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Soap Actress and Trump Surrogate to Challenge Ruiz
Kimberlin Brown spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention

Soap opera actress Kimberlin Brown is the first Republican candidate to announce a run against Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz. (Kimberlin Brown Pelzer for Congress)

Soap opera actress Kimberlin Brown announced she would challenge Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz in California’s 36th District.

Brown spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention and said in her announcement that she would work with both Democrats and President Donald Trump, the Los Angeles Times reported.

RNC, White House Try to Avoid Obama’s Missteps
GOP operative: ‘Is the president even interested in party building?’

Republican National Committee officials say they are working closely with the White House on strategy and messaging. But some GOP operatives contend coordination is lacking and that could weaken the party.

Ep. 46: As Kentucky and Mitch McConnell Go, So Goes the Nation?
The Big Story

CQ Roll Call's senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski leads us through a fascinating conversation on how the Senate leader's political machine wields power in ways that could have an impact on issues from health care to the Supreme Court.

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Here’s Whose 2016 Sucked the Most in Washington
From Hillary Clinton to Paul Ryan to Senate Democratic candidates

2016 in a word? Meh. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

Report: Rick Perry Top Pick for Energy Secretary
That’s the department he famously forgot in debate as one he would eliminate

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was a critic of President-elect Donald Trump before he pulled out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is President-elect Donald Trump’s top pick to lead the Department of Energy, according to reports.

Perry is among four people being considered for the post, including former Texas Republican Party Chairman Ray Washburne and Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Bloomberg reported.

Poll: Millennials Aren’t Buying Trump’s Campaign Promises
Are younger adults still mourning Sanders’ loss?

Supporters of Donald Trump attend a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, in July. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump may be the president-elect, but millennials remain skeptical that the real estate mogul will follow through on his big-ticket campaign promises.

According to an Economist/YouGov poll released this week, adults under 30 are least likely to believe that Trump will deliver on his “big, beautiful” border wall, release his sought after tax returns or appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Trump Picks Controversial Fired General Flynn for National Security Adviser
Rep. Adam Schiff says Flynn’s statements ‘feed jihadi propaganda’

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, while he was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, prepares to testify at a 2012 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. President-elect Donald Trump has tapped him as his national security adviser. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

National security advisers typically work in the shadows, but President-elect Donald Trump’s reported pick for the key job is more of a flame-thrower who has labeled the Muslim religion “sick” and called for Hillary Clinton to be thrown in prison.

Multiple news organizations reported Thursday evening that the incoming president has formally offered the job to Michael Flynn, the retired three-star Army general. Dismissed from the Pentagon’s top intelligence post in late 2014 for what his superiors called a too-contentious style, Flynn is also highly regarded in military and intelligence circles.

Trump Pulls Off Stunning Upset
Billionaire tapped voters' anxieties, frustrations

Republican president-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd along with his son Barron Trump and his wife Melania Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

After a bruising and scandal-riddled campaign, Americans traded in “hope and change” for “drain the swamp,” choosing Donald Trump as their next president.

The real estate tycoon and former reality television star pulled off arguably the most stunning upset in U.S. political history, riding a wave of popular angst and anger by running a campaign built on vague-but-bold promises and a dearth of policy prescriptions.

FBI Reviewing More Emails Related to Clinton Case
Agency had earlier decided not to pursue the inquiry

FBI Director James B. Comey recommended no charges against Hillary Clinton in July over her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The FBI is reviewing newly discovered emails that might be pertinent in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server after additional information came to light in connection with an unrelated case.

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who serves as chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, said Friday that FBI Director James B. Comey informed him of the development.