Joaquin Castro

House Ethics Committee Takes Action on Hunter, Collins
Justice Department requested Ethics panel defer action on both indicted members

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., was indicted last month for misuse of campaign funds. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee voted Thursday to impanel investigative subcommittees to examine Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York. But neither panel plans to conduct work on the investigation at this time, deferring to the Justice Department for now.

The Republican congressmen were both indicted on separate charges in August — Hunter for misuse of campaign funds and Collins for insider trading.

Dems Had a Lackluster Showing at the Iowa State Fair. That’s a Bad Sign for 2020
And another thing: Where were the women?

Sheep line up for judging at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2011. This year’s fair was decidedly lacking in star power on the Democratic side, Murphy writes. And that spells trouble for 2020. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

OPINION — As a political reporter, it’s hard not to love the Iowa State Fair, the two-week staging ground for some of the biggest names in American politics to make their case alongside a 600-pound butter cow and an epic hog calling contest. The fair is both a thermometer and a road map that tells you how hot a party or candidate is at any given moment, as well as where they’re likely headed next.

In a midterm election year like 2018, when Democratic energy is palpable and first-time candidates are plentiful, you’d think the parade of high-profile national Democrats showing up to claim their time at the Des Moines Register’s famous Soapbox stage would be long and strong.

Walmart Provides $2M for Black, Hispanic Caucus Internships
Goal is to ‘expand the pipeline of talent on Capitol Hill and beyond,’ retail giant says

Rep. Joaquin Castro, chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, welcomes the Walmart funding as a way to address underrepresentation of Latinos on Capitol Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Walmart is giving away $2 million so African-American and Hispanic young people can intern on Capitol Hill.

The retail giant will split the money between the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

San Antonio Not Looking for a Republican Invasion
GOP convention could produce intense anger — without a sure economic windfall — in Latino-majority city

Some folks in San Antonio weren’t too happy when the Mexican army invaded in 1836. Now city officials have decided Republicans need to find some other city to occupy during their national convention in 2020. (Jill Torrance/Getty Images file photo)

Lawmakers Introduce New Sanctions Against Russia for Poison Attack
Bipartisan bill aims to punish Russia for March incident in UK

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

U.S. lawmakers are pushing for a new sanctions bill against Russia that aims to punish the Kremlin for perpetrating a poison attack on United Kingdom soil last month.

Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas and GOP Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio introduced the sanctions during a Thursday pro forma session of the House.

Analysis: Expect Awkward Moments When Trump Heads to Peru
Democrats likely to cringe when president talks of protecting ‘U.S. way of life’

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and President Donald Trump at the White House in May 2017. The two leaders will meet again next weekend at the Summit of the Americas in Peru. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Nervous Democratic members will watch from afar next week when President Donald Trump heads to Peru for a gathering of North, Central and South American leaders he has harshly criticized. They know the diplomat in chief will pull few punches, something senior aides confirmed Thursday.

Trump is slated to participate in the Summit of the Americas April 13-14, putting him face-to-face with heads of state for whom he has had tough words and threats in recent days. In short, expect things to be plenty awkward in Lima.

Photos of the Week: A Budget Deal, a Leadership Talk-a-Thon and a Brief Shutdown
The week of Feb. 5 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., make their way to the Senate floor after announcing a two-year deal on the budget earlier in the day on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Another busy week in Washington and another partial government shutdown. 

The Senate leaders announced earlier this week that they had come to an agreement on a two-year budget deal as well as a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 23. But the week was not without drama. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., used the powers of leadership in the chamber to speak on the floor for eight hours and six minutes on Wednesday to ask the speaker to make a commitment to immigration legislation. 

Texas Primaries: What to Watch in the First Contests of 2018
March 6 will see several competitive primary races in the Lone Star State

Gina Ortiz Jones is a Democratic candidate in Texas’ 23rd District. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas. That includes congressional primaries.

The March 6 elections will be the first primary contests of 2018, and the initial tests of first-time candidates running for Congress — Democrats competing in newly targeted seats and Republicans vying to replace outgoing GOP lawmakers.

Work Grinds to Plod Amid Memo Battle, Trump Attacks
Democratic document heads to president as he accuses the author of treason

House Intelligence ranking member Adam B. Schiff, center, and panel members Eric Swalwell, left, and Joaquin Castro, arrive Monday for a vote on releasing a Democratic response to a Republican memo. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Work in Washington slowed to a plod Monday as the House Intelligence Committee’s disagreements over the Russia probe again bled into public view and President Donald Trump spent the day accusing Democrats of serious crimes.

The Intelligence panel voted Monday evening, unanimously, in favor of releasing a Democratic memo rebutting one compiled by Chairman Devin Nunes, made public last week, that alleges senior law enforcement officials improperly secured warrants in the Russia election meddling investigation.

Adam Schiff Brandishes the Other T Word: Timeout
House Intelligence Committee top Democrat returns fire at Trump

From left, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, arrive on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence vote on releasing the Democratic response to the Republican memo alleging FBI bias against President Donald Trumpon. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Intelligence ranking member Adam Schiff responded to President Donald Trump’s Twitter criticism of him Monday by calling for the commander-in-chief to be reprimanded like a child.

“It may be time for General Kelly to give the president a timeout,” the California Democrat said in an interview with CNN, referring to Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly. “I think the country would certainly benefit from that anyway.”