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Republican congressman rails against NFL’s Buffalo Bills for charging tailgaters
New York NFL team ‘nickeling and diming the fans’ with new tailgating policy, Rep. Reed says

Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., is not too happy with the Buffalo Bills’ new tailgating policy that charges groups with 20-seat vehicles $300 to tailgate in the parking lot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Tom Reed is not happy with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and their new policy of charging large groups of tailgaters hundreds of dollars to suck down beer and hot dogs in the parking lot of New Era Field before and after each home game.

The Upstate New York Republican began a weekly press conference with local reporters, according to BuffaloNews.com, by calling on the Bills to “reconsider” their new policy, ostensibly intended to cut down on popular pre- and post-game, alcohol-lubricated hijinks such as the sacred “Bills Mafia” tradition of body-slamming plastic folding tables.

Racism censure partly helped Rep. King understand what Jesus ‘went through for us’
King told constituents at a town hall that prayers he received helped him through the tough time and gave him a ‘certain peace’

At a town hall on Tuesday, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared his experience being called out for racist remarks to the passion and death of Jesus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Steve King invoked the story of Jesus Christ at a town hall Tuesday, comparing his experience being called out for racist remarks in the House of Representatives earlier this year to Jesus’ trial and public crucifixion in Jerusalem.

“When I have to step down to the floor of the House of Representatives, and look up at those 400-and-some accusers — you know we just passed through Easter and Christ’s passion — and I have better insight into what He went through for us partly because of that experience,” the Iowa Republican said, referencing the biblical story of Jesus’ trek to Calvary and execution on a cross.

Chicago mayor candidate has ‘alliance with the devil,’ Rep. Bobby Rush says
Chicago Democrat and longtime civil rights activist accused fellow Democrat Lori Lightfoot of protecting rogue police officers

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., flanked by then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, speaks about his family's experience with gun violence in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Bobby Rush has vociferously denounced one of the two candidates in a runoff election for Chicago mayor as the pro-police option who has not done enough to curb police brutality in the city.

Rush, a civil rights leader and longtime Chicago Democrat in the U.S. House, reignited the conversation surrounding police brutality over the weekend when he accused Democrat Lori Lightfoot, one of the two candidates to emerge for the run-off, of protecting rogue police officers who use excessive force.

McConnell, Graham leave room for Barr to withhold parts of Mueller report
Other congressional leaders, Trump call on attorney general to release full report to public

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell left it up to the discretion of Attorney General William P. Barr to keep some parts of the Mueller report out of the public eye. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While Democratic lawmakers and many of their Republican colleagues called on Attorney General William P. Barr to publicly release the full Mueller report, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham left room for Barr to keep parts of it under wraps at the Justice Department.

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III delivered the final report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign to Barr on Friday.

Lawmakers, operatives weigh in on Fox News’ rough weekend
The controversies hitting the cable news network elicited a series of reactions from people across the political spectrum

Tucker Carlson speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon )

After a weekend of bad PR for Fox News, lawmakers and politicos offered a mixed bag of reactions to the series of controversies hitting the cable news network.

Host Jeanine Pirro questioned Rep. Ilhan Omar’s American allegiance because she wears a hijab during a monologue on her Saturday primetime show “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” And tape surfaced from 2006 where Tucker Carlson argues that facilitating child rape is not the same as raping children, uses the c-word to describe women and uses other inflammatory language.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus is launching a podcast series
Rep. Jody Hice, former conservative talk show host, will sit down to discuss policy and politics with HFC newsmakers

Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., will host a weekly podcast for the House Freedom Caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The conservative House Freedom Caucus is launching a podcast series, marking the first time an organized group in Congress will host its own show.

Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia, a former conservative talk radio host and the Freedom Caucus’ communications chairman, will sit down weekly with other members of the caucus, senators and grassroots leaders.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s criticism of Wisconsin governor spurs Guard ‘review’
Illinois Republican criticized Wisconsin governor for withdrawing National Guard troops from southern border

The Wisconsin National Guard is reviewing comments made by one of its airmen, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger is facing a review from the Wisconsin National Guard after he publicly criticized Gov. Tony Evers over previously undisclosed troop withdrawals from the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who is part of a Madison, Wisconsin, unit, criticized Evers in tweets and a Fox News appearance earlier this week. The Wisconsin National Guard is looking into whether those comments may have violated the law.

Disgraced Rep. Ruben Kihuen tries to alter his sexual harassment record
Nevada Democrat is running for Las Vegas city council after leaving House amid sexual misconduct allegations

Former Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., has downplayed allegations of sexual harassment against him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The way former Rep. Ruben Kihuen describes it now, he was run out of Congress for engaging in playful, flirtatious banter with women who worked for him and with him.

But that’s not what the House Ethics Committee found after a monthslong probe into allegations of sexual harassment against him by three women.

Reps Omar and Zeldin are beefing on Twitter... again
New York Republican, Minnesota Democrat have longstanding Twitter beef over terrorism, Middle East politics

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., speaks during the press conference calling on President Trump to declassify the Carter Page FISA applications on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Reps. Lee Zeldin and Ilhan Omar renewed their Twitter beef this week — this time, over a Coast Guard lieutenant caught using work computers to plan a sprawling domestic terrorist attack against Democratic lawmakers.

Zeldin, a New York Republican who is Jewish, and Omar, a Minnesota Democrat who is Muslim, accused each other over Twitter in January of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Ocasio-Cortez snaps back at Trump after he disparages ‘Green New Deal’
New York Democrat highlighted president’s neglect of written intelligence briefing books

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., defended her “Green New Deal” resolution from President Donald Trump's comments at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez snapped back at Donald Trump on Monday after the president took a swipe at the literary merits of the “Green New Deal” House resolution she championed.

“It sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark,” Trump said at a campaign-style rally in El Paso, Texas, referring to the legislation that was written in standard House format.