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Steve Israel Assembling Writer’s Caucus

Lawmaker/novelist Steve Israel wants to bring other pols into the publishing fold. And he’s already got around a dozen takers who have signed on to attend Wednesday’s inaugural meeting of the Congressional Writers Caucus.

Suzan DelBene Helps Aide Get Hitched

Rep. Suzan DelBene’s professional family expanded by one this past weekend, after her chief of staff, Aaron Schmidt, went ahead and tied the knot with Justin Zielke.

Boehner: Obama Should Start Over on War Authority Request (Video)

Speaker John A. Boehner, escalating his criticism of the administration’s handling of the war against the Islamic State terror group, said Tuesday the president should scrap his Authorization for Use of Military Force proposal and submit something different to Congress.

Mark Begich Keeps Busy, and Keeps His Options Open

Mark Begich is not in the Senate anymore, but he is keeping busy working on policy issues close to his, and his home state of Alaska’s, heart.

Opponents of Highway Trust Fund Patch Look to Next Fight (Updated)

Updated 12:29 p.m. | Plenty of House Democrats — and even a few moderate Republicans — fed up with Congress’ inability to reach agreement on a multi-year Highway Trust Fund deal are likely to vote “no” Tuesday on a bill that would extend spending authority through July 31

Why 500 Attack Emails Couldn’t Take Down Thom Tillis

There were a few constants during the 2014 cycle: death, taxes, my three young kids waking up before 7 a.m. and a daily Democratic email attacking North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis. But in the end, even in the face of hundreds of blistering emails, the Republican challenger knocked off Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Existentialists Watch, Wonder in Digital Cloakroom

Capitol Hill can be a confusing place, even for insiders.

Mike Lee Takes Town Halls to YouTube, Ustream

About once a month, Sen. Mike Lee’s Capitol Hill office turns into a television studio.

Amid Calls for Resignation, Guinta Refuses to Answer Questions (Audio)

There are plenty of questions surrounding Rep. Frank Guinta’s agreement to repay more than $350,000 in improper campaign contributions, but the embattled New Hampshire Republican isn’t answering any of them — at least not meaningfully.

Scott Walker to Meet and Greet Congress Tuesday (Updated)

Updated May 19, 9:55 a.m. | When you’re a Midwestern governor pondering a presidential campaign as a Washington outsider, there are plenty of people to meet on Capitol Hill.

McCarthy: No Plans in House to Budge on NSA Curbs

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a message for Senate Republicans: If they want to extend expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, they aren’t going to do any better than the so-called USA Freedom Act.

Pritzker Touts Bipartisan Trade Push, Wants Deal 'Quickly'

While the Senate considers fast-track trade authority, the White House is making a bicameral and bipartisan push to approve the bill as quickly as possible.

After Ramadi, Boehner Calls on Obama to Change Course on ISIL

The fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi has Speaker John A. Boehner once again urging Barack Obama to develop a new strategy to win the war against the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. But so far, the White House is staying the course.

Kirsten Gillibrand, Mark Warner Stand Behind 'SLUT'

Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Mark Warner of Virginia are scheduled to lend their voices Tuesday to “SLUT: The Play,” a teen-led look into modern rape coming to the Warner Theatre for one night only.

Rand Paul Says He Has Votes 'Outside the Beltway' on NSA Surveillance

PHILADELPHIA — Standing on the lawn outside the landmark where the framers debated the Constitution, Sen. Rand Paul launched his newest Fourth Amendment campaign.

Taste of America Showcases Agony of Regional Defeat

The road to regional supremacy runs through the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America. The second round of voting is over, and to the vittle victor go the spoils. Just ask Maryland crab cakes, which pinched D.C. half smokes to move to the sweet, or savory, round of 16.

Friends of the Earth Out to Bury Earl Blumenauer

Environmental activists are throwing Rep. Earl Blumenauer under the zero-emission, biodiesel-fueled bus for openly embracing broader trade-promotion authority.

Whitehouse Keeps Climate Change Front and Center (Video)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has been a familiar sight the past few years, standing on the Senate floor beside a “Time To Wake Up” placard and talking to a nearly empty chamber.

Can Republicans Repeat an Upset in Colorado?

The May 5 email I received from Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s campaign committee opened with: “Larry Sabato in Politico: COLORADO IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN 2016 TOSS-UPS. Colorado will decide the 2016 election!”

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