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Trump Administration Plans to Roll Out Tax Plan Next Week
Unveiling would join government shutdown threat and health care re-try on week’s docket

President Donald Trump delivers his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. He plans to roll out his long-promised tax reform plan next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By JOHN T. BENNETT and LINDSEY McPHERSON, CQ Roll Call

A government shutdown deadline, maybe a second try at pushing a health care overhaul bill through the House, an image-focused president approaching his 100th day. And, now, a White House tax reform plan.

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.

Photos of the Recess: A Tax Protest, Special Election and 4/20 Event
The weeks of April 10 and April 17 as seen by Roll Call's photographers

A Hill staffer reads a book during the lunch hour on the East Lawn of the Capitol on April 18. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Warm weather punctuated the spring recess in Washington. As congressmen took two weeks back home in their states and districts, some Hill staffers were able to enjoy the sun on lunch breaks and head early to happy hours.

But it wasn't all that quiet on the congressional front. A Tax March on Saturday, April 15 brought protesters to Capitol Hill to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. CQ Roll Call hit the road to Atlanta for the special election to fill Tom Price's seat. And back in Washington, the recess neared its end as a 4/20 event resulted in seven arrests for marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute near the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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.

Comstock Gets Third Challenger
Virginia state Sen. Jennifer Wexton announced Thursday

Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., has three Democrats vying to challenge her. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock received a third Democratic challenger on Thursday when state Sen. Jennifer Wexton announced her candidacy.

Wexton joins two other Democratic challengers: Dan Helmer, an Army veteran and Rhodes Scholar, and Fairfax County teacher Kimberly Adams.

Georgia Runoff Will Test Both Parties’ Political Alliances
Parties gearing up for expensive fight in Georgia's 6th District

Karen Handel, seen her in 2014, is uniting the GOP behind her after finishing second in Tuesday’s 18-candidate primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — For a brief moment, Georgia’s 6th District was quiet.

Out-of-state journalists who flooded this suburban battleground headed for the airport Wednesday morning. After a very late Tuesday night, Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel held no public events in the district the next day. Instead, they gave interviews on cable TV — a reflection of how nationalized this race has become. 

Opinion: Weighing the Costs of War and Diplomacy
Military action is not always the courageous choice

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly could do more listening and learning, Mary C. Curtis writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

John F. Kelly is getting a lot of criticism these days, and that’s understandable. As leader of the Department of Homeland Security, the retired Marine general now has to be more sensitive to the politics of any given situation.

So when he publicly said critics of his agency’s policies — whether they come from Congress, civil rights groups or the public — should “shut up,” he came off as what he once was, a military man giving orders. When the administration, Kelly’s department in particular, is challenged on its travel bans and inconsistent immigration enforcement, Kelly could do more listening and learning.

Rising Stars 2017: Administration Staffers
A mix of fresh and familiar Washington faces

Four Trump administration staffers are among CQ Roll Call’s 17 Rising Stars of 2017. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Over the course of this week, CQ Roll Call is taking a look 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.

Word on the Hill: 4/20
Professional development opportunities today

Pro-marijuana advocates rally near the White House in April 2016, with some carrying a 51-foot inflated marijuana joint. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

DCMJ is hosting its first ever cannabis giveaway today, also known as a #JointSession, in honor of 4/20 or as some consider it, National Weed Day.

All members of Congress, staffers, journalists, support staff, and interns are invited to get a free joint starting at “high noon” at the corner of First St. and Constitution Ave. NE. You just need to be 21 years old or older and present a valid congressional ID.

Podcast: Troubled Climate for Trump’s First Earth Day
The Big Story, episode 50

President Donald Trump is moving on several fronts to deregulate environmental protection, prompting some states to intervene. But deep EPA budget cuts will get tamed by Congress, and the U.S. might stay with the Paris climate accord; even business leaders and conservative voters worry the anti-green push has gone too far, CQ Roll Call’s Mike Magner and Jeremy Dillon explain.