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What Happens If Coffman Says No

Republicans are trying to recruit Rep. Mike Coffman to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado. If he stays put in the House, that gives the GOP a crop of candidates who could have a harder time in what will be one of Republicans’ few offensive opportunities in 2016.

Stabenow: Opponents 'Have to Deal With' Currency Amendment on Trade

Whenever the Senate’s able to vote to limit debate on the pending trade legislation, senators will still have to tackle a tough amendment about currency manipulation.

Familiar Names Top Leaderboard at ACLI Capital Challenge

Runners from Capitol Hill and beyond descended on the banks of the Anacostia River Wednesday morning for the 34th annual ACLI Capital Challenge.

Rand Paul Takes the Floor to Contest NSA Surveillance (Updated) (Video)

Updated 2:44 p.m. | At approximately 1:18 p.m. Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor for what’s best described as an extended oration about the Fourth Amendment.

Congressional Golfers Swing for Charity

Putting aside politics Monday, six members of Congress participated in a charity golf game to raise funds for young golfers in the District of Columbia.

Overheard: Amy Klobuchar's Dream Date

“I look to my right, Harry Reid. I look to my left, Mitch McConnell. I know: Every girl’s dream, right?”

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 11, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent the week locating Ruby Ridge on a map, snapping selfies with pigs and preparing for bazooka-armed lesser prairie chickens.

Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst

Long shut out of statewide office, Southern California Democrats saw a glimmer of hope last week, when Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced a bid for the Golden State’s open Senate seat.

Stutzman Staffs Up for Senate Bid

GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is vacating his House seat to run in Indiana’s open Senate contest, has hired an experienced senior campaign team to help his bid, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

NRSC Raised $4.2 Million in April

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will report raising more than $4.2 million in April and ending the month with $5 million in cash on hand, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

DCCC Outpaces NRCC in April Fundraising (Updated)

Updated 8 a.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee slightly outpaced its Republican counterpart in April fundraising, and is now debt-free as the party gears up for the 2016 cycle.

Heck Close to Senate Bid

Updated 9:38 a.m. | Rep. Joe Heck has told some Nevada Republicans he is close to deciding to run for Senate, a source told CQ Roll Call Tuesday, and the conversations have prompted speculation among Nevada Republicans that an announcement could come sooner rather than later.

Why This Vulnerable Freshman Is Surprising People

He may be new to the halls of Congress, but when the Energizer Bunny pauses, it’s not for long.

Member Pay Freeze Likely to Last Close to a Decade

As one of their final acts before the Memorial Day break, members of Congress have begun their annual ritual combining financial self-flagellation with electoral self-preservation.

McConnell Sets Trade Promotion Authority Endgame in Motion (Video)

After a series of dueling objections, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved Tuesday evening to limit debate on the Trade Promotion Authority bill that’s a top priority for himself and President Barack Obama, but the endgame was far from clear.

Democrats Hold Their Noses, Help Pass Highway Fund Patch

House Democrats had two difficult votes to take on Tuesday, and for the most part, they held their collective noses and voted “yes” with Republicans.

Senator Obama vs. President Obama on Trade

Not long after the administration went public with a veto threat against his currency manipulation trade amendment, Sen. Rob Portman took to the floor to highlight President Barack Obama’s flip-flop on the issue.

Plenty to Navigate to Get 'Fast Track' Through Senate (Updated) (Video)

Updated 6:21 p.m. | The pathway to Senate passage of legislation to restore “fast-track” authority for trade authority is full of obstacles, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to avoid any more.

Fall of Ramadi Prompts New Questions About Obama's ISIL Strategy

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle called for action from the White House after the Islamic State terror group’s victory in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Al Anbar province.

House Freedom Caucus Lines Up Opposition to Export-Import Bank

The room where the House Freedom Caucus frequently convenes is really too small for a group of 30-some-odd congressmen. It’s certainly too small for a meeting with more than a dozen speakers and 20 reporters. But, on Tuesday, the oddly shaped room on the fourth floor of the Cannon House Office Building was the site of the conservative group’s first news conference — and the HFC might have finally found an issue they can make a name for themselves on: the Export-Import Bank.

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