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House Panel Hones Skills on Genetically Modified Consumers | Madisonville

The more obscure House committee hearings can be like minor league baseball: a place to see raw talent refining its skills for a bigger stage. You just have to look past the wild pitches and base-running mistakes.

Minnesota Senate: Still Very Unlikely, But Not Impossible

We are moving the Minnesota Senate race from Safe Democrat to Democrat Favored, but readers should not make too much of the changed rating.

In Race for Oversight Chairmanship, Turner Lays Out Different Direction

Under California Republican Darrell Issa, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been the Obama administration’s No. 1 enemy on Capitol Hill, with high-profile hearings on everything from Benghazi to the IRS, to Operation Fast and Furious.

Rich Candidates, Poor House Districts

Mo’ money, mo’ problems? That’s the case for a few deep-pocketed House candidates, whose affluence has become a political issue in the districts they seek this November.

Congress Makes a Run For The Border | Capitol Quip

The humanitarian crisis at the Southern border has drawn not just migrants from Central America and Mexico, but members of Congress on fact-finding missions! Now we’ll get to the bottom of things. Which brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip captioning contest.

He Shoots, He Doesn't Score | Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Terri Lynn Land Targeted in Super PAC Ad in Michigan

Senate Majority PAC launched a TV ad Saturday aimed at the Republican vying for Michigan’s open Senate seat.

Rating Change: Wisconsin Governor

Wisconsin is one of the most polarized state’s in the country, so Republican Gov. Scott Walker was never going to have an easy re-election bid.

Boehner's Bet: Lawsuit Will Quiet Impeachment Calls

More seems curious than straightforward in Speaker John A. Boehner’s current plan for suing President Barack Obama.

House Democrats Have Mixed Reaction to Florida Redistricting Ruling

Democrats on Capitol Hill expressed mixed reactions Friday to a new court ruling that declared Florida’s congressional map unconstitutional.

Restaurant Associates Hops on Street Food Bandwagon

The company tasked with handling Capitol Hill’s catering needs is giving pop-up dining a go, rolling out a food truck-inspired program expected to take over the Dirksen Café from July 14 to July 18.

Rating Change: New Jersey’s 3rd District

Republican Rep. Jon Runyan is only in his second term, but he quickly established himself as a very difficult target. His retirement from New Jersey’s 3rd District gives Democrats a better opportunity there, but this is no longer a pure tossup race.

Grijalva: Diaz-Balart Immigration Bill Had 'Very Large' Support

What was in Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s secret immigration overhaul bill, declared officially dead for the 113th Congress on Thursday afternoon?

Hispanic Caucus Lobbying to Block Trafficking Change

House Democrats are growing increasingly concerned about Republican calls to revise a 2008 human trafficking law in exchange for approving President Barack Obama’s $3.8 billion supplemental funding request to address the child migrant crisis at the Southwest border.

Congress-edits Is Just the Latest to Keep Tabs on Pols’ Cyber Stumbles

Another day, another resource to expose the often clueless political operatives who foolishly tool around the Internet believing their subversive activities — be they illicit, shady or just plain dumb — will never come back to bite them in the arse.

Sherrod Brown Touts LeBron's Reunion with Cavs as Slam-Dunk — OVERHEARD

“Welcome home LeBron . . . We look forward to your contributions and leadership, on the court and off. And celebrating a championship wouldn’t hurt.” — Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, celebrates LeBron James’ re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 7 (Video)

As members discuss baby Jesus, car brakes and Africa’s views on President Barack Obama, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, says some of them need to know when to “shut up.”

Pryor Starts Reserving Fall Airtime in Pivotal Senate Race

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor has been buying up fall airtime for a race critical to nearly every hypothetical Republican path to the Senate majority.

Imperfect People Get Elected to the Senate

In the heat of the campaign, it can be easy to disqualify or dismiss candidates based on unsettling, or sometimes unseemly, revelations. But all you have to do is look at the current lineup of senators to realize that imperfect people win elections.

Judge Tosses Two House Districts in Florida Redistricting Trial

A state judge ruled Thursday two Florida House districts violated the state’s constitution, following a dramatic trial questioning the state’s recently redrawn boundaries following the 2010 U.S. Census.

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