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The Senate Calendar Still Is Not Updated to Reflect Cancelled Recess
Official site and pdf still show chamber down for some state work period time

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Barbara Lee Formally Gets In Democratic Caucus Chair Race
Lee will face off against fellow California Democrat Linda Sánchez

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., is running for Democratic Caucus chair. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Barbara Lee on Monday officially declared her candidacy for Democratic Caucus chair, setting up the first of what could be many competitive leadership races for next Congress.

Lee will face off against fellow California Democrat Linda Sánchez, who announced her bid for Democratic Caucus chair Tuesday.

GEO Group Helps Boost Lobbying Revenue of Ballard Partners
Private prison group provides detention services for apprehended immigrants

Private prison firm GEO Group has paid a Donald Trump-connected lobbying firm to influence the federal government. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The private prison company GEO Group paid a Trump-connected lobbying firm $150,000 for seeking to influence the federal government during the second quarter of this year, according to a recent disclosure report to Congress.

The disclosure from Ballard Partners also says that the GEO Group doesn’t take a position “on immigration enforcement policies or detention policies,” as such issues have generated widespread controversy in recent months.

White House Furthers Trump Threat to Iran
Tehran must change or 'pay a price,' Bolton says

President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House on May 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The White House on Monday continued an escalation of threatening rhetoric toward Iran that started with President Donald Trump warning Tehran about “consequences” that no other country has ever experienced.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said he spoke to Trump “over the last several days, and President Trump told me that if Iran does anything at all to the negative, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid before.”

Woman Who Broke House Page Program's Glass Ceiling Reflects 45 Years Later
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh’s Responses Reveal Views
Questionnaire part of confirmation process

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, conduct a photo-op in Russell Building before a meeting on July 17. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh described his volunteer work, his most important decisions and how President Donald Trump picked him in paperwork submitted as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation process.

The questionnaire is a standard part of the confirmation process, and nominees can use it to bolster their case. For instance, Kavanaugh, when asked to list his 10 most important decisions, listed nine cases in which the Supreme Court later agreed with the positions he took as a federal appeals court judge.

EMILY’s List Celebrates Surge in Women Candidates for State Offices
1,200 pro-abortion rights women running for state legislatures, Democratic-aligned group says

EMILY's List, a Democratic-aligned group that backs pro-abortion female candidates, is celebrating a strong showing in state legislatures this election cycle.

State legislatures across the country could be transformed this year by a surge of women running for office, according to EMILY’s List.

The Democratic-aligned group, which backs women running for office who support abortion rights, said its preferred candidates have filed to run in more than 1,200 “critical” races this cycle, many of them for the first time.

House Suicide Hotline Bill Could Lead to 3-Digit Dial Code
Measure designed to streamline aid for mental health crisis prevention

Rep. Chris Stewart is sponsoring legislation to streamline the suicide prevention hotline. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo.)

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline could be headed for an overhaul if a bill on the House floor Monday advances. The bipartisan proposal would move towards creating a new national three-digit dialing code — similar to 911 — to be used for a mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotline.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah and would prompt the Federal Communications Commission to study and report on the feasibility of designating a new three-digit dialing code, in coordination with the Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services Departments. A National Suicide Prevention Lifeline currently exists, but supporters of the bill say that the long 1-800 number is difficult to remember in times of crisis.

Remember Infrastructure? Bill Shuster Says He’s Got a New Plan
Trump administration’s earlier effort fell flat

Infrastructure is on the mind of House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., as he prepares to leave Congress at the end of this session. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Podcast: Wall Funding That Isn’t Coming From Mexico
CQ Budget, Episode 70

Aurelia Lopez and her daughter Antonia overlook construction of border wall prototypes in Tijuana, Mexico. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

House appropriators are set to give President Donald Trump some of the border wall funding he's been seeking, says CQ immigration reporter Dean DeChiaro. He explains what's in the Homeland Security spending bill.