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CQ Roll Call July 7, 2015
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Walter Jones Has Likely Rematch for 2016

Republican Taylor Griffin plans to announce a primary bid against North Carolina 3rd District Rep. Walter B. Jones on Wednesday, according to a release first obtained by CQ Roll Call.

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Can Cardin Solve the ISIS AUMF Riddle?

Maryland Democratic Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin’s negotiating talents are being put to the test as he tries to cut a deal authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force in the campaign against the Islamic State terror group known as ISIS.

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House Conservatives Emboldened, Despite Crackdown Attempt

The distrust, even anger, within the conference after last month’s crackdown on House Freedom Caucus members hasn’t quite been relieved.


Senators Running for President Defend the Filibuster

Senators Running for President Defend the Filibuster

If using the nuclear option to repeal Obamacare becomes a GOP litmus test, then the Republican senators running for president will have a problem.

Hill Life

Himes Consoles Family of Slain Former Intern

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., was in his home state Monday paying respects to the family of former intern Kevin Sutherland, who was stabbed to death on July 4 in Washington, D.C.

Hill Life Rotunda Closing Changes Capitol Tour Route

Rotunda Closing Changes Capitol Tour Route

With the Rotunda closing for six weeks this summer, Capitol tour guides will be offering a modified tour of the Capitol, that does not include National Statuary Hall.

Hill Life

Senators Weigh In on Capitol Police Hiring

Handing over some of the duties currently performed by Capitol Police officers to civilian employees may be one way to better utilize the department’s nearly $348 million budget, Senate appropriators have suggested, but the efforts to do so have caused tension with the union — including allegations of “double-dipping.”

Republicans Set to Try Again With Education Overhaul

Republicans Set to Try Again With Education Overhaul

In late February, House conservatives were revolting on two different fronts: They didn’t want to fund the Department of Homeland Security without language blocking President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration, and they didn’t want to replace the No Child Left Behind education law without provisions giving more autonomy to states.

Politics

Joe Heck to Run for Nevada Senate (Video)

Rep Joe Heck announced Monday he’ll run for Senate in Nevada, giving Republicans a top pick in a crucial contest that could determine Senate control.

Politics

The Donald Trump Impact: Not so Inevitable After All

I was surprised by the near unanimity over the weekend about the impact of the Donald Trump comments about Mexican immigrants. Almost every disinterested political observer agreed Trump’s typically over-the-top remarks were certain to hurt GOP prospects in the 2016 presidential election.

Obama Clears Schedule for Iran Deal

President Barack Obama’s schedule this week has been largely cleared in hopes that negotiators will reach an Iran deal.

Policy EPA Critics See Carbon Lesson in High Court's Ruling Rolling Back Emissions Regulation

EPA Critics See Carbon Lesson in High Court's Ruling Rolling Back Emissions Regulation

Opponents of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan are pointing to the recent Supreme Court decision rejecting the EPA’s mercury regulation as a prime example of why Congress or the judicial branch should preclude implementation of the agency’s climate rules’ while they’re challenged in court.

Politics

GOP Women's Recruitment Effort Adapts for 2016

The Republican women’s recruitment effort is experiencing some growing pains.

Hill Life Montana Woman Indicted for Mailing Gun to Tester's Senate Office

Montana Woman Indicted for Mailing Gun to Tester's Senate Office

A federal court has indicted a Montana woman for allegedly shipping a .22 handgun and ammunition to Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

Hill Life

Meet Capitol Quip's Mr. USA, Donald Trump

This will be the greatest Capitol Quip caption contest ever.

Who's Backing Whom? The House GOP Endorsement List

Who's Backing Whom? The House GOP Endorsement List

It’s a long time before primary season and the list of GOP presidential candidates is still likely to grow before it gets smaller — but plenty of House Republicans have already decided who they’re backing.

Scott Brown Is Listed as AdvoCare Distributor

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown appears to be on his way to fattening his wallet with some supplemental income — all thanks to a drug cocktail his son-in-law, Keith Weiser, brought to his attention.

Stabenow Seeks Tax Sweeteners for NASCAR Track Operators

Stabenow Seeks Tax Sweeteners for NASCAR Track Operators

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is teaming with Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and other senior Republicans in pressing for a permanent extension of faster tax write-offs for operators of motor racetracks, including 29 venues used for NASCAR events.

Support for Puerto Rican Bankruptcy Builds

Puerto Rico’s slide toward Chapter 9 bankruptcy continues to gain momentum; Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Tuesday his intention to introduce legislation allowing such a move.

Democrats Pursue a No-Veto Strategy on Spending Bills

Democrats Pursue a No-Veto Strategy on Spending Bills

President Barack Obama has issued just four vetoes so far in his presidency, and it appears he won't be taking out the veto pen for a host of contentious fiscal 2016 spending bills, either — despite threats he's already lodged on seven of them.

What a Good White House Pool Report Looks Like

“This is fun,” Caitlyn and Chloe Robinson told veteran White House reporter George E. Condon Jr., as relayed in Condon’s pool report on Wednesday, the first day tourists were able to take pictures (and selfies!) during a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Hill Life Capitol Police Chief Responds to Hearing Arrest Questions

Capitol Police Chief Responds to Hearing Arrest Questions

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine has clarified the process for removing demonstrators from congressional hearings, ahead of a Thursday court hearing for one activist who alleges he was unlawfully arrested.

McConnell Once Wanted Reagan on $10 Bill, Now Says Replacing Hamilton Is 'Terrible Idea'

When Ronald Reagan died, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., proposed replacing Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with the Republican president.

Politics Top Congressional Races in 2016: The West

Top Congressional Races in 2016: The West

This is the second in a series of regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate races to watch in 2016. The West Region includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Hill Life

Overtime Pay Not Likely for Congressional Staff

President Barack Obama may be signing overtime rules into place for nearly 5 million workers, but those beneficiaries aren’t likely to include Capitol Hill staffers.

Hill Life Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope Francis U.S. Visit

Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope Francis U.S. Visit

The Vatican on Tuesday released Pope Francis’ schedule for his September visit to the United States, where he will spend five days and address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24.

Politics

Voting-Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court

Monday’s big election law news came from the Supreme Court’s penultimate decision of the term upholding Arizona’s congressional districts.

Politics When the Second Time Isn’t the Charm

When the Second Time Isn’t the Charm

I feel bad for Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry. They are presidential retreads at a moment when anything that is more than an hour or two old is passé.

Mike Lee's Missed 'Fast-Track' Vote Causes Discord, Confusion

Sen. Mike Lee had said he supported a stand-alone measure to revive Trade Promotion Authority, but when the vote was called, the Republican was still in Utah.

Hill Life

SCOTUS Decision Met With Anger, Joy and Relief

If you stood outside of the Capitol’s East Front just before 10:30 a.m. Thursday, you could hear cheers emanating from across the street.

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