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Investigators Raid Home of Chris Collins' Chief of Staff

Investigators probing the campaign and fundraising activities of Western New York political operatives on Thursday raided the home of the chief of staff for Republican Rep. Chris Collins, local new outlets reported.

Politics

Ratings Change: Kirk's Race Now Tilts to Democrats

At least a handful of GOP senators are vulnerable this election cycle, but none more than Mark S. Kirk of Illinois.

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Paul Ryan Plans to Fix Obama's Human Trafficking Problem

Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan has a solution to President Barack Obama’s human trafficking problem.


To Counter Putin, Poland and Lithuania Officials Want U.S. Bases, Durbin Says

To Counter Putin, Poland and Lithuania Officials Want U.S. Bases, Durbin Says

Officials in Lithuania and Poland told Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin they’re concerned enough about the threat posed by Russia that they want to host U.S. military bases.

Hill Life

Internet Squatter Trolls Capitol Police

Typing CapitolPolice.us into a Web browser reveals a toxic take-down of Congress’ own law enforcement agency that appears to have been created by someone who wears — or recently wore — a Capitol Police badge.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Rob Bishop (Video)

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Rob Bishop (Video)

With Congress out, HOH pays tribute this week to the always unflappable Rob Bishop, R-Utah, the only member yet to tweet a single character, who shows off his favorite graphs, touts his Big Mac-eating skills and can’t wait for the next Cubs game to air.

Hill Life

Former Senate Commerce Staffer Indicted for Defrauding Vulnerable Women

Known as a fixture on Capitol Hill until his January 2010 retirement, longtime Senate staffer Robert Lee Foster is now making headlines for his alleged involvement in a scheme to defraud vulnerable women for approximately $500,000.

Obamacare Lawsuit Judge Sharply Questions Justice Lawyer

Obamacare Lawsuit Judge Sharply Questions Justice Lawyer

If her combativeness Thursday was any indication, federal District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer could surprise legal experts who believed Speaker John A. Boehner’s Obamacare lawsuit was doomed.

Hill Life

Climbing That Ladder: Will Graduate School Help on Capitol Hill?

Got ambition? Plenty of high-ranking Capitol Hill staffers once started answering the phones and answering mail (even before there was email . . . back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). But take a look at any resume stack and graduate school comes up quite a bit. So just how helpful is that graduate degree on Capitol Hill? Hill Navigator discusses:

Politics

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

Some jobs are too good to risk. Even for a Senate bid.

Graham Bids Reluctant Farewell to Air Force Reserve

Sen. Lindsey Graham has known for months that with his 60th birthday approaching, the deadline for mandatory retirement from the Air Force Reserve is just ahead of him.

Hill Life Mendelson Cautious on Budget Autonomy Act

Mendelson Cautious on Budget Autonomy Act

For the first time, the District of Columbia could move forward with a budget that is not tied to the federal appropriations process, thanks to a court decision issued Wednesday.

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.

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