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Capitol-Cannon Tunnel Floods, Surprising Very Few
Rain-caused waterfalls not a rare occurrence in aging buildings

Capitol Police officers direct traffic away from the flooded Cannon tunnel (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Tuesday’s extreme weather touched down on the Hill when tourists, lawmakers, staff and press were all turned away from the tunnel connecting the Capitol to the Cannon House Office Building after water flooded the pedestrian passageway.

Capitol Police officers keeping people away from the area were not surprised.

Man Who Threatened Rep. Maxine Waters Gets 6 Months House Arrest
Anthony Scott Lloyd faced 10 years in federal prison

A Los Angeles man who threatened to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., was sentenced Monday to six months of house arrest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A California man who left a voicemail for Rep. Maxine Waters threatening to kill her was sentenced to six months of house arrest.

Anthony Scott Lloyd, 45, pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of threatening a U.S. government official. He faced up to 10 years in prison, but a federal court judge on Monday handed him down three years of probation and 100 hours of community service in addition to his home detention.

Rand Paul and His Wife Open Up About November Attack Amid Legal Battle
Senator and neighbor suing each other

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., opened up about the attack by his neighbor that hospitalized him with six broken ribs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rand Paul and his wife opened up about the November attack by their neighbor that landed the Kentucky Republican in the hospital with six broken ribs and a struggle with chronic pneumonia — ostensibly over a yard dispute.

In an interview with WBKO in Kentucky posted Tuesday, Paul’s wife, Kelley, became emotional as she talked about her husband’s injuries and the “ridicule” he received from the media after their neighbor, Rene Boucher, 60, tackled Paul to the ground outside his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, breaking his ribs.

Man Arrested for Threatening to Chop Up Rand Paul’s Family with Ax
‘It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this,’ senator said

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced at an event that a man threatened to chop up his family with an ax. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A man was arrested for allegedly threatening to chop up Sen. Rand Paul’s family with an ax.

The man was arrested after calling the Kentucky Republican’s Bowling Green office, the Courier-Journal reported. He has not been publicly identified.

Maxine Waters Cancels Events in Alabama and Texas After Threats
California rep urged supporters to protest Trump administration officials at restaurants and other businesses

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said she received a serious death threat ahead of her scheduled visit to Texas this weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Maxine Waters will not be traveling to Alabama and Texas this weekend for two scheduled appearances, citing an increase in threatening messages sent to her congressional offices this week, including at least one death threat.

“As the President has continued to lie and falsely claim that I encouraged people to assault his supporters, while also offering a veiled threat that I should ‘be careful,’ even more individuals are leaving [threatening] messages and sending hostile mail to my office,” the California Democrat said in a statement, CNN reported.

Schweikert Had More Threats Last Year Than Three Terms Combined
Says left is ‘going to get fringier and fringier, louder and louder, angrier and angrier’

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., said he has received more death threats last year than any previous year combined. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert said he received more death threats in 2017 than in the rest of his time in Congress combined.

The fourth-term Republican made the comments on Wisconsin Republican Rep. Sean Duffy’s “Plaidcast” podcast, the Daily Caller reported.

Man Accused of Threatening Taylor Declared Incompetent
Court documentes state ‘reasonable cause to believe that he may be suffering from a mental disease’

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., was allegedly targeted by a Virginia Beach man because of his views on marijuana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A man arrested for threatening to kill Rep. Scott Taylor has been declared incompetent to stand trial.

Wallace Goodwin of Virginia Beach is 70 years old and allegedly threatened the Republican congressman because of his views on marijuana, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Another Big Boost for Hill Security Spending
A year after baseball shooting, Capitol Police keeps growing and cyber-attack worries intensify

A member of the security detail for Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer prepares to let him out of an SUV at the Exxon gas station at Massachusetts Avenue and Second Street Northeast last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

At a time when steady significant growth for the Capitol Police looks sure to continue, members of Congress are confessing heightened concern they’ll never be altogether shielded from threats both old-fashioned and high tech — no matter where they are.

The Senate on Monday, and the House three weeks ago, passed bills allocating more than $450 million for the congressional force in the coming year. It would be at least a 6 percent hike and produce a Capitol Police budget one-third bigger than just five years before. No other part of Congress, nor any of its support organizations, has seen anything approaching such generous and sustained increases in recent years.

Iowa Man Sentenced to 6 Years for Tweeting Threats Against Ernst
Sentence based in part on judgment that he had ‘no intention of following the Court’s orders when released’

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, received Twitter threats from a man in her home state. The man was convicted and sentenced to six years in federal prison Wednesday.(File Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A federal judge sentenced an Iowa man to six years in federal prison for sending threatening tweets to the state’s Republican junior senator, Joni Ernst.

Joseph Hilton Dierks, 34, from Waterloo, received the sentence Wednesday after a jury convicted him on three counts of sending threatening communications, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa.

New Court Documents Reveal Details of Yard Dispute That Hospitalized Rand Paul
Kentucky senator repeatedly stacked branches by property line, angering neighbor

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., broke six ribs in an altercation with his neighbor last November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 2:55 p.m. | New court documents in Kentucky shed more light on details from the yard dispute that landed Sen. Rand Paul in the hospital with six broken ribs, among other thoracic complications, and could land his neighbor in prison.

Rene Boucher, 60, didn’t like where his neighbor of 17 years, Paul, was putting his yard debris.