Napolitano’s Husband Dies at 90
Frank Napolitano battled cancer

Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., missed votes in the summer to care for her husband, Frank Napolitano. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Grace F. Napolitano’s husband Frank has died at the age of 90 after battling esophageal cancer.

The onetime restaurateur died Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The couple married in the early 1980s after the death of the California Democrat’s first husband.

How Do You Put 2017 Into Words? Debbie Dingell’s ‘Dingell Jingle,’ Of Course
Trump’s tweets and the House floor schedule make the holiday tradition

Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., ends the jingle with a push for bipartisanship. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The traditional ‘Dingell Jingle’ has been released and it’s full of jabs against Republican leadership. The author, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., told HOH that her husband, former Rep. John Dingell, contributed to this year’s poem.

The jingle opens with a line about Congress still being in town to vote this week. It quickly turns to President Donald Trump’s tweets, which Mr. Dingell very clearly dislikes.

Whether Broom Closets or Cozy Cabins, Capitol Hideaways Are a Choice Senate Perk
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

Podcast: The Long and Winding Road to a Spending Deal
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 42

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., says his colleagues are preparing to fully revamp the temporary spending bill. “The House bill is not going to pass over here,” he said this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

CQ budget and appropriations editor Peter Cohn explains why a long-running standoff over spending limits is complicating passage of a stopgap measure needed to avoid a government shutdown come Christmas.

Trump Should Not Resign Over Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Jones Says
Democratic senator-elect from Alabama committed to working on ‘the real issues’

Alabama Sen.-elect Doug Jones says President Donald Trump should not step aside due to years-old allegations of sexual misconduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen.-elect Doug Jones agreed with the White House that President Donald Trump should not step aside due to years-old sexual misconduct allegations that have resurfaced after they were a linchpin issue dogging the president during his 2016 campaign.

“I don’t think the president ought to resign at this point,” Jones said on the Sunday morning news show circuit. “We’ll see how things go, but certainly those allegations are not new, and he was elected with those allegations at front center.”

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Metro update — and Himes has a cool constituent

Rafael Evelio Sarabia, dressed as Santa Claus on horseback, waves to passing traffic along Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas on Saturday. Mandalay Bay hotel, used by the gunman in the nation’s deadliest shooting in modern history, is seen in the background. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

McCain Back in Arizona Until January
Absence comes as GOP prepares for vote on tax bill

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is seen in the senate subway before a vote in the Capitol on Dec. 6. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. John McCain returned to Arizona this weekend to receive therapy related to his cancer treatments as Republicans prepared a major vote for their tax overhaul bill.

A statement released Sunday from Dr. Mark Gilbert, chief of neuro-oncology at the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, said McCain responded well to treatment he received for a viral infection.

Trump Says GOP Will Do ‘Well’ in 2018
‘I said Gillespie and Moore would lose,’ president tweets

Roy Moore rides away on his horse after voting at the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department in Gallant, Ala., on Dec. 12. President Donald Trump says he predicted Moore’s loss. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated at 9:01 a.m. | In the wake of Democrat Doug Jones’ stunning upset over Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senate election, President Donald Trump on Monday used a tweet to tout the Republican Party’s performance this year in House races.

Trump last week referred to himself as “the leader of the party” — something he rarely does. He used a tweet Monday morning to imply that the GOP should listen to his prognostications about which potential candidates can and cannot win general election races.

Senate Tax Positions Prevail in Conference, House GOP Doesn’t Care
Concerns muted amid political imperative to achieve a legislative victory

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, left, and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, led negotiations on the GOP tax overhaul conference committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The tax overhaul conference report looks a lot like the Senate bill. Senate negotiators prevailed on most of the major issues — and House Republicans say they’re fine with that.

House Republicans interviewed for this story said they will support the final product despite it being very different from the one they voted on in November, with reasons ranging from specific provisions they championed to the overall benefits of the sweeping package.

How Did the President Get Along With Congress in 2017? We Measured, Using His Tweets
Trump both praises and complains about Congress, sometimes on the same day

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President Donald Trump came into office with two chambers of Congress controlled by his own party. So it’s not surprising he got his way on almost all the votes he took a position on — a fairly typical barometer of a president’s legislative success.

But there’s another metric we can use almost exclusively for this president to measure his relationship with Congress: his Twitter account.

House Democrats Face Tough Choices in Judiciary Panel Race
Nadler and Lofgren vie for top spot amid party’s soul-searching

Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, left, and Jerrold Nadler of New York are vying to be the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. (CQ Roll Call)

Two experienced Democratic lawmakers with contrasting styles are vying to become the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and the vote this week could signal much more than just who will press the party’s agenda on the panel.

The choice of Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York or Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California will reveal much about the Democrats’ long-term strategy for a key committee as it deals with the tumult of President Donald Trump’s administration, the special counsel investigating his campaign, threats to civil rights and a reckoning of allegations of improper sexual behavior sweeping through Capitol Hill.

What Former Congresswomen Learned From Running
Edwards: ‘Women have to stop waiting to be asked and just step up and do it’

Left to right, Nydia Velazquez, Eva Clayton, Carolyn Maloney and Barbara Kennelly are seen at a reception for new women members at freshman orientation in 1992. (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Since Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and election, there has been a major push to get more women to run for Congress. And it’s paid off — the number of women who have filed for or are planning to run for office is at an all-time high, according to a study from Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics.

Some women who served in Congress want those political hopefuls to know exactly what they’re in for.

Pennsylvania Democratic Candidate Accused of Inappropriate Conduct
Daylin Leach running in Pennsylvania’s 7th District

Daylin Leach, Democratic candidate for Congress from Pennsylvania. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former staffers have accused Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach, a top candidate in the race to take on GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan, of inappropriate comments and touching, according to the Inquirer.

The Inquirer reported Sunday that Leach made inappropriate sexual comments, which he said were in jest, and touched some women inappropriately. He denied any wrongdoing.

Facing Harassment Allegations, Ruben Kihuen Won’t Run for Re-election
Nevada freshman had been seen as rising Democratic star

Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen won’t seek a second term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen announced on Saturday he would not seek re-election in 2018 — a day after the House Ethics Committee announced it has opened an investigation into the freshman Democrat.

Two women have accused Kihuen of sexual harassment. He maintained his innocence in his retirement announcement.

Landmark GOP Tax Bill Poised for Final Passage
Measure may pass through both chambers before Christmas

Senate Finance Committee chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, and Ways and Means chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, have steered a tax bill that would be the the first major tax overhaul in 30 years. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans late Friday unveiled their final plan to overhaul the tax code, a sweeping measure that aims to lower taxes on businesses and individuals, open up parts of Alaska to oil drilling and roll back a key piece of the 2010 health care law.

The massive measure is likely to pass both chambers early next week. Momentum for the landmark package grew throughout the day Friday, capped off with a surprise announcement from Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., that he would back the final bill after opposing a previous version.