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First Draft Focus: Civil Disobedience, by Sledding

Many used Thursday’s snowstorm to hold a “Sled-In,” openly defying a ban on sledding on Capitol Hill grounds.

Washington, D.C., residents protest Capitol Hill sledding ban

We the People of Washington, D.C., in order to form a more perfect Snow Day, establish sledding on Capitol Hill.

Sledding Ban At Capitol Hill Upheld By Local Police

The sledding ban at Capitol Hill has been in place for more than 30 years. Although the law is meant to protect national security, a Congresswoman asked local authorities to lift the ban. As the region is expecting a significant snowstorm,...Show More Summary

Where are the Hindus on Capitol Hill?

There's only one in Congress—and she's not of Indian origin.

‘Party Poopers’: Media Bash Capitol Hill’s Sledding Ban, Plot Insurgency

3 weeks agoNews : Mediaite

Despite Representative Eleanor Norton's (D-DC) best efforts, Capitol Police disallowed sledding on Capitol Hill Thursday, a bummer to government employees who have a snow day today. As is typical in times of anti-government unrest, social media became the principle means of opposition coordination.

Hate Crime Forum Coalesces Around Demand for a Homeless LGBTQ Youth Shelter

3 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Jackie Sandberg, in the purple beanie, listens before getting up to speak about her experiences with violence at a forum on hate crimes. Alex Garland Statistics on a surge of hate crimes on Capitol Hill are one thing. The piercing personal...Show More Summary

Why a D.C. bike shop is joining a radical socialist union

Call it copycat unionism: Sometimes one workplace’s organizing efforts spread to another. That at least seems to be what's happening at Capitol Hill Bikes, whose nine-person staff voted in January to form the District Bicycle Workers' Union after watching the struggles of Capital Bikeshare workers to do the same. “We saw what Capital Bikeshare was doing […]

The Battle Over the Armor-Piercing AR-15 Bullet Is a Problem of the Gun Industry's Own Making

The gun lobby and its supporters on Capitol Hill are in full-blown Armageddon mode in the wake of a proposal by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to ban the availability of a type of ammunition originally...Show More Summary

Space Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

The Space Exploration Alliance wrapped up its most recent 'legislative blitz' last week. Nearly 70 individuals participated in the democratic process, speaking to nearly 168 difference offices in Congress. Nearly half of those individuals were Planetary Society members.

Barbara Boxer Offers New Iran Bill As Democrats Flee GOP Proposal

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- In the midst of an increasingly partisan battle over Iran sanctions on Capitol Hill, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) offered her own legislative response to Iran’s nuclear program. On Wednesday, Boxer and six Democratic co-sponsors...Show More Summary

Democrats Roll Out 'Middle-Class' Tax Agenda To Compete With GOP

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on Wednesday fired their own salvo in Capitol Hill's ongoing tax cut battles, offering a slew of breaks that would primarily help middle-class and lower-income earners. Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.),...Show More Summary

Go Home Already: Don't Take My Care

End-of-day news: Norton asks Congress to let kids sled on Capitol Hill, and more. [ more › ]

AR-15 Armor-Piercing Bullet Battle Problem of Gun Industry's Own Making

The gun lobby and its supporters on Capitol Hill are in full-blown Armageddon mode in the wake of a proposal by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to ban the availability of a type of ammunition originally...Show More Summary

Washington Kids Should Be Able to Sled Down Capitol Hill, Lawmaker Says

The District of Columbia representative wants a ban on sledding on the U.S. Capitol grounds lifted before snowstorm

The latest Gabby Giffords push for modest gun controls is new. The outlook isn’t.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously wounded by a gunman in a 2011 attack, returned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to help relaunch legislation aimed at closing loopholes in background checks for gun buyers. The bill would expand the current federal law mandating background checks to include weapons sold at gun shows and sold over […]

Netanyahu Sounds Alarm on Iran Nuke Deal Not Unlike Queen Esther in Bible, but Is America Listening?

Tuesday on Capitol Hill, we heard about another grave threat to the Jewish people. As I sat in the House Chamber and listened to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I heard a leader who respectfully but urgently conveyed a single, compelling message, the same message Esther gave to the Persian King Ahasuerus: the Jewish people are under threat, and need immediate help.

Lawmakers Impressed But Unmoved By Bibi Speech

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won applause, whoops and standing ovations on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, but conversations with lawmakers immediately after Netanyahu's long-awaited address suggest that he didn’t...Show More Summary

Loathsome Warmonger Addresses Congress. (Not Dick Cheney.)

Bibi Netanyahu came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to deliver his much-anticipated speech to Congress. (No we will not embed it here because we love you.) Wonkette’s Los Angeles bureau rolled out of bed early to watch it, because there is nothing we like more than starting our day with a little bloodthirsty warmongering. Show More Summary

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