Franks Blames ‘the Left’ for Gianforte’s Body Slam
Arizona Republicans says there has been ‘confrontational attitude for several months now’

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said he has faced physical confrontations with activists, even at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Montana’s incoming congressman Greg Gianforte faced muted criticism from his future Republican colleagues for allegedly assaulting a reporter.

But Arizona Rep. Trent Franks put the blame on the left in an interview Thursday with news radio station KTAR in Phoenix.

Gianforte Endorsements Rescinded After Assault Charge
Montana House candidate charged on eve of election after altercation with reporter

Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte looks on during a campaign meet and greet in Missoula, Mont., on Wednesday. Gianforte was later charged with assault after he allegedly attacked a reporter. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Franken Recalls Telling Cruz He was ‘Full of S---’ in New Book
Suggested new punchline for a joke Klobuchar was going to tell about Texas senator

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and David Letterman talk with climate change activists ahead of the People’s Climate March in April. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As a former comedy writer, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is not uncomfortable with insults or swearing, and his new book describes a particularly saucy insult he hurled at Ted Cruz.

Franken’s new book — tongue-in-cheek titled “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,” has a chapter called “Sophistry” dedicated to the Texas Republican.

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.

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.

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.

Minnesota GOP Apologizes for Inflammatory Ellison Post
District party called Ellison a ‘Muslim goat humper’

The Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party was criticized for posting an Islamophobic image of Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Minnesota Republicans found themselves in trouble after one local party posted an Islamophobic image of Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison on its Facebook page.

The image, posted on Monday, showed Ellison on a turkey hunt with Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, and text at the bottom called Ellison “Minnesota’s head Muslim goat humper” before asking, ‘Does this mean Muslim refugees coming to Western Minnesota?”

Lieu Blasts Priebus’ Libel Comments
‘Marching America down the road to authoritarianism’

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., slammed a potential proposal to loosen libel laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Rep. Ted Lieu blasted White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus' proposal to loosen libel laws.

Priebus was asked on “This Week” on Sunday whether President Donald Trump would pursue opening up libel laws or a constitutional amendment.

Enzi Apologizes for ‘Poor Choice of Words’ on LGBTs
Said at high school last week that guy into tutu who goes into bars and gets in fights ‘kind of asks for it’

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., apologized for his "poor choice of words" after a meeting at a high school. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi apologized Tuesday for comments he made last week that were seen as insensitive to the LGBT community.

Speaking at Greybull High School last week, Enzi was asked what he was doing to help Wyoming’s LGBT community.