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D.C. Clears Homeless Encampment Blocks From Capitol

Henry Palmer, a homeless man living in one of the tents along First Street NE in Washington, expresses his anger as D.C. city workers clear the homeless encampment. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

D.C. officials on Thursday cleared a homeless encampment under the H Street overpass, shoving tents and bags full of belongings into city garbage trucks as late morning commuters made their way through the busy corridor.  

One homeless man, Henry Palmer, shouted into the street toward passersby and city officials as the tent he had called home was folded up and placed into black garbage bags.  

6 Ways Nancy Reagan Changed America

Former first lady Nancy Reagan, here in 1988, will be remembered for the "Just Say No" campaign and more. (Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/Contributer/Getty Images)

Former first lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday morning at 94.  

Trump and Christie: A Brash Buddy Movie

Christie and Trump visit during a break in the FEB. 6 Republican presidential debate in Manchester, N.H. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Whether the presidential race just got a lot more entertaining or frightening is the question.  

In true “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” fashion, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed New York billionaire Donald Trump in the race to be the Republican nominee, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio must be sweating more than is his wont.  

High Court's Key Events in Aftermath of Scalia Death

Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's bench chair is draped in black following his death. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Supreme Court returns Friday with just eight justices. Formal ceremonies commemorating the life of the late Antonin Scalia also take place.  

Slideshow: A History of Modern Supreme Court Nominations

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, seen here in 2010 with Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., was the last justice appointed to the high court.

While Republican leaders in the Senate say they won't bring a Supreme Court nominee to the floor, President Barack Obama says he plans to nominate someone. Justice Antonin Scalia died at age 79 on Saturday.  

Take a look through the most recent high court nominations via CQ Roll Call's photo archives. And yes, the first one is from 1938 because we couldn't help ourselves (the original caption called the cameras "both sounds and stills").  

Senate Confirms Ambassadors as Ted Cruz Relents

Cruz arrives in the Capitol Wednesday for a vote on North Korea sanctions. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 5:47 p.m. | Just as the Senate was departing for the Presidents Day recess, presidential hopeful Ted Cruz relented on a blockade of political nominees at the State Department.  

The list confirmed by voice vote Friday includes Thomas A. Shannon Jr., to be undersecretary for political affairs and Brian Egan to be legal adviser, as well as Azita Raji to be ambassador to Sweden and Samuel D. Heins for the posting in Norway.  

Brad Ashford Gets Major Political Assist From Aide

Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., attends a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee in Rayburn. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s still months before Election Day, but at least one critical piece appears to have fallen into place in Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford’s bid to secure a second term: a reunion with seasoned campaign vet, Jeremy Nordquist.  

Nordquist, a former state senator who resigned from office in 2015 to serve as Ashford’s chief of staff, has piqued the interest of political operatives. “Some Republicans admit [Ashford] has a good chief of staff and district director who keep the train on the tracks,” the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report noted earlier this week.  

Congress Stays Away, but Not Sledders

Capitol Hill was crowded on Sunday as the snow stopped and the sledders came to hang out. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

When Congress is away, the people will play. Amid the weekend's historic snowfall and its digging-out aftermath, Washingtonians went to Capitol Hill in droves to enjoy their newfound freedom to sled. It is hard to imagine, when looking out at festive atmosphere on the House side of the grounds on Monday that it took an act of Congress to allow sledding. Congress was not in session, of course. The House was in recess last week, and the Senate left town on Jan. 21, beating the first flakes of the so-called Snowzilla that paralyzed the East Coast and shut down transportation networks across the region.  

The House won't cast a vote again until Feb. 1, given the weather and a Democratic retreat in Baltimore. While the Senate won’t be voting until Wednesday, the chamber is still scheduled to gavel in on Tuesday. But given the ongoing snow cleanup efforts, Senate staffers were monitoring the situation before releasing definite plans for the week.  

House Cancels Votes for Week as D.C. Digs Out From Blizzard

Good Samaritans help push a minivan stuck in the snow at Union Station in Washington during the blizzard on Saturday, (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

UPDATED 6:30 p.m. | The weekend's historic blizzard has forced a delay in the House's attempt to overcome President Barack Obama's veto of a rollback of his signature health care law.  

As workers around the Capitol began to dig out from the weekend's snowstorm, it was already clear that travel would be affected into the coming work week, leading House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to inform members Sunday that the next votes for the chamber would be pushed off until Feb. 1.  

Senate Aide Sentencing in Sex-for-Drugs Case Delayed

Cochran, right, and his wife Kay Bowen Webber, center, arrive Friday at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington for the sentencing hearing for his longtime aide Fred W. Pagan. Pagan pleaded guilty in August to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of a former aide to Sen. Thad Cochran after attorneys agreed to give him another chance to divulge information on a drug conspiracy case that involved shipments of methamphetamine to the aide's home. Fred W. Pagan, a personal assistant to the Mississippi Republican, appeared in U.S. District Court in Washington on Friday before Judge Beryl A. Howell. Cochran also attended. Pagan's attorney, Kobie Flowers, requested that the Senator be allowed to speak in Pagan's behalf, but the hearing was adjourned before Cochran was allowed to do so.  

Howell agreed during the sentencing to delay the decision, despite at one point saying Pagan's last-ditch effort to offer the debriefing came "too little and too late."