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Syracuse Mayor Challenges Katko to Health Care Debate
Comes after Katko calls mayor ‘failed politician’

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y.,called the mayor of Syracuse a "failed politician" and is now being challenged to a debate against her. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Olson Says Clinton-Vince Foster Remarks Were ‘a Step Too Far’
Accused Bill Clinton of threatening Loretta Lynch over Hillary Clinton campaign

Texas Republican Rep. Pete Olson backed away from his inflammatory remarks, but said people are tired of the Clintons living by a “different set of rules” than the rest of America. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Pete Olsonsaid backed away from his comments about former President Bill Clinton threatening former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, saying they were “a step too far.”

Speaking on a local radio station, the Texas Republican said he suspected the former president threatened Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s life when he me with her just before last year’s election as the Department of Justice was investigating Hillary Clinton’s email arrangement.

Ossoff and Handel Blast Ad Tying Democrats to Baseball Shooting
Comes after increased security concerns in Georgia House race to fill Price’s seat

An ad by a conservative outside group ties Democrat Jon Ossoff to the shooting in at the Republicans’ practice last week for the Congressional Baseball Game. (Principled PAC)

Both Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican candidate Karen Handel criticized an ad by a PAC tying Democrats to the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and others last week.

The ad by Principled PAC says “the unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans” before saying it won’t stop “if Jon Ossoff wins.”

Republicans Prove Press Releases Are Useless
RNC’s statement after Virginia primaries includes some ‘alternative facts’

RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said the Democratic gubernatorial contest in Virginia was “a nasty race to the left” while the GOP managed to “emerge unified” from its own contested primary. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images file photo)

I hate press releases, and election night press releases are a special breed of terrible. They are often a string of cliches and manicured facts in search of a sucker to print them. And the Republican National Committee release on Tuesday night after Virginia’s gubernatorial primaries only reinforced my opinion.

“I would like to congratulate Ed Gillespie on securing the Republican nomination and moving one step closer towards becoming Virginia’s next governor,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel in a statement emailed to reporters at 10:46 p.m. Tuesday.

Report: Trump to Appoint Cindy McCain to Ambassador Position
Comes despite Sen. John McCain’s frequent criticism of the president

Cindy McCain, wife of  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is reported to be joining the Trump administration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump is reported to be ready to appoint Republican Sen. John McCain’s wife Cindy McCain to an “ambassador at large” post.

The position will focus on working against human trafficking, refugees and humanitarian aid, the Daily Beast reported.

Schiff, Waters and Lieu Blast Trump at L.A. Pride Event
LGBT rally becomes ‘Resist’ March

Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi, left, and Maxine Waters speak onstage at the LA Pride ResistMarch on Sunday in West Hollywood, Calif., with Rep. Adam Schiff.  (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

California Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff and Ted Lieuslammed President Donald Trump on Sunday during Los Angeles’ Pride Resist March.

Waters continued her calls to impeach Trump, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. 

Trump‘s Lawyer: President Never Asked for Loyalty
‘The Office of the President is entitled to expect loyalty’

Former FBI Director James Comey leaves a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election on June 8, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump’s lawyer said the president never asked James Comey for a loyalty pledge at press conference following the former FBI director’s Thursday testimony to the Senate Intelligence committee.

Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s personal lawyer, contradicted Comey’s testimony. 

Gianforte Settles with Journalist He Body-Slammed
Pledged to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists

Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., faces misdemeanor assault charges from his confrontation with a reporter on the eve of his election.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte reached an out-of-court settlement with Ben Jacobs, the Guardian journalist whom he assaulted.

Gianforte posted a public apology to Jacobs and pledged to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reuters reported.

Gianforte Files Extension for Court Appearance
Recently elected Montana congressman seeking a settlement on assault charge

Republican Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte faces a misdemeanor assault charge after allegedly attacking a reporter the day before he won a special House election in Montana. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

Montana’s future Rep. Greg Gianforte filed for an extension for his court appearance date after he was charged with a misdemeanor for assaulting a journalist last month.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after an audio recording from Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs showed Gianforte allegedly grabbed Jacobs and threw him to the ground before telling the reporter to “Get the hell out.”

New York, California, Washington Form Climate Alliance in Wake of Paris Accord Withdrawal
The states represent over one-fifth of U.S. GDP

California Governor Jerry Brown joined two other governors to announce a climate alliance on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Now, three of the nation's largest states, led by Democratic governors, will form a climate alliance "committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change," the governors announced Thursday.

Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Jerry Brown of California and Jay Inslee of Washington said that their plan is to continue to achieve "the U.S. goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan."