Feingold Gets Awkward Endorsement Announcement

Feingold is running for Johnson's Senate seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a not very literate way, teachers' union announced their endorsement of former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., who is taking on Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in a rematch of their 2010 race.  

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on the endorsement from the American Federation of Teachers' Wisconsin chapter, which contained an awkward mistake, followed by a simple mistake.

Shkreli’s Lawyer: Congress Tried to Humiliate Him

Shkreli (left) stands with Brafman (right) at last week's House Oversight and Government Reform hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Benjamin Brafman, the criminal defense attorney for former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, is claiming the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's reason for compelling his client to testify last week was to humiliate him.  

Brafman gave the committee advance knowledge that if Shkreli appeared before them, he would invoke the Fifth Amendment, he wrote in the New York Law Journal on Wednesday.  

Martin Shkreli Invokes Attitude -- and the Fifth

Shkreli laughs during his appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Martin Shkreli giggled and smiled his way through his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday and at times seemed distracted. And members of the committee called him out on it.  

Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked Shkreli, “Do you think you’ve done anything wrong?” Shkreli giggled.  

Rep. Fattah’s Son Faces Five Years for Fraud

Rep. Chaka Fattah faces legal issues himself. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Chaka Fattah Jr., the son of Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah, was sentenced to 60 months in prison on 22 federal counts of bank and tax fraud.  

Fattah Jr., who uses the nickname, Chip, was found guilty in November of bank fraud, making false statements to banks to obtain loans and settle loans for less than what he owed, filing false federal income tax returns and failing to pay income tax. He also is guilty of wire fraud and theft from a program receiving federal funds, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. In addition to prison, the 34-year-old was ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in restitution by a Pennsylvania judge. In 2005, evidence showed that Fattah Jr. supplied fake earnings to local banks to receive business lines of credit for companies he operated with an associate, entitled 259 Strategies LLC and Chaka Fattah Jr. & Associates. He then used the money for personal expenses, such as gambling debts, his condominium and a car.  

Senator's Stolen Car Recovered

Coons, right, has his Ford back. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Thursday, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., tweeted “Dude, where's my car?”  

His black Ford sports utility vehicle had been stolen. By Thursday evening, he posted another tweet: “Dude, that's my car."  

Trashy Problem Comes Out of Blizzard Sledding

Sledders use a discarded March for Live protest sign to skid their way down the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 22. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With hundreds of people sledding at the Capitol this weekend, hundreds of pieces of trash were left behind.  

From March for Life signs, pizza boxes, collapsed cardboard boxes and plastic bags, people sledding were either bringing their own trash and leaving it or taking items out of the trash to use as a sled. While the bulk of trash was cleaned up by the end of the weekend, Tuesday's sledders at the Capitol were still taking items out of the trash to use as surfaces.  

Judicial Watch Wants More Info on CODELs

Lawmakers, such as, from right, Sens. John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse and Chris Coons, who here are discussing a trip to Syria, Afghanistan and Egypt in 2013, travel for a variety of reasons abroad. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Defense Department has a lawsuit on its hands over lawmakers jetting off together.  

The group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records about official congressional delegation travel, also known as a CODELs. Air Force jets and personnel usually are the means of travel for CODELs and Judicial Watch is looking for records concerning travel costs. “Congress, under both Republicans and Democrats, has a long record of abusing taxpayers and the military with wasteful ‘official’ travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release.  

Tom Cotton's ISIS Twitter Treat

Cotton forgot the letter "h." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Tom Cotton has sweet news for followers of his @TomCottonAR account: “ISIS is a treat to America's security.”  

Writing treat instead of "threat" apparently, he added, “RT if you agree!” The Arkansas Republican was retweeted 11 times in three hours, then corrected the tweet to "threat" late Monday afternoon. Cotton, a combat veteran and member of the Intelligence and Armed Services committees, is outspoken about how he thinks the United States should approach taking on the Islamic State.  

#Oops! McConnell Mixes Up Grassley, Dingell Tweet

McConnell, right, was congratulating Grassley on his 12,000th vote. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In congratulating Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, on casting his 12,000th vote last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had an #oops moment. The Kentucky Republican referred to the 82-year-old's Twitter following in a floor speech Tuesday, after noting Grassley's annual 99-county tour through the Hawkeye State.  

"No wonder he began his ascent into Twitter legend-dom with four simple words: Attending events in Iowa," McConnell said. "That tweet is hardly as infamous as 'Assume deer dead' or 'Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is. I'm only left with more questions.'"  

Overheard: Hurry Up, Chris Murphy

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

After midnight Friday, a live microphone captured one Senate clerk knocking Sen. Christopher S. Murphy's sleepy pace.  

"Yeah, uh, he better get his ass here, before, they've already lost one vote because he's not here," said the clerk, who may not have realized C-SPAN was capturing his 1 a.m. commentary.