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JOIN THE HAY-ADAMS FOR JAN. 27 AUTHOR SERIES WITH RICHARD MOE & LUNCH BY CHEF PETER SCHAFFRATH

JOIN THE HAY-ADAMS FOR JAN. 27 AUTHOR SERIES WITH RICHARD MOE & LUNCH BY CHEF PETER SCHAFFRATH

The American lawyer and preservationist will discuss his latest book, Roosevelt’s Second Act, while The Hay-Adams Chef Peter Schaffrath presents a delicious lunch on Top of the Hay, the hotel's rooftop venue

On Monday, January 27, 2014The Hay-Adams Author Series will welcome Richard Moe, who has had a distinguished career in government, law and historic preservation, to discuss his recent book, Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and The Politics of War, while dining with guests at The Top of the Hay, the Hotel’s elegant rooftop spaces overlooking the White House. Chef Peter Schaffrath will prepare a delicious seasonal luncheon with dessert by Pastry Chef Josh Short.

DC delegate blocked from testifying on abortion bill

CAPITOL HILL (WUSA9) -- DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton blasted a House Republican subcommittee chair she was denied a chance to speak on a bill to permanently ban the city from spending its own tax money on abortions for low-income women.

Chairman Trent Franks (R-AZ) says Delegate Norton could have testified, but only as the Democrats sole witness on the 'No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act'. "The minority was entirely free to invite Ms Norton as their witness."

Democrats say the bill hits women across the country. And they say allowing Norton to testify is a common courtesy almost always extended to members of the House.

Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt.

The vote Tuesday was 60-37 to limit debate on the legislation, with a half-dozen Republicans siding with the Democrats.

At the same time, Senate Republicans served notice they would attempt to change the measure so the $6.4 billion cost would not add to deficits - a step that Democrats have so far rejected.

As drafted, the bill would restore between 14 weeks and 47 weeks of benefits averaging $256 weekly to an estimated 1.3 million long-term jobless who were affected when the program expired Dec. 28. Without action by Congress, thousands more each week would feel the impact as their state-funded benefits expire, generally after 26 weeks.

Fed chair, unemployment on tap as Congress returns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is back to work on Monday, facing a hefty list of unfinished business and a politically driven agenda in an election year.

The Senate has scheduled votes on President Barack Obama's nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve and a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. If confirmed, Yellen would be the first woman to serve as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Democrats are focused on extending the benefits for an estimated 1.3 million Americans. The payments stopped on Dec. 28.

Republicans see a political boost in the troubled implementation of Obama's health care law. The GOP-led House has scheduled a vote this week on legislation dealing with security of personal data.

All 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats are up in November.

Sen. Harry Reid in hospital for observation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in the hospital for observation after not feeling well over night.

Aides to the Nevada Democrat have released a statement. It says Reid felt unwell early Friday and went to the hospital.

Aides say tests revealed nothing wrong, but he'll stay in the hospital for observation.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois opened session Friday saying he talked to Reid and the majority leader feels good.

The 74-year-old Reid suffered a mild stroke in 2005.

Congress sends sweeping defense bill to President Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - The women of the Senate who led the fight to change how the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks are hailing the passage of a comprehensive defense bill that includes some of those changes.

The Senate voted 84-15 Thursday night for the $632.8 billion bill that covers combat pay, new ships, aircraft and military bases. Drawing the greatest attention are provisions cracking down on perpetrators of sexual assault and rape.

Estimates from the Pentagon that 26,000 members of the military may have been sexually assaulted last year. "Today represents a huge win for victims of sexual assault, and for justice in America's armed forces," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., one of seven women on the Armed Services Committee who pushed for the changes.

Senate voting today on bipartisan budget bill

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Last week the House passed a bipartisan compromise on the federal budget.

We'll see whether the Senate will follow suit.

The measure lessens the sequester cuts but leaves some people in both parties unhappy.