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Rand Paul Suggests Talking to Russia About the Size of NATO
Comments follow travels to Russia and golf with Trump

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky suggested the possibility of easing some sanctions on Russia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul floated the possibility of a dialogue with Russia about keeping NATO from further expanding its umbrella into Eastern Europe.

The Kentucky Republican, who recently returned from a trip to Russia for meetings with Russian lawmakers, suggested that the country’s leaders may have fears of NATO seeking to go as far as expanding into Georgia and Ukraine.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Budd’s coffee, Grijalva’s new library and museum bill and Costa on the drums

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Giffords Backing New Jersey Republican Lance’s Re-Election Bid
Former Democratic congresswoman and gun control advocate endorses Lance over stance on guns

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, is greeted by, from left, Reps. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a ceremony in the Capitol in November to name the House Democratic Cloakroom in honor of Giffords and the late Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif., who were victims of gun violence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords is backing Rep. Leonard Lance in his bid for for a sixth term in New Jersey.

It’s a notable endorsement because it crosses party lines: Giffords, one of the nation’s leading gun control advocates and a former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, vacated her seat in 2012 after she was shot in 2011 in an apparent assassination attempt.

Davis Said He Didn’t Send Staffer to Crash Opponent’s Event
Field director charged with assault after aggressively following challenger around event at bar

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., said he did not direct a campaign staffer to harass his Democratic opponent. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis said he did not send a campaign field director to an event for his Democratic opponent that led to the staffer’s arrest.

Levi Lovell was charged on Wednesday with aggravated assault after crashing a fundraiser for Betsy Dirksen Londigran and allegedly aggressively questioning the candidate and her husband while shooting video with his phone. 

Microsoft Says Russians Tried to Hack Senate and Think Tanks
Operation used domain names similar to the Senate and two conservative institutions

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, is chairman of the board of directors for International Republican Institute. Microsoft said the think tank was targeted by Strontium, also referred to as “Fancy Bear,” which is associated with Russian intelligence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Microsoft announced late Monday that it thwarted a spearphishing attack against the U.S. Senate by a group affiliated with Russian intelligence.

In a statement, the tech giant said its digital crimes unit “executed a court order to disrupt and transfer control of six internet domains created by a group widely associated with the Russian government.”

Kyrsten Sinema Unchallenged While GOP Candidates Fought — But Now It’s Crunch Time
State’s Senate primary presents tricky timeline for Republicans

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., is considered the front-runner in the GOP Senate primary. Whoever wins, Republicans acknowledge they may face a tough race against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has been largely unchallenged on the airwaves in the Arizona Senate race, reaching out to independent voters while Republicans fight amongst themselves. 

And in one week Republicans will have to confront a problem unique to Arizona: how to make up ground among moderate voters in a very short time.   

Just a Little More Time — But No Verdict in Paul Manafort’s Trial
Jurors ask to extend their deliberations on Monday

Jurors in Paul Manafort’s bank fraud and tax evasion case extended their deliberations on Monday.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Judge T.S. Ellis III set Room 900 at the Albert V. Bryan courthouse in Alexandria, Va., abuzz just before 5 p.m. Monday when he announced that the jury in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had asked to extend their deliberations for the day to 6:15 p.m. — 45 minutes longer than they have been dismissed previously.

Reporters jockeyed for prime seats. Some created handmade signs indicating through a glass window to their colleagues just outside the courtroom a guilty or not guilty verdict for each of the 18 charges Manafort faces on tax evasion and bank fraud.

Trump Wants $5 Billion for Border Wall Amid Shutdown Threat
President continues to peg immigration issue as a winner for the GOP

Hundreds of women crowd the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building to protest President Trump's immigration policy on June 28. On Monday, he called for $3.4 billion more for his southern border wall than GOP and Democratic senators are proposing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump laid down a key marker for the autumn federal funding debate, saying Monday he wants around $5 billion this year for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. The demand could increase the odds of a government shutdown.

The amount he endorsed during a White House immigration event, which he also touted last week at a fundraiser in Utica, N.Y., is the same as that proposed in a House Homeland Security funding measure for next fiscal year. But there’s a catch: the Senate’s version of that funding measure proposes only $1.6 billion for the project.

Dems Want to Know If Bolton Told White House About Contact With Alleged Spy
National security adviser appeared with Butina at gun rights roundtable when he worked for NRA

National Security Adviser John Bolton reportedly appeared with alleged Russian spy Maria Butina when he was a top official with the National Rifle Association. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

Top Democrats on the House Oversight Committee want to know if National Security Adviser John Bolton told the White House about his reported contact with alleged Russian spy Maria Butina before he was appointed by President Trump. 

Bolton appeared with Butina in a video roundtable discussion about gun rights, reportedly sponsored by the Russian organization Right to Bear Arms, in his previous position as a top National Rifle Association official, Democrats Elijah Cummings and Stephen Lynch wrote in a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly delivered Monday. 

Trump Essentially Dares Brennan to Sue Over Stripped Clearance
President wants former CIA director’s ‘records, texts, emails and documents’

President Trump and his legal team are essentially daring former CIA Director John Brennan to sue the president over a terminated security clearance. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump on Monday essentially dared former CIA Director John Brennan to sue him over the security clearance the president revoked last week.

Trump ordered Brennan’s security clearance turned off after the former Barack Obama aide and Cabinet official harshly criticized the sitting president, even dubbing his performance last month alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin as “treasonous.”