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CQ Roll Call Feb. 12, 2016
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Lewis on Sanders' Civil Rights Activism: 'I Never Saw Him'

Lewis on Sanders' Civil Rights Activism: 'I Never Saw Him'

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., hit Bernard Sanders’ past activism during the civil rights movement while throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton for president.

Politics

Will Trump, Cruz Cause Down-Ballot Problems for GOP?

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have demonstrated anew to conservatives how to take on — and defeat — the GOP establishment. If they’re not careful, Republicans might soon feel the consequences of their victories beyond the presidential race.

Political Wrangling Over 'People's Pledge' in New Hampshire

Just days after Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 60 percent of the vote — a presidential race in which he’s made campaign finance a big issue against Hillary Clinton — the Granite State’s vulnerable GOP senator came out with a surprising campaign finance proposal of her own.

Politics

The Politics of Lead Poisoning Spreads Beyond Flint

The Politics of Lead Poisoning Spreads Beyond Flint

Lawmakers are realizing that the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., could have political costs elsewhere.

Tense Floor Exchange Blocks Juvenile Justice Bill

A tense exchange on the Senate floor presaged the blocking of bipartisan legislation to overhaul the juvenile justice system.


Politics

DCCC Names First 16 Candidates to 'Red to Blue' Program

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday its first round of 2016 candidates in the “Red to Blue” program, which highlights strong Democratic candidates running in open seats and districts held by Republicans that the DCCC hopes to flip.

Metal Detectors Coming to House Office Garages

Lawmakers Push for Black History Commission

Virginia lawmakers gathered Thursday morning to make their case for a federal commission on African-American history, pointing out Congress has supported similar bodies to study English and Hispanic history.

Politics

National Republicans Side With Indiana's Todd Young in Fight Over Ballot Access

The Indiana Democratic Party’s decision to challenge Rep. Todd Young’s petitions to be on the Senate primary ballot amounted to voter deprivation, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said Thursday.

Rift Over Guns Threatens Mental Health Package

Senators are continuing to negotiate a mental health system overhaul package, but one issue threatens its future: guns.

Democrats Want Emergency Cash to Fight Opioid Abuse

Democrats are planning to fight for emergency funding to tackle opioid addiction as the Senate prepares to turn to the issue after the Presidents Day recess.

Policy

On Defense, Obama Punts to His Successor

President Barack Obama sent Congress on Tuesday a defense budget request that reflects his lame-duck status.

North Korea Brings Polarized Congress Together

What do you have to do to bring a politically polarized Congress together? Conduct a nuclear weapons test, launch a long-range rocket and restart a reactor that can provide weapons-grade plutonium.

Members to D.C. Metro Manufacturer: Don’t Make Us Look Bad

In an effort to keep funding and confidence in the system secure, a bipartisan group of D-M-V lawmakers are asking the manufacturer of Metro’s new trains to provide regular updates to the system regarding production of the next-generation cars.

Budget Day's Wintry Mix of Bluster and Rhetoric

“I don’t have any news to make today on that subject,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday, when asked about President Barack Obama latest spending blueprint that landed on Capitol Hill a few hours earlier. It was just one indication of the diminished public debate over the president’s budget.

Feingold Gets Awkward Endorsement Announcement

In a not very literate way, teachers’ union announced their endorsement of former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., who is taking on Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in a rematch of their 2010 race.

It's 'The Payne Report' — Radio From Rutgers

Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J., has launched a new radio show, created to find connections between hip-hop and government, and for his first show he welcomed Congressional Black Caucus chairman G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and discussed a range of political issues.

Lynn Woolsey Doesn’t Find UFO Talk Totally Spacey

Mankind being completely alone in the universe makes far less sense to former Rep. Lynn Woolsey than contemplating the possibility that someone (something?) else might be cruising around the infinite vastness surrounding our home planet.

Take Five: Rep. Mike Coffman

See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call’s new video site.

Office Space: Gregory Meeks' New York Gallery

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., shows off his collection of pens, Easter eggs and his affinity for desks.

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