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Ted Nugent vs. Kid Rock in Michigan Race?
Motor City Madman threatens Senate run

The Michigan Republican committee member who floated the idea of Kid Rock as a Senate candidate said he has no inside info on whether the musician is interested in running. But another Michigan rocker is threatening to jump into the race.

Rep. Reed Surprises Sit-In Participants
New York Republican has two-hour discussion at district office

Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., surprised people staging a sit-in at a district office when he dropped by Thursday after a meeting with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Washington.

Six people from Ithaca Catholic Workers began the sit-in on Tuesday to highlight that Reed not holding a town hall since May 2, 2016. Reed arrived around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Chaffetz Wants Charges for Former Clinton Aide
Former State Department employee who set up private email server refused to testify

Rep. Jason Chaffetz is seeking charges for a former State Department employee who helped Hillary Clinton set up her private email server.

Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking to convene a grand jury or charge Bryan Pagliano, The Associated Press reported.

Cummings, CBC to Trump: Wrong!
Maryland Democrat has "no idea" why Trump said what he did

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., says President Donald Trump is making things up when he said he backed out of a meeting with the president.

Trump, answering a question at his Thursday press conference about whether he would include the Congressional Black Caucus in his agenda for inner cities, went off on a tangent about how he was supposed to meet with Cummings but that the Maryland Democrat decided against it because of politics.

Former Ambassadors Criticize Trump’s Pick for Israel Envoy
Has has compared liberal Jewish group to those who cooperated with Nazis

Bipartisan Group Attempts to Clear Marines’ Names
Military wrongly accused company for killing two dozen bystanders in 2007

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are sponsoring legislation to clear the names of a company of Marines cleared of killing bystanders in a 2007 firefight in Afghanistan.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Marine Corps’ top general to “issue a public document” to certify that members of Marine Corps Special Company Foxtrot were not at fault and “deserve to have their names cleared,” Military Times reported.

Castro Takes Round 1 in Twitter War with Cruz
Texas congressman has hinted at running against Republican senator

If Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, decides to run against Sen. Ted Cruz next year, he might already have a leg up on Twitter.

Castro has been hinting at a run against Cruz, who has faced the possibility of a primary challenge after he waffled on his support for President Donald Trump, possibly making him a weakened general election candidate.

Activists Send Out Draft-Nolan for Minnesota Governor Letters
More than 1,000 get letters urging them to push congressman to run

A letter calling on Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., to run for governor next year is being circulated to more than 1,000 members of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

The letter, signed by DFL activists, lawmakers and lobbyists, warns that Minnesota could become like Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.

Rohrabacher Staffer Injured in Protest at District Office
Congressman says protesters engaged in ‘political thuggery’

A tussle at California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s Huntington Beach office led to his district director being hospitalized and a the daughter of a protester being hit on the head.

Activists showed up at the Republican congressman’s office to deliver Valentine's Day cards that requested Rohrabacher hold a town hall meeting, the Orange County Register reported. When they found the doors locked, they shoved the cards under the door. When the 2-year-old daughter of one protester was adding a card, the door opened and hit her on the head.

Gaetz's Bill to Abolish EPA Gets Little Traction
Environmental activists more concerned about the agency’s nominee for director

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz’s bill to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency is not getting much traction in either party.

And with the freshman’s bill going against the grain of the respect for the environment in the state, he’s not getting much support from his Florida colleagues in Congress, either, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Cummings and Pelosi Cite Fake Flynn Twitter Account
Came at press conference

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both cited a parody Twitter account claiming to be Michael Flynn.

The incident came in a Tuesday news conference after the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Both Cummings quoted tweets from a fake account under the handle @GenMikeFlynn.

Harris Was Only 2016 Senate Democratic Candidate to Get Cash From Mnuchin
And she voted against him for Treasury secretary

In the 2016 election cycle, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin donated to only one Democratic Senate candidate. 

But it wasn’t Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, the only Democrat who voted to confirm him for the position Monday night and who is up for re-election next year. It was freshman Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who has her own history with the new Cabinet official and voted against Mnuchin’s nomination.

Harward, Petraeus and Kellogg Emerge as Flynn Replacements
All three have distinguished military careers but each has his own baggage

Three former military officers are on the shortlist to replace former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn after his resignation, according to news reports.

Lt. Gen. Keith KelloggBackground: Kellogg is currently the interim national security adviser. The retired three-star general served as chief of staff of the National Security Council under Flynn. 

Russians Blame ‘Russophobia’ for Flynn’s Resignation
Claim exit was ‘not just paranoia but something even worse’

Russian lawmakers came to the defense of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, saying Russia was his critics’ ultimate target.

Flynn resigned after it was revealed he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his phone calls with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and the Justice Department told the White House that he might be subject to blackmail.

Mar-a-Lago Member Posts Photo with ‘Nuclear Football’ Aide
Who thought this was a good idea?

A member of President Donald Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago club posted a photo of himself with the military aide who carries the nuclear codes for the president.

Richard DeAgazio, who was at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night when Trump hosted a dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, posted photos on his Facebook with a man identified as “Rick,” who carries the President's Emergency Satchel, which has launch codes for nuclear missiles.

Sensenbrenner Admonishes Town Hall Audience To Be Respectful
Also hints at possible punishment for national security adviser

Rep. Jim Sensnenbrenner, R-Wis., urged his constituents to be respectful during heated exchanges at town hall meetings in Pewaukee and Elm Grove over the weekend.

Sensenbrenner frequently scolded the audience that included Democratic activists, and banged a gavel to bring the town hall to order, WITI-TV in Milwaukee reported.

Former Sen. Kay Hagan Being Treated for Encephalitis Caused by Tick
North Carolina Democrat hospitalized in D.C. in December now getting treatment at Atlanta center

Former North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan's encephalitis was caused by a virus spread by ticks to humans, doctors and her family said.

Hagan’s family said it knows the recovery process is long, but they are optimistic about the progress she has made, the News & Observer in Raleigh reported.

Nadler Tries To Force House Vote on Possible Trump Conflicts
Uses obscure measure to focus on possible conflicts of interests, Russia connections and ethics violations

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is trying a rarely used tactic to try to force House Republicans to consider President Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest.

Nadler introduced a resolution of inquiry asking the Justice Department to provide information about Trump and his associates’ possible ties to Russia, conflicts of interests, and ethics violations.

Chaffetz Hears Jeers and Boos at Town Hall
Comes as he criticized Kellyanne Conway's promotion of Ivanka Trump clothing

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, got an earful Thursday night over immigration, President Donald Trump, and public lands at a town hall meeting in Utah. 

In what the Salt Lake Tribune described as “75 minutes of tense exchanges,” Chaffetz was asked what it would take for him to stand up to Trump.

Police Cleared of Racially Profiling Bobby Rush
Chicago congressman was stopped in August after confusion over his license plate

Two Chicago Police Department officers were cleared of allegations they profiled Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., last summer.

Rush had filed the complaint after a traffic stop in August 2016 after confusion over his license plates, ABC7 reported. At the time there had been a rash of car thefts in the part of Chicago in which he was stopped.