Debbie Stabenow

Word on the Hill: Party Time
Burgers in Cannon today

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with her husband, Paul, center, and Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey at an Atlantic/CBS News pre-party before the 2016 White House Corespondents’ Association Dinner. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is a day away. But Friday is a big night for parties to start the weekend off.

RealClearPolitics, the Distilled Spirits Council, the National Restaurant Association and the Beer Institute are joining for the first annual Toast to the First Amendment. It is from 7 to 10 p.m. at the National Restaurant Association, 2055 L St. NW.

Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock Walk Into the White House...
Two out of the three might run for Senate in Michigan

Kid Rock, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Ted Nugent met with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday and found a convenient place to have a photo taken. (sarahpalin.com)

President Donald Trump invited former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to dine at the White House and she brought Ted Nugent and Kid Rock along.

The one-time running mate to Sen. John McCain, whose military service Trump insulted in 2015, met with the president and took photos in the Oval Office.

Democrats Want Trump to Back up Message on China
As Trump-Xi summit set to begin, Senate Democrats lay down markers

The flags of the United States and China in Washington in 2014. The flags will be on display at President Trump’s Florida golf resort Thursday and Friday as he hosts his Chinese counterpart. (Wikiemedia Commons)

President Donald Trump faces his first true foreign policy challenge when he hosts his Chinese counterpart during a two-day summit, testing whether he can back up his tough talk about Xi Jinping and the Asian power.

Senior Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., are pressing Trump to let Xi know he intends to live up to his bold campaign promises. The Senate Democratic leader on Wednesday pointedly said Trump merely “talks a good game” -- so far — on all matters China.

Photos of the Week: Health Care, Health Care and More Health Care
The week of March 6 on Capitol Hill as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., held a presser Thursday on the GOP plan to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, complete with a PowerPoint. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans started the week by rolling out their option to repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law on Monday evening. From there, several news conferences held by GOP leaders — and one headlined by Speaker Paul D. Ryan with series of charts — began the sale of the bill to House members. Some conservatives, however, are on not on board with the plan despite it passing two committees. 

Cabinet-Level Nominees Play the Waiting Game
Politics, paperwork and holdings slowing things down

Four Cabinet-level nominees remain to be confirmed. Clockwise from top left, Dan Coats for director of national intelligence, Alexander Acosta for secretary of Labor, Robert Lighthizer for U.S. trade representative and Sonny Perdue for secretary of Agriculture. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call, Alan Diaz/AP, Chambersandpartners.com, Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Farm groups thought they’d have a new Agriculture secretary by now after a long wait to find out who would be the nominee. But they’re growing anxious again over the delayed confirmation of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. 

President Donald Trump has accused Democrats of keeping him from filling his Cabinet, but Perdue’s nomination appears to be on hold because the Senate Agriculture Committee has yet to receive his paperwork.

Capitol Hill Establishment Has Seen the Changing Tides of Politics
Founded in 1960, The Monocle Restaurant holds bipartisan appeal

The Monocle, located on D Street Northeast, is an institution on the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If the walls of the yellow building that sits between the Hart and Dirksen Senate office buildings and Union Station could talk, they would have a lot to say. 

The Monocle Restaurant, owned by John Valanos, was founded in 1960 with the reputation as Capitol Hill’s “first tablecloth restaurant” and is claimed to have brought “dining out,” (instead of just eating out) to the Hill.

Kid Rock Eyed as Potential Senate Candidate
The rocker's name was reportedly dropped at a Michigan Republican party convention

Kid Rock appears with then-vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan at the Oakland University Athletic Center in his home state of Michigan a few weeks before Election Day 2012. (Scott Legato/Getty Images file photo)

A surprising name has been thrown out as a potential Republican contender for Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow’s Senate seat next year: Kid Rock.

The rocker’s name came up as a possible candidate at a Michigan Republican Party convention last weekend. There have been no official decisions announced as of yet.

The Incredible Shrinking Split Tickets
Midterm campaign field starts with just 35 crossover House districts

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is the only Republican up for re-election in 2018 in a state not carried by Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For the latest evidence of the nation’s polarized politics, the granular returns from November offer these slivers of bright purple insight:

Voters in just 35 congressional districts, or 8 percent of the total, elected a House member from one party while preferring the presidential candidate of the other party — the second election in a row where the share of ticket-splitting seats was in the single digits. Before that, 1920 was the last time the number of such crossover districts fell below one out of every nine.

Schumer Remakes the Ohio Clock Show
Minority leader brings out Sanders and Stabenow to bash Trump on trade

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders added some flair to Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer’s press conference on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is, predictably, louder and more animated than his predecessor as Democratic leader, Nevada’s Harry Reid. When Democrats addressed the media in the Capitol’s Ohio Clock Corridor after weekly policy lunches, reporters often needed to huddle as close to the lectern as possible just to hear Reid over background noise. There is no such problem with Schumer. 

And this week, the first full one of the Trump White House, a fired-up  Schumer emerged from Tuesday’s Democratic caucus lunch with reinforcements in the form of two lieutenants with particular interest in the New York’s message of the day on trade policy.

Perry, Mnuchin Round Out Senate Hearings Before Inauguration
Democrats will try to keep the focus on health care

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of Energy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump’s nominees to run the Energy and Treasury departments are the last to face Senate committees before the incoming president is sworn in on Friday. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is acknowledging the Senate may only confirm a few nominees right away. 

The Senate is on track to confirm just three of Trump’s Cabinet nominees on Jan. 20, McConnell told USA Today on Wednesday. He blamed Democrats for slowing down the process, though Democrats say they need more time to properly vet Trump’s nominees.