President's Pledge of Federal Help for Dallas is No Guarantee
Florida was denied $5M by FEMA after Orlando nightclub attack

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where five Dallas police officers were killed on Thursday in Dallas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama ’s pledge Friday to send “whatever” federal help Dallas officials might need after an attack that left five police officers dead could send a wave of agents and experts to Texas, but it doesn’t guarantee that local officials will get everything they ask for.  

Obama, speaking from Poland where he is attending a NATO summit , said he spoke with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to “convey the deepest condolences of the American people.” The president said he also conveyed that “the federal government will provide whatever assistance Dallas may need as it deals with this tremendous tragedy.”  

So What’s Going On In Congress With Gun Control?

Twerking Outside the Capitol for Orlando

To honor the Pulse nightclub shooting victims, activists gathered outside the Capitol to create a nightclub of their own.

Twerking Outside the Capitol for Orlando
Werk for Peace activists danced to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"

To honor the Orlando nightclub shooting victims, LGBT activists created a nightclub of their own outside the Capitol on Thursday.  

The newly formed group, Werk For Peace, organized the flash mob-style group dance for its first event.  

Gun Control Meets Congressional Dysfunction
Swing-district Republicans hold the key to any legislative breakthrough

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo will need to convince more of his fellow Republican House colleagues to support his gun control proposal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

This is the week when the American people decide if the extraordinary House sit-in is remembered as the sound of gridlock breaking, or the latest evidence of gridlock calcifying.  

Energized advocates for gun control predict it will prove to be the former. Experience says it will be the latter.  

House Democrats Stage Chamber Floor Sit-In For Gun Vote
Pelosi says protest could last 'All day. We'll be here as long as it takes. Everyday.'

Georgia Rep. John Lewis, left, and Vermont Sen. Patrick J. Leahy talk in the Capitol's Statuary Hall Wednesday before heading to the Democrats' sit-in on the House floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As many as 80 House Democrats staged a sit-in on the chamber floor Wednesday, demanding Republican leaders allow votes on legislation to combat gun violence before heading home for district work.  

The Democrats' move triggered Republicans to call the chamber into recess, but the protest continued into the late afternoon.  

Rand Paul Says His Gun Proposal Might Have Stopped Orlando
Republican notes that shooter was not on terror watch list

Sen. Rand Paul inspected an AR-15 rifle at Crossroads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul thinks the current debate over blocking terror suspects from buying guns is missing the mark, since the man behind the mass shooting in Orlando wasn't even on the federal watch list.  

"I do think that there's one answer here that if we put it up, everybody could vote for it. That's the idea that if you have been investigated by the FBI, that your file remains open for five years," the Kentucky Republican said in an interview. "And that you would remain on the terror watch list."  

After Gun Votes, White House Says Republicans 'Scared' of NRA
Top Obama spokesman: 'Cowardice' led to defeat of Senate measures

Hours after Senate Republicans defeated four gun measures, the White House hit back hard by accusing them of “cowardice” and being “scared” of the National Rifle Association.  

The four measures, two Republican-crafted and two Democrat-written, would have tied gun purchases to various federal terrorism watchlists , increased funding, and closed the so-called “guns show loophole.” None received the requisite 60 votes needed to end debate.  

LGBT Members of Congress: Gay Clubs Are Safe Havens
"Nightlife in the LGBT community is not just about having a good time," Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., and his husband, Randy, Florke, right, pose with their daughters Daley, 15, left, and Essie, 13. (Photo By Tom Williams)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney met his husband at a New York club known for its gay dance nights.   

It was the early 1990s. The New York Democrat was still in the closet at the time. The club was a place where he could be himself.  

With New Clout, Murphy Vows to Take Gun Control Push to the Polls
After filibuster, Democrat wants gun issues debated in 2016 campaigns

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy arrives for a news conference on gun control measures in the Capitol on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy stepped off the Senate floor early Thursday morning after talking about gun violence for almost 15 hours. But he's not finished.  

The Connecticut Democrat said he wants to build an "outside political movement" to work for legislation that will keep weapons from falling into the wrong hands. And he pledged to use any increased fundraising and organizing clout he may have gained from this week's filibuster to help elect candidates who think like him.