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Johnny Cash is replacing one of the Capitol’s Civil War statues
The country music legend and civil rights leader Daisy Gatson Bates will replace controversial Civil War figures

A statue of Uriah Milton Rose of Arkansas is seen in the Capitol's Statuary Hall on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The times are changing, and so is the marble. Arkansas is leaving behind statues of the old guard and sending a few new faces to the U.S. Capitol.

Civil rights icon Daisy Gatson Bates and musician Johnny Cash will join the Statuary Hall collection in D.C., replacing 19th-century attorney Uriah Milton Rose and statesman James Paul Clarke. The governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, made the plan official by signing a bill last week. 

Why ‘Queer Eye’ stormed Capitol Hill
Political Theater Podcast, Episode 65

Jonathan Van Ness from the Netflix series ‘Queer Eye,’ takes a selfie with a fan in the Capitol after meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday, April 4, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Washington might be Hollywood for ugly people, but every once in a while Hollywood pretties the place up. That was certainly the case when the cast of “Queer Eye” came to the Capitol to advocate for the Equality Act, to the delight of many staffers, members and tourists. Jennifer Shutt discusses how the celebrity advocates used their powers for policy purposes. 

Dear senators: More conflict please

Maybe a little MORE conflict is what the Senate needs to get out of its funk. (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate pushed the nuclear option, again, to change its rules so judicial and executive nominees are subject to less debate. With a debate that featured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivering such eloquent bon mots as “He started it!” at Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, it’s fair to ask what it will take to restore the chamber to a place that looks like it’s populated with adults. 

“Ironically, I think it’s going to take more conflict,” says James Wallner, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, former Senate aide and all-around procedural badass.

So you want to be on ‘Jeopardy!’? The online test draws nigh
If you’re a political wonk, you can follow in the footsteps of four congressional staffers

Isaac Loeb, a legislative aide of Vermont Democrat Rep. Peter Welch, playing Jeopardy. (Courtesy Isaac Loeb)

Alex Trebek may have pancreatic cancer, but the game show must go on. The longtime host, who announced his diagnosis earlier this month, is still taping new episodes of “Jeopardy!” — and the show is still hunting for new contestants.

Mark your calendars, because the official “Jeopardy!” online test opens in less than a week. The exam is your ticket to an in-person audition, provided you can nail 50 questions, each from a different category. 

Sen. Cory Booker is officially dating actress Rosario Dawson
Booker’s sweetheart was spotted by TMZ at Washington National Airport where she confirmed their relationship.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., arrives for the votes in the Senate to keep the government open on Feb. 14, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Cory Booker and his new girlfriend have made it official. 

Actress Rosario Dawson stepped up to the bully pulpit Thursday to tell the world she and Sen. Cory Booker are lovebirds.

What the people tangled up in Nadler’s Trump probe are saying
Of the 81 names singled out by the House Judiciary Committee, several have already spoken out

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has asked dozens of people and groups for information related to his panel’s investigation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler asked 81 individuals and organizations to hand over documents relating to his panel’s expansive investigation into President Donald Trump, the responses are starting to trickle in.

Some are more cordial than others. So far, at least seven recipients have spoken out publicly about being included in the probe:

Teen who defied his mother to get vaccinated will testify before Congress
Before receiving immunizations, Lindenberger hadn’t received vaccination for MMR, chickenpox and Polio

Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., prepares to recieve a small pox vaccination shot from RN Lucienne Nelson, with the National Institutes of Health, at the Department of Health and Human Services, Friday. (CQ Roll Call)

Ethan Lindenberger decided at the age of 18 to vaccinate himself despite his parent’s disapproval. On Tuesday, he will testify in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at a hearing concerning the value of vaccines.

The Ohio resident garnered a great deal of media attention in recent months after he posted on Reddit asking how he could get the vaccines that usually are given during childhood.  Lindenberger’s parents refused to vaccinate him, because his mother believes in a now-debunked conspiracy theory that suggests the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine causes autism in children.

His father delivered Luke Perry. Now Sherrod Brown is mourning him
Perry, 52, died after a stoke. He starred in the popular teen dramas ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Riverdale’

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks with reporters in the Capitol after the Senate vote to reopen the government on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Sherrod Brown mourned actor Luke Perry on Monday, it wasn’t as a typical fan. The senator’s father was the one who brought the heartthrob into the world.

“His father was my doctor for the first 12 years of my life ... he taught me about patience and compassion. He taught me how to sew myself up,” Perry said at the rally.

Rep. David Cicilline says Sean Hannity should be subpoenaed over Michael Cohen
Fox News host asserts in interview with Trump that Cohen gave him information that conflicts with his Oversight testimony

Fox News host Sean Hannity interviews President Donald Trump before a campaign rally in Las Vegas in September. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images file photo)

Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared to insert himself into the congressional investigation of President Donald Trump in an interview with Trump aired Thursday night, leading to speculation that he could be subpoenaed.

Hannity asserted to the president that Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney who testified in front of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, gave him information that conflicts with Cohen’s testimony.

‘Hallway pizza’ guy gets menu item named for him after his viral on-camera moment
It contains all of the ingredients Thomas included on his pizza.

A man went viral after he was caught on camera eating pizza outside a hearing room Wednesday. (Courtesy &pizza)

An unidentified man became a pizza-eating meme Wednesday when he was caught scarfing down a pizza in the background of a CBSN newscast outside the hearing room where President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was giving testimony.

The star of the meme is reportedly named Thomas, according to Michael Lastoria, founder of &pizza, which has a newly opened location inside the Rayburn House Office Building. The pie in question, referred widely online as ‘hallway pizza,’ came from &pizza.