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Huffman Wants Investigation Into Trump Lawyer’s Payment to Porn Star
California Democrat wants to know if Trump campaign tried to ‘evade the fundamental disclosure requirements’

California Rep. Jared Huffman wants the Justice Department to investigate a payment made to an adult film actress to keep silent about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Democratic lawmaker pointed to a New York Times report that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen admitted he paid Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, $130,000 out of his own pocket.

Lipinkski Wants Investigation Into Conservative Think Tank
Illinois congressman wants to know if CEO used money from Illinois Policy Institute to benefit for-profit companies

Democratic Rep. Daniel Lipinski wants the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank. 

Lipinski sent a letter asking the IRS to explore whether CEO John Tillman used money from the institute to benefit for-profit companies, according to ProPublica.

Rohrabacher Says Kelly Blocked Trump Meeting
Congressman says White House chief of staff said meeting could risk charges of collusion if Russia was discussed

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly blocked a meeting between the California Republican and President Donald Trump.

Rohrabacher wanted to meet with the president to discuss his meeting last summer with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whom Rohrabacher said showed him evidence that Russia did not interfere with the 2016 presidential election.  

Schweikert Chief of Staff Faces Ethics Complaint
Accused of double-dipping salary

Arizona Rep. Dave Schweikert’s chief of staff is facing an ethics complaint for essentially taking two salaries while working for Congress.

The complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics claims Oliver Schwab, who has worked for the Arizona Republican’s office since 2011, was running a consulting firm to help his boss’ campaign, the Phoenix New Times reported.

With Hunter Floundering, Democrats Eye Flipping Red California Seat
Retired Navy SEAL, ex-Obama official competing in 50th District

With Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter facing legal troubles, Democrats running in California’s 50th District are increasingly hopeful about picking up a reliably GOP seat.

Hunter won his previous elections in the district by high double digits, beginning in 2008, when he succeeded his father, who served in Congress for almost three decades. President Donald Trump carried Hunter’s district by 15 points in 2016.

Sam Johnson Donates Items From POW Camp
Texas congressman donates tin cup and toothpaste he smuggled out of ‘Hanoi Hilton’ to Smithsonian

Texas Rep. Sam Johnson donated possessions from his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to the Smithsonian Institute.

The Republican donated a tin cup and a tube of toothpaste he smuggled from the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner of war camp from his seven years held captive after he was shot down.

Rokita Taunts Pelosi by Introducing CRUMBS Act
References House Minority leader characterizing tax overhaul’s benefits to most Americans as ‘crumbs’

Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita plans to take a not-so-subtle dig at Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with new legislation.

Rokita plans to introduce the CRUMBS Act, an acronym for Creating Relief and Useful Middle-Class Benefits and Savings, Fox News reported.

Report: Republicans Trying to Get Cramer to Run for Senate
North Dakota congressman earlier passed on challenging Democrat Heitkamp

Republicans are trying to change North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer’s mind about challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders are worried about opposition research on state Sen. Tom Campbell, the Washington Examiner reported. 

Challenger Nicholson’s Parents Max Out Contributions to Baldwin
Nicholson was once head of the College Democrats of America

Republican Kevin Nicholson’s parents aren’t being very encouraging when it comes to his bid to beat Sen. Tammy Baldwin — both donated the maximum allowed to the Wisconsin Democratic incumbent.

Federal Election Commission documents showed each of Nicholson’s parents donated $2,700 to Baldwin’s campaign.

Report: Vanessa Trump Taken to Hospital as Precaution
Suspicious envelope containing white powder prompted action

Vanessa Trump, wife of Donald Trump Jr., was taken to a hospital after opening a suspicious package.

The daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump was taken to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center as a precaution, according to NBC News. 

Warren Blasts Trump White House on Domestic Violence
‘No one who has beaten women should be in a position of public trust’

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warrencriticized the White House’s response to the resignation of two administration staffers accused of domestic abuse.

At a town hall in Franklin, Massachusetts, over the weekend, Warren talked to New England Cable News about the resignation of both Staff Secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorensen. 

Cardin and Schneider Introduce Bills to Block Trump’s Military Parade
President was inspired by watching French military parade on Bastille Day

Two Democrats in each chamber of Congress are pushing legislation to prevent President Donald Trump’s proposed military parade.

Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois and Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland both introduced measures on Thursday that would make it difficult for the president’s show to go on.

Former Democratic Rep. Bright to Challenge Roby as a Republican
Former congressman was elected as a Democrat in 2008, lost in 2010

Former Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright announced he will challenge Rep. Martha Roby in the Republican primary in Alabama’s 2nd District.

Bright was elected in 2008 before losing to Roby in the tea party wave in 2010. Despite serving as a Democrat, Bright said he always voted conservatively, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

Former Rep. Hubbard Investigated for Anti-Gay Slur
Former Kentucky congressman busted in House banking scandal admitted to calling another attorney a ‘fat, ugly lesbian’

Former Kentucky Rep. Carroll Hubbard is being investigated for calling a woman and her wife “fat, ugly lesbians.”

Hubbard, a Democrat who served from 1975 to 1993 and served three years in prison, is under investigation for harassing communications with another attorney in a family law case, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

Curbelo Builds Relationships Over Boquerones and Basketball
Miami congressman uses experience refereeing high school basketball for perspective

When Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo is in Washington, he tends to frequent the Spanish restaurant Joselito and says he has brought many Republican members with him.

“I’ve been here with Bill Shuster, Rodney Davis, David Joyce. I Saw Jared Polis here one night, who is a good friend,” Curbelo said during dinner with Roll Call at the restaurant.

Curbelo Talks Basketball and Bipartisanship at Eastern Market Spanish Joint
At the Table, where lawmakers show Roll Call their favorite place for a meal on the Hill

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo joined Roll Call reporter Eric Garcia at Joselito Casa de Comidas, a Spanish restaurant near Eastern Market, to talk Hispanic cuisine, bipartisanship and how working as a basketball referee prepared him for life in Congress....
Democrats Rain on Trump’s Military Parade
Army veteran Walz: ‘Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard’

Democratic members of Congress criticized reports that President Donald Trump had directed the military to plan for a parade in Washington, D.C. 

Trump reportedly told the Pentagon he wanted a parade similar to the one in France he witnessed on Bastille Day. 

Report: Schiff Engaged With Russian Prank Callers
Comedians were offering ranking Democrat on House Intelligence Committee naked photos of Trump

Audio of Russian radio comedians prank-calling Rep. Adam Schiff shows the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee asking for details about naked photos of President Donald Trump they were offering.

The audio from last year was posted by U.K. outlet The Daily Mail. The audio’s existence was first reported by the Atlantic.

Richmond Torches Trump: ‘Irrelevant’ to the NFL
‘Trump’s probably still bitter he couldn’t have a team,’ Black Caucus chairman says

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric L. Richmond said despite Donald Trump’s criticism of black football players kneeling for the National Anthem, the president is “irrelevant” to the NFL.

The Louisiana Democrat was asked by TMZ whether the fact that no NFL players knelt during the National Anthem during the Super Bowl was a win for Trump.

GOP Candidate for Murphy’s Seat Rejects His Contribution
Rick Saccone is running to replace Tim Murphy, who resigned from office in disgrace last year

Pennsylvania Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone’s campaign rejected a campaign contribution from disgraced former Rep. Tim Murphy, whose seat he is running to fill in a special election on March 13.

Murphy resigned amid revelations that he urged a woman with whom he had an affair to have an abortion