David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: What Is the Debt Ceiling?

Congress has a number of pending deadlines when it returns to D.C. after Labor Day, and committing to paying the government’s bills is one of them. Senior editor David Hawkings lays out what it means to raise the debt limit, and how it's separate from the debate over funding the government.

Sen. Boozman to Have Follow-Up Heart Surgery
Change in August recess delayed operation

Sen. John Boozman underwent emergency heart surgery in 2014 to fix a torn aorta. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. John Boozman was scheduled to have a follow-up heart operation during the first week of August. That all changed when the Senate pushed back the start of August recess.

Now the Arkansas Republican is set to have the procedure in northern Virginia Tuesday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

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Harriet Tubman Statue May Come to Capitol
Maryland wants to add abolitionist to the halls of Congress

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen is working to place a statue of Harriet Tubman in the Capitol (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The state of Maryland is moving closer to having a statue of abolitionist Harriet Tubman built for display in the United States Capitol.

The state’s junior senator, Democrat Chris Van Hollen, said at a recent hearing that his staff has been working with the Architect of the Capitol to plan for the creation and donation of the sculpture.

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Suspect Fires at Police During Chase Near Capitol
Capitol building, House and Senate office buildings locked down briefly

The U.S. Capitol was locked down on Tuesday due to police activity in the area. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A man fired a shot out the window of a car being chased by police during the afternoon rush on Tuesday, prompting a lock down of the U.S. Capitol and its office buildings, authorities said.  

Staffers were notified in an email alert of late afternoon police activity in the area, and ordered those inside the Capitol complex to find a safe location.  

Security Scare Puts Capitol on Brief Lockdown
What was thought to be a weapon turns out to be power drill, sources say

The Capitol was briefly on lockdown on Friday as police said they were searching for a person of interest. (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

The U.S. Capitol was briefly on lockdown while police searched for a "person of interest" who was believed to have a weapon.  

Capitol Police lifted the lockdown after it was determined that the woman in question didn't have a weapon. Sources said she was carrying a drill and tools in her backpack.  

Twerking Outside the Capitol for Orlando
Werk for Peace activists danced to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"

To honor the Orlando nightclub shooting victims, LGBT activists created a nightclub of their own outside the Capitol on Thursday.  

The newly formed group, Werk For Peace, organized the flash mob-style group dance for its first event.