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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.

Schiff on Chelsea Handler: Pence is a ‘Universe of One’ on Comey
Handler asks Schiff what’s wrong with Trump

Chelsea Handler talks politics with Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

House Select Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff said Vice President Mike Pence’s justification for President Donald Trump firing former FBI director James Comey was “the most difficult to swallow.”

“[He] suggested that this was done with the interest of the safety of the American people in mind,” the California Democrat said on comedian Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show, which airs Friday.

Antonio Sabato Jr. to Run for House Against Brownley
Former soap opera star’s rep cites ‘proximity to the White House’

Antonio Sabato Jr. delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention in July in Cleveland, Ohio. He said he was blacklisted in Hollywood for his political views.  (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images file photo)

Actor and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump Antonio Sabato Jr. announced Monday he will challenge California Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley.

Sabato spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention and has previously said that former President Barack Obama was a Muslim, very similar to the president’s earlier assertions about Obama’s birth certificate.

Cassidy Talks ‘Kimmel Test’ With Kimmel
Tells Americans to call their senator on AHCA

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said he wants an American plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy cited comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue about his son’s health condition as a standard to set in order to pass a health care bill, the senator made an appearance on Kimmel's show Monday.

He videochatted into the show to talk about the House passed bill, now in the hands of the Senate, and explained his stance on it.

Waters Makes Surprise Appearance at MTV Awards
Presents award to ‘Hidden Figures’ for Best Fight Against the System movie

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and actor Tracee Ellis Ross speak during the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

California Rep. Maxine Waters called on artists to be socially active in a surprise appearance at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Sunday.

“Artists, actors, singers and citizens have a unique opportunity — the ability to speak out and inspire change,” she said.

Word on the Hill: JFK Centennial Exhibit Debuts
Staffer events and shuffles

Caroline Kennedy will attend a gala honoring her father Tuesday evening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With the 100th birth anniversary of the late President John F. Kennedy coming up on May 29, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is releasing a new exhibit, American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times.

The exhibit runs from Wednesday through Sept. 17, and the museum is kicking it off with a gala today. Expected attendees include: Caroline Kennedy, the late president’s daughter and former U.S. ambassador to Japan, Mavis Staples, who sang with The Staple Singers at JFK’s 1961 inauguration, and singer Aaron Neville.