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Barry Manilow to Perform at Capitol Fourth; Says "Freedom is Really Who We Are"

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

2015 marks the 35th year that PBS will air America's national Independence Day celebration live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Police Detonates Pressure Cooker From Suspicious Car Near Capitol Building

AP | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended Sunday afternoon on the National M...

Homeless U.S. Capitol Workers Crowdfund To Help Fellow Workers

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

Last week, contract workers at the U.S. Capitol went on strike to advocate for better working conditions and higher wages. Now, some of those workers ...

U.S. Capitol Briefly Put On Lockdown After Suicide Outside Building

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics

The U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown Saturday afternoon after reports of a shooting near the building's west facade. A Capitol Hill source told The...

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

Army Veteran Charged With Threatening U.S. Capitol Shooting

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - A U.S. Army veteran from Maryland who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder has been charged with threatening t...

Here's What It's Like On The Roof Of The U.S. Capitol

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff & Ryan Grim | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Have you ever wondered what it's like to walk out onto the roof of the United States Capitol? Our Ryan Grim did, so when the Archite...

Much More Than Cheeseheads -- Amazing Wisconsin Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My trip to Milwaukee got me thinking about women associated with Wisconsin and their contributions to advancing the culture and economy of the U.S. As you might guess, these contributions are significant and quite varied.

Man Caught Attempting To Bring Gun Inside U.S. Capitol

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

Capitol Police on Wednesday caught a man bringing a firearm into the U.S. Capitol, according to Roll Call. The man, who Roll Call reports is not a ...

Part Of U.S. Capitol Closed Because Of Asbestos Incident

Reuters | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

(Adds U.S. House session delayed) WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) - Parts of the U.S. Capitol were closed early on Thursday while author...

Connecting Three Countries in the Battle Against Hunger

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

Working together with local farmers, Dr. Norman Borlaug and his contemporaries tackled problems of huge magnitude, worked tirelessly to cross-breed new types of wheat, and eventually started a revolution in food and agriculture: The Green Revolution.

Rosa and Norm

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

On March 25 they will be together for the first time ever. A seemingly odd Alabama-Iowa couple, in some ways, they were very similar.

Renovation Begins At Capitol Dome

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 12.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol d...

JFK's Echoes Still Heard In U.S. Senate

John T. Shaw | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
John T. Shaw

Kennedy provided Obama with a roadmap on how an ambitious but untested young senator can use the Senate as a forum, a platform, and finally as a launching pad, to win the presidency. Others in the future, no doubt, will try to follow that same path.

Why These Activists Are Fasting Outside The U.S. Capitol

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) As an icy wind whipped the sides of a packed tent, five activists committed themselves Tuesday (Nov. 12) to fast from food and drink ...

For a Change, Something Nice to Say About the US Congress

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics
Sir Peter Westmacott

I have had the privilege of being in the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol twice in the last two days -- for two very different events. Both served as reminders of the power and integrity of U.S. democracy at its best.

What Is That Statue In All The Government Shutdown Stories?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.11.2013 | Arts

A few important characters stand out more than others in the past week's onslaught of government shutdown coverage. President Obama, of course, follow...

WATCH: Dramatic Footage Shows Car Chase At U.S. Capitol

Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

On Thursday, the U.S. Capitol was put on lockdown after a female suspect struck a bollard near the White House in her vehicle and proceeded to flee to...

Dear Congress, Want to Know About the New Poverty Rate? Ask a Working Mom

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

"Want to know what my life is like? Then ask me," said Tianna Gaines-Turner, a childcare provider and mother of three from Philadelphia.

Senate Lifts Restrictions In Wake Of Shooting

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate officials lifted some restrictions on their side of the U.S. Capitol complex Monday while authorities searched for a potential se...

What the... ? Milking a Cow on Capitol Grounds

Ghosts of DC | Posted 09.15.2013 | DC
Ghosts of DC

2013-07-16-Screenshot20130716at4.11.34PM.jpgThis is an odd one. Milking a cow on the Capitol grounds, and broadcasting it?

The Bronze and the Spirit: A Sculptor's Vision of Legacy

Robert J. Benz | Posted 08.31.2013 | Black Voices
Robert J. Benz

Sculptor Steven Weitzman was confronted with the same, nearly impossible, challenge that artists have faced repeatedly for thousands of years: How does one capture the eternity of a subject in a single image that allows the viewer to better understand and feel the subject?

Biden Honors Historical Figure

AP | VALERIE BONK | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden is hailing Frederick Douglass for his work to bring about equal justice, leading a series of tributes at t...

Frederick Douglass Statue To Be Unveiled

AP | VALERIE BONK | Posted 08.19.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday used a tribute to 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass to renew the call for equal vo...

Notes on Frederick Douglass' Long Journey to the U.S. Capitol

John Muller | Posted 08.11.2013 | DC
John Muller

Now, more than a century later, the life of Frederick Douglass has come full circle; on June 19th a statue of his likeness will be permanently placed in the Capitol's Emancipation Hall joining 18 other men and women so honored.