Rod Blum District Office Vandalized; Suspect In Custody
Man allegedly threw a gallon of white paint at the Iowa Republican’s office

Rep. Rod Blum’s district office was vandalized Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Rod Blum’s district office was vandalized in Dubuque, Iowa, on Wednesday. 

Cory W. Straub, 32, no permanent address, was arrested on a charge of third-degree criminal mischief, according to police.

A Fence by any Other Name is ... a Wall?
White House sees a 'wall' where spending bill calls for 'fencing'

According to the White House, this could be a wall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House on Wednesday contended the omnibus spending bill making its way through Congress allows the administration to erect a “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border. There’s only one problem: The bill uses the word “fencing,” which isn’t exactly what President Donald Trump promised repeatedly on the campaign trail.

The president time and again as a candidate used language like “big, beautiful wall” to described the border barrier he would erect as commander in chief. He promised it would keep illegal immigrants, drugs and crime outside of the United States via thousands of miles of reinforced steel and thick concrete.

Ep. 43: The Problems Facing Trump's Big Government Agenda
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Sen. Tester’s Nephew Murdered
Bob Tester reportedly grew marijuana for dispensaries; bags of pot found near body

Montana Sen. Jon Tester confirmed Wednesday that it was his nephew who had been murdered. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Montana Sen. Jon Tester’s nephew was apparently murdered with an ax at his house Tuesday while his 8-year-old daughter was also at home, according to local media reports.

The body of Bob Tester, 35, was found in his blood-spattered Spokane, Washington, home on Tuesday, The Spokesman-Review reported. Bags of marijuana were found near the body, according to court documents. Tester reportedly grew marijuana and sold it to dispensaries.

Trump Speech Excerpts
'America is less safe,' Republican nominee expected to say in prime-time address

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak to delegates at the convention on Thursday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Excerpts from Donald Trump's speech Republican National Convention:  

Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States. …  

U.S. Crime on the Decline, in 2 Charts
Crime rates have gone down since 1991

Source: FBI

While crime has decreased from its height in the 1980s and 90s, incarceration rates peaked in the mid-2000s.  

DNC Staffer Killed in D.C.
Seth Rich, voter expansion data director, gunned down in own neighborhood

Seth Rich worked for former Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson's campaign and interned in his office. (Courtesy Facebook)

Seth Conrad Rich, a 27-year-old who worked for the Democratic National Committee, died of multiple gunshot wounds in the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW.  

According to police reports, officers from the Fifth District patrolling the Bloomingdale neighborhood heard gunshots at around 4:20 a.m. Sunday and shortly thereafter encountered a “conscious and breathing” Rich.  

Florida Senators: Orlando Shooting Appears to Be Terror Attack
50 people killed in gay nightclub, deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history

Police officers are gathered outside the Pulse nightclub as they investigate the mass shooting there early Sunday morning. Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Florida's two U.S. senators say the nightclub shooting in Orlando that appears to be the nation's worst in history, appeared to be related to radical Islamic terrorism.  

“Right now there’s a lot of indications that this has some link to radical Islam,” Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN on Sunday. “I think we have to continue to explain to people, this is the new face of the war on terror. … And it’s a reminder that the war on terror has evolved into something that we never had to confront before.”

Ted Poe Passes Judgment on Stanford Rape Case
Former prosecutor wants judge removed, longer sentence for assailant

Texas Rep. Ted Poe said the penalty for rape "should be longer than a semester in college." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Ted Poe Thursday called for the removal of the California judge involved in the case of a Stanford student convicted of rape, arguing that there’s been a miscarriage.  

The judge, Aaron Persky, last week sentenced 20-year-old Brock Turner to serve six months in jail and three months of probation for sexually assaulting an unidentified woman last January.  

Supreme Court to Hear Two Death Penalty Cases Next Term
Cases concern intellectual disability standards and use of race in sentencing

The Supreme Court announced it will hear two death penalty cases in its next term. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Supreme Court will revisit the death penalty next term in two cases from Texas, agreeing Monday to hear appeals that raise issues about the use of race in sentencing, and the intellectual disability of death row defendants.

The cases do not speak to the constitutionality of the death penalty overall, but only to portions of it. However, the cases could give the justices another chance to air concerns generally about the death penalty.