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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), right, palms a contraband hard-boiled egg as she sneaks back into a House Judiciary Committee markup meeting for a vote last month. At left, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), high-fives her legislative counsel. Did you know you’re not supposed to eat in the committee rooms? The things you learn from Melina Mara’s photo series, Witness/Politics. In other news: Only 14 percent of Americans approve of how Congress is doing their job. That many? Who are they? Rosalind S. Helderman and Scott Clement gave them a call.


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