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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

The statue of George Washington is seen surround by scaffolding after safety netting was installed around the inside the Capitol Rotunda, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Five layers of safety netting where used as part of a $60 million restoration project of the Capitol dome and is the first major renovation since 1960. (AP Photo)

Rotunda to reopen Thursday with safety netting in place

The Capitol rotunda will open to the public Thursday, complete with 6,000 pounds of safety netting installed over the last two weeks to protect visitors and staff from falling debris during dome renovations. Published April 30, 2014

Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health for the Department of Veterans Affairs, said that so far there is no proof that any vets that died waiting for care. (Associated Press)

Still no evidence in Phoenix VA facility scandal

Investigators have yet to find evidence of a secret waiting list or patients who died while awaiting care in an ongoing investigation of the VA hospital in Phoenix, a Veterans Affairs official told Congress on Wednesday, contradicting explosive reports last week. Published April 30, 2014

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Capitol rotunda reopening delayed

Visitors to the Capitol this week may be disappointed to find that the rotunda will not reopen Tuesday as scheduled. Published April 29, 2014

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

Anne Frank tree sapling to grace U.S. Capitol grounds

Between the fear of discovery during the Holocaust and frustrations of hiding for two years in a cramped apartment, Anne Frank gleaned brief moments of hope from a chestnut tree outside her window. Published April 27, 2014

** FILE ** The U.S. Supreme Court, December 2013. (The Washington Times/Emily Miller)

Ministry of Truth: SCOTUS skeptical of law to police campaign 'lies'

Taking up a closely watched case on the roles of truth and lies in modern politics, Supreme Court justices Tuesday appeared skeptical about the constitutionality of an Ohio law that criminalizes false statements about candidates in the days before elections. Published April 22, 2014

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, D-Mass., waves to race fans after completing the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Three lawmakers finish Boston Marathon

While many House members are already concentrating on running for office in the midterm elections, three lawmakers focused on a different kind of running at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Published April 21, 2014

Charles Daughaday of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, another monument commemorating a conflict in American history. Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq combat are hoping to see their own memorial eventually, but there is no end in sight to the war on terrorism. (Eva Russo/Special to The Washington Times)

Building a D.C. memorial for an endless war bumps into regulations

Veterans of the war on terrorism say they deserve a monument in downtown Washington to recognize their sacrifices, but they are hindered by a rule that says a conflict must be long finished in order to build a memorial, leading some to wonder how to commemorate a "never-ending war." Published April 20, 2014

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona Democrat, puts politics aside when she fights for physical endurance. She will be participating in the Boston Marathon to honor victims of the bombings last year. (Associated Press)

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to run in Boston Marathon to honor bombing victims

Months of 3 a.m. wake-up calls and fitting in about 30 miles of running a week with her busy schedule of congressional votes, constituent meetings and fundraisers have led Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to Boston, where she hopes to complete her 10th marathon Monday in honor of someone who will never cross the finish line. Published April 20, 2014

Holy Smokes Batman! Rich Willett, 58 of Sterling, VA, joined forces with Awesome Con D.C. and the Museum of Science Fiction to attempt to break a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool on Friday, April 18. The current record holder is China; which stands at 1,530 people, set on April 19, 2011 at the opening ceremony of the International Animation CCJOY LAND. Awesome Con D.C. and the Museum of Science Fiction didn’t come close with only 237 people showing up. (Khalid Naji-Allah/ Special to The Washington Times)

Superheroes fail to break record on Capitol Hill

Awesome Con, a convention for comic book fans taking place this weekend in Washington, failed to break the Guinness World Record for largest group of people dressed as comic book characters in one place. Published April 18, 2014

Teen Titans and Young Justice characters (left) get into a playful argument with Batman villains while waiting for the costume contest to begin Sunday at Awesome Con D.C., a comic book convention at the Washington Convention Center. "People forget this culture exists," Ariel Casey of Rockville said.

Superheroes to take over Capitol Hill

Awesome Con, a three-day event in Washington that celebrates comic books and science fiction, is trying to organize the largest group of people ever to assemble dressed as comic book characters on Friday at the Capitol reflecting pool. Published April 17, 2014

Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., center, greets guest at a pet adoption event sponsored by the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus which he chairs to highlight animal welfare issues in Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 4, 2014. Moran said this week that “members of Congress are underpaid,” and the congressional salary of $174,000 a year for most isn’t enough for some. Moran, whose Virginia district abuts Washington, says he will offer an amendment to legislation to fund Congress' budget next week to help lawmakers with the cost of living. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Moran defends against spoof blog's PTSD 'story'

No, Rep. Jim Moran doesn't want veterans to knock on neighbors' doors and introduce themselves as a high-risk "powder keg of post traumatic stress" because of service in combat. Published April 16, 2014