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In real life, Robin Williams rarely dropped his public persona as a wide-eyed crazy guy who just wanted to make you laugh. But when he did, it was worth watching.  

In real life, Robin Williams rarely dropped his public persona as a wide-eyed crazy guy who just wanted to make you laugh. But when he did, it was worth watching.  

Here we see Sen. Grassley targeting the Fantasy/SciFi demographic. —BdM

Here we see Sen. Grassley targeting the Fantasy/SciFi demographic. —BdM

The New Faces of the 113th Congress
The 2012 House and Senate elections brought over 80 new members to Washington. 
Use our interactive application to sort and filter the freshmen by age, experience, ethnicity, and more. 
Hover over each picture for name, state, and district information. To read a full narrative of each newcomer, written by the staff of The Almanac of American Politics, click the member’s picture.

The New Faces of the 113th Congress

The 2012 House and Senate elections brought over 80 new members to Washington.

Use our interactive application to sort and filter the freshmen by age, experience, ethnicity, and more.

Hover over each picture for name, state, and district information. To read a full narrative of each newcomer, written by the staff of The Almanac of American Politics, click the member’s picture.

The cover of the April 14, 2012 issue of National Journal.
Grin and Bear It: Like it or not, Senate candidates can’t escape a president’s gravitational pull. Their fates are increasingly tied to his.  By Ron Brownstein

The cover of the April 14, 2012 issue of National Journal.

Grin and Bear It: Like it or not, Senate candidates can’t escape a president’s gravitational pull. Their fates are increasingly tied to his.  By Ron Brownstein

“"I think the White House made a good decision in including a mandate for contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance policy but I think they made a bad decision in not allowing a broad enough religious employer exemption," said Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine.”

Obama Facing Breaks From Base On Contraceptive Mandate

"And based on yesterday’s reactions from senators and Senate candidates to the Obama administration’s policy requiring some religious institutions to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives, President Obama faces plenty of road mines ahead."

By Kevin Brennan and Sean Sullivan

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta testifies during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Panetta has been nominated by President Obama to replace Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta testifies during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Panetta has been nominated by President Obama to replace Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trivia Time!

A Friday thank you to Gregg Sangillo! Trivia will return on Tuesday.

Who were the first two senators to set up personal websites?