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In the Capitol, Women's Living History

Vaught was honored at Statuary Hall for her achievements in the Air Force. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden kicked off Women's History Month on Wednesday with a Capitol Hill event in Statuary Hall for the Joining Forces initiative, which works to aid service members and veterans.  

“Just one month?” Obama quipped about women's history. The event honored retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, who stood and saluted the first lady during her remarks. “Every time I see her, I tell her I want to grow up to be just like her,” Obama said.  

Ethics Probes Waiting for Resolution

There are 10 open cases being considered by the House Ethics Committee that have been made public. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

The House Ethics Committee acts confidentially and typically uses minimalist language to announce whether it is investigating a member of Congress. This makes tracking open cases difficult, but there are 10 cases the committee has previously stated it is reviewing. The committee has no rules compelling it to make a public announcement that a review has been closed, sometimes resulting in a delay in a case's resolution coming to light — though members certainly have an interest in publicizing something that reflects well on them.  

Boehner 'Comfortable' With House Ethics Protocols

Steering Committee, Other Rules Changes to Confront GOP

McMorris Rodgers and Messer arrive Monday for a meeting with Boehner. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 7:18 p.m. | House Republicans could vote as early as this week on some changes to their official rules — including a plan to diversify the makeup of the powerful Steering Committee, Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers told CQ Roll Call Tuesday.  

Fast-tracking a vote to broaden member representation of the board that makes committee assignments could have an immediate effect on Republicans Kevin Brady of Texas and Pat Tiberi of Ohio, who are vying to succeed Paul D. Ryan as chairman of Ways and Means. Ryan is poised to become the next speaker Thursday.  

House Members Needing and Paying for Attorneys

At any given time there are always some members of the House of Representatives who find themselves in the need of having to pay for attorneys and legal services. In some instances, a member may have been dealing with the House Office of Congressional Ethics or the House Ethics Committee, such as Reps. Andrews, Bachmann, Bishop, Grimm, McMorris Rodgers, Mullin, Owens, and Schock.  

In the first quarter of this year, here are some of the large payments.  

With an Eye on the Party's Image, House GOP Puts Women Front and Center

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There are 19 women in the House Republican Conference, and on Thursday, 11 of them came to the chamber floor in support of a bill they said was a woman's issue at its core.  

The spotlight on GOP women came as part of a debate over changing the Affordable Care Act's definition of a full-time job from 30 hours a week to 40.  

Google Inc. NetPAC Has Record Giving Month

The political action committee of a major Internet services and products company has increased its political contributions to a new high.  

Google Inc. NetPAC reported today it had giving $174,500 to federal candidates and committees during February. Previously, their high month was September 2012, when the PAC gave $165,500 to federal candidates and committees.  

Republican Members Move Last-Minute Money To David Jolly in Florida Special Election

Republican members of Congress are sending last-minute campaign contributions to win a special election in Florida on March 11th.  

Campaign finance reports for the campaigns of Republican David Jolly  and Democrat Alex Sink,  in the 13th District of Florida are due on Thursday and will disclose donors and disbursements from January 1 through February 19th. But last-minute contribution notices of contributions of $1,000 or more are required to be filed within 48-hours, between February 20th and March 8th.  

DCCC Says McMorris Rodgers 'Owes the Nation an Apology for Lying'

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is calling on House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to apologize for "lying" in her response to the president's State of the Union address on Thursday night.  

But the Washington Republican thinks she has nothing to apologize for.  

Hoyer: McMorris Rodgers a 'Transparent' Pick to Deliver SOTU Response

McMorris Rodgers preps for the GOP response to the State of the Union address. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers delivered the official GOP rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday night in a bid to offer voters a new face for the party ahead of the midterm elections.  

On Wednesday morning, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., predicted voters would see through that effort to appeal to minorities and women, and other constituencies traditionally unmoved by the Republican platform.