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Word on the Hill: White House Easter Egg Roll
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Young attendees roll Easter eggs on the South Lawn of the White House last year. The first White House Easter Egg Roll was held in 1878 under President Rutherford B. Hayes. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll is happening today on the South Lawn.

Festivities take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and both President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are expected to take part.

With Enthusiasm High, Democrats School Potential Candidates on Realities of Running
The party is seeing unprecedented early interest in running for Congress

Amid the high interest, many first-time candidates may not be aware of what it takes to run for Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

All around the country, Democrats interested in running for office are crawling out of the woodwork. But how many of these potential candidates will turn into serious congressional candidates? 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already talked to 275 people in 68 districts wanting to run — 20 people in one Illinois district alone.

Yesterday’s US Attorneys May Be Tomorrow’s Congressional Candidates
Abrupt ouster by Trump administration provides incentive

Dana Boente could be a plausible challenger to Republican Scott Taylor in Virginia’s 2nd District. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump’s abrupt ouster of almost half the country’s U.S. attorneys has done more than create yet another tempest for his nascent administration. It’s also created a new and potentially potent Democratic political class.

Campaign consultants in both parties have long identified prosecutors — especially those confirmed by the Senate to act as the chief federal law enforcement officers in the nation’s 93 judicial districts — as top-flight congressional recruiting opportunities. But, for reasons that aren’t all that obvious, the Republicans have propelled many more crime busters onto Capitol Hill than the Democrats in recent years.

K Street Money Fuels House Challengers to Victory
Primary hopefuls woo lobbyists, some listen

K Street is written above the entrance to an office building in downtown Washington, DC. K Street is the center of the political lobbyist industry in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Tim Huelskamp alienated business lobbyists during his three House terms as he pushed for government shutdowns and an end to the Export-Import Bank. Lobbyists responded by backing the Kansas Republican’s primary opponent.

Huelskamp lost that contest in Kansas' 1st District last month to Roger Marshall, an OB-GYN, who appears to be a shoo-in for the safe GOP seat.

Supreme Court to Hear N.C. Gerrymandering Case
Challenges affect districts held by Butterfield, Adams

North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield's district is one of two where the Supreme Court will look at how the boundaries were drawn. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal from the state of North Carolina next term over racial gerrymandering challenges to the 1st and 12th congressional districts in North Carolina.

The state had appealed a lower court ruling that found those two districts were illegally packed with black voters, thereby diluting their influence in the rest of the state.

Forbes Bounced in Virginia GOP Primary
Congressman loses in an upset to state delegate, Scott Taylor

Virginia Rep. J. Randy Forbes was criticized by his GOP primary rival for carpetbagging into the state's 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In an upset, J. Randy Forbes became the second Republican incumbent in a week to lose a primary Tuesday night.

The Virginia Republican lost the nomination in Virginia’s 2nd District to state Del. Scott Taylor of Virginia Beach.  

Will Republicans Have Fewer Women in the House Next Year?
Renee Ellmers is third GOP female member not returning in 2017

Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner, left, has been a a leader in recruiting Republican women to run for the House where North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, second from right, is one of at least three Republican women not returning to the House next year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The defeat of North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers  Tuesday night means that at least three of the 22 Republican women in the House will not be returning next year.   

All three women are outspoken and prominent members of a party that is trying to increase its appeal among women voters nationally.   

Incumbents Switch Districts to Win Primaries
Virginia's Randy Forbes is running in neighboring district in Tuesday primary

J. Randy Forbes represents and lives in the 4th District but is running to represent the 2nd. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Republicans go to the polls to pick a new nominee in the 2nd District on Tuesday.  

One of the candidates isn't new to Congress. He's represented a neighboring district for eight terms. And that's where he still lives.  

Congressional Roundup: Ellmers Becomes First GOP Incumbent to Lose
Trump endorsement couldn't save heavily targeted congresswoman

Rep. Renee Ellmers is the first Republican incumbent of the year to lose. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, the first Republican member of Congress endorsed by Donald Trump, lost her primary Tuesday to fellow GOP Rep. George Holding.

Ellmers is now the first GOP member of the year to lose. She faced not only a redistricting challenge but also an onslaught of opposition from outside groups.

Club for Growth Candidate Wins Crowded North Carolina Primary
Ted Budd won with less than 40 percent of the vote

Ted Budd, left, was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC in North Carolina's 13th District. (Courtesy Ted Budd for Congress Facebook page)

Businessman Ted Budd defeated a field of 16 other Republicans Tuesday night to become the likeliest new member of Congress from North Carolina.   

Most of the candidates in the new 13th District were little known. But the Club for Growth PAC endorsed the firing range owner, airing two ads on his behalf.