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Blackburn, Himes Spar Over Diamond and Silk, Social Media at Judiciary Hearing
Democrats criticize Republicans for pushing ‘hoax’ of anti-conservative bias in social media filtering algorithms

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., testified before the House Judiciary Committee about censorship on social media platforms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Jim Himes could not be farther away from each other on the issue of social media content algorithms.

Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican running for Senate this November, testified Thursday in front of the House Judiciary Committee that today’s social media titans — Facebook, Google, and Twitter — all deploy algorithms that appear to filter out conservative voices, hurting pro-Donald Trump content creators like the popular YouTubers Diamond and Silk (who also testified on Capitol Hill Thursday).

Arizona Man Gets Prison for Threatening McSally
Steve Martan will serve 15 months in prison, 9 years on probation

A Tuscon man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for threatening Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Tucson man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for threatening Arizona Rep. Martha McSally.

Steve Martan, 58, will serve also face nine years of probation and undergo a mental health evaluation for threatening the Republican congresswoman, Tucson News Now reported.

Man to Plead Guilty to Threatening Maxine Waters
Andrew Scott Lloyd faces 10 years in federal prison

A man in San Pedro, Calif., is expected to plead guilty to threatening to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A man charged with threatening to kill California Rep. Maxine Waters is expected to plead guilty next week.

Andrew Scott Lloyd is expected to plead guilty to one count of threatening a public official, according to the Daily Breeze.

EPA Shouldn’t Have Paid for Pruitt’s Broken-Down Condo Door, McCollum Says
Minnesota rep was there when security detail kicked in door after not being able to reach him

The security detail for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, left, kicked in his door in a Washington condo building when they couldn’t awaken him from a nap. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Betty McCollum has questions for the Environmental Protection Agency after it reimbursed the owners of a condo that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was renting for the cost of repairing a broken door.

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party member, who happens to sit on the House subcommittee that oversees the EPA’s budget, owns a condo downstairs from the one Pruitt was renting from the wife of energy lobbyist J. Steven Hart.

Esty Used Personal Email in Severance With Abusive Staffer
Office threatened to involve Capitol Police over news outlet’s publication of personal email address

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., announced Monday that she would not run for re-election after much criticism over how she handled complaints against her former chief of staff who threatened to kill another staffer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 3:16 p.m. | Rep. Elizabeth Esty is not running for re-election, but the fallout over how she handled an abusive staffer’s firing continued to dog the embattled Connecticut Democrat on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the congresswoman’s office provided Connecticut Public Radio with a copy of the signed severance agreement between Esty and former Chief of Staff Tony Baker, which contained her personal email address. But after the document was published, her office notified the radio station that it had sent the wrong file and asked that it be replaced with a redacted version. 

Rep. Shea-Porter Receives Suspicious Package at District Office
Capitol Police and local authorities investigating envelope that contained ‘unidentified brown substance’

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., received an envelope with an "unidentified brown substance" and reported it to the Dover, New Hampshire, police. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The U.S. Capitol Police is working with Dover, New Hampshire, police to investigate the source of suspicious package sent to a Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s district office on Monday.

Around 1 p.m., the U.S. Postal Service delivered an envelope to the New Hampshire Democrat’s office that staffers quickly realized contained an “unidentified brown substance,” the congresswoman said in a news release.

Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Rep. Scott Taylor
If convicted Wallace Grove Godwin of Virginia Beach faces up to 10 years in prison

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., was the target of a murder threat by one of his constituents. The man was arrested Friday and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A 69-year-old Virginia Beach resident was arrested Friday for threatening to murder his congressman, GOP Rep. Scott Taylor

Wallace Grove Godwin is being charged with threatening to murder and assault a U.S. official, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison if convicted, Tracy Doherty-McCormick, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Matthew R. Verderosa, the U.S. Capitol Police chief, announced Friday. 

2 Guns, Bible Stolen From GOP Rep. Tom Graves’ SUV in Atlanta
Bank information and sensitive ID documents also among items taken

Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., reported multiple stolen items, including two guns, from his SUV last weekend in Atlanta. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two guns, a driver’s license, credit cards, birth certificates, a laptop, and a Bible were among the items stolen last weekend from an SUV that belongs to Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia, Atlanta police said.

The Republican congressman and staffer Travis Loudermilk returned to Graves’ GMC Yukon last Saturday night in downtown Atlanta and drove at least a mile before they discovered the items were missing, according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank Larkin to Retire
Chamber figure plans to remain in the office until a successor is named

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin plans to retire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms  Frank J. Larkin plans to retire from his post once a successor is named.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who nominated Larkin for the post when the Kentucky Republican became majority leader, made the announcement Monday.

Man Admits He Threatened to Kill Rep. Katko for Opposing Net Neutrality
Faces up to five years in prison

A man pleaded guilty this week to threatening to kill Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., and his family if he did not support net neutrality. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Syracuse man admitted he threatened to kill Rep. John Katko and his family if Katko did not support net neutrality, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Patrick D. Angelo, 29, pleaded guilty to interstate communication of a threat. He faces a maximum five years in prison and $250,000 fine.