Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi signs articles of impeachment

Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets up after signing the articles of impeachment during an engrossment ceremony Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

In the middle of impeachment pomp, Steve Gleason gets his medal
It might’ve been the most unifying event on Capitol Hill Wednesday

Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason is honored during the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony on Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Steve Gleason got in just under the wire. 

Impeachment mania is about to consume the Capitol again, and Wednesday was proof. Press conferences were held. Harsh words were spoken. Poetry was mangled

Pelosi picks reserved team of impeachment managers who didn’t seek the role
Diversity factors considered, unlike manager choices for Clinton trial

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference to announce impeachment managers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi picked impeachment managers who mostly didn’t seek out the job, opting for a reserved team over more boisterous members who wanted to be involved.

Although Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff, the lead manager, and Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler were picks who obviously wanted to serve, the other five managers — Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Val B. Demings, Jason Crow and Sylvia R. Garcia — were not members who lobbied for the role. 

Pelosi announces impeachment managers

Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference to announce impeachment managers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

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

Capitol Ink | The Grim Reaper

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

A photojournalist takes photos of the TV monitor in the Capitol’s Rayburn subway stop as President Donald Trump speaks about Iran on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi wants new AUMF but says ‘it’s harder than you would think’
Speaker describes questions for debating new AUMF but does not commit to vote

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday, January 9, 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she wants Congress to pass a new authorization for use of military force, or AUMF, to cover all conflicts the U.S. is currently fighting in the Middle East but she did not commit to drafting or holding a vote on such a measure. 

“It’s harder than you would think,” the California Democrat said during her weekly press conference. 

Former NFL player Steve Gleason joins ranks of Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II
Former Saints player to be awarded Congressional Gold Medal for ALS work

Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his wife, Michel Varisco Gleason, roll in the Krewe of Orpheus parade in New Orleans in March 2019. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images file photo)

A week from Wednesday, congressional leaders will gather on Capitol Hill to award the next recipient of the highest honor that Congress can grant a civilian.

Fewer than 200 people have received the Congressional Gold Medal, and former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason will be the first NFL player to make the cut on a list that includes the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2019
It’s been quite a year

Speaker Nancy Pelosi conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Dec. 19. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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.

Capitol Ink | Best of 2019
The only constant in this wild year was unpredictability

Quid pro WHOA — what a year!

In January, Democrats took control of the House amid what would become the longest federal government shutdown in history. Springtime brought, besides cherry blossoms, special counsel Robert S. Mueller II’s release of his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election — and a blindsiding by his own boss, Attorney General William Barr.