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GOP Group Launches Health Care Ad Ahead of CBO Score
American Action Network spending additional $2 million to promote bill

California Rep. Jeff Denham is one of the 21 lawmakers whose districts are the targets of a new ad campaign by the American Action Network. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A conservative issue advocacy organization is spending an additional $2 million on a nationwide television ad campaign to promote the Republicans’ health care plan ahead of the release of the Congressional Budget Office score, which is expected Wednesday. 

The American Action Network, which has close ties to House GOP leadership, is debuting the campaign on Tuesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The ad will also air in 21 congressional districts.

Senators Warn FCC, Trump Administration About Freedom of the Press
Comes after CQ Roll Call reporter was pinned against a wall while covering the commission

Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley says it is customary for reporters to question public officials after meetings, as he is seen doing here. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senators, including Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, are warning the Federal Communications Commission about its treatment of reporters after a CQ Roll Call reporter was manhandled Thursday.

“The Federal Communications Commission needs to take a hard look at why this happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. As The Washington Post pointed out, it’s standard operating procedure for reporters to ask questions of public officials after meetings and news conferences,” the Iowa Republican said. “It happens all day, every day. There’s no good reason to put hands on a reporter who’s doing his or her job.”  

GOP Super PAC Airs Closing Ad in Montana Special Election
Congressional Leadership Fund has invested $2.5 million in race

Democrat Rob Quist, right, is vying with Republican Greg Gianforte in the race for Montana’s at-large House seat. (Courtesy Greg for Montana, Rob Quist for Montana)

The biggest Republican outside spender in Montana’s upcoming special election is using its final television ad to underscore the narrative it has tried to paint of Democrat Rob Quist.

The TV spot, launching Friday, is part of the Congressional Leadership Fund’s $2.5 million investment in the May 25 special election for the at-large House seat, in which Quist faces Republican Greg Gianforte. The fund, backed by House GOP leadership, has released four other ads attacking the Democrat, most of which have gone after his personal financial troubles. 

Actual Witch Hunt Trumped What Trump Has Faced, Salem Rep Says
Moulton counter-tweet: ‘This is false’

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., hit President Donald Trump for calling the probe into his campaign’s ties with Russia “the single greatest witch hunt in political history.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton used a bit of literal gallows humor to push back against a tweet by President Donald Trump asserting that a probe into ties between his campaign and Russia was “the single greatest witch hunt in political history.”

Moulton represents Salem, the home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, which were popularized in the Arthur Miller play, “The Crucible.”

FCC Eyes Repeal of Net Neutrality, Dividing Internet Industry
Proposed changes have drawn more than 1.6 million public comments

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says net neutrality has adversely affected broadband investment after it took effect two years ago. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ahead of a Federal Communications Commission vote Thursday to begin the process of rolling back Obama-era net neutrality regulations that treat internet traffic equally, battle lines are being drawn between internet service providers and giants like Google and Amazon.

The agency is expected to also decide Thursday on returning online privacy oversight to the Federal Trade Commission, whose rules are less onerous than the FCC’s that require internet service providers to obtain permission in advance before selling customers’ personal data to advertisers.

Jon Ossoff Launches Planned Parenthood Attack on Karen Handel
New ad targets Handel’s tenure at Susan G. Komen Foundation

A new attack ad from Jon Ossoff attacks Karen Handel for cutting Susan G. Komen’s financial ties with Planned Parenthood.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff is going after Karen Handel’s opposition to Planned Parenthood in a new TV ad launching Tuesday, as he tries to paint a contrast between him and his Republican opponent in the upcoming the 6th District special election runoff.

The ad features Mindy Fine, who identifies herself as an OB-GYN in Cobb County.

A Historian-Senator’s Fight Against ‘Perpetual Adolescence’
Ben Sasse says his new book is about parenting, not politics

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse’s new book is more about parenting than politics. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Can a senator write a book that is really not about politics? Ben Sasse has certainly tried. 

“The Vanishing American Adult,” which hits bookshelves Tuesday, is at its core about strategies for parenting and the effort to combat what the Nebraska Republican views as the problem of “perpetual adolescence.”

Trump Threatens Fired FBI Director Comey With ‘Tapes’
President signals he might have recordings of their private conversations

President Donald Trump listens to a queston during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last month. On Friday morning, he threatened to release possible "tapes" of conversations with the FBI director he fired, James Comey. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Updated at 12:34 p.m. President Donald Trump threatened former FBI Director James Comey on Friday, suggesting he might have recorded their private conversations and is prepared to release them if Comey talks to the media.

In an extraordinary tweet, even by Trump’s standards, the president wrote: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

Looming Questions, Few Answers, About Who Will Replace Comey
Ouster of FBI director prompts flurry of speculation about replacement

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has denied speculation that he is in the running to replace ousted FBI Director James B. Comey. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The ouster of FBI Director James B. Comey prompted a flurry of speculation Wednesday about who could be named as his replacement.

Projections for potential candidates included Trump confidantes, Capitol Hill insiders and career investigators. But there were no clear answers about who might fill the post.

King Suggests Senate Hire Comey to Lead Russia Probe
‘This issue is just going to dog them for years,’ Maine independent senator says

Maine independent Sen. Angus King said Wednesday morning that he had a new job in mind for fired FBI Director James Comey: Leading an independent investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any possible collusion with people connected to the Trump administration.