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Members in Waiting: The 20 Candidates Headed to D.C.

Perhaps by design, and maybe because of circumstance, Jim Risch remains among the least recognized senators after almost six years on the job. But, given the course of his path to Congress, he was at a big disadvantage from the start — if getting noticed was his desire.

A Tale of Two Congressional Visits to the Southwest Border

Updated 5:30 p.m. | House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., touted his delegation’s fact-finding trip to the Texas border last week as bipartisan, but lawmakers from both parties arrived back in Washington Tuesday as divided on immigration as ever.

Boozy Treats, Sweaty Pits Await Rooftop Deck Caucus

On Thursday, Holland & Knight will once again play host to the “Rooftop Deck Caucus,” the informal nickname for the throng of fun-seeking congressional staffers who flood the lobbying firm’s sun-splashed offices each summer.

Obama Still Needs Congress to Show Him the Money

President Barack Obama may be just about done with this Congress, but there’s one thing he can’t do without — money.

Chris McDaniel Campaign Wants Runoff Redo

State Sen. Chris McDaniel’s attorney confirmed Monday the campaign’s plans to challenge the results of last month’s Senate runoff, arguing the only solution is to hold a new election for the GOP nomination.

Fleshing Out the Disposition of the Senate

According to CQ Roll Call alumnus and current Washington Examiner senior correspondent David M. Drucker, Sen. John McCain has over the past few years evolved into the “conscience of the Senate.”

Ohio Republicans Crusade for Cleveland Convention

Who will be next to call Cleveland home: LeBron James, or the 2016 Republican National Convention?

Boehner Moving Toward Late-July Obama Lawsuit Vote

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is moving cautiously toward a late-July vote to authorize a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, juggling legal and political considerations as he tries to check executive power and stoke the Republican base.

FDA Weighs Role Overseeing the Marijuana Trade

Colorado’s and Washington’s decision to legalize marijuana for adults has left federal regulators in an awkward position, with the drug still illegal under federal law. But while the Food and Drug Administration has been largely absent from the new retail scene, the agency appears to be leaving the door open to taking action on food products that contain marijuana if public health is threatened.

Senate Democrats Call for Quick Action on Highway Patch

A trio of Democratic senators called for quick action this month on agreeing to keep funds flowing to transportation projects through the end of the year as bipartisan, bicameral negotiations continue on finding a way to pay for the patch.

Former Illinois Congressman Pulls in $610,000 for Comeback Bid

Former Illinois Rep. Robert Dold raised more than $610,000 in the second quarter for his comeback bid in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

Stan Lee and John Lewis: The Drawing of the Two

Some lawmakers enjoy being able to drop out of sight during recess. Others, such as critically acclaimed graphic novelist/Rep. John Lewis, find it much harder to disentangle from the swirling celebrity life.

DeMaio Tops $600,000 in Second Quarter Fundraising

Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio raised $613,000 in the second quarter for one of the GOP’s most targeted House races, according to numbers provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Congressman: American Drug Use Fueling Immigration Crisis

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez said Monday the U.S. has a responsibility to care for the women and children surging across southern border because American drug use has fueled the rise of violent cartels in Central America.

Could Upbeat Economic News Help Obama, Democrats?

Last week’s news that the U.S. economy gained 288,000 jobs in June seems to confirm the upbeat economic assessments coming from many of the nation’s economists and Wall Street analysts.

McCain: Cut Aid to Countries Fueling Immigration Crisis

A GOP architect of the Senate’s immigration plan is calling for at least threatening to cut aid to Central American countries that don’t take steps to stop the flow of unaccompanied migrant children to the United States.

Freshman Republican Raises $550,000 in Second Quarter

Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis raised more than $550,000 in the second quarter, according to numbers provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Senate Hopefuls Work Parade Route in West Virginia

RIPLEY, W.Va. — The country’s “largest small town Independence Day parade” had all the expected: beauty queens, sun-drenched crowds and political glad-handling.

Déjà Vu in Minnesota Senate Race?

Al Franken knows the story — just not from this side.

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