2017

All 11 Congressional Special Elections Have One Thing in Common
Political Theater Podcast, Episode 31

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There have been 11 special elections for the U.S. Congress in the last two years, and they all have one thing in common: Democrats have performed better than the partisan breakdown would suggest. Political Theater host Jason Dick breaks it all down with senior political writer Simone Pathé and elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales.

Rand Paul and His Wife Open Up About November Attack Amid Legal Battle
Senator and neighbor suing each other

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., opened up about the attack by his neighbor that hospitalized him with six broken ribs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rand Paul and his wife opened up about the November attack by their neighbor that landed the Kentucky Republican in the hospital with six broken ribs and a struggle with chronic pneumonia — ostensibly over a yard dispute.

In an interview with WBKO in Kentucky posted Tuesday, Paul’s wife, Kelley, became emotional as she talked about her husband’s injuries and the “ridicule” he received from the media after their neighbor, Rene Boucher, 60, tackled Paul to the ground outside his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, breaking his ribs.

Analysis: Top Brow-Furrowing Moments From Trump’s Tax Bash
‘The economy is indeed doing well,’ president says before addressing newsroom murders

President Donald Trump on Friday asked invited guests if they were aware that the U.S. economy is the world’s largest. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

This might be remembered as the week President Donald Trump, back in campaign mode, got his sharp-tongued rhetorical groove back. And he kept it up Friday, even while making his first public remarks about a shooting at a Maryland newsroom that occurred roughly 30 miles from the White House and left five dead.

The president came to the White House’s East Room for a long-scheduled event on the six-month-anniversary of a GOP tax law he signed in late December with a prepared statement about the Annapolis shooting at the Capital Gazette office.

Former Rep. Tim Murphy Honorably Discharged After Scandal, Outcome of Review Unknown
Pennsylvania Republican left Navy amid reports of an extramarital affair

Former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center to call on the Senate to pass mental health reform legislation. Murphy was honorably discharged from the Navy in September 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After reports of an extramarital affair torpedoed former Rep. Tim Murphy’s congressional career, the Navy launched its own review of his conduct.

Murphy, a commander in the Navy Reserves, was honorably discharged. That officially happened on Sept. 11, 2017, according to the Navy.

Farenthold’s New Employer Wants AG Opinion Whether Hiring Was Legal
Former congressman dodges questions: ‘I’m not talking to reporters. I’m a private citizen now’

The Calhoun Port Authority is facing criticism for hiring former Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Disgraced former Rep. Blake Farenthold’s new employer is seeking the opinion of Texas’ attorney general about the legality of his hiring.

The Calhoun Port Authority is asking whether Farenthold’s hiring violated the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Victoria Advocate reported.

Former Rep. Murphy Lands Consulting Gig
Resigned after news that he pressured mistress to have an abortion surfaced

Former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., right, now has a new consulting job. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy, who was brought down last year by an an extramarital affair, has a new job working for a government relations consulting firm.

Murphy now works for Crammer Consultants as a federal consultant, the Pittburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Roy Moore Claims ‘Political Conspiracy’ in New Lawsuit Against Accusers
One defendant is also plaintiff in a different suit against Moore

GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore filed suit Monday against several women who accused him during his campaign of sexual misconduct in the 1970s. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Failed Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore filed a new lawsuit Monday accusing several women who made allegations of sexual misconduct against him of a “political conspiracy” to prevent him from winning the state’s December special election.

The allegations that Moore, 71, courted and made sexual contact with teenage girls when he was a district attorney in his 30s are “false,” said Melissa Isaak, Moore’s attorney. She spoke at a news conference Monday in Gadsden, Alabama, where many of the incidents are claimed to have taken place roughly 40 years ago.

Amazon’s Bezos Contributed Over $20,000 to Members of Congress
Recipients: Washington’s two Democratic senators, Jason Chaffetz and Orrin Hatch

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is among four lawmakers who received campaign contributions from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos since he bought the Washington Post. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Jeff Bezos has given more than $20,000 split between four lawmakers — two Democrats and two Republicans — since he bought The Washington Post in October 2013, a review of the billionaire’s Federal Elections Commission files revealed.

In the last three election cycles, Bezos has donated the maximum amount allowed by election laws to two Washington Democrats and two Utah Republicans.

Sinclair TV Owner Maxed Out Donations to Gianforte, Montana GOP
Robert E. Smith, who identified himself as ‘retired’ and worked in real estate, also donated to Trump’s campaign

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., has received maximum campaign contributions from an owner of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An owner of the controversial Sinclair Broadcast Group has donated more than $10,000 to Montana Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte in the last year and a half.

Robert E. Smith, whose family owns the largest local television station operator in the country, gave the maximum $5,400 to Gianforte’s campaign in March, The Guardian reported. He did the same last year, ahead of Gianforte’s 6-point special election victory over Democrat Rob Quist.

Ryan Promises Vote This Year to Make Individual Tax Cuts Permanent
Hoyer suggests most Democrats would oppose such a measure if not offset

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, right, and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., leave a news conference in the House studio where they discussed the GOP’s tax law. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Taxes were the talk of Congress Tuesday, the deadline for taxpayers to file returns for 2017, with Republicans messaging on the tax overhaul they passed last year and Speaker Paul D. Ryan promising a vote this year on a measure to make the individual tax cuts permanent.

“We fully intend to make these things permanent and that’s something we’ll be acting on later this year,” Ryan said of the individual tax rate reductions. Taxpayers will begin using the new rate structure in the 2018 filing season, but absent congressional action the individual rates will expire after 2025.