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Meadows, Jordan Hammered on Twitter by Trump Over Health Care Bill
President also blames Freedom Caucus leaders for sinking still-evolving tax overhaul

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, left, and former Chairman Jim Jordan were on the receiving end of criticism from President Donald Trump on Twitter on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump continued his social media war on his own party Thursday evening, attacking senior House Freedom Caucus members on Twitter.

The Republican president used a pair of tweets to call out Rep. Mark Meadows, the North Carolina Republican who chairs the group, Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who was its first leader, and GOP Rep. Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho. Trump pointedly blamed the trio for blocking a Republican-crafted health care bill that was pulled last Friday.

Two Capitol Police Officers Fired Guns at Woman’s Vehicle, Court Documents Show
The officers feared for their safety after a woman drove her car in their direction

Police mark shell casings on Independence Avenue near the U.S. Capitol after a woman tried to ram a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser resulting in two officers firing shots. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New details have emerged in the security incident near the Capitol on Wednesday, with court documents showing that two Capitol Police officers fired their guns at a woman’s vehicle during an attempt to arrest her. 

Mia K. Hill, also known as Taleah Michelle Everett, was arrested Wednesday and faces several charges, including assaulting a police officer and destruction of property, after she drove her vehicle in the direction of the officers and damaged Capitol Police vehicles. A federal judge ordered the 20 year-old be held without bond pending a preliminary hearing on April 4. Hill does not have a fixed address.

Pence, Isakson Key to Measure Allowing States to Restrict Family Planning Funds
Votes on resolution overturning Obama-era rule need VP’s help

Vice President Mike Pence cast two tiebreaking Senate votes Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Republican majority is razor-thin enough on social policy that Vice President Mike Pence needed to break two ties Thursday to let states block family planning money from health care providers, most prominently Planned Parenthood.

Sen. Johnny Isakson didn’t expect to return to the Capitol after back surgery to be casting such consequential votes.

Freedom Caucus Isn’t Backing Down After Trump Threat
Conservatives say they’re up for any challenge from the right

House Freedom Caucus member Trent Franks said if President Donald Trump wanted to find someone to challenge him from the right in 2018, he was welcome to try. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

If President Donald Trump’s intention was to intimidate House Freedom Caucus members with his assertion on Twitter that “we must fight them” in 2018, it didn’t work.

“If somebody can get to the right of me in the primary, God bless him,” Freedom Caucus member Trent Franks said.

DCCC Chairman: ‘We Will Pick Up Seats in 2018’
Luján is optimistic about Jon Ossoff’s chances in Georgia

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján is confident his party will make gains in the House next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The chairman of the House Democrats’ campaign arm is confident his party will gain seats in the chamber next year and that the Republicans’ health care debacle will help Democrats get there. 

“It’s too early to know what’s going to happen in November of 2018, but I can tell you Democrats in the House are on offensive, and there’s no question that we will pick up seats in 2018,” Rep. Ben Ray Luján, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in an interview for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” that will air this weekend.

Uh, You’ve Got the Wrong Nunes
Seattle man has some fun with being confused with House Intel chairman on Twitter

Chase Nunes has received a number of tweets meant for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.,. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A Seattle man has been on the receiving end of a number of tweets aimed at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, but he’s having fun with it.

Chase Nunes is a TV broadcast engineer who goes by the Twitter handle @Nunes. The congressman goes by the handle @DevinNunes.

Activist Pledges to Publish Congress’ Browsing History
Comes after House voted to kill Obama administration privacy regulations

Game developer Max Temkin wants to give Congress a taste of its own medicine. (Framegrab/Cards Against Humanity via YouTube)

The creator of the popular and crass card game Cards Against Humanity pledges to let Congress feel the effects of its vote to repeal a regulation that will allow Internet providers to sell users’ browsing history.

The House voted on Tuesday to kill Obama administration regulations that required Internet service providers to get customers’ explicit permission before it could sell their browsing history to advertisers and other third parties.

Trump Ready to Fight House Freedom Caucus
President threatens to help oust members whom he blames for health care failure

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the House Freedom Caucus “will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast.” (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump, still smarting from his first major legislative failure, threatened Thursday to help oust House Freedom Caucus members from office next year.

The president delivered the intraparty broadside after the conservative faction — and Republican moderates — refused to support a bill that would have repealed and replaced the Obama administration’s 2010 health care law. Trump and Speaker Paul D. Ryan pulled the bill Friday when they concluded they lacked the 216 GOP votes needed to pass it.

Corker Criticizes Ryan for Not Wanting Trump to Work With Democrats
Tennessee Republican: ‘We have come a long way in our country’

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker appeared to criticize House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in a Thursday tweet. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s pronouncement that he does not want President Donald Trump working with Democrats on health care wasn’t received well by one senior Republican.

Sen. Bob Corker tweeted that “we have come a long way in our country when the speaker of one party urges a president NOT to work with the other party to solve a problem.”

Emmer Blames Moderates for Health Care Failure
Tries to deflect criticism of conservatives opposed to legislation

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., blamed moderates for the failure of Republican legislation to replace the 2010 health care law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer blamed moderate Republicans for the failure last week of Republican legislation to replace the 2010 health care law.

In an interview with Twin Cities News Talk, Emmer said conservatives like himself were not responsible for the failure of the legislation known as the American Health Care Act, “Closing Argument” host Walter Hudson posted on PJ Media.

Mast’s Independence May Be Best Path to Holding Florida Swing Seat
Democrats say it’ll take certain kind of candidate to defeat freshman Republican

Freshman Rep. Brian Mast salutes as he arrives for a town hall meeting in Fort Pierce, Florida, on Feb. 24. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Florida Rep. Brian Mast would have moved the fish tank into his Rayburn office differently.

“I would have gotten these guys a wheelie cart and sloshed it down the hallway, with whatever fish were still in there,” he said, nodding to a nearby aide.

Senate Intelligence Leaders Stress Bipartisanship in Russia Probe
Burr admits he voted for Trump, but emphasizes how big the moment is

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner hold a news conference Wednesday to provide an update on the panel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Last week’s Supreme Court nomination hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch likely weren't the most interesting Senate business on the second floor of the Hart Office Building.

That’s where the Senate Intelligence Committee conducts its meetings in a secure facility just around the corner from where the Judiciary Committee was meeting.

GOP, White House Sticking With Devin Nunes
House Intelligence chairman under fire for questionable conduct

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes has been criticized for questionable conduct surrounding the panel’s probe into Russia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans and the White House continue to back House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, saying there is no merit to Democrats’ demands for him to recuse himself from leading an investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Many Republicans on the Intelligence Committee have ducked questions on the topic. New York Rep. Peter T. King was an exception; he said there was no reason to lose confidence in Nunes or to think that a series of strange incidents concerning the chairman created a perception problem.

Burr: Too Early to Draw Conclusions on Russia-Trump Team Contact
Burr and Warner update Senate Intelligence Committee investigation

Burr, right, and Warner, left, lead the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee effectively rebuked the White House Wednesday, declining to rule out whether people associated President Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign.

“We would be crazy to try to draw conclusions from where we are in the investigation,” Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. said, standing next to ranking member Mark Warner at a press conference. “I think Mark and I are committed to let this process go through before we form any opinions.”

Over the Years, Capitol Shootings
Without access to open records, timing is unclear about particulars of incidents

Police mark shell casings on Independence Avenue near the U.S. Capitol after a woman nearly hit U.S. Capitol Police officers, which resulted in an officer firing shots on Wednesday morning, March 29, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By JASON DICK and GILLIAN ROBERTS

It was a jarring beginning to the workday when Capitol Police walkie talkies started blaring “shots fired” shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.