Duncan Hunter

Word on the Hill: Sasse Goes Junk Food-Free
‘Wait a minute, I’m under oath’

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse accepted a challenge from his child. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

You may see Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., binging on chips and candy on Feb. 1.

He tweeted that one of his three kids challenged him to not eat junk food for the rest of January. And, he agreed.

Ferguson Painting Comes Down, Again

Clay Returns Controversial Ferguson Painting to Capitol (Video)

Controversial Ferguson Painting Removed From Display for Third Time
‘We might just have to kick somebody’s a--’ to keep it from being removed again, Richmond says

From left, Reps. Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana, Alma Adams of North Carolina, William Lacy Clay of Missouri, John Conyers Jr. of Michigan and Hank Johnson of Georgia at a news conference in front of the painting in the Cannon tunnel on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 6:45 p.m. | A painting by a constituent of Missouri Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay has been removed from the walls of the Cannon tunnel by Republicans three times — and replaced after each incident.

“We might just have to kick somebody’s a-- and stop them,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric L. Richmond said, when asked if the painting needed security personnel to protect it.

Hunter Removes Controversial Ferguson Police Painting from Cannon Tunnel
Controversial artwork was supposed to be on display until summer

The controversial painting had hung with other winners of an annual student art competition. (Lindsey McPherson/ CQ Roll Call)

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter has removed from display in the Cannon tunnel the controversial student art contest painting of police-community relations in Ferguson, Missouri, that depicts police officers as animals.

A Huffington Post reporter first tweeted a photograph of the empty space and said that Hunter removed it.

Report: Hunter Used Campaign Funds to Fly Family Rabbit
Comes after son used campaign credit card for playing video games

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., used $600 in campaign money to fly a family rabbit, an ongoing review of his expenses revealed.

Word on the Hill: Watch Out For Live Animals
McConnell pays tribute to retiring Republicans

David Bunting, from Ocean View, Delaware, playing one of the wise men carrying myrrh, walks during Faith and Action Christian Outreach's live Nativity procession in front of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill last year. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

You may see a sheep, a donkey and camels walking around Capitol Hill today.

The annual live Nativity procession starts at 11 a.m. behind the Supreme Court, featuring animals, and actors dressed as the Holy Family and the three wise men, as well as shepherds and a little drummer boy.

Congressman Says Coast Guard Should Fight for 2 New Icebreakers

The Navy Times reports that "the United States is completely lacking in surface assets to navigate the Arctic, according to a top Navy official. To fix that, a California congressman is determined to get the Coast Guard not one but two new icebreakers."

"The services have teamed up on a program office that will lend Navy acquisitions muscles to the Coast Guard's polar expertise, but the Coast Guard is going to have to be more aggressive, according to the chief of staff for Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif, chairman of the Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee."

Word on the Hill: Actor’s Fight for Syrian Refugees is Personal
And why Elmo and Rosita were walking around Rayburn

Actor F. Murray Abraham, right, and Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline arrive for a briefing in the Capitol Visitor Center on the importance of resettling Syrian refugees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Syrian refugee crisis is very personal for Oscar-winning actor F. Murray Abraham.  

His father came to the U.S. during the 1920s famine in Syria.  

Why Keeping Women Out of Any Future Draft Might Be Impossible
Now included in both House and Senate defense bills

Ted Cruz was among the senators opposing the defense bill, citing language on women in the draft. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When Sen. Ted Cruz was running for president , he spoke on the campaign trail of his opposition to requiring women to register for the draft. In fact, he called the idea  "nuts."  

Back in the Senate , the Texas Republican faces an uphill climb to thwart the effort. A proposal to require women to register for the Selective Service was folded in to the fiscal 2017 defense policy bill that the Armed Services Committee approved Thursday behind closed doors.