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Conyers Repeats Push to End Racial Profiling
Comes on the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riots, release of new film about them

:Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is using the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riot to call for an end to racial profiling. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. John Conyers used the release of the new movie “Detroit” and the 50th anniversary of the riots in Detroit to renew his call to end racial profiling.

During an event with Kathryn Bigelow, the film’s director, on Thursday, Conyers, D-Mich., and others hosted a screening for members to discuss issues around racial profiling, the Detroit News reported. 

Word on the Hill: This Isn’t ‘House of Cards’
Girls Nation, tennis and whisleblowers

Actor Paul Sparks spoke about being diagnosed with diabetes at 28-years-old at a Senate Aging Committee hearing Wednesday. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

The author writing a book about Frank and Claire Underwood in Netflix’s “House of Cards” was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday — well, the actor who plays him was.

Paul Sparks, who plays Tom Yates on the show and also stars on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” testified before the Senate Aging Committee on diabetes research.

The True and Bonkers Story About When Kid Rock Met Mitt Romney
Former deputy campaign manager disputes accounts of policy discussion

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets musician Kid Rock during a campaign rally in Michigan in 2012. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

As Detroit singer and rapper Kid Rock continues to tease a run for the Senate, a former Mitt Romney campaign aide told the story about how the man known as the American Bad Ass met with the man who could have been the first Mormon President.

Katie Packer Beeson served as Romney's deputy campaign manager in 2012 and is a native of Michigan, where Romney grew up and Kid Rock calls home.

Warren on Kid Rock: ‘We All Thought Trump Was Joking’
Massachusetts Democrat warns that Senate bid might not be a publicity stunt

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is telling Democrats to take singer Kid Rock's potential Senate bid seriously. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is warning Democrats to take singer Kid Rock's potential Senate bid seriously.

The Massachusetts Democrat sent an email blast with the headline “Senator Kid Rock (R-MI)” the Boston Herald reported.

Chris Van Hollen Had His Own Fake Time Magazine Cover
Trump isn’t the only politician to embellish a cover story

Maryland’s Chris Van Hollen distributed a campaign brochure featuring an imitation Time magazine cover during his successful run for Congress in 2002. (Courtesy Nathan L. Gonzales)

Some Democrats have enjoyed mocking President Donald Trump after the revelation that a framed copy of a Time magazine cover that hangs in some of his golf clubs was a fabrication. But not everyone on the Democratic side of the aisle is innocent of faking Time magazine covers.

In 2002, Maryland state Sen. Chris Van Hollen was locked in a competitive Democratic primary in the 8th District in suburban Washington, D.C. The Democratic nomination was critical because Maryland Democrats redrew the district to endanger moderate Republican incumbent Constance A. Morella.

Scalise Gets Boost From Bono on Stage
‘So glad that Congressman Scalise and his comrades made it through,’ U2 frontman says

Larry Mullen Jr. (L) and Bono of U2 perform on The Joshua Tree Tour at Heinz Field on June 7, 2017 in Pittsburgh earlier this month. (Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

U2 frontman Bono sent well-wishes to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Tuesday during the band's concert in the Washington area.

Scalise was shot during practice for the Congressional Baseball Game last week in Alexandria and has been hospitalized since then. 

Zoe Barnes Returns to Talk Animal Policy
Kate Mara joins Reps. Blumenauer and McSally for USDA transparency

From left to right: Rep. Martha McSally, actress Kate Mara, Rep. Earl Blumenauer. Behind Mara is Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

So the president didn’t kill Zoe Barnes and she’s now advocating for animal welfare?

Sorry, wrong alternate universe.

Four (Almost) Famous Congressional Candidates
C-list actor, son of a former NBA all-star, brother of a comedian hit the campaign trail

Actor and model Antonio Sabato Jr. is challenging Rep. Julia Brownley in California’s 26th District. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images file photo)

The political media went into a frenzy last cycle when “Little House on the Prairie” actress and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Melissa Gilbert decided to run for Congress in Michigan. Even though the Democrat eventually dropped out before she matched up against Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in the general election, it was clear that the media is hungry for any intersection of celebrity and politics.

This cycle, the early going has been meager on the celebrity front, but a handful of contenders have famous connections.

Trump Blasts Kathy Griffin for Beheading Images
President says comedian should “be ashamed of herself”

President Donald Trump says comedian Kathy Griffin’s recent photo shoot upset his children. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump blasted comedian and actress Kathy Griffin for participating in a photo shoot where she appeared with a bloodied prop of his severed head.

Carole King Appears in the Capitol For Land Protection
Singer supporting Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s bill

Singer-songwriter Carole King , center, sang a ditty in 2007 that she composed in support of a bill sponsored by then- Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., left, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.,  aimed at protecting the Rocky Mountains. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

By ALEX GANGITANO and TOM CURRY

Songwriter and singer Carole King was in the Capitol Thursday lobbying on behalf of a bill sponsored by New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney that would designate certain public lands in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as wilderness.