IRS should investigate the National Rifle Association for self-dealing, congressman says
Schneider: the NRA may have abused its status as a nonprofit

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, faces new scrutiny for his close relationship with public relations company Ackerman McQueen. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Internal Revenue Service should consider revoking the National Rifle Association’s status as a nonprofit organization in light a recent report that the group has enriched its executives at the expense of its 5 million members, a Democratic congressman said Thursday.

Rep. Brad Schneider addressed a letter to the commissioner of the IRS asking the agency to interrogate whether the NRA has misappropriated member dues into the pockets of a small group of executives in a series of sweetheart deals.

Gary Johnson Mounting Third-Party Bid for New Mexico Senate Seat
Former GOP governor took 9 percent in state as 2016 Libertarian presidential nominee

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate, will run for Senate in New Mexico this November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson has qualified to run for Senate in New Mexico, according to the secretary of state’s candidate list.

Johnson, who served two terms as New Mexico governor as a Republican, will make a formal announcement on his bid soon, his campaign manager told The Associated Press.

No End in Sight for Rand Paul’s Legal Battle With Neighbor
As prosecutors appeal 30-day prison sentence, Paul and Boucher both file civil suits

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is embroiled in three separate cases surrounding his assault by his neighbor, Rene Boucher, 60, last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rand Paul’s battle in the courts with his neighbor over an assault incident last fall that left Paul with six broken ribs does not appear to be ending anytime soon.

U.S. Special Attorney Bradley Shepard on Friday filed a motion to appeal the 30-day prison sentence of the neighbor, Rene Boucher, who pleaded guilty to felony assault for tackling the senator off his lawn mower after he had “had enough” of seeing Paul’s “unsightly” yard trimmings piled on Paul’s side of their property line.

New Court Documents Reveal Details of Yard Dispute That Hospitalized Rand Paul
Kentucky senator repeatedly stacked branches by property line, angering neighbor

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., broke six ribs in an altercation with his neighbor last November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 2:55 p.m. | New court documents in Kentucky shed more light on details from the yard dispute that landed Sen. Rand Paul in the hospital with six broken ribs, among other thoracic complications, and could land his neighbor in prison.

Rene Boucher, 60, didn’t like where his neighbor of 17 years, Paul, was putting his yard debris.

Senate Democrats Can't Stop Sessions, So How Much Will They Fight?
AG hopeful only needs a majority to approve his nomination

Sen. Jeff Sessions is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Justice Department. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general leaves Senate Democrats with a complicated choice.

Sen. Jeff Sessions appears poised to lead the Justice Department, despite accusations of racism that derailed his nomination for a federal judgeship three decades ago. As far as records go back, no sitting senator has ever been denied confirmation to a Cabinet post.

Maybe Gary Johnson Can Get Married Now
Libertarian presidential candidate has been engaged since 2009

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, shown campaigning in Utah in August, is too busy traveling to get married, his fiancee has said. (George Frey/Getty Images file photo)

As his presidential campaign flounders, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson will have more time to not marry his fiancee of seven years. 

After entering the race as a popular third-party alternative to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Johnson’s campaign has been plagued by missteps. His most recent came in an interview with The Guardian when he got into a shouting match with a reporter.

Poll: Murkowski Has Large Lead in Alaska Senate Race
Survey conducted before she withdrew support for Trump

A new poll shows that just more than half of Alaska voters have a positive opinion of incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska holds a 32-point lead over her closest challenger, Libertarian candidate Joe Miller, a new poll found. 

Murkowski has the support of 50 percent of registered voters polled, with Miller a distant second with 18 percent, according to the Alaska Dispatch News poll conducted by Alaska Survey Research. Democrat Ray Metcalfe took 12 percent, independent Margaret Stock 7 percent, and 2 percent supported another candidate. Eleven percent were undecided.

Voting for Gary Johnson Is About as Sensible as Writing In 'Puff the Magic Dragon'
In 2016, which side are you on, boys and girls?

With his recent foreign policy gaffes, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson's candidacy has gone from plausible protest vote to comic punchline, Walter Shapiro writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An old union song from the 1931 coal-field wars in Harlan County, Kentucky, has been rattling around my brain.

Written by Florence Reece and later popularized by Pete Seeger, it repeatedly asks the question: “Which side are you on, boys? Which side are you on?