House Narrowly Passes Rule to Begin Debate on Omnibus
Some Freedom Caucus members join Democrats in voting against it

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and former chairman Jim Jordan, are leading their group's charge against the omnibus. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House on Thursday narrowly passed a rule to begin debate on the $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, a more-than-2200 page measure GOP leaders had released just the previous night.

Several members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus joined Democrats in voting against the rule, which set up a single hour of debate and blocked amendments to the bill. The final tally was 211-207. 

DCCC Adds Two Black Candidates to Red to Blue
Majority of 33 candidates in program now women

Texas Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones made the DCCC’s Red to Blue list. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is releasing its fourth round of Red to Blue candidates Thursday. 

The nine latest additions include two African-American candidates. The DCCC had been criticized for not including any black candidates on the list so far this cycle.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Sasse’s crazy uncles, Larsen on coach-poaching and is Harris’ possible second book

Works crews clear snow from the East Plaza of the Capitol during the snow storm in Washington on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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.

Judge Tosses Rep. Lujan Grisham’s Restraining Order Against Ex-Intern
Transgender intern claims she was discriminated against and fired

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., obtained a restraining order that was later thrown out against a former intern in her office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

One day after Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham obtained a restraining order against a former intern who worked for her on Capitol Hill, another judge scrapped the order.

Lujan Grisham, who is vacating her seat in New Mexico’s 1st District to run for governor, said she was “fearful” of former intern Riley Del Rey, and said in court documents that she “believes Ms. Del Rey intends to cause her serious harm or her behavior will harm other people in public settings."

Tenney Blames ‘Deep State’ For Carson Furniture Debacle
HUD secretary would not purchase expensive dining set because he grew up ‘in poverty,’ rep says

Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., believes the so-called “deep state” was behind the Ben Carson furniture affair. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Claudia Tenney found herself on a rhetorical island again Wednesday after she claimed the so-called “deep state” was responsible for ordering an extravagantly priced dining set for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s office.

“Ben Carson is so misunderstood,” the New York Republican said on a local Upstate New York radio show before blaming an unnamed person in the deep state for ordering the furniture.

Curtis Denies Protecting Police Chief Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Provo chief John King was forced out of office last year after he was accused of assaulting a volunteer

Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, denied knowing about sexual harassment claims against Provo's former police chief. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Utah Rep. John Curtis is denying charges that he ignored sexual harassment complaints about Provo’s former police chief.

Curtis, who was mayor of Provo before his election to the House last year, sent a statement Wednesday to media outlets in response to a lawsuit filed the day before, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Donor Testifies Stockman Misspent His Contribution to Charity
FBI agent details where money went in former congressman’s corruption trial

Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, right, is accused of misusing charitable donations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A donor who cut a $350,000 check to former Rep. Steve Stockmansaid Stockman spent none of the money for the nonprofit for which it was intended.

Richard Uihlein testified Wednesday in the former Texas Republican congressman’s federal corruption trial on Wednesday, that his donation was to go to renovate a Washington D.C. home for young conservatives, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Trump v. Biden? President and Former VP Lobby for a Fistfight
Burr and Hamilton used guns in 1804

President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted he would put former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., "down" in a fist fight they both appear to want. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Forget a debate, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. want to throw down with their fists.

Then-Vice President Aaron Burr and political rival Alexander Hamilton chose in 1804 to settle their deep differences in perhaps the most American way, with guns. But Biden and Trump want to face off in an even more old-school way, by throwing hands.

Crowded Fields Remain in California Ahead of June Primary
Candidates have also chosen how to define themselves on the ballot

Crowded primary fields remain in California, leading the DCCC to contemplate openly playing in primaries. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With the filing deadline behind them, congressional candidates in California are gearing up for contested primaries — and providing early indications of how they plan to define themselves on the ballot.

Democrats continue to have an issue with crowded fields in key pickup opportunities in the Golden State, and they’re still attempting to narrow some of the fields ahead of the June 5 primary.