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Dent Suggests He’s Pursuing Cable TV Opportunities
Pennsylvania GOP rep would join long list of lawmakers-turned cable news contributors

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., is considering media opportunities after he leaves Congress in May. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Charlie Dent could become the latest lawmaker-turned full-time cable television pundit after he resigns next month.

The Pennsylvania Republican announced this week he will leave Congress for good sometime between May 8 and Memorial Day. Dent said as early as last September he would not run for re-election this year.

Photo of the Day: Subway Problems Aren’t Just for the Red Line
Baldwin and staff evacuated the Senate's open-air subway Tuesday

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and staffers evacuate their subway train after the Dirksen/Hart Senate subway line temporarily shut down around lunch time on Tuesday. The subway system was back up and running shortly afterward. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate subway is the new Red Line.

Washingtonians across the city were stuck in Metro cars and waylaid Tuesday en route to work due to a disturbance on the subway’s Red Line (a recurring issue for disgruntled commuters on the highly trafficked route).

FCC Rejects Democrats’ Request to Review Sinclair License
Broadcast group made its anchors read a promotional script blasting other outlets’ ‘fake news’

Ajit Pai, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, rejected 12 senators’ request to investigate Sinclair Broadcasting group's license after its "fake news" segment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai declined Thursday to follow through on a request from 12 senators that his bureau review Sinclair Broadcasting group’s license and temporarily block its merger with Tribune Media.

Eleven Democratic senators and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote their request in a letter to Pai Thursday that highlighted the local television media conglomerate’s recent move to force its anchors in dozens of U.S. cities to read a scripted, uniform segment blasting “fake news” and media bias that favors liberals.

Trump Could Flip-Flop on TPP After All
But Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse cautions that president ‘likes to blue-sky a lot’ in meetings

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said he was Thursday was pleased with President Trump’s willingness to possibly rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership — but he also presented a caveat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In what would be another dramatic reversal, President Donald Trump told farm-state lawmakers Thursday he might sign the United States up for the Trans-Pacific Partnership after all.

Just by floating the idea, the Republican president drew the ire of conservatives on social media as he opened the door to joining a trade pact with 11 other Pacific Rim countries that he once dubbed “a continuing rape of our country.” 

Republican Group Runs Ad Defending Mueller Investigation on ‘Fox And Friends’
Senate Judiciary panel to vote on bill to protect Mueller after reports Trump wanted him gone

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating ties between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If President Donald Trump was tuning into his favorite morning news shows Wednesday, he may have noticed a peculiarly placed advertisement.

Republicans for the Rule of Law — an initiative spearheaded by a cadre of GOP politicos and conservative commentators — kicked off its campaign to defend special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russia’s  2016 election meddling and its alleged ties to Trump’s campaign with a television ad that aired on “Fox and Friends” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Nathan’s (Mostly) Political One-Liners: Florida, Curious George, and the NFL
What’s running through my head on Thursday, April 12

From left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Chief Deputy Whip Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., arrive in the basement of the Capitol on Wednesday as reports of Speaker Paul D. Ryan not running for re-election spread. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona’s 8th District Special: Welcome to the big leagues, Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, who we’re learning hasn’t treated patients since 2011 and settled a malpractice lawsuit.

Baseball Movies: It’s still hard to believe Aaron Sorkin made “Moneyball” into a watchable movie.

Tipirneni Fends Off Attacks on Medical Career Weeks Before Election Day
Criticism stems from old settlement, campaign ads

Hiral Tipirneni is pushing against opposition to her projected image as a doctor just days before an Arizona special election. (Courtesy Dr. Hiral Tipirneni for Congress)

Just 13 days before Arizona’s 8th Congressional District holds its special election to send a new member to the House, the Democratic candidate there is warding off political volleys regarding her time as an emergency room doctor.

Hiral Tipirneni, who won the Democratic nomination in February to replace disgraced former Rep. Trent Franks, is under siege by Republican operatives pushing the narrative that she has been dodgy with voters about her medical career.

Wanted: Prolific Fundraiser to Boost House GOP After Ryan Exits
Speaker’s retirement announcement sparks scramble to find a donor-friendly successor

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., arrive in the basement of the Capitol as reports of Speaker Paul Ryan not running for re-election spread on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s retirement announcement Wednesday sparked a public scramble for a successor to match his fundraising prowess and to serve as the House GOP’s political and policy chief in the age of President Donald Trump.

Though the Wisconsin lawmaker has pledged to stay in office through the end of the term in early January 2019, some GOP insiders on and off the Hill question whether he can remain an effective fundraiser and political leader during a nearly nine-month lame-duck period.

Rep. Ralph Norman Won’t Be Charged for Pulling Gun at Diner
South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division and attorney general opt against pressing charges

Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., was elected to replace director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The South Carolina attorney general and State Law Enforcement Division will not file charges against Rep. Ralph Norman for laying his loaded handgun on a diner table at a “coffee with constituents” event in Rock Hill, South Carolina, last Friday.

Speculation simmered over the weekend and earlier this week that Norman could face prosecution for the stunt, which was intended to show a group of activists from the gun control group Moms Demand Action on Gun Sense in America that the gun “doesn’t shoot by itself,” he said Monday.

Norman in Murky Legal Waters for Showing His Gun in Diner
State Democrats have asked S.C. AG and other law enforcement officials to investigate incident

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman maintains he did nothing wrong when he pulled out his handgun in a meeting with constituents last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina law enforcement and criminal justice officials have given mixed signals about whether or not Rep. Ralph Norman broke any laws Friday when he placed a loaded gun on a table at a meeting with constituents at a local diner.

The South Carolina Democratic Party called for the State Law Enforcement Division and the state attorney general’s office to investigate the incident and for 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett to file felony charges against the first-term Republican.