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Courting the Cucumber-Infused Crowd: Democrats Woo Millennials

NEW YORK — On a Thursday evening earlier this month, a group of Democratic lawmakers entrusted with a big chunk of the party’s future mingled with well-dressed young professionals in an industrial-chic space in Manhattan, drinking glasses of wine and Mason jars of water infused with strawberries or cucumbers.

A Few Delegations Newly Punching Above Their Weight

The newest Roll Call Clout Index reveals that, even more than before, the largest potential for influence belongs to the states with the most people and therefore the biggest delegations. So it’s worth paying special attention to the smaller places with lawmaker contingents positioned to punch highest above their weight.

#tbt: Reefer Madness and Other Hits

Roll Call is partying like it’s 1999 . . . by looking through our archives. So we are celebrating our 60th birthday all year long by posting #ThrowbackThursday trivia via the @rollcall Twitter feed each week.

Steve Chabot Confirms Passwords Not Related to Pet Turtles

In a Wednesday morning House Small Business Committee hearing on cyberattacks, Chairman Steve Chabot offered some sage advice on password security.

Attitude Shift on Freight Infrastructure May Change the Way Congress Funds Transportation

With Congress starting work on reauthorizing highway and transit programs, several lawmakers from both parties want the government to give more attention to the movement of freight on the nation’s highways, rails and waterways because of its importance to the economy. And since there’s no agreement on how to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, which has mostly paid for road and rail projects for decades, these lawmakers want the new investments in freight infrastructure to have their own dedicated revenue stream.

A Possible Path Forward on Patriot Act

As the Senate worked its way out of two legislative knots Wednesday, passing a human-trafficking bill, 99-0, and setting up a Thursday vote on the long-delayed nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the path to reauthorizing surveillance activities would be a lot easier if the White House engaged Congress sooner rather than later.

Tough Talk on Trade Between Wyden and Reid

Sen. Ron Wyden did not sound surprised by Minority Leader Harry Reid’s call Tuesday for him to slow down progress on Trade Promotion Authority legislation that was being marked up Wednesday afternoon.

Doyle Mum on Richmond's Status for Congressional Baseball Game

The suspicious substance incident that happened Wednesday in Rep. Mike Doyle’s digs at the Cannon House Office Building was both inconvenient and alarming.

Minnesota Hotdish Banter Is Simply Delicious

How good a cook is Rep. Betty McCollum? Skilled enough that the eight-term Democrat didn’t have to campaign — or even show up, for that matter — at the fifth annual Minnesota Hotdish Off to clinch congressional bragging rights.

2016's 'October Surprise?' Not Much of a Surprise

October revelations about the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi weren’t enough to get the Republican presidential candidate over the hump in 2012 — but that doesn’t mean it won’t work in 2016, right?

Overheard: Even Congressmen Call Their Moms

“Call Mother.”

Conservatives Surprisingly Optimistic About Ending Ex-Im Bank

It was a smaller room than usual for the monthly “Conversations with Conservatives” event Wednesday. There were fewer attendees than normal, too, both among members and the audience. But among the many topics conservatives delved into — over plates of their customary Chick-fil-A — members seemed united, even hopeful, on one item: the Export-Import Bank.

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Highway Funding Still Under Construction

Congress’ efforts to fund highway spending look like a driver trying to extricate a car from the snow. Lawmakers move an idea into first gear, then slip it into reverse, then back to first, hoping the back-and-forth-motion generates enough momentum to get off the slick spot and move some legislation.

Yoga on the Hill Sliding Over to East Lawn

When last we checked in with the Congressional Yogi Association, the nascent group of Hill staffers had selected the West Lawn to serve as the staging area for its debut event.

Potential Democratic Challenger Emerges in California

A possible Democratic challenger is emerging in California’s Simi Valley to take on freshman Republican Rep. Steve Knight.

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Appropriators Hope for Budget-Deal Relief From Sequester-Level Spending Caps

Top House appropriators are crossing their fingers for another budget deal that would raise the tight sequester-level spending caps, but in the meantime they will consider a set of funding allocations that seek compromise with the budget limits they’ve got.

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Cornyn Redefines His Role as Senate GOP Whip

Cornyn has emerged in a new role as a conservative lion.

Delegation Clout Shifts in Aftermath of Earmark Era

Four years after lawmakers gave up earmarking, the last of the billions once dedicated to pet projects has effectively been spent, and one result is a changed roster of states laying claim to the most clout in Congress.

Leahy Slams McConnell Push to Extend NSA Surveillance Authority

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy vowed to block efforts by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to extend authorization to collect phone and other records of Americans in bulk through 2020.

McConnell Sets Thursday Vote on Loretta Lynch

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a Thursday cloture vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general after breaking a logjam over amendments to the human trafficking bill.

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