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ERA Can’t Get a Hearing, So Maloney Holds Her Own
New York congresswoman brings star power to bear by inviting Milano

From left, Carol Jenkins, of the Equal Rights Amendment Task Force, actress Alyssa Milano, and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., attend a news conference at the House Triangle on the need to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney is sick of not being able to get a hearing on ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment so she hosted her own on Wednesday.

And, she brought in some star power.

Manchin Slams ‘West Virginia Wilder’ Reality Show
Show’s producer says senator is ‘just looking for attention’

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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III is not only in the fight of his political life, but he is also fighting with producers of a reality TV show he thinks is demeaning to his state.

Opinion: No Holiday in the United States of Exhaustion
Memorial Day week started like any other, with sniping and infighting

Flags were placed at every grave for Memorial Day at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev., on Monday. There was little public evidence this Memorial Day of Americans coming together to mend the tears in the nation’s fabric, Curtis writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In overworked America, with national holidays too few and far between, citizens look forward to each one. Memorial Day, especially, is a time of unity — a day to honor those who have served and sacrificed, without regard to political party or philosophy.

This year, though, that always delicate truce seemed particularly fraught.

Hulk, Drs. Oz and Doom Headline Trump Fitness Council Appointees
Members show connection to president through support or celebrity ties

President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump is bringing in big league players to his fitness council.

The president announced his intent to appoint several former major league football and baseball players, former Olympians and celebrities to the President’s Council on Sport, Fitness and Nutrition on Friday.

‘Cardi B is Right’ Says Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sanders promotes Bodak Yellow rapper on supporting Social Security

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets demonstrators while attending a rally on the West Front of the Capitol to call on Congress to act on gun violence prevention during a national walkout by students. The Vermont Senator took to Twitter on saving Social Security Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bernie Sanders got the attention of the internet for retweeting a Cardi B quote about improving Social Security.

Sanders endorsed the rapper’s statement about former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in which she praised Roosevelt for starting Social Security.

Opinion: Hollywood Discovers America!
Roseanne has tapped into the frustrations of many voters

Roseanne Barr has tapped into the frustrations that drove millions to take a risk in the 2016 election, Winston writes. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images file photo)

As a matter of preference, television sitcoms rank somewhere behind handyman shows and zombie apocalypse series when it comes to my viewing habits. But like 25 million other Americans last week, I watched the societal/political phenomenon that is “Roseanne.”

For me, watching this working-class family struggle to make ends meet was eerily familiar.

An Environmental Film Festival That Aims for a Big Tent
26th annual confab pitches itself as both mission-driven and entertaining

The 26th annual Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital is underway, and runs through March 25. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Maryanne G. Culpepper, executive director of the Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital, has a long-standing heads-up for filmmakers who arrive at screenings to talk about their movies. 

“People are going to challenge you with questions. Be sure that you really know your stuff, and don’t try to bluff your way through an answer, because they’ll call you on it,” she says. 

‘Westworld’ Star Gives Chilling Testimony on Sexual Abuse
Evan Rachel Wood tells House Judiciary subcommittee her story

Actress Evan Rachel Wood testifies Tuesday during a House Judiciary hearing on the rights of sexual assault survivors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When a famous actor asks for encouragement by way of cheers, thumbs-ups and fist-pumps before she testifies on Capitol Hill, it puts into perspective how difficult it can be to talk about sexual abuse.

Evan Rachel Wood, famous for “Westworld” and “Thirteen,” testified Tuesday before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations and shared own story of being abused.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Spielberg film and Wawa debut, Warren gets a comic book sequel

From left, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.,  chats with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, at the Senate-House Conference Committee meeting in the Capitol on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Word on the Hill: Special Election Special Edition
Democrats spike the ball after historic upset win in Alabama

Supporters of Alabama Democrat Doug Jones celebrate his victory over Judge Roy Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.