, as well as Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and former Rep. John Conyers Jr., who both died earlier this month. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus put together an altar to honor migrants who have died in U.S. custody.

How you (and your pet!) can be buried at the Congressional Cemetery
Dog-walking, movie nights and pet burials at the historic boneyard

Despite its namesake, the Congressional Cemetery has about 5,000 plots available, and no, you don’t have to be a member of Congress to be buried in one. “The only requirement for being buried here is you have to be dead,” says Paul Williams, president of Historic Congressional Cemetery.

But the cemetery, situated in Southeast D.C., is not just a burial ground. It also serves as “a Central Park for this part of Capitol Hill,” according to Williams. It hosts parties, yoga, movie nights and has a dog-walking program. And you don’t have to be dead to partake in those.

Awkward pauses, THC and a geography lesson: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Oct. 21, 2019

House Republicans pulled a high school prank, Delaware Democratic Sen. Thomas R. Carper gave a geography lesson and no one could remember how basic floor procedure worked.

All that plus Sen. John Cornyn learned the basics of marijuana plants, lawmakers forgot each others’ home states, and Democratic D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton challenged Democratic Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to a World Series wager.

Forget impeachment, let’s talk about the Nats: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of October 14, 2019

While no one is on the same page about the impeachment inquiry or the Trump administration’s foreign policy moves, all of D.C. can at least agree on one thing: the Nationals making it to the World Series is “pretty exciting,” as ever-enthusiastic Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put it.

Between putt-putt mishaps, rebukes of Chairman LeBron James and an auction for the Stanley Cup, Congress has been on the ball lately.

Protesters, Laverne Cox rally outside Supreme Court during LGBTQ cases
The high court heard cases on LGBTQ discrimination on Tuesday

Protesters in support of LGBTQ rights rallied outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday as the high court heard arguments in several cases dealing with discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Actress Laverne Cox joined the demonstration, calling on lawmakers to pass legislation to protect LGBTQ people if the Supreme Court doesn’t rule in their favor. According to a spokesperson for U.S. Capitol Police, 133 individuals were arrested for unlawfully demonstrating.

Yep, that’s a giant joint on the lawn of the Capitol
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton joined pro-cannabis activists at a Tuesday rally

Trump district Democrat buoyed by mostly friendly audience during impeachment town hall discussion
Opponents of impeachment also made their voices heard, but they were in a minority

Watch: Trump live-tweets Pelosi’s press conference
Pelosi and Schiff discussed impeachment and policy during a news briefing. Apparently, Trump was watching

Watch: Tlaib prompts protesters with controversial ‘impeach the motherf-----’ line
Tlaib and several other Democratic lawmakers rallied a pro-impeachment crowd Thursday

Democratic lawmakers addressed pro-impeachment demonstrators on the East Lawn of the Capitol on Thursday. Rep. Rashida Tlaib led the crowd in a cheer echoing her controversial, profane line from January.