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Kimmel Slams Kennedy as ‘Inbred’ Over Health Care Bill
Late-night host also says Trump doesn’t understand health policy

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy was a target of late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s ire of the latest GOP health care repeal effort. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kimmel said he did not claim to be a health care expert.

“I should not be the guy you go to for information about health care, and if these guys — like inbred John Kennedy — would tell the truth for a change, I wouldn’t have to,” he said.

‘Native Gardens’ Explores Race and Class Divides
Takes jabs at political climate

From left, Steve Hendrickson as Frank Butley, Jacqueline Correa as Tania Del Valle, Dan Domingues as Pablo Del Valle and Sally Wingert as Virginia Butley in Native Gardens, running September 15-October 22, 2017 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (Courtesy Dan Norman/Guthrie Theater)

As questions about immigration and identity surrounding who gets to be “American” continue to roil political debates, the play “Native Gardens” explores the divides of race, class and how they intertwine on a local level.

The play, showing at the Arena Stage, chronicles Pablo and Tania Del Valle, played by Dan Domingues and Jacqueline Correa, as they buy a fixer-upper home in a high-end Washington, D.C., neighborhood next to Frank and Virginia Butley.

Kid Rock’s United States of ’Merica
Detroit artist, aka Robert Ritchie, registering voters at concerts

ACM Guitarist of the Year Derek Wells and Singer/Songwriter Kid Rock perform during Charlie Worsham's Midnight Jam - Day 3 on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Musician and potential Michigan Senate candidate Kid Rock is registering voters at his shows in Detroit.

The musician, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, posted on Twitter that he would be registering voters during his stint at Detroit’s Little Caesar’s Arena, where he is performing six concerts.

Word on the Hill: Clinton’s Book Tour Hits D.C.
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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in Washington on Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in D.C. tonight for her book tour.

The former secretary of State, senator and first lady is traveling the country to talk about “What Happened,” her account of the 2016 election.

Conyers Repeats Push to End Racial Profiling
Comes on the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riots, release of new film about them

:Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is using the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riot to call for an end to racial profiling. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. John Conyers used the release of the new movie “Detroit” and the 50th anniversary of the riots in Detroit to renew his call to end racial profiling.

During an event with Kathryn Bigelow, the film’s director, on Thursday, Conyers, D-Mich., and others hosted a screening for members to discuss issues around racial profiling, the Detroit News reported. 

Word on the Hill: This Isn’t ‘House of Cards’
Girls Nation, tennis and whisleblowers

Actor Paul Sparks spoke about being diagnosed with diabetes at 28-years-old at a Senate Aging Committee hearing Wednesday. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

The author writing a book about Frank and Claire Underwood in Netflix’s “House of Cards” was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday — well, the actor who plays him was.

Paul Sparks, who plays Tom Yates on the show and also stars on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” testified before the Senate Aging Committee on diabetes research.

The True and Bonkers Story About When Kid Rock Met Mitt Romney
Former deputy campaign manager disputes accounts of policy discussion

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets musician Kid Rock during a campaign rally in Michigan in 2012. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

As Detroit singer and rapper Kid Rock continues to tease a run for the Senate, a former Mitt Romney campaign aide told the story about how the man known as the American Bad Ass met with the man who could have been the first Mormon President.

Katie Packer Beeson served as Romney's deputy campaign manager in 2012 and is a native of Michigan, where Romney grew up and Kid Rock calls home.

Warren on Kid Rock: ‘We All Thought Trump Was Joking’
Massachusetts Democrat warns that Senate bid might not be a publicity stunt

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is telling Democrats to take singer Kid Rock's potential Senate bid seriously. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is warning Democrats to take singer Kid Rock's potential Senate bid seriously.

The Massachusetts Democrat sent an email blast with the headline “Senator Kid Rock (R-MI)” the Boston Herald reported.

Chris Van Hollen Had His Own Fake Time Magazine Cover
Trump isn’t the only politician to embellish a cover story

Maryland’s Chris Van Hollen distributed a campaign brochure featuring an imitation Time magazine cover during his successful run for Congress in 2002. (Courtesy Nathan L. Gonzales)

Some Democrats have enjoyed mocking President Donald Trump after the revelation that a framed copy of a Time magazine cover that hangs in some of his golf clubs was a fabrication. But not everyone on the Democratic side of the aisle is innocent of faking Time magazine covers.

In 2002, Maryland state Sen. Chris Van Hollen was locked in a competitive Democratic primary in the 8th District in suburban Washington, D.C. The Democratic nomination was critical because Maryland Democrats redrew the district to endanger moderate Republican incumbent Constance A. Morella.

Scalise Gets Boost From Bono on Stage
‘So glad that Congressman Scalise and his comrades made it through,’ U2 frontman says

Larry Mullen Jr. (L) and Bono of U2 perform on The Joshua Tree Tour at Heinz Field on June 7, 2017 in Pittsburgh earlier this month. (Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

U2 frontman Bono sent well-wishes to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Tuesday during the band's concert in the Washington area.

Scalise was shot during practice for the Congressional Baseball Game last week in Alexandria and has been hospitalized since then.