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‘Iron Stache’ Wants to Ask a Question at Ryan’s Town Hall
Paul Ryan challenger Randy Bryce says it isn't really a town hall because questions are being screened

Randy Bryce, the ironworker known as “Iron Stache” who is challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District, is trying to get in on Ryan’s town hall meeting next week.

Bryce said Monday he submitted questions for the CNN-hosted town hall that Ryan will hold on August 21 in Racine, Wisconsin. He took the opportunity to criticize the event, as well, saying that because CNN would be deciding who would attend and whose questions would be asked, it was “Definitely by definition NOT a public town hall.”

Abraham to Garrett: Don’t Single out Louisiana for Charlottesville Violence
‘David Duke does not speak for Louisiana,’ one Republican congressman tells another

Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham took “affront” to Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett bringing up Louisiana when assigning blame for the weekend’s white supremacist march that ended in violence and killed three people.

In an interview with Fox News, Garrett blamed outsiders for the demonstration and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying the march was made up of “people from Arkansas, Colorado, and Louisiana, and New York who all came to a bucolic town where Thomas Jefferson sat when he wrote the words ‘All men are created equal,’” plus “a small handful of local radical lunatics.”

Tester Tells Montana Democrats Don’t Take Anything for Granted
‘We have a tough election cycle ahead of us, no matter who comes out of that primary,’ Tester says of GOP

Montana Sen. Jon Testerhad some hard words for fellow Democrats as he prepares for what is expected to be a tough re-election race in 2018. 

“Last election cycle, we were supposed to win a majority in the Senate, we were supposed to win a lot of seats in the House and Hillary Clinton was supposed to win the presidency. None of that happened,” Tester told a gathering of Montana Democrats.

McCaskill to Hold 25 Town Halls Amid Challenges From Right and Left
‘Whether they agree with me or not, every Missourian is my boss,’ Missouri senator says

Facing a tough re-election campaign next year, Sen. Claire McCaskill said she she plans to hold 25 town hall meetings with constituents this month.

President Donald Trump won Missouri by nearly 20 points, and Republicans are eager to try and flip the seat. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Tossup.

Moulton Wants to Change Status Quo by Electing More Vets
Massachusetts Democrat announces new vet endorsements

Rep. Seth Moulton hopes to make two dozen or so endorsements of military veterans challenging Republican House members this cycle.

The Massachusetts Democrat, himself a former Marine who served in Iraq, announced Wednesday he was backing Democratic military vets running for Congress in Minnesota, Kentucky, and West Virginia, joining the eight other endorsements he’s made so far this year.

People’s Policy Project Wants to Change the Think Tank World, $5 at a Time
Matt Bruenig takes new approach to policy research through small, monthly donations

The People’s Policy Project is the only think tank funded by tiny monthly donations.

“I thought I could get $1,000 a month,” Matt Bruenig said about his initial plans for the organization, also known as 3P.

Man Charged With Breaking Into Congressman’s Office, Stealing Items From Desk
Markwayne Mullin’s Longworth office subject of allegations

Edgardo Javier Ramon has been charged with breaking into Rep. Markwayne Mullin’s Longworth office and stealing items from his desk.

The items stolen were decorative coins known as “challenge coins” that were given to Mullin and a “decorative container”. Ramon’s lawyers have not responded to the charges of unlawful entry and theft, though Ramon pleaded not guilty to the theft charges.

Palin Endorses Ainge in Chaffetz Seat Primary
Former basketball player endorses former basketball player’s son

Former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin got involved in the race to fill Jason Chaffetz’s Utah congressional seat Thursday, endorsing Tanner Ainge in the Republican primary.

Ainge has a law degree and has worked for private equity companies, but has not held elected office. Palin said she was impressed that he “isn’t a career politician!” and described him as a “sharp businessman.”

Nevada Assemblywoman Enters Race for Rosen’s Open Seat
Victoria Seaman lost a 2016 state Senate race by just over 1,000 votes

Former GOP Nevada Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman announced Wednesday that she is running for Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen’s open seat in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District in 2018.

Rosen is vacating the seat to run against Republican Sen. Dean Heller in 2018.

Hoekstra, Trump’s Pick For Ambassador, Has Views at Odds With the Dutch
Hoekstra’s positions on abortion, gay rights, and Muslims have surprised some Netherlands observers

President Donald Trump nominated former Rep. Pete Hoekstra to be ambassador to the Netherlands last week, but some of his views, as well as his ties to Trump, are being poorly received in the liberal nation.

The Dutch government will need to approve Hoekstra’s nomination, and the U.S. Senate will need to confirm it before he takes office.

Poll Shows Kid Rock as Republican Front-Runner, 8 Points Behind Stabenow
Name recognition pushes Robert Ritchie to top of GOP field in Michigan

Kid Rock, the rap rock musician and outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, tops the field Republican Senate field in Michigan, according to a new poll, but he trails Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

Considering Rock, or Robert Ritchie as he was born, hasn’t yet declared his candidacy in the race, Stabenow’s 8-point lead in a hypothetical matchup will likely add fuel to his possible candidacy. Ritchie took 33 percent in the Target-Insyght poll, compared to his closest rival, businessman and veteran John James, who had 16 percent. (James filed to run last month.)

Rep. DeSantis Wants Congress to Investigate Wasserman Schultz
Says arrested former IT contractor had access to ‘some very sensitive information’

Rep. Ron DeSantis told “Fox & Friends” Monday  said Congress should investigate Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s employment of a man charged with submitting a fraudulent loan application and potentially scamming his House employers. 

Asked if Wasserman Schultz should be forced to testify DeSantis responded, “I think it's questionable what they were doing during that time,” referring to Imran Awan and other members of his family. “We would have to investigate that. Of course, they had access to intelligence and House Foreign Affairs Committee members’ personal email and IT accounts. There is some very sensitive information on there. This could be a significant security breach.”

Mo Brooks: ‘If I Were Mitch McConnell, I Would Resign’
Alabama congressman blames Senate majority leader for health care fail

Rep. Mo Brooks said if he was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he would resign in the wake of the latest failure of the GOP health bill.

Brooks, R-Ala. said McConnell was “responsible” for the bill’s failure and that he was putting the GOP’s policy plans in jeopardy.

Mullin Not Getting Much Heat Over Breaking Three-Term Pledge
Callers to telephone town hall mention plenty of things, but promise isn't one of them

Rep. Markwayne Mullin might have expected some negative attention on his decision to seek re-election in spite of a 2011 promise to serve only three terms. But in a telephone town hall, he found his constituents had other concerns, like the Veterans Administration, insufficient support for Russia, and privatization of air traffic controllers. 

Earlier in July, the Oklahoma Republican released a video explaining his decision to run for a fourth term, saying he understands people will be upset that he went back on his promise. 

Graham: ‘Holy Hell to Pay’ if Trump Fires Sessions
And going after Mueller could be ‘beginning of the end of the Trump presidency’

Sen. Lindsay Graham said he is “100 percent behind” embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and said there would be “holy hell to pay” if President Donald Trump fires him.

In an interview with CNN, the South Carolina Republican also said that if the president went after special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who’s directing the investigation into possible contacts between Trump’s circle and Russia, that could be the “beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, unless Mueller did something wrong.”

Organizations, Activists React to Trump's Transgender Soldier Ban
Human Rights Campaign calls transgender ban an "all out assault on service members"

The LGBT rights organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) led the charge against President Donald Trump’s newly announced ban on transgender military service members Wednesday, calling it an “all out assault on service members.”

HRC said the ban would threaten more than 15,000 currently serving troops. Other estimates range from 4,000 to 6,000 members of the military.

Democratic Senators Rethink Bill Criminalizing Support for Israel Boycott
Israel Anti-Boycott Act could impose $1 million in penalties and 20 years in prison

Democratic senators are thinking twice about the proposed Israel Anti-Boycott Act after an outcry by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which considers it a “serious threat to free speech.”

While Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the bill’s lead author, said that the ACLU had misinterpreted the piece of legislation, he expressed his intention to “make it clearer.”

Farenthold: It’s ‘Repugnant’ Female Senators Holding Up Health Care Bill
Says if it was a guy from Texas, they would be settling it ’Aaron Burr-style’

Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold said it was “absolutely repugnant” that “some female senators from the Northeast” have been a roadblock to the GOP passing a health care bill.

“If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Fahrenthold told Texas radio station KEYS, The Associated Press reported.

Roy Moore Declares Himself Front-runner in Alabama Senate Race
Says Brooks and Strange are ‘fighting for second place’ in Alabama

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore taunted his opponents running for the Senate in Alabama last week, saying they were “fighting for second place.”

No public polls of the Senate primary have been released, but reports internal polls put Moore ahead of Rep. Mo Brooks and Sen. Luther Strange in a tight three-way race ahead of six other candidates running for the seat. 

Another March on Washington?
March fatigue and mixed results from Trump protests has critics getting skeptical of results

While activists planned Monday’s “Medicare for All” march on Washington to channel energy toward a policy goal, some are becoming skeptical of whether large marches in the capital accomplish much at all as they are becoming somewhat routine.

With the GOP’s effort to repeal the 2010 health care law stalled, many Democrats and those further to the left are rallying around single-payer health care as an alternative. But with Democratic leadership largely opposed to the idea, activists are looking for ways to show public support for it and pressure lawmakers.