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Opinion: Trump Policies on Voting and Criminal Justice Quietly Move Country Backward
Plans proceed despite chaos in the White House

President Donald Trump’s policies threaten voting rights and criminal justice reforms, Mary C. Curtis writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While the Trump administration is in a state of perpetual turmoil, some of its promised policies are proceeding as planned. Support from a Republican Congress is softening with each cringe-worthy headline about slips, leaks and feuds; still, its members, mindful of the president’s loyal base, are proceeding with caution.

And when you step back from the chaos, don’t expect to see any progress on other issues — such as voting rights and criminal justice reform — that once promised a bit of bipartisan cooperation. 

Word on the Hill: Laura Bush Gets Women Making History Award
D.C. is no longer the most fit city

Former first lady Laura Bush will be honored in a video sent by former first lady Hillary Clinton.(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The annual Women Making History Honors gala will honor former first lady Laura Bush for her contribution to inspiring women.

Former first lady, New York senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided a video tribute for Bush. Other honorees this year include former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, former NPR host Diane Rehm, and former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios.

White House Won't Deny Trump is Taping Oval Office Conversations
President has ‘nothing to add’ to tweet threatening Comey with ‘tapes’

President Donald Trump is seen through a window speaking on the phone with King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, in the Oval Office on Jan. 29. His top spokesman on Friday did not deny that Trump might be recording his Oval Office conversations. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The White House on Friday declined to deny that President Donald Trump is recording conversations he is having in the Oval Office.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer began his back-and-forth with reporters Friday by saying Trump told him he has “nothing to add” to a morning tweet in which he suggested he has “tapes” of private conversations with James Comey, the former FBI director whom he fired on Tuesday. The president threatened to release them should Comey talk to the media.

Democrats Question Sessions’ Recusal Claims
Conyers, Cummings request more info on Comey firing

By REMA RAHMAN And JOHN T. BENNETT, CQ ROLL CALL

The top House Democrats on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are expressing “grave concerns” over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ involvement in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Clay Brings Controversial Constituent Painting to House Floor
Missouri Democrat said Speaker Ryan should be “ashamed” of himself

Rep. William Lacy Clay next to his constituent’s painting on the House floor on April 26. (CSPAN screenshot)

A controversial painting from the Congressional Art Competition for high school students made an appearance on the House floor Wednesday.

Missouri Democrat William Lacy Clay brought his constituent’s artwork “Untitled #1” to the floor to defend the piece that depicted police-community relations in Ferguson, Missouri.

Take Five: Dwight Evans
Pennsylvania Democrat explains how to order a Philly cheesesteak

Pennsylvania Rep. Dwight Evans served in the state legislature for 36 years. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Rep. Dwight Evans, 62, a Pennsylvania Democrat, talks about starting a charter school, representing universities, and how he likes to eat a Philly cheesesteak.

Q: What has surprised you so far in your time in Congress?

Controversy Lingers Over Capitol Art Competition
Deadline for student art submissions is Thursday

Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr. passes by the painting by Missouri high school student David Pulphus after it was rehung in the Capitol tunnel in January. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Submissions to this year’s Congressional Art Competition for high school students close on Thursday while the controversy from last year’s contest still hasn’t dissipated.

Debate still lingers over the painting by David Pulphus, a constituent of Rep. William Lacy Clay, that depicted police-community relations in Ferguson, Missouri. Some Republican members took matters into their own hands and removed the painting from where it hung with others in the Capitol tunnel.

A New Path to Universal Health Care?
Foundering GOP health care effort could signal a shift

A new poll put support for “a federally funded health insurance system that covered every American” at 61 percent. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The failure of the recent Republican attempt to repeal and replace the Obama administration’s 2010 health care law might have opened a path to the only thing the right fears more: universal health care.

Rep. John Conyers Jr. has introduced a “Medicare for All” bill in every Congress since 2003. But he said he just picked up an 85th co-sponsor, compared to a peak of 63 co-sponsors last year. “I’ve never seen this much energy or grass-roots pressure behind this issue,” he said.

Collins Defends Trump Over Flynn While GOP Colleagues Remain Silent
N.Y. congressman: ‘I don’t believe anyone knew what Gen. Flynn was doing’

New York Rep. Chris Collins, seen here speaking at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Buffalo, N.Y., last year, is a lone voice defending Trump after his national security adviser resigned late Monday night 25 days into Trump’s presidency. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Chris Collins of New York, one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters on Capitol Hill, is defending the administration after Michael Flynn resigned his post as national security adviser.

Yet, most of his Republican colleagues are notably silent.

Democrats Want Probe of ‘Unfit’ Flynn’s Russia Ties
Cummings, Conyers want Justice briefing before President’s Day holiday recess

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, at podium, and then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign event at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington. On Monday night, Flynn resigned as Trump's national security adviser. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Democrats are applauding the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, labeling him “unfit” for the office and calling for the Justice Department to fully disclose his ties to Russia.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for an “bipartisan, independent, outside commission” to investigate President Donald Trump’s and his administration’s connections with Russia.