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Some Candidates Mention Flint Crisis in Fundraising Appeals

As Congress heard testimony from Flint’s mayor about the water crisis there, some House and Senate candidates sent out fundraising pitches to their email lists mentioning the Michigan city’s troubles.

Budget Divide Threatens to Kill Short-Lived GOP Unity

Speaker Paul D. Ryan was supposed to be the one person who could unite a fractured House Republican conference, but if the current budget battle is any indication, unity may not be an achievable goal.

Saudi, UAE Forces Likely Too 'Stretched' to Fight Islamic State

Key U.S. allies in the Middle East could be stretched too thin militarily to provide the ground combat troops the Obama administration, Republican lawmakers and experts agree are needed to defeat the Islamic State.

Rubio: Maybe the Senate 'Should Pray Every Hour'

Maybe Sen. Marco Rubio thinks the Senate could use more of Barry Black’s baritone.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to Visit Flint

Michigan House Democrats Brenda Lawrence and Dan Kildee will lead a group from Congress– including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – on a visit to Flint next month to learn about how federal resources could be devoted to addressing the water crisis there, Lawrence told Roll Call on Friday.

Mark Takai Gives Paul Ryan an Aloha Shirt

In an effort to be able to sport “Aloha wear” on the House floor on Fridays, Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, hand-delivered a Hawaiian shirt to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.

Progressives Spread GOP Valentine's Day Cheer

A progressive advocacy group is providing Valentines for every anti-conservative American out there this year. In a email on Friday, Democrat advocate Brad Woodhouse’s group, Americans United for Change, introduced its Valentine’s Day cards.

Senate Confirms Ambassadors as Ted Cruz Relents

Updated 5:47 p.m. | Just as the Senate was departing for the Presidents Day recess, presidential hopeful Ted Cruz relented on a blockade of political nominees at the State Department.

Ryan Outlines Budget Options, Says Members Will Decide

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan laid out three budget options for House Republicans on Friday, but told members that the best chance for getting appropriations bills through the Senate would be to stick to the funding levels approved in last year’s budget deal.

Puppymonkeybaby, Andy Harris Style

As if Mountain Dew’s Puppymonkeybaby commercial during Super Bowl 50 didn’t haunt us enough, a pro-marijuana group has adapted it with the likeness of Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., to make a political point.

Senate Confirms Judge, and the Queue is Now Empty

The Senate confirmed Leonard Terry Strand to be U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Iowa on Thursday, in what might be the final judicial nominee confirmed for the foreseeable future.

With Safe Districts Gone, Two Florida Lawmakers Taking Their Time on 2016 Decision

In Florida, where a court imposed a new map in December, two lawmakers who had their safe seats swept out from under them have yet to announce their electoral plans ahead of a June 24 filing deadline.

Political Wrangling Over 'People's Pledge' in New Hampshire

With the presidential circus having left their backyard, New Hampshire’s Senate candidates lost little time this week digging into each other’s commitment to limiting spending in what’s expected to be one of the most competitive and expensive Senate races in the country.

Metal Detectors Coming to House Office Garages

Tense Floor Exchange Blocks Juvenile Justice Bill

A tense exchange on the Senate floor presaged the blocking of bipartisan legislation to overhaul the juvenile justice system.

National Republicans Side With Indiana's Todd Young in Fight Over Ballot Access

The Indiana Democratic Party’s decision to challenge Rep. Todd Young’s petitions to be on the Senate primary ballot amounted to voter deprivation, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said Thursday.

Thom Tillis Pays Bet, Praises Broncos on Floor

With Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner presiding over the Senate, North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis paid off their Super Bowl bet.

Lewis on Sanders' Civil Rights Activism: 'I Never Saw Him'

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., hit Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders’ past activism during the civil rights movement while throwing his support behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Lawmakers Push for Black History Commission

Virginia lawmakers gathered Thursday morning to make their case for a federal commission on African-American history, pointing out Congress has supported similar bodies to study English and Hispanic history.

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