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Cruz Threatens to Subpoena Treasury Officials to Testify About Obamacare Rules

Sen. Ted Cruz is warning he might seek to compel testimony from the Treasury Department about the Affordable Care Act.

At the Races

Why Titus Won't Run for Reid's Senate Seat

Titus has a reputation of running where and when she wants. But some jobs are too good to risk. Even for a Senate bid.

Hill Blotter

Blimps Over Capitol: Just Hot Air?

Coming soon to a Capitol skyline near you: Giant blimps at 10,000 feet? The woman at the helm of the House Administration Committee thinks the Capitol needs eyes in the sky.


Hill Life

DOJ Opposes Moving Menendez Trial to D.C.

Justice Department lawyers filed their response Tuesday to Sen. Robert Menendez’s request to move his federal corruption trial from Newark, N.J., to Washington, D.C., arguing the New Jersey Democrat “ignores” the indictment’s allegations he accepted things of value in his home state and demonstrates a “lack of seriousness” about the charges he faces.

Politics Kirkpatrick to Challenge McCain in Arizona

Kirkpatrick to Challenge McCain in Arizona

Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will challenge Republican Sen. John McCain, according to a source with knowledge of Kirkpatrick’s plans, giving Democrats a top recruit and a potential pickup opportunity.

Politics

14 Open House Seats, Few Takeover Opportunities

More than 90 percent of House incumbents routinely get re-elected, so open seats are a hot commodity. Five months into the 114th Congress, 14 House members have announced their departure, but just four of the seats they are leaving behind can be considered competitive.

Trade Votes Play Big in 2016 Politics

Trade Votes Play Big in 2016 Politics

Rob Portman isn’t a bomb thrower. But his pitch last week for an amendment cracking down on countries that artificially weaken their currencies threatened to blow up President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, and exposed a deep split in approaches among Republicans who face the voters in 2016.

Hill Life

Food Truck Man Owned Pressure Cooker Destroyed by Police

The Arlington, Va., man who triggered a bomb scare Sunday near the National Mall apologized and explained the pressure cooker that Capitol Police exploded was used for his food truck business.

Politics Democrats Search for Candidate Who Can Beat Coffman

Democrats Search for Candidate Who Can Beat Coffman

After two consecutive cycles of trying and failing to oust Republican Rep. Mike Coffman from his Colorado swing district, Democrats are searching for the right candidate to take him out once and for all.

Moderate Democrats Get Leadership's Ear on 2016 Messaging

There’s some good news for the moderate House Democrats who believe they’ve been marginalized in discussions on party messaging: Leadership might be starting to listen.

Politics How to Fix an Unfair Presidential Debate System

How to Fix an Unfair Presidential Debate System

Fox News and CNN, which will broadcast the first two GOP presidential debates, have decided on a system for excluding candidates that could result in Donald Trump participating in those debates but current or former senators and governors being excluded.

Policy

Members Living in Their Offices Rent-Free Adds Up

Rep. Joaquin Castro knows a little about real estate, in part because his twin, Julian, is secretary of Housing and Urban Development. So after winning a safely Democratic seat three years ago, he decided buying a condo on the Hill was a smart investment.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 18, 2015 (Video)

Members prepared for the holiday weekend by asking rhetorical questions, spit-shining their boots and potty-training the Capitol Police.

Trade Deal Tees Up Export-Import Bank Vote

Trade proponents could exhale a small sigh of relief Thursday as a trade bill, supported primarily by President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans, cleared another procedural hurdle.

Politics Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first.

Obama to Havana? Would 'Relish' Cuba Trip

President Barack Obama’s bucket list for his remaining time in office has at least one sunny destination on it: Havana, Cuba.

Hill Life Doug Hughes: Congress Must Honor Vows to 'We the People'

Doug Hughes: Congress Must Honor Vows to 'We the People'

Florida mailman Douglas Hughes got a hero’s welcome when he returned to Washington Thursday to face six charges related to his April 15 landing on the West Front of the Capitol.

One Staffer's Personal Connection to American Fighter Aces

For one Hill staffer, Wednesday’s ceremony to honor the American Fighter Aces with the Congressional Gold Medal had special significance.

Cops Who Lost Guns Still on GOP Leaders' Details

Cops Who Lost Guns Still on GOP Leaders' Details

As part of their biannual weapons qualification, Capitol Police will receive new weapons safety training to reinforce proper handling, i.e., what to do with your gun when you go to the potty, Chief Kim C. Dine told lawmakers.

Four Texas Republicans Endorse Cruz for President

About a month ago, Sen. Ted Cruz’s chief of staff made a request of some House-side colleagues: Would their bosses be willing to say nice things about the Texas Republican’s 2016 presidential bid? Or, even better, would they be willing to endorse him?

Policy Carper Looks for Bipartisan Solution to Gas Tax

Carper Looks for Bipartisan Solution to Gas Tax

A big argument against raising the gasoline tax to provide more money for transportation projects is that the gas tax, by its nature, affects low- and middle-income people more than it does the wealthy.

Once-Bipartisan COMPETES Act Leaves Democrats Cold

Back in 2007, the America COMPETES Act — landmark legislation aimed at boosting U.S. competitiveness through federal investments in scientific research and development — was a bipartisan labor of love.

Politics Stutzman Staffs Up for Senate Bid

Stutzman Staffs Up for Senate Bid

GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is vacating his House seat to run in Indiana’s open Senate contest, has hired an experienced senior campaign team to help his bid, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Hill Life

The Revolving Doors of D.C.’s Think Tanks

Interning is considered one of the best ways to start out in D.C. — especially on Capitol Hill, where internships can often lead to paid work. But what if you are working at a think tank, albeit one with strong political and congressional ties? Hill Navigator discusses.

Politics Heck Close to Senate Bid

Heck Close to Senate Bid

Rep. Joe Heck has told some Nevada Republicans he is close to deciding to run for Senate, a source told CQ Roll Call Tuesday, and the conversations have prompted speculation among Nevada Republicans that an announcement could come sooner rather than later.

Fall of Ramadi Prompts New Questions About Obama's ISIL Strategy

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle called for action from the White House after the Islamic State terror group’s victory in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Al Anbar province.

Democrats Hold Their Noses, Help Pass Highway Fund Patch

Democrats Hold Their Noses, Help Pass Highway Fund Patch

House Democrats had two difficult votes to take on Tuesday, and for the most part, they held their collective noses and voted “yes” with Republicans.

Conservatives Take a Break From Chick-fil-A

Some things belong to each other. Chocolate and peanut butter, as the good people at Reese’s point out. A sad guitar and a hardshell case, as Bright Eyes notes. And, as HOH asserts, a monthly discussion with House conservatives and Chick-fil-A.

Politics Why 500 Attack Emails Couldn’t Take Down Thom Tillis

Why 500 Attack Emails Couldn’t Take Down Thom Tillis

There were a few constants during the 2014 cycle: death, taxes, my three young kids waking up before 7 a.m. and a daily Democratic email attacking North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis. But in the end, even in the face of hundreds of blistering emails, the Republican challenger knocked off Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Policy

Capitol Hill's Women Hold Power Beyond Numbers

Almost every congressional campaign season opens with the potential for some political firsts. And, with just a few words uttered on the West Coast last week, this cycle has already made a bit of history and will have a shot at making even more.

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