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Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Franken gets skewered, Swalwell takes offense, and thanks but no thanks

David Barrows, dressed as a billionaire, protests in front of the Capitol as the Senate moved closer to a vote on its tax reform plan on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Warren: Trump Won’t Shut Me Up on CFPB
Comes after president made Native American slur

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., attends the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee confirmation hearing for Jerome Powell, nominee to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, in Hart Building on November 28, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said President Donald Trump making a racial slur would not prevent her from criticizing his actions at the consumer agency that was her brainchild.

Trump was speaking at a Monday event honoring Native American code talkers from World War II when he referred to Warren as “Pocahontas.”

Paul’s Neighbor Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ as Mystery Deepens
Paul tweets out stories that dispute altercation was over landscaping, more about politics

Rene Boucher faces arraignment Thursday on charges that he attacked his neighbor Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul last week and broke six of his ribs. (Warren County Regional Jail)

As Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting the senator on Thursday, Paul is cryptically deepening the mystery around the incident.

Rene Boucher was charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault in Bowling Green, Kentucky, The Associated Press reported. He could face up to a year in jail if convicted.

Wilson Returns to the Hill After White House Feud
Florida Democrat received support from constituents back home

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., admires the high school projects hanging in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel as she makes her way from the U.S. Capitol on December 13, 2012. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson returned to the House to resume voting after a feud with the White House led to threats that prevented her from voting.

A number of lawmakers, including fellow Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, visited her office to take photos with her. 

Schumer: Trump Takes ‘Horrible Advantage’ of Tragedy
Trump criticized Schumer on immigration after New York attack

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized President Donald Trump's “nasty, divisive habits” tweeting about immigration after a terrorist attack in New York City. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer criticized President Donald Trump for using Tuesday’s terror attack in New York to go after the Democratic leader.

Speaking at a press conference about Democrats’ plans to strengthen unions, the New York Democrat compared Trump’s actions to those of President George W. Bush after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Poll: Corker Suffers in Poll After Trump Spat
Disapproval spikes 14 points

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker’s approval numbers suffered in Tennessee after his feud with President Donald Trump.

A poll from Middle Tennessee State University found Corker’s disapproval numbers were at 41 percent, up 14 points from polling in the Spring. 

Gold Star Widow Confirms Wilson’s Account of Phone Call With Trump
Myeshia Johnson says Rep. Frederica Wilson’s account of the call is ‘100 percent correct’

Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson attends the burial service for U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson in Hollywood, Florida, on Saturday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In her first public appearance since her husband’s death, Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson confirmed Rep. Frederica Wilson’s assertions last week about President Donald Trump’s phone call with Johnson.

[Exclusive: Pentagon Document Contradicts Trump’s Gold Star Claims]

Sasse Rips ‘Brown Shirt Pajama Boy Nazi’ Richard Spencer
Nebraska senator evokes founding documents to deconstruct white supremacy

Sen. Ben Sasse took to Twitter Thursday to lay into white supremacist Richard Spencer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Ben Sasse may not have the tech savvy to properly thread a series of tweets.

But the Nebraska Republican showed he’s more than capable of savaging white supremacists on the app.

Trump and GOP Lawmakers — Even More on the Rocks
‘Must pass’ agenda tests a strained unified government

President Donald Trump targeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in multiple Twitter attacks over the August recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Can this marriage of convenience be saved?

Will the first unified Republican government in a decade hold together in its current state of snarky detente, or will the majorities in Congress and President Donald Trump launch into a full-blown separation with the potential for policymaking divorce?

Democrats Warn Trump Against Shutdown, Remain Opposed to Border Wall
Threat 'is the polar opposite of leadership,' House Appropriations Committee ranking member says

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are warning President Donald Trump not to shut down the government. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Threatening to shut down the government is the “polar opposite of leadership” and it “won’t accomplish anything” other than “chaos,” congressional Democrats warned President Donald Trump on Wednesday. 

During a rally in Arizona Tuesday night, Trump said he is willing to risk a shutdown to secure funding for a border wall.