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Ex-Rep. Jefferson, Free After 5-Year Prison Stint, Wants $392,000 Back
Criminal charges on which civil case rests have been thrown out

From left, attorney Robert Trout; former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La.; his wife, Andrea Jefferson; and attorney Amy Jackson speak to the press outside of the Albert V Bryan U.S. Courthouse in Alexandria, Va.., following Jefferson’s conviction on corruption charges on Wed. Aug. 5, 2009. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson, fresh off a five-year, five-month stay in federal prison for soliciting bribes and committing wire fraud, now wants $392,000 wiped from a civil court order.

A judge last fall threw out seven of the 10 original charges he was convicted of in 2009. Another has since been tossed. He began serving his sentence in 2012 and was released in October.

Trump More Like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, Liberal Polling Group Asks
Question included as part of larger health care poll

U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A liberal polling outlet celebrated Star Wars Day by asking if President Donald Trump is more like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader.

Public Policy Polling, a liberal polling outlet based in North Carolina, conducted the surveys for the Health Care Voter coalition for a number of crucial races.

Conyers Turns on Conyers In Bid to Replace Conyers
Great nephew of disgraced former congressman challenges signatures on son’s application to run

Former Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., walks down the House steps after voting last November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Conyers family power struggle intensified Thursday as Ian Conyers, the great nephew of disgraced former Rep. John Conyers Jr., took steps to boot the ex-congressman’s son John Conyers III from the ballot in the race to replace him.

John Conyers III should be kicked from the ballot because he did not collect the requisite 1,000 valid signatures to run for his father’s old seat in Michigan’s 13th District, the formal challenge filed by an attorney for Ian Conyers asserts.

Wisconsin’s Nicholson Questions ‘Cognitive Thought Process’ of Democratic Veterans
The former Democrat seeks GOP Senate nomination

Kevin Nicholson gives a speech at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. (Courtesy C-SPAN)

Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson said he questioned the “cognitive thought process” of military veterans in the Democratic Party.

Speaking in an interview on WTMJ-AM, Nicholson, who is running to challenge Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, defended his claim that his service in the Marines is a conservative value.

Lieu Apologizes for Inviting Parkland Student to Try California Pot
Kyle Kashuv has gained popularity on Twitter among conservative circles

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., apologized for a tweet Sunday inviting a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, shooting to experience the state’s cannabis when he turns 21. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Ted Lieu issued a quick apology on Twitter Sunday after inviting a Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor, Kyle Kashuv, to California to experience the state’s “awesome cannabis” when he turns 21.

“While I am proud of California’s legal cannabis law, I can see why saying this to you can be misinterpreted because you are not 21,” Lieu wrote in reply to Kashuv about the post. “I hereby apologize. You should listen to your parents.”

Norman in Murky Legal Waters for Showing His Gun in Diner
State Democrats have asked S.C. AG and other law enforcement officials to investigate incident

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman maintains he did nothing wrong when he pulled out his handgun in a meeting with constituents last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina law enforcement and criminal justice officials have given mixed signals about whether or not Rep. Ralph Norman broke any laws Friday when he placed a loaded gun on a table at a meeting with constituents at a local diner.

The South Carolina Democratic Party called for the State Law Enforcement Division and the state attorney general’s office to investigate the incident and for 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett to file felony charges against the first-term Republican.

Donor Testifies About Stockman Misspending His Contribution to Charity
FBI agent details where money went in former congressman’s corruption trial

Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, right, is accused of misusing charitable donations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Steve Stockman misused money he had solicited from a wealthy conservative donor, spending none of it on the charity for which it was intended, according to testimony heard this week.

Richard Uihlein testified Wednesday in the former Texas Republican congressman’s federal corruption trial that his donation was to go to renovate a Washington, D.C., home for young conservatives, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Sessions Not Plotting Crackdown on March Madness Pools
Perhaps thanks to Auburn and Alabama making the big dance

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is looking forward to having Auburn and Alabama playing in the NCAA tournament. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Enforcement actions against office March Madness pools will not be a priority for the Justice Department this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday.

“Well, Alabama and Auburn both got in, so we’re not suing them right now,” Sessions told radio host Hugh Hewitt when asked about the potential of federal lawsuits against “bracketologists.”

Brat’s Office Removes ‘Likes’ of Controversial Parkland Tweets
Tweets speculated that Parkland shooting survivors appearing on cable shows were paid actors

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., has come under criticism for his campaign account's social media activity. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After public criticism for “liking” multiple controversial tweets, Virginia Rep. Dave Brat’s staff removed the likes from his campaign Twitter account.

Brat, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, had come under criticism after his account liked tweets implying that one of the students who survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida, was an actor, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Report: Schiff Engaged With Russian Prank Callers
Comedians were offering ranking Democrat on House Intelligence Committee naked photos of Trump

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was pranked by a pair of Russian comedians and is heard on their audio asking a number of questions about the photos they offered. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Audio of Russian radio comedians prank-calling Rep. Adam Schiff shows the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee asking for details about naked photos of President Donald Trump they were offering.

The audio from last year was posted by U.K. outlet The Daily Mail. The audio’s existence was first reported by the Atlantic.