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Farenthold: It’s ‘Repugnant’ Female Senators Holding Up Health Care Bill
Says if it was a guy from Texas, they would be settling it ’Aaron Burr-style’

Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold said it was “absolutely repugnant” that “some female senators from the Northeast” have been a roadblock to the GOP passing a health care bill.

“If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Fahrenthold told Texas radio station KEYS, The Associated Press reported.

Roy Moore Declares Himself Front-runner in Alabama Senate Race
Says Brooks and Strange are ‘fighting for second place’ in Alabama

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore taunted his opponents running for the Senate in Alabama last week, saying they were “fighting for second place.”

No public polls of the Senate primary have been released, but AL.com reports internal polls put Moore ahead of Rep. Mo Brooks and Sen. Luther Strange in a tight three-way race ahead of six other candidates running for the seat. 

Another March on Washington?
March fatigue and mixed results from Trump protests has critics getting skeptical of results

While activists planned Monday’s “Medicare for All” march on Washington to channel energy toward a policy goal, some are becoming skeptical of whether large marches in the capital accomplish much at all as they are becoming somewhat routine.

With the GOP’s effort to repeal the 2010 health care law stalled, many Democrats and those further to the left are rallying around single-payer health care as an alternative. But with Democratic leadership largely opposed to the idea, activists are looking for ways to show public support for it and pressure lawmakers.

Sean Spicer’s Highlight Reel
Ex-Trump press secretary spent much of his tenure with his foot in his mouth

Confusing, offensive, and downright strange incidents and statements often punctuated Sean Spicer’s six-month tenure as White House press secretary. 

That ended abruptly on Friday, when he announced his resignation.

Former Sen. Nelson: GOP ‘Just Can’t Quite Pull it Together’ on Health Care
Says it’s ‘day of reckoning’ for seven years worth of promises to repeal Obamacare

Former Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska said he’s not surprised Republicans were having so much trouble passing a health care bill, saying Thursday it was the “day of reckoning” for seven years worth of promises that they would repeal the 2010 law.

“I believe that you have to be very cautious on promises,” he told the Omaha World-Herald, “and very consistent on keeping your promises when you make them.”

Polls Show Fewer Americans Want Health Care Repeal
Growing number feels government should guarantee health care for all Americans

New polls show Americans are less favorable of the Republican effort to repeal and replacement the 2010 health care act, and more favorable of universal health care. 

In an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Tuesday, 62 percent of those polled said it’s the federal government’s responsibility to ensure health care coverage for all Americans, compared with 37 percent saying it isn’t. That’s up 10 percent from the AP/NORC poll in March. Other polls have shown similarly high levels of popularity for universal care.

New Poll Shows Lots of Bad News for Trump
Americans express dislike for GOP health bill, would rather have Obama or Clinton as president

A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey finds the bad news coming for President Donald Trump from several directions, with the only positive being his supporters holding steady behind him.   

As Trump advocates for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with replacement to come later, in the wake of the latest failure to pass a health bill in the Senate, Americans aren’t on board. Only 35 percent supported repealing the law and starting over, versus 58 percent in support of keeping what works and fixing what doesn’t.

Former Sen. Conrad Burns Laid to Rest
Three-term Montana senator passed away in April at age 81

Former Sen. Conrad Burns, who represented Montana in the Senate from 1989 to 2007, was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with military honors on Monday.

His links to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff helped cost him his Senate seat in 2006, when he lost to Democrat Jon Tester.

Capitol Police Officer Injured in Car Crash
Police carry out controlled demolition of suspicious vehicle’s trunk

By ANDREW BREINER and BRIDGET BOWMAN, CQ Roll Call

A Capitol Police officer sustained minor injuries Monday after a car crashed into a USCP vehicle near the Library of Congress. The driver of the car was also injured. A Capitol Police spokeswoman said there is currently no evidence that the incident was related to terrorism.

Wait — Now Caitlyn Jenner Is Running For Senate?
Transgender Republican says she's considering running in California

Caitlyn Jenner, Olympic gold medalist and one of the highest-profile transgender Americans, is mulling a run for the Senate in California, she told a New York radio interviewer.

Jenner has made a name as virtually the only prominent transgender Republican. She has opposed some Republican initiatives against transgender rights, like President Donald Trump's rescinding of the right of transgender students to access the correct bathrooms at schools. She called that change “a disaster,” “from one Republican to another.”

Protester’s Conviction for Laughing in Sessions Hearing Overturned
D.C. judge says prosecution made improper arguments in the trial

A Code Pink activist’s conviction for disrupting Congress by laughing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing was thrown out by a D.C. judge on Friday.

Desiree Fairooz was one of three Code Pink members arrested in January while protesting Sessions’ confirmation. She laughed after Sessions’ fellow Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said Sessions had a clear, well-documented, “extensive record of treating all Americans equally under the law.”

Transgender Activist, Vampire Novelist Running Against Rutherford
Monica DePaul calls conservative Republicans ‘cartoon supervillains’

Monica DePaul, a University of North Florida adjunct English professor, author of vampire novels, and transgender activist, hopes to unseat Republican Rep. John Rutherford to represent Florida’s 4th District. 

DePaul, who volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and was elected a pledged delegate for him last year. She advocated for the successful expansion of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to protect LGBT people.

Pence Wants Missouri AG to Challenge Sen. McCaskill
Josh Hawley won his first political office in 2016

Vice President Mike Pence is getting involved early in the Missouri Senate race, encouraging a run by a relative newcomer against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Pence called Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley over the weekend to encourage him to run for the Senate, a spokesman for Hawley confirmed Tuesday. Hawley was elected to the attorney general post in 2016, winning the primary and general election by double-digits. Previously he worked as a lawyer and associate professor at the University of Missouri Law School.

Read Donald Trump Jr.’s Emails About Russia Meeting
President’s son tweeted emails after New York Times obtained them

Faced with the prospect of the New York Times publishing emails showing Donald Trump Jr. agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to receive damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the president’s son attempted to pre-empt the story by publishing them himself.

In a June 3, 2016, email, a Russian business partner of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump emailed Donald Trump Jr. offering documents from a senior Russian government official that “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

Brooks in Senate Ad: Build the Wall or Face Shutdown
Alabama congressman running for Senate promises to read Bible on Senate floor ‘until the wall is funded’

Rep. Mo Brooks’ new TV ad is titled “Build the Wall,” and he uses it to cast himself as a Trump ally and opponent of “establishment Republicans” who stand in his way, a sentiment that could determine who wins the Alabama Senate special election.

In the ad, Brooks says he will “fight every spending bill that doesn’t fund that wall,” if elected to the Senate, and he promises to “read the King James Bible” on the Senate floor to filibuster any such legislation.

First Trump Inauguration Protester Sentenced to 4 Months in Prison
But protesters say Dane Powell acted heroically on January 20th.

Dane Powell will serve four months in prison and two months of probation for felony rioting and assaulting a police officer in the first sentencing of the nearly 200 people who were arrested in downtown Washington on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Protests on Inauguration Day resulted in a few broken windows and other incidents of vandalism, as well as one burned limo.

Americans Have Mixed Feelings on Trump and Russia, Poll Shows
While majority think Trump has done something wrong, most welcome warmer relations with Russia

A new poll shows that as President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Germany, Americans say their feelings on the matter are complicated.

A NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll of 1,205 Americans released Friday found a majority, 54 percent, felt that President Trump has done something illegal or unethical in his dealings with Russia and Putin, 36 percent said he's done nothing wrong, and 10 percent were unsure.

Chaffetz to Become Fox News Contributor
Congressman to start new job the day after he leaves office

Jason Chaffetz, who resigned his Utah congressional seat in the middle of his term because “the time has come for us to move on,” will become a Fox News contributor on July 1, the day after he leaves office.

Chaffetz said that he was looking for new jobs, “poking around to see what I might be worth,” as early as April. Fox News will pay him to give his opinion on politics on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. His first appearance on the conservative news network comes Wednesday, the day of the announcement, while he is still technically serving in Congress.

Strange Ad Shows Him All-in on Trump’s Immigration Agenda
Ad highlights senator’s efforts to defund ‘liberal sanctuary cities’

Sen. Luther Strange launched his third ad ahead of a special election for the seat he’s filling in which he’s all-in on President Donald Trump's border wall and travel ban, and opposes sanctuary cities and undocumented immigrants.

The ad opens with Trump saying “We're going to build a wall,” and leading a rally in a chant of “Build that wall!” contrasting Strange’s support of Trump with politicians who “aren’t supporting President Trump’s agenda.”

Warren: ‘The Next Step is Single-Payer’
Massachusetts senator says it’s time for Democrats to back national single-payer health care

Sen. Elizabeth Warrensaid Tuesday that opposing the Republican health care bill wasn’t enough, and the Democratic Party should start running on a new national single-payer plan.

“President Obama tried to move us forward with health-care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer.”