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Rokita and Messer Trade Accusations
Indiana Republican congressmen are both considering running for Senate against Donnelly

Rep. Todd Rokita  said fellow Indiana Republican Rep Luke Messer planted a story about him using campaign funds for a private plane. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Todd Rokita is accusing fellow Republican Rep. Luke Messer of planting a negative story about him in the media ahead of the two possibly facing in Indiana’s Senate race next year.

A recent post in Politico Pro revealed that Rokita had used $100,000 in campaign funds on use of a private plane. The story pointed out that he had broken no ethics rules or laws.

Rep. Al Green Releases Death Threats After Impeachment Stance
Included caller saying Texas Democrat should be lynched

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, released threatening messages he received after calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Al Green released numerous messages that included threats of death and lynching after he called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

In the beginning of a video on Green’s Facebook page, He plays audio of racially derogatory remarks that called for him to be hanged, the Texas Tribune reported.

Actual Witch Hunt Trumped What Trump Has Faced, Salem Rep Says
Moulton counter-tweet: ‘This is false’

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., hit President Donald Trump for calling the probe into his campaign’s ties with Russia “the single greatest witch hunt in political history.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton used a bit of literal gallows humor to push back against a tweet by President Donald Trump asserting that a probe into ties between his campaign and Russia was “the single greatest witch hunt in political history.”

Moulton represents Salem, the home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, which were popularized in the Arthur Miller play, “The Crucible.”

Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Highway Altercation With Kustoff
Authorities say she followed congressman from town hall and struck his car after he pulled over

A woman is accused of following Rep. David Kustoff, R-Tenn., after a town hall event and trying to reach into his car. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A Tennessee woman pled not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment Monday after she allegedly followed Tennessee Republican Rep. David Kustoff after a town hall last week and struck his car.

The Weakley County Sheriff's Office said that Wendi Wright followed Kustoff and an aide after a town hall event at the University of Tennessee at Martin on May 8 and confronted them after they pulled into the driveway of someone Kustoff knows, the Jackson Sun reported.

Liberals Criticize Frelinghuysen’s ‘Intimidation’ of Activist
Bank employee says she quit her job after congressman writes personal note to board member

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., wrote “One of the ringleaders works at your bank,” at the bottom of a fundraising letter to a bank board member. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Liberal activists are criticizing Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen over what they call the congressman’s “intimidation” of one of his constituents.

Frelinghuysen sent a campaign fundraising letter to a board member of Lakeland Bank in his district in which he says, “But let’s be clear that there are organized forces — both national and local — who are already hard at work to put a stop to an agenda of limited government, economic growth, stronger national security.”

Councilwoman Apologizes for Calling Emmer ‘Whore’
Congressman’s staff took comment on Facebook image as a threat

A Minnesota city councilwoman apologized to Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., for what she called a “total lapse in judgment” in commenting on his Facebook page. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Minnesota city councilwoman said she formally apologized to Republican Rep. Tom Emmer for writing what was taken as a threat on the congressman’s Facebook page. 

Melissa Maher, a city councilwoman in Lino Lakes, wrote on a photo of Emmer meeting with farmers that he should “avoid people who have a lot of deadly objects at hand,” the Pioneer-Press reported.

Maverick McCain Re-Emerges on Methane Vote
Surprise vote sinks resolution

Arizona Sen. John McCain, center, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, left, talk with reporters in the Capitol on May 10, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By JEREMY DILLON, ANDY VAN WYE, and ELVINA NAWAGUNA, CQ Roll Call

Sen. John McCain was thought to be a yes. But he says he was always a no. In the end, the Arizona Republican helped sink a resolution to upend an Obama administration climate change policy.

Opinion: The Refrain Across Washington — ‘Not Since Watergate ...’
There are indeed similarities between Comey and Archibald Cox’s 1973 ouster

Richard M. Nixon, pictured here in 1971, fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973, an event that draws comparisons to President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday, Shapiro writes. (CQ Roll Call Archive Photo)

The abrupt firing of James B. Comey as FBI director revealed an enduring truth about the next four years — there will never be a normal day as long as Donald Trump is in the White House. When things seem placid and uneventful in this administration, it is probably because we do not yet know about the abnormalities that are transpiring beneath the surface.

Tuesday seemed like an ordinary spring day in Washington. There were no high-octane congressional hearings, legislative showdowns or significant protests in the streets. Even the FBI director felt secure enough in his position to leave town to attend a meeting in the Los Angeles field office.

Antonio Sabato Jr. to Run for House Against Brownley
Former soap opera star’s rep cites ‘proximity to the White House’

Antonio Sabato Jr. delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention in July in Cleveland, Ohio. He said he was blacklisted in Hollywood for his political views.  (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images file photo)

Actor and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump Antonio Sabato Jr. announced Monday he will challenge California Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley.

Sabato spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention and has previously said that former President Barack Obama was a Muslim, very similar to the president’s earlier assertions about Obama’s birth certificate.

2018 Campaigns Already Racing to Define Health Care Bill
Groups focused on the midterms leaped into action after vote

Both parties are wasting no time in their post-health care vote messaging. Here, Lillian Potter-Saum listens to West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III at a town hall meeting in Martinsburg, W.Va., in March. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Health care is likely to be a central issue in the 2018 election cycle, and that messaging began within minutes of Thursday’s vote on the Republicans’ overhaul bill.

Now the race is on for both parties to sway voters.