All sources of drinking water in the Cannon House Office Building were shut down Tuesday after the architect of the Capitol noticed unusually high amounts of lead during routine sampling. “The most recent results, received the week of June 27, 2016, indicate lead levels in primary drinking water sources (e.g., drinking fountains) are slightly above the Environmental Protection Agency standard,” AOC officials warned on an internal discussion board. [ Lead in the Water, Way Beyond Flint ] In a separate alert blasted out electronically, House Office Buildings Superintendent William Weidemeyer explained that the situation appeared to be contained to Cannon, and that affected staffers would be provided with bottled water in the interim. [ Work Begins on 10-Year Cannon Renewal Project ] “The AOC considers the health and safety of the congressional community to be of utmost priority,” Weidemeyer assured Hill staff. Contact Rojas at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @WARojas . Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.
The poll found that 58 percent of voters think Trump would not be a good president, compared to 53 percent who thought the same thing about Clinton. Only 35 percent said Trump would make a good president while 43 percent said the same thing about Clinton.
The survey also found that the race is too close to call, and that most voters say the campaign has increased hatred and prejudice in the country.
"It would be difficult to imagine a less flattering from-the-gut reaction to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
The poll showed 42 percent of respondents would vote for Clinton, with 40 percent saying they would vote for Trump.
Sixty one percent of respondents said the election had increased the level of hatred and violence in the United States. Another 34 percent said it has had no impact. Of the 61 percent, 67 percent blamed the Trump campaign and 16 percent blamed the Clinton campaign.
Legendary civil rights activist and former D.C. Del. Walter E. Fauntroy was released from jail after one night Tuesday, but the full story of the mysterious debt that spurred his arrest after four years as an international fugitive have yet to come to light.
The 83-year-old beamed as he shook an officer's hand and walked away from the Loudoun Detention Center and into the arms of his wife Dorothy Tuesday afternoon, to a smattering of applause, according to footage broadcast on WUSA9 News. Later in the day he posed for photographs with family and friends outside his Northwest D.C. home.
[Former D.C. Del. Walter Fauntroy Arrested After Years as a Fugitive] Messages left at his home were not returned Tuesday.
Fauntroy, who helped his friend Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. organize the 1963 March on Washington, was arrested at Dulles International Airport Monday shortly after his flight landed from the United Arab Emirates.
He had fled the country in 2012 after a warrant was issued for his arrest for charges associated with a bad check he wrote for $55,000 for a 2009 inaugural ball .
Monday's Supreme Court decision to vacate former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s corruption verdict fits into a larger trend of relaxing federal rules for lobbyists and political donors. But some campaign finance experts say the fallout may not be far reaching.
The unanimous opinion gave donors and lobbyists some sense of relief because if the court had held up McDonnell’s conviction, many feared it would have chilled the oftentimes cozy relationship between elected officials and those seeking to influence them.
“It certainly has clipped the wings of the Department of Justice in terms of prosecutions of honest services fraud, which in my view have been overzealous,” said Ken Gross, who leads the political law practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. But, he added, “I don’t think this is a signal to anybody that corrupt conduct is somehow OK.”
The narrow basis for the justices’ decision related to the instructions given to the jury means that McDonnell could be tried again under different jury instructions, Gross and others said. McDonnell was convicted of accepting lavish gifts and goods valued at $175,000, including a Rolex watch from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., founder of a dietary supplement company.
“The question was one of bad jury instructions, so it’s unclear how far we should read into it,” said Sheila Krumholz, who runs the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign money and lobbying. “It does fit into an ongoing relaxation of rules regarding lobbyists and donors, and some may interpret this as there’s less appetite for pursuing corruption cases.”
The House Ethics Committee announced it would extend its look into a matter regarding Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams.
"The committee notes that the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the committee," the press release stated.
The committee did not describe the nature of the inquiry, but Williams' communication director Vince Zito said it related to an amendment the congressman sponsored in November that would allow auto dealers to rent or loan out vehicles that are under recall. The congressman owns Roger Williams Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Weatherford, Texas.
Zito said Williams had offered the amendment because of his knowledge of the industry.
"Longstanding House precedents have not found that members are required to abstain themselves from legislation that affects a large class of individuals and businesses," Zito said.
On Sept. 26, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off in Dayton, Ohio, for what's anticipated to be the most-watched presidential debate in history. Republicans need Gary Johnson to be on the stage.
Normally, both parties try to marginalize third-party candidates and keep them from getting publicity in order to prevent them from siphoning off supporters. But some Republicans just can’t vote for Trump (or Clinton) for president, yet vulnerable GOP Members need those voters to turn out for races down the ballot.
Considering Trump had a 28 percent negative rating among Republicans in the June 19-23 NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, there is a good chance some Republicans can’t stomach either presidential nominee.
Johnson , a former Republican governor of New Mexico, could be a viable alternative for Republicans looking to voice their disapproval of both parties.
“We don’t just need Republicans, we need independents who look like us,” according to one veteran GOP strategist.