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Word on the Hill: Capitol Hill Could Save You Money
Ryan in New Hampshire, Williams at nonprofit, Murphy’s march continues

Save some money, move to Capitol Hill. Above, Tennessee’s David Kustoff arrives at the Capitol Hill Hotel for new member orientation on Nov. 14, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Here’s some good news for congressional staffers: Capitol Hill was ranked the fourth best place in D.C. to save money if you’re living off an annual salary of $50,000.

The financial planning app Rize released a list of the 14 best and worst places to live in D.C. on a $50,000 salary. Petworth, NoMa and Southwest Waterfront ranked first, second and third, respectively. Georgetown was ranked last.

HOH’s Summer Reading List
There’s something for everyone in these six books

Clockwise from top left, books by Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, the Library of Congress, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, reporter Joshua Green and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse make HOH’s summer reading list. (Courtesy Penguin Random House (Lee, Flake and Green), Hachette Book Group (Franken), Library of Congress, and Macmillan Publishers (Sasse))

Recess is one of the few times when Washingtonians can really settle into a good book.

Whether you’re taking time off or just have a quiet office this month, here is HOH’s list of new books for the D.C. congressional nerd to check out this summer.

Democratic Senators Rethink Bill Criminalizing Support for Israel Boycott
Israel Anti-Boycott Act could impose $1 million in penalties and 20 years in prison

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said he thinks the ACLU has misrepresented the original legislation, but he was willing to “make it clearer.” (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic senators are thinking twice about the proposed Israel Anti-Boycott Act after an outcry by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which considers it a “serious threat to free speech.”

While Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the bill’s lead author, said that the ACLU had misinterpreted the piece of legislation, he expressed his intention to “make it clearer.”

Protesters Rumble Through Senate Offices to Oppose Obamacare Repeal
Dozens arrested for refusing to disperse

Capitol Police lead arrested protesters out of the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, as health care demonstrations popped up at Republican Senators' offices. Protesters called on GOP lawmakers to support a single payer, Medicare for All system. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


The afternoon started quietly. Journalists and Capitol Police officers awaited the arrival of an expected 500 health care legislation protesters. The protesters must be running late, a staffer joked outside Sen. Pat Toomey’s office.

Boyle to Introduce Bill Banning ‘Cyber Security Unit’ with Russia
Bill comes as Trump trumpets then backs away from agreement with Putin

Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., offered plans to block President Donald Trump's plans for collaboration on cyber security with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Opinion: Trump’s White Flag Signals Trust Problem
President’s tweets on Obamacare should concern GOP lawmakers

President Donald Trump’s own party can’t trust him to back up those who have taken political risks for their shared agenda, Allen writes. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Seeing red, Donald Trump waved the white flag of surrender on Obamacare early Friday morning.

The Republican-led Congress isn’t dumb enough to follow his frustrated call for lawmakers to help him repeal the law without a replacement plan attached.

Trump: If Senate Fails, Repeal Obamacare Now, Replace Later
Conservative leaders applaud Trump’s change of course

President Donald Trump speaks as from left, Sens. Dean Heller, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Cory Gardner, and Deb Fischer listen during a meeting with Senate Republicans at the White House on Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump laid down a new marker in the health care overhaul debate on Friday morning, tweeting that if Republicans are unable to pass a bill they should move to immediately repeal Barack Obama’s 2010 law.

Republican senators left Washington on Thursday for an Independence Day recess that will stretch until July 10 without taking up a leadership-crafted overhaul bill due to lack of support. The measure needs 50 votes — plus Vice President Mike Pence casting the decisive 51st — to pass, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was shy of that mark.

Congressional Republicans Criticize Trump’s Comments About TV Anchor
President tweeted he turned down meeting as Mika Brzezinski was ‘bleeding badly from a face-lift’

Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins said President Donald Trump’s remarks about MSNBC host Mike Brzezinski were “not okay.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 5:59 p.m. | Republican members of Congress criticized President Donald Trump for his comments about TV host Mika Brzezinski on Thursday.

Trump tweeted early in the day that he turned down a meeting with Brzezinski and her “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough because she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”

Trump Goes After ‘Morning Joe’ Co-Hosts Brzezinski, Scarborough
President alleges he declined Mar-a-Lago meeting because Brzezinki was ‘bleeding badly from a face-lift’

President Donald Trump appears with “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski at a town hall in South Carolina in 2015. (MSNBC)

In another remarkable tweet, President Donald Trump launched a personal attack Thursday morning on the co-hosts of MSNBC’s morning talk show “Morning Joe.”

Trump has been harshly critical of the media since even before he took office, but he has mostly kept his complaints about the “fake news” to gripes about networks or newspapers. Rarely has he called out media figures by name.

Kochs to Challenge GOP Senators on Health Bill
Comments come at Koch network summit over the weekend

Sen.. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., was cagey at the Kock network summit when asked if he would support the GOP health care bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The leaders of Charles and David Koch’s network said they will challenge Republicans because of the proposed Republican replacement to the 2010 health care law.

Aides to the organization said they were “disappointed” the bill did not do enough to repeal the 2010 law, NBC reported.