Updated 2:02 pm ET, 12/7/2013
Washington (CNN) - Congress itself is now having so much trouble signing up for the Obamacare exchanges that late Friday the top administrator in the House of Representatives laid out a backup plan in case lawmakers and staff can't get through the process by the time their enrollment ends Monday.
The red flags started reaching critical mass Thursday and Friday, when some staff and members of Congress told House administrators they were having trouble enrolling through the Washington health exchange, known as DC Health Link. The D.C. exchange is the official signup portal for Congress, where members must go to get health care through their job.
Washington (CNN) – A top lobbying group for federal workers rushed to Capitol Hill Thursday, following news that budget negotiators were considering a $20 billion change in government workers’ paychecks. The fast pushback is a potential political issue for budget leaders who aides say have been getting closer to a deal.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, who sits on the budget compromise committee, told reporters Thursday that Republicans were pushing for, and negotiators have been discussing, a proposal to increase how much most federal workers contribute toward their pension. A senior Republican House aide confirmed to CNN that the idea has been on the table in spending talks.
Washington (CNN) - An evergreen from Washington state is now in Washington, D.C. as workers prepare it to become the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
House Speaker John Boehner will preside over the illumination the evening of December 3.
(CNN) – The bitter fight over nominations resumes Thursday as Senate Republicans appear poised to try and block two of President Obama's appointments, possibly triggering an angry backlash from Democrats.
One is the President's pick to be a judge on the highly influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. The other is a Democratic congressman the President wants to head the federal agency that oversees the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
If Republicans succeed in blocking the two, Democrats might carry out a threat to change Senate rules over GOP objections, the so-called "nuclear option," to prevent future filibusters of presidential appointees.Follow @politicalticker
(CNN) - The 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut, had just rammed her black luxury car through barricades and into police cruisers near the U.S. Capitol, one of Washington's securest areas.
In the car with Miriam Carey was her year-old daughter.
Police say Carey then sped down Pennsylvania Avenue before crashing. Two law enforcement officers were injured, and officers fatally shot her.
But was the shooting of the unarmed woman justified?FULL STORY
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Washington (CNN) - When word of shots fired near the Capitol first came in, Rep. Blake Farenthold worried it might be related to the government shutdown.
"The timing on this was all really kind of scary," the Texas Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "The Capitol Hill police are at a lower personnel level because of the shutdown."
(CNN) - U.S. Capitol Police say an officer was injured in a crash resulting from a car chase from near the White House to Capitol Hill. Police are working two accident locations, 1st and Constitution Avenue and 2nd and Maryland Avenue. The officer was hurt at the first intersection and was transported to a hospital.
(CNN) - Sen. Jeff Flake is having a good year: He was sworn into the Senate. He spent a week marooned on a deserted island with his sons. And now the Republican is considered one of the 50 most beautiful people in the Beltway.
The Washington news outlet The Hill published its tenth annual list on Wednesday. The publication notes Flake's famously youthful appearance and healthy lifestyle choices - he's known for his love for spear fishing, sometimes without a shirt - as well as his participation in the so-called Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group of senators that led to the passage of immigration reform this year in the Senate.
Washington (CNN) – The arrival of Prince Harry on Capitol Hill Thursday prompted what appeared to be a mass exodus of women from their congressional offices, all hoping to catch a glimpse of the third-in-line to the British throne.
Harry's visit to the Russell Senate Office Building was the first official stop on his nearly week-long tour of the United States, which will highlight the military charities that the prince, himself an Army helicopter pilot, has chosen to patronize.