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GOP, White House Sticking With Devin Nunes
House Intelligence chairman under fire for questionable conduct

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes has been criticized for questionable conduct surrounding the panel’s probe into Russia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans and the White House continue to back House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, saying there is no merit to Democrats’ demands for him to recuse himself from leading an investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Many Republicans on the Intelligence Committee have ducked questions on the topic. New York Rep. Peter T. King was an exception; he said there was no reason to lose confidence in Nunes or to think that a series of strange incidents concerning the chairman created a perception problem.

GOP Struggles to Salvage Health Care Reform
Meadows trying to get 30 to 40 members to switch from ‘no’ to ‘yes’

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, is interviewed in Rayburn Building after he and other members of the HFC met at the White House with President Trump, March 23, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans struggled to work out a deal to salvage the troubled health care reform legislation ahead of a House Republican Conference meeting Thursday evening.

Negotiations over how to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law were moving along two parallel tracks: conservatives in the Freedom Caucus were dealing with President Donald Trump and his staff, and moderates in the Tuesday Group were talking to Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his leadership team.

Appreciation | Jimmy Breslin and the Art of Describing Washington
Book by New York newspaperman is an invaluable portrayal of Capitol Hill

Jimmy Breslin found his muse in the late Massachusetts Democrat Tip O’Neill, above, whom he portrayed in his book “How the Good Guys Finally Won” as a consummate professional. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jimmy Breslin will always be remembered as a New York newspaperman. But he also made an indelible contribution to documenting the Watergate scandal and in doing so, breathed life into some of Capitol Hill’s most influential characters. 

The hard-boiled columnist, who died March 19 at the age of 88, brought the full force of his observational skills to his 1975 book “How the Good Guys Finally Won.” Breslin made a career out of focusing on big stories through the perspective of working stiffs, so it’s no surprise he latched on to two methodical House Democrats who took on President Richard Nixon, fresh off a landslide 1972 re-election victory and whose team seemed to be brushing off the Watergate break-in.

Rising Waters at Home Cause Republicans to Buck Party in D.C.
Moderate Republicans are out front on climate change threat

New York Rep. John J. Faso is one of several GOP freshmen concerned about climate change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Whipping out his iPhone, New York Rep. John J. Faso scrolled through text messages from his wife until he found the photo he sought. 

“There’s my wife’s car in the driveway,” he said, pointing to a lump covered in snow. “So there was no climate change that we were worried about in the last couple of days.”

What It Costs to Educate New Members of Congress
Recent House disbursement report includes total for fall orientation, though number could grow

Newly elected Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis arrives at the Capitol Hill Hotel in November 2016 — the day freshman members checked in for orientation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As empty nesters know, getting a freshman prepared for college can be expensive.

The same goes for a freshman in Congress.

Liberals Put Political Money in Spotlight of Gorsuch Fight
Senate Democrats urged to probe nominee’s views on campaign finance law

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, seen here meeting with Judge Neil Gorsuch last month, is facing pressure from liberals and conservatives ahead of the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation hearings. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic lawmakers and liberal interest groups are intensifying their pressure on senators to probe Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s views on campaign finance law during his confirmation hearings next week.

“He does not come into this with the benefit of the doubt in his favor,” said Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Judiciary Committee member. The panel is scheduled to begin the Colorado judge’s hearings at 11 a.m. Monday.

Democrats Call on Republicans to Condemn King’s Anti-Immigrant Comments
Conservative congressman tweeted ‘We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies’

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, tweeted support for a far-right European candidate, saying "we can't restore civilization with somebody else's babies." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats are calling on Republicans to condemn Rep. Steve King for his anti-immigrant comments on Sunday and Monday while few of his colleagues are defending him.

“Republican Congressman Steve King’s vile racism has no place in decent society, much less in the U.S. Congress,” Drew Hammill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman said in a statement.  “But once again, disgusting hatred has been met with deafening silence from Speaker [Paul D.] Ryan.”

Swalwell Launches Pages Diagramming Trump’s Ties to Russia
California Democrat also introduced legislation to set up independent investigation

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., is aiming to bring awareness about the president's Russia ties. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Rep. Eric Swalwell has set up web pages to show connections between President Donald Trump’s team and Russian government officials and business interests.

The pages, titled “Protect Our Democracy,” highlights how Russia has “worked against American values,” how Russian operatives interfered in the 2016 election, and how Trump’s team is tied to Russia, CBS San Francisco reported.

Take Five: Luther Strange
Newest senator is staying with another tall guy in D.C.

Alabama’s Luther Strange was appointed to fill out the term of former Sen. Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Republican Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, who replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions, talks about his height, first impressions of the Senate, and when his dog will join him in D.C.

Q: How do you feel about being the tallest senator in modern history? [Editor’s note: Strange is 6 feet 9 inches tall]

Why Was David Perdue at Trump’s Table?
First-term GOP senator shares president’s business background

Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue was one of the earliest and most vocal advocates for President Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

BY NIELS LESNIEWSKI AND JOHN T. BENNETT, CQ ROLL CALL

Looking around the lunch table with President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders Wednesday, there was one face you might not have expected to see at the table.