Michigan

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.

Word on the Hill: Earth Day Celebrations
Smoothies and staffer shuffles

Tomorrow is the annual day to celebrate nature. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Happy Friday and last day of recess.

Tomorrow is the 47th annual Earth Day and here are ways you can celebrate Mother Nature.

Rising Stars 2017: Advocates
On the front lines in a new era

Seven advocates made the CQ Roll Call’s list of Rising Stars of 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

All this week, CQ Roll Call has been looking at 17 Rising Stars of 2017 — people who will now wield power and influence in a Washington that has been turned upside down by the presidency of Donald Trump.

Some of the names are familiar, others have recently burst on the scene. They include members of Congress, congressional and administration staffers, and advocates.

Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock Walk Into the White House...
Two out of the three might run for Senate in Michigan

Kid Rock, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Ted Nugent met with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday and found a convenient place to have a photo taken. (sarahpalin.com)

President Donald Trump invited former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to dine at the White House and she brought Ted Nugent and Kid Rock along.

The one-time running mate to Sen. John McCain, whose military service Trump insulted in 2015, met with the president and took photos in the Oval Office.

Chaffetz Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2018
Outspoken Utah Republican won’t rule out run for governor in 2020

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz is the outspoken chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he will not run for re-election to his House seat or any other political office in 2018. But he’s not ruling out one in 2020.

The Utah Republican said in a Facebook post that there were “no ulterior motives” behind the move, and he was confident he would still be re-elected by wide margins, had he decided otherwise.

In Wisconsin, Trump Returns to ‘America First’ Message
Schumer slams Trump for ‘empty’ actions on jobs, trade

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to try to bring jobs back to American workers and revamp the H-1B visa guest worker program during a visit to the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-On on April 18, 2017 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump returned to his nationalist “America first” message on Tuesday after spending most of the previous 12 days focused on Syria and North Korea.

Trump, until he began speaking at a Snap-On Tools factory in Wisconsin, had appeared in recent days to be drifting a bit from the populist message that helped him win manufacturing states like the one he visited Tuesday, as well as Michigan, Ohio and others. But after touring the plant, he was back at it, hailing “American workers” and threatening countries that “steal” their jobs.

Word on the Hill: Toomey Checks Out New American Revolution Museum
Lawmakers celebrate National Park Week

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey got an early look at a new museum in Philadelphia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., recently got a sneak peak at the Museum of theAmerican Revolution in Philadelphia, which is set to open to the public on Wednesday.

It is the first national museum that tells the entire story of the American Revolution and has more than 3,000 items in its collection, CBS reported.

Word on the Hill: Trump Is a Conversation Starter
Staffer events happening today

President Donald Trump’s first travel ban executive order is now the subject of a social media study. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When President Donald Trump first announced his temporary travel ban on immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, one group started looking into how Americans were reacting to the news on social media.

Stratos Jets, a private jet charter service, has looked at more than 120,000 tweets related to the ban. It found that two days after the first executive order, more than 35 percent of those tweets contained the hashtag #NoBan.

Trump’s Chance to Fill Lower Court Vacancies Rest on Bipartisanship
Grassley is eager to begin processing judicial nominations

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley is waiting for President Donald Trump to nominate more judges for lower court posts. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With Justice Neil Gorsuch safely ensconced on the Supreme Court, the Trump administration now needs to focus on more than a hundred open federal court seats. 

Of those, 48 vacancies are considered judicial emergencies. But according to statistics maintained by the administrative office of the federal courts, only one nominee has been put forward by the White House so far.

Amash: Ryan Needs to Change
Speaker needs to change of direction, ‘or we need a new speaker,’ Freedom Caucus member says

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., said ”We need either a change in direction from this speaker, or we need a new speaker.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Rep. Justin Amash suggested Monday at a town hall meeting that the House might need a new speaker if Paul D. Ryan doesn’t change.

Amash made the suggestion in response to a question about partisan gridlock in Washington at a town hall in Cedar Springs, Mich., CNN reported.