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So you want to be on ‘Jeopardy!’? The online test draws nigh
If you’re a political wonk, you can follow in the footsteps of four congressional staffers

Alex Trebek may have pancreatic cancer, but the game show must go on. The longtime host, who announced his diagnosis earlier this month, is still taping new episodes of “Jeopardy!” — and the show is still hunting for new contestants.

Mark your calendars, because the official “Jeopardy!” online test opens in less than a week. The exam is your ticket to an in-person audition, provided you can nail 50 questions, each from a different category. 

Flashback Friday: When Congress put the brakes on nepotism
As Senate majority leader, LBJ had his brother and sister-in-law on staff

They say, “Never mix business with family,” but lawmakers in the past had no problem with putting relatives on their staff.

A 1959 Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé in The Washington Daily News found around 90 members of Congress employing their wives, sons, daughters, bothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, uncles, fathers or in-laws as staffers and campaign managers.

Cummings says Trump administration’s use of private email violates records act
The Maryland Democrat argued that Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and others violated The Presidential Records Act

Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, penned a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone Thursday, alleging that Trump administration officials violated federal law.

The Maryland Democrat said in his letter that the committee’s investigation has found new information that “raises additional security and federal records concerns about the use of private email and messaging applications,” by President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and several other administration officials.

This Republican plans to lash out at Trump over his attacks on John McCain
Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson will reportedly speak out against the treatment of McCain months after his death

Sen. Johnny Isakson is fed up with President Donald Trump’s continued criticism levied at the late Sen. John McCain

The Georgia Republican, who is chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee, will reportedly speak out against the President’s treatment of the McCain months after his death, The Bulwark reported Tuesday.

Congressional women to take on female media members in annual softball game
Congressional women’s softball game has raised $1.3 million in its 11-year history

Congressional women will try and reclaim softball supremacy after three-straight losses to female members of the press during the 11th-annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game. 

The event, set for June 19, features a clash between female members of the House and Senate against the women who cover them. All proceeds from the game will benefit the Young Survivor’s Coalition, an organization that raises money and provides resources for young adults affected by breast cancer.

Some voters labeled AOC the biggest ‘villain’ in loss of NYC’s HQ2, poll says
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was outspoken in opposition to locating the company’s second headquarters in Queens

Some New Yorkers see Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others as “villains” in Amazon’s decision to cancel its planned New York City headquarters, a new poll released Monday shows.

“Amazon itself was seen as the biggest villain among Democrats, but Republicans and independents had Ocasio-Cortez as far and away the largest villain, followed by the local Queens activists,” said Siena College Pollster Steven Greenberg.

His fiancée was murdered while running. Now he’s racing in the Boston Marathon
Wendy Martinez, 35, was stabbed to death in September while out for a run in Logan Circle

Six months after Wendy Martinez was murdered while out for a run in her neighborhood, her fiancé is close to fulfilling her lifelong dream — racing in the Boston Marathon.

Daniel Hincapie will join a team put together by the Lingzi Foundation, a group that honors Lu Lingzi, who died during the marathon bombing in 2013.

Sen. Cory Booker is officially dating actress Rosario Dawson
Booker’s sweetheart was spotted by TMZ at Washington National Airport where she confirmed their relationship.

Sen. Cory Booker and his new girlfriend have made it official. 

Actress Rosario Dawson stepped up to the bully pulpit Thursday to tell the world she and Sen. Cory Booker are lovebirds.

Move over &pizza, Steak ’n Shake is coming to Rayburn
Restaurant chain Steak ’n Shake is set to join the expanding branded food options later this year

Capitol Hill burger and milkshake lovers, rejoice.

Restaurant chain Steak ’n Shake is set to join the expanding branded food options on the House side of the Capitol, with a location coming to Rayburn later this year.

Seems like everyone’s talking religion on Capitol Hill — here’s the breakdown
Catholics are plentiful, Jewish Republicans — not so much

Religion has been a contentious topic on Capitol Hill in recent weeks.

Minnesota Democratic freshman Ilhan Omar posted several tweets that critics described as anti-Semitic. House Democrats, in response, passed an anti-hate resolution on Thursday after several days of debate. And on Friday, President Donald Trump controversially declared that the Democratic Party is “anti-Jewish.”

Rep. Mark Walker wades into fight over student-athlete compensation
His bill aims to free up NCAA athletes to profit from third-party use of their names

Playing sports is almost like a full-time job for many big-name college athletes, but they’re routinely blocked from making money off their fame.

Rep. Mark Walker is hoping Congress can change that. The North Carolina Republican, a former college athlete himself, announced plans to introduce a bill next week that would let student-athletes be financially compensated for the use of their name, image and likeness in commercial products.

Rep. Tlaib announces plans to file impeachment resolution against Trump
The Michigan Democrat aims to introduce the resolution in the coming weeks.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib announced plans during a news conference Wednesday to file an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump. 

The Michigan Democrat aims to introduce the resolution in the coming weeks, a staffer told Roll Call. The move will be one of the first official congressional actions concerning impeachment of the president.

What the people tangled up in Nadler’s Trump probe are saying
Of the 81 names singled out by the House Judiciary Committee, several have already spoken out

After House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler asked 81 individuals and organizations to hand over documents relating to his panel’s expansive investigation into President Donald Trump, the responses are starting to trickle in.

Some are more cordial than others. So far, at least seven recipients have spoken out publicly about being included in the probe:

Sen. Jeff Merkley will run for re-election instead of president
Oregon Democrat: best contribution to help the Senate be a full partner in addressing challenges

Sen. Jeff Merkley announced Tuesday that he won’t run for president and will make a bigger difference by running for reelection in the Senate.

The Oregon Democrat has been publicly contemplating a presidential bid for almost a year. 

Teen who defied his mother to get vaccinated will testify before Congress
Before receiving immunizations, Lindenberger hadn’t received vaccination for MMR, chickenpox and Polio

Ethan Lindenberger decided at the age of 18 to vaccinate himself despite his parent’s disapproval. On Tuesday, he will testify in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at a hearing concerning the value of vaccines.

The Ohio resident garnered a great deal of media attention in recent months after he posted on Reddit asking how he could get the vaccines that usually are given during childhood.  Lindenberger’s parents refused to vaccinate him, because his mother believes in a now-debunked conspiracy theory that suggests the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine causes autism in children.

His father delivered Luke Perry. Now Sherrod Brown is mourning him
Perry, 52, died after a stoke. He starred in the popular teen dramas ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Riverdale’

When Sherrod Brown mourned actor Luke Perry on Monday, it wasn’t as a typical fan. The senator’s father was the one who brought the heartthrob into the world.

“His father was my doctor for the first 12 years of my life ... he taught me about patience and compassion. He taught me how to sew myself up,” Perry said at the rally.

Oversight Chairman Cummings wants more info on Kushner security clearance
Letter was prompted by a Thursday report in The New York Times

Maryland’s Elijah E. Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, sent a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on Friday accusing the administration of purposefully delaying the committee’s investigation into executive security clearances.

Rep. David Cicilline says Sean Hannity should be subpoenaed over Michael Cohen
Fox News host asserts in interview with Trump that Cohen gave him information that conflicts with his Oversight testimony

Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared to insert himself into the congressional investigation of President Donald Trump in an interview with Trump aired Thursday night, leading to speculation that he could be subpoenaed.

Hannity asserted to the president that Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney who testified in front of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, gave him information that conflicts with Cohen’s testimony.

‘Hallway pizza’ guy gets menu item named for him after his viral on-camera moment
It contains all of the ingredients Thomas included on his pizza.

An unidentified man became a pizza-eating meme Wednesday when he was caught scarfing down a pizza in the background of a CBSN newscast outside the hearing room where President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was giving testimony.

The star of the meme is reportedly named Thomas, according to Michael Lastoria, founder of &pizza, which has a newly opened location inside the Rayburn House Office Building. The pie in question, referred widely online as ‘hallway pizza,’ came from &pizza. 

Cohen implicates Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, in mistress hush money scheme
Trump’s former lawyer and fixer was asked if he is aware of any other illegal acts that haven’t come to light

This is a developing story. Follow this page for updates on the latest from the Cohen hearing.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, said Wednesday that Trump’s business operation is being investigated for illegal acts that haven’t yet been publicly disclosed.