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Twerking Outside the Capitol for Orlando
 

To honor the Pulse nightclub shooting victims, activists gathered outside the Capitol to create a nightclub of their own.

Prepare for a Healthy Super Bowl Sunday

Sodexo's Fimbres will be at the event Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association is providing no-meat Super Bowl snacks in the Capitol on Friday.  

The Veggie Touchdown is the group’s 2016 kickoff event, which was rescheduled due to the blizzard. No RSVP is required and the event starts at noon in the Capitol Visitor Center, Room 268.  

Trashy Problem Comes Out of Blizzard Sledding

Sledders use a discarded March for Live protest sign to skid their way down the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 22. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With hundreds of people sledding at the Capitol this weekend, hundreds of pieces of trash were left behind.  

From March for Life signs, pizza boxes, collapsed cardboard boxes and plastic bags, people sledding were either bringing their own trash and leaving it or taking items out of the trash to use as a sled. While the bulk of trash was cleaned up by the end of the weekend, Tuesday's sledders at the Capitol were still taking items out of the trash to use as surfaces.  

Oh Ya! Capitol Christmas Tree Gets Lit

The Capitol Christmas Tree is up and running. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Golden yellow hoodies dotted the West Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday, and a dark tree stood behind the children and adults wearing them. In the distance one could make out the white blur of the Washington monument through the cold mist that hung in the air.  

After speeches from Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., and Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., among others, a switch was flipped and the 88-foot tall Minnesota white spruce glittered for the first time as the Capitol Christmas Tree. "Do you know how many years it takes to grow an 88-foot tree?" Franken asked the crowd of several hundred, using the opportunity to return briefly to his comedic roots. "Neither do I." The tree had traveled more than 2,000 miles from its home in Minnesota.