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Boehner: Trump a ‘Complete Disaster’ Beyond Foreign Policy
Former speaker of the House says Trump is still learning to be president

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner told attendees at an energy conference that beyond foreign policy, President Donald Trump has been a “complete disaster” so far.

As the keynote speaker at KPMG’s Global Energy conference, Boehner said he’s known the president for 15 years and Trump would call him regularly when he had a bad day or to commend him.

Teacher to Challenge Rep. Reed
Rick Gallant says he is one of several Democrats who are considering challenging upstate N.Y. congressman

Franks Blames ‘the Left’ for Gianforte’s Body Slam
Arizona Republicans says there has been ‘confrontational attitude for several months now’

Montana’s incoming congressman Greg Gianforte faced muted criticism from his future Republican colleagues for allegedly assaulting a reporter.

But Arizona Rep. Trent Franks put the blame on the left in an interview Thursday with news radio station KTAR in Phoenix.

Ellmers Gets HHS Job
The first Republican woman to endorse Trump

Former North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers has landed a job in the Trump administration as director for the Department of Health and Human Service’s regional office in Atlanta.

Ellmers started her job Wednesday, the News & Observer in Raleigh reported. 

Hurd: Sessions Should Have Known to Disclose Russia Meetings
Republican congressman is a former CIA officer

Gianforte Endorsements Rescinded After Assault Charge
Montana House candidate charged on eve of election after altercation with reporter

Franken Recalls Telling Cruz He was ‘Full of S---’ in New Book
Suggested new punchline for a joke Klobuchar was going to tell about Texas senator

As a former comedy writer, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is not uncomfortable with insults or swearing, and his new book describes a particularly saucy insult he hurled at Ted Cruz.

Franken’s new book — tongue-in-cheek titled “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,” has a chapter called “Sophistry” dedicated to the Texas Republican.

‘Compassionate Republican’ Announces Run for Ros-Lehtinen’s Seat
Former Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regaldo declares herself a moderate

Former Miami Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado announced her candidacy for outgoing Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat in Florida's 27th Congressional District in 2018.

Ros-Lehtinen announced she would not seek re-election last month, creating an opening for Democrats to pick up a seat in a district that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Former State Rep. Joins Crowded Field for Chaffetz’s Seat
Chris Herrod is frequent critic of illegal immigration and ‘political correctness’

Former state Rep. Chris Herrod on Tuesday joined the crowded field running for outgoing Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s seat.

Herrod framed himself as “not shy about giving my opinion, especially against political correctness” in an interview with KNRS’s Rod Arquette Show, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Giffords Shooting Memorial Has Become ‘Politicized,’ Barber says
After Arizona House approved funding, attempt stalled in Senate

Attempts to build a memorial at the site of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords stalled because they became “politicized,” former Arizona Rep. Ron Barber said.

Survivors of the January 2011 shooting that killed six and severely injured Giffords and 12 others have raised more than $5 million to create a memorial in downtown Tucson.

Poll: Ossoff Leads Handel by 7 Points in Georgia House Runoff
Majority of voters surveyed disapprove of President Donald Trump

A new poll shows Democrat Jon Ossoff with a 7-point lead against Republican Karen Handel ahead of the runoff election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

Of the 700 voters interviewed in the SurveyUSA poll conducted for Atlanta TV station WXIA, Ossoff leads with 51 percent compared to Handel’s 44 percent. Six percent of respondents were undecided and the margin of error was 4.3 percent.

Rokita and Messer Trade Accusations
Indiana Republican congressmen are both considering running for Senate against Donnelly

Rep. Todd Rokita is accusing fellow Republican Rep. Luke Messer of planting a negative story about him in the media ahead of the two possibly facing in Indiana’s Senate race next year.

A recent post in Politico Pro revealed that Rokita had used $100,000 in campaign funds on use of a private plane. The story pointed out that he had broken no ethics rules or laws.

Rep. Al Green Releases Death Threats After Impeachment Stance
Included caller saying Texas Democrat should be lynched

Texas Rep. Al Green released numerous messages that included threats of death and lynching after he called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

In the beginning of a video on Green’s Facebook page, He plays audio of racially derogatory remarks that called for him to be hanged, the Texas Tribune reported.

Michigan Businesswoman to Challenge Stabenow
Served as Co-chair of Donald Trump's presidential campaign

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow received her first Republican challenger as businesswoman Lena Epstein announced her candidacy for Michigan's Senate race.

Epstein is a third-generation co-owner of Vesco Oil Corp., which distributes automotive and industrial lubricants.

Republican National Committee Raises $9.6 Million in April
$51 million raised overall

The Republican National Committee announced it raised $9.6 million in April, bringing the committee’s haul to $51 million for 2017.

The committee also announced it had $41.4 million in cash on hand and has spent $9.5 million this year in disbursements.

Army Reserve Lawyer to Challenge Peters in California
Omar Qudrat prosecuted terrorist cases

Army Reserve lawyer Omar Qudrat is expected to announce his candidacy against California Rep. Scott Peters.

On his website, Qudrat, who has yet to officially announced, highlights his work as a civilian attorney in Afghanistan and as a reserve officer in the Army’s Judge Advocate’s General Corps. He advocates clearing the regulatory way for small businesses to add jobs, to fix the country’s “broken education system” and 

Democratic AGs Move to Protect Obamacare Subsidies
Filed motion in case filed by Republican-controlled House

Sixteen Democratic state attorneys general filed a motion to protect the subsidies to insurance companies for low-income people in the 2010 health care law.

“The stakes are very high. In Maryland we have more than 400,000 people who depend on the Affordable Care Act to get normal health care. It sounds alarming, but it’s true: lives are at stake,” said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, according Reuters reported.

Actual Witch Hunt Trumped What Trump Has Faced, Salem Rep Says
Moulton counter-tweet: ‘This is false’

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton used a bit of literal gallows humor to push back against a tweet by President Donald Trump asserting that a probe into ties between his campaign and Russia was “the single greatest witch hunt in political history.”

Moulton represents Salem, the home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, which were popularized in the Arthur Miller play, “The Crucible.”

Jason Chaffetz Says Goodbye
Departure comes amid uncertainty over special election, Russia probe

Updated 3:25 p.m. | Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Thursday announced his plans to leave Congress before the end of his term. The move comes just when the Utah Republican has placed himself in the middle of the ongoing controversy over President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey. 

In a letter to constituents, Chaffetz said he would leave Congress at the end of June. 

Martha Roby Primary Challenger Banking on Trump
Alabama state Rep. Barry Moore said he decided to run when congresswoman denounced president