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Photos: In Alabama Senate Special Election, Candidates Try to Stand Out
The primary to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions is slated for August 15

The special elections are continuing in 2017. Up next is the special election to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The primary is Tuesday, Aug. 15. The seat is currently held by GOP Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the vacancy earlier this year. 

In the crowded GOP field of nine candidates, the top three contenders are Strange, Roy Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and Rep. Mo Brooks

Blame It on the Rain: House Departs for August Recess
A rainy last session day in D.C. as captured by Roll Call’s Bill Clark

While the Senate is scheduled to stay on in Washington for at least another few days to take care of legislative business, House lawmakers on Friday finished up their final votes ahead of the summer recess.

And it was just in time, too, as heavy downpours hit the nation’s capital, with a D.C. area flash flood watch in effect through Saturday afternoon.

Beds Are Ready for Senate’s Long Night on Health Care
Votes are expected to go into the early hours of Friday

The cots are out in the Capitol.

Ahead of the Senate’s expected vote-a-rama on health care legislation late into the night, a Capitol employee was seen Thursday wheeling a bed toward the majority leader’s offices.

Photos of the Week: A Health Care Bill Stalemate Hits D.C. Amid Heat Wave
The week of July 17 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

By BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

The week of July 17 began with health care negotiations in the Senate, amid protests in the hallways of the Senate office buildings, and is coming to an end with an essentially stalled process on a new health care bill in the chamber. The Republican effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature law continued to be the focus of Congress watchers on the Hill this week.

Photos of the Day: Health Care Protests Erupt Across Capitol Hill
Monday saw approximately 80 arrests, according to Capitol Police

The Senate returned from recess Monday and was greeted by protesters who oppose the GOP plan to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.

Throughout the handful of House and Senate office buildings on Capitol Hill, protesters began demonstrating around 2 p.m. Monday, according to a statement by the United States Capitol Police. As of 4:30 p.m., 80 protesters had been arrested after they “refused to cease and desist” from “unlawful demonstration activities.”

Photos of the Year, So Far: 186 Days Into a New Washington
The first half of 2017 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

BY BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

2017 is now more than halfway complete. That's right, this weekend was the six-month mark on a year that’s brought a great deal of change to the nation’s capital.

Photos of the Week: July 4 Recess Begins After Senate Health Care Vote Delayed
The week of June 26 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

BY BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

Members dashed back to their home states after a raucous week in Washington. Tuesday was marked with the news that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had delayed the chamber's vote on its version of a health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The House saw the addition of two new members with the swearings in of Reps. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., and Karen Handel, R-Ga., to replace members who departed for President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

Photos of the Week: House Officially Adds a Member, Georgia Stays Red and Senate Health Care Unveiled
The week of June 19 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

BY BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

A busy week in politics was capped off with the unveiling on Thursday of the Republican's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Roll Call's photographers captured the scrums of reporters surrounding senators for reactions as they made their way through the Capitol.

The Last Days of the Georgia 6th Special Election, in Photos
The runoff on June 20 has come to a close

The most expensive House race in history has come to a close with the Associated Press calling Georgia's 6th District race for GOP candidate Karen Handel over Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday evening

Play Ball! The 56th Congressional Baseball Game in Photos
The June 15 event as captured by Roll Call's photographers

BY BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

The Democrats outscored the Republicans to win Roll Call's 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday by a score of 11-2. The game at Nationals Park went on in Washington, despite a shooting attack on the Republicans' practice the day before in Virginia that left the third-ranking GOP House member, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, in critical condition. Four others were also injured.

Photos of the Week: Just Another 5 Days in D.C. — Not
The week of June 5 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

The week was dominated by the anticipated appearance, actual appearance and analysis after the appearance of former FBI Director James B. Comey in front of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Thursday. One day before that, Washington also watched current intelligence officials testify before the same congressional panel — the probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and what the president might have asked of his officials dominating the news cycle. 

Since the next steps of the investigation are in the hands of the special counsel and could take years to resolve, this week could go down as one of the most prominent in 2017.

Photos of the Week: Congress Scurries to Memorial Day Recess
The week of May 22 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Photos of the Week: Lawmakers Reel and Run
The Week of May 15 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

BY BILL CLARK AND TOM WILLIAMS

The House returned Tuesday after a one-week recess to a Washington reeling from new allegations related to the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey and revelations that the president shared classified information with Russian officials in the Oval Office. 

Photos of the Week: Sally Yates, Town Halls and the Post-Comey Chaos
The week of May 8 as seen by Roll Call's photographers

McCabe and Rosenstein, a Photo Chronology
Acting FBI director, deputy attorney general take Capitol Hill

Photo From the Road: Dave Brat's Town Hall Gets Personal
The Virginia Republican held a meeting in his district Tuesday night

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., shakes hands with Nicole Subryan as he arrives to hold his town hall meeting in Midlothian, Va., on Tuesday night.

Check RollCall.com for more coverage on the Brat town hall later tonight.

Photo of the Day: Sally Yates? This Way Please
Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing animates Monday

A Senate staffer attempts to deliver a poster to the hearing room where former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified on Monday before the Senate Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee.

The panel is examining “Russian Interference in the 2016 United States election”. Yates was fired by President Donald Trump when she refused to direct the Justice Department to defend his initial executive order banning visitors and immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries. Clapper resigned his position when Trump took office. 

Photos of the Week: Protests and Selfies on the Hill as House Hands Senate Health Care
The week of May 1 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

The House has headed out on recess — they’re scheduled to return May 16 — after a busy week passing both an omnibus spending bill and a repeal and replace plan for the 2010 health care law. 

The Senate also passed the omnibus this week but debate remains on the health care plan. 

Photos of the Day: Health Care Passes House as Senate Passes Spending Bill
May 4 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

By BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS CQ Roll Call

The Hill was abuzz with activity Thursday as the House passed a health care package to repeal and replace Obamacare

Photos of the Week: Science and Pot Protests, a Senate Bus Ride and Kids on the Hill
The week of April 24 as captured by Roll Call's photographers