Thomas McKinless

Pelosi signs articles of impeachment

Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening. The articles were then taken across the Capitol to the Senate....
Pelosi announces impeachment managers

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday morning that Reps. Adam B. Schiff and Jerrold Nadler would be among the managers for the Senate impeachment trial.

Watch: Capitol Police are ‘West Wing’ fans, too
What’s next? President Bartlet is on the Hill

Forgive our lawmakers for falling short: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 6, 2020

In closing out the first session of the 116th Congress at the beginning of 2020, House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy asked for “forgiveness” when “the efforts of this Congress have fallen short.” If that’s any indication of what’s to come for the rest of 2020, we’re in for a long year....
Trump to Lee: Other people called it ‘best presentation they’ve ever seen’

President Donald Trump disagreed with GOP Sen. Mike Lee’s comments that Wednesday’s Iran briefing was the worst briefing he’d ever seen on a military issue.

What the heck is franking and why did Dan Newhouse get a wrestling belt for it?

How do you make franking (member-directed taxpayer-funded mass mailing) fun? Make it a competition where the prize is an enormous championship wrestling belt. House GOP lawmakers held a franking “contest” to see who could increase their outreach to constituents the most. Rep Rodney Dav...
Weather cam: D.C.’s first snowfall of 2020

Washington had its first snowfall of the year Tuesday. Although the Office of Personnel Management ordered federal government employees in the district to leave work by 1 p.m., Congress remained in session. Here’s a look at the Capitol as the snow fell....
Protesters and police in disarray amid anti-Trump demonstrations

Demonstrators protesting President Donald Trump and the prospect of war in Iran occupied the Hart Senate Office building Monday. Active protests are prohibited in the Senate office buildings, but demonstrators maintained that they would work within those limitations by not chanting or waving signs, occasionally invoking the ire of Capitol Police but not the handcuffs....
Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2019
It’s been quite a year

It’s been a long year on Capitol Hill. As we head into 2020 for a bruising election season, a looming Senate impeachment trial and continued partisan standoffs, Hits and Misses looks back at Congress’ best and worst moments from 2019.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Impeachment edition
The House voted Wednesday to adopt two articles, setting up expected Senate trial

Democrats have repeatedly referred to the impeachment of President Donald Trump as a “solemn” occasion. But the months (and years) leading up to the historic moment Wednesday have been marked with Congress’ usual antics, from taunting the attorney general with a chicken to comparing the president to Jesus....
‘Yule’ get fewer calories with ‘impeachment lite’ — Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 9, 2019

Lawmakers got in the yuletide spirit this week while the House Judiciary Committee debated articles of impeachment, which President Donald Trump dubbed “impeachment lite.”

“They’re getting ready to vote for their Christmas present,” Rep. Doug Collins said of House Democrats’ impeachment push. All that plus giant imitation sugar packets, cellphone interruptions and December’s obligatory “winter is coming” reference.

The real war on Christmas: Who unplugged Perlmutter’s snowman?
Frosty the deadman

It was just a friendly Christmas decorating competition in the Longworth House Office Building halls. But then, an innocent snowman was slain. Kathryn Lyons investigates....
Drug prices are too high. What is Congress trying to do about it?

Both the House and the Senate have competing bills aimed at addressing the rising costs of prescription drugs, a legislative priority backed by President Donald Trump.

Watch: Democrats charge Trump with abuse of power, obstruction of Congress

Democratic leaders announced Tuesday morning they are introducing two articles of impeachment, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of office and obstruction of Congress.

Pelosi lights the 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree
The 2019 tree is a blue spruce from New Mexico

Speaker Nancy Pelosi was joined by members of the New Mexico delegation on the West Lawn of the Capitol Wednesday night for the ceremonial lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree. ...
Watch: Trump calls Trudeau ‘two-faced’ after overheard comments

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced” following overheard comments Trudeau seemed to make about Trump at Buckingham Palace. World leaders are in London for a NATO summit.