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CQ Roll Call Feb. 7, 2016
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What the Hell Happened to Jeb Bush?

What the Hell Happened to Jeb Bush?
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It must be more than a decade ago when I got a glimpse of the man often referred to as “George W. Bush’s smarter, younger brother.”

Zika Virus Gets Congress' Attention

As the Zika virus reaches the United States and the nation’s capital, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for an urgent response to prevent its spread, and are scheduling briefings and committee hearings to address it.

Kildee Gets Spot on Influential Steering Committee

Kildee Gets Spot on Influential Steering Committee
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Rep. Dan Kildee has secured a spot on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, the latest event that has raised the Michigan Democrat’s national profile.

Obama Spikes the Ball on Jobless Rate

Obama Spikes the Ball on Jobless Rate
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President Barack Obama said the 4.9 percent rate shows his stewardship has made the U.S. economy the “strongest and most durable” in the world.

Pelosi, DCCC Use Tea Party to Fire Up Dem Voters

Pelosi, DCCC Use Tea Party to Fire Up Dem Voters
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Democratic leaders are urging their voting base to fill the party’s campaign coffers as part of an election-year battle against a “tide of tea party extremism.”


Democrats Had a Lot of GOP Help Stalling Energy Bill

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn was mad, and he knew just whom to blame: Democrats, who were insisting on an emergency aid package for the city of Flint, Mich., to address its poisoned water system. But the truth, as it often is, was a little more complicated.

Freedom Caucus Seeks Leverage in Budget Talks

Are House Republicans in danger of not being able to pass a budget? Not quite yet.

Capitol Police Union Catch Congressman's Ear

Leaders from the Capitol Police Labor Committee dropped by Rep. Richard Nugent’s office Wednesday to say thank you — in the form of a commemorative badge that recognizes the board’s 100 years of existence.

Committee Chairs to Flesh Out Details of House Agenda

All 20 chairmen of the standing legislative House committees will play lead roles in developing the 2016 GOP policy agenda, as House leaders Thursday announced details of six new task forces.

Staffer Turned Entrepreneur to Make Shark Tank Debut

Long time House staffer Willie Blount will make his television debut on Friday on the ABC show, Shark Tank, where he’ll pitch a pair of gloves he’s invented to a panel of investors.

Policy

Appropriators' Move to Free Up Earmarks Shows Wonkiness of Transportation Spending

State transportation departments will see extra dollars for roads and bridges, thanks to a move by appropriators in the fiscal 2016 omnibus to free up some $2 billion in once-earmarked money left unused.

He Made the Gavel Boehner Wielded

Former Speaker John A. Boehner mourned the loss of a mentor and friend Tuesday who created the gavel the Ohio Republican used to lead the House.

Take Five: Rep. John Delaney

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Politics

Who's Afraid of John Thune? So Far, Everybody

South Dakota Democrats are still looking for a candidate to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. John Thune, and don’t seem to be having an easy time recruiting one in the strongly conservative state.

K Street Cash Buoys Clinton, Rubio in White House Bids

K Street cash is helping to pay campaign bills, but money from lobbyists may also haunt presidential contenders with ties to special interests as the White House race heads to New Hampshire and beyond.

Office Space: Bob Casey's Presidential Suite

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., shows off his office’s historical ties and explains his collection of Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia.

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