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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 1, 2016

Lawmakers spent the week ashamed of their ties, reflecting on Blockbuster and repeating Groundhog Day.

Pelosi, DCCC Use Tea Party to Fire Up Dem Voters

Democratic leaders are urging their voting base to fill the party’s campaign coffers as part of an election-year battle against a “tide of tea party extremism.”

Anti-Abortion Groups to GOP: Include Fiorina in Debate

The leaders of two influential anti-abortion rights groups are blasting the decision to exclude Carly Fiorina from Saturday’s presidential debate, arguing that GOP voters deserve to see the primary field’s lone female candidate — and one of the race’s sharpest critics of Planned Parenthood — on stage in New Hampshire.

Lawmakers Honor Capitol Police Officer

Capitol Police buried one of their own on Friday, one day after Delaware lawmakers honored him on the House and Senate floors.

On Unemployment Rate, Obama Spikes the Football

President Barack Obama on Friday took credit for the latest jobs report, saying the 4.9 percent rate shows his stewardship has made the U.S. economy the “strongest and most durable” in the world.

As Zika Virus Reaches D.C., Congress Calls for Action

As the Zika virus reaches the United States and the nation’s capital, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for an urgent response to prevent its spread, and are scheduling briefings and committee hearings to address it.

Dan Kildee Gets Spot on Influential Steering Committee

Rep. Dan Kildee has secured a plum spot on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, the latest move in a string of events that has raised the Michigan Democrat’s national profile.

Lawmakers Bet on the Super Bowl

North Carolina GOP Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr have challenged Colorado Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to a friendly Super Bowl wager ahead of Sunday’s game. On Sunday, the Denver Broncos, lead by quarterback Payton Manning, play the Carolina Panthers, lead by quarterback Cam Newton, in Super Bowl 50.

Rep. Castro Welcomes Baby Boy

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and his wife, Anna Flores, welcomed a new son, Roman Victor Castro, this week.

Overheard: Joe Manchin Explains How the Senate Works

“It’s the majority that sets the agenda, but the minority who drives the agenda.”

CBC Celebrates Black History Month

Congressional Black Caucus members are participating in multiple events beyond the Beltway to commemorate Black History Month. Also, the CBC says to look out for members to make floor remarks and statements about notable events in black history.

Marlow Cook: Mitch McConnell's Political Pathfinder

Shortly after he got the news that former Sen. Marlow Cook, R-Ky., had died, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the floor about the man who showed him the political blueprint to success in Washington.

Obamacare Repeal Votes Motivate Democratic Donors

If there’s a silver lining for Democrats in Republicans’ repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it’s that they’ve made good money off of it.

A Democrat Begins Senate Campaign in Louisiana

Caroline Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer, said Thursday she will run for Senate in Louisiana — the first Democrat to enter the race, which already features five Republicans.

Kirk, Johnson Targeted by Liberal Groups for Iran Votes

Votes this past fall against the Iran nuclear deal could come back to haunt two vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election. At least that’s what some progressive organizations are hoping.

Obama, Straight Clownin' With The NBA Champs

President Barack Obama gave up basketball in 2010 after a bloody lip required stitches. But maybe the 54-year-old president will find a second career on the hardwood.

Alicia Keys Sends Speaker Ryan a Valentine

Musician Alicia Keys is making a plea to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., in hopes he will schedule a vote on criminal justice policy.

Is an Audit on the Way for Iowa Caucuses?

Iowa Democrats are facing increased pressure to re-examine Monday’s incredibly close and uncomfortably messy vote, especially after the Des Moines Register called for “a complete audit of results.”

Democrats Had a Lot of GOP Help on Energy Bill Vote

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn was mad, and he knew just whom to blame: Democrats, who were insisting on an emergency aid package for the city of Flint, Mich., to address its poisoned water system. But the truth, as it often is, was a little more complicated.

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