Chris Cioffi

Rep. Tom Reed collapses in Cannon ahead of TV spot
An aide to the New York Republican said he is ‘fine’

Rep. Tom Reed collapsed in the Cannon House Office Building Thursday.

The New York Republican, first elected in 2009, was waiting for a television interview when he fell. 

Hickenlooper impact: Colorado Democrat drops out after raising $3.4 million for Senate
Former governor still faces challengers in bid to take on vulnerable GOP Sen. Cory Gardner

The Colorado Democrat who raised the most money in the battle to take on Republican Sen. Cory Gardner bowed out Tuesday, less than two weeks after former Gov. John Hickenlooper entered the primary.

Mike Johnston, a former state senator, said winning the primary would have been “an expensive and negative campaign” that went against his values.

The GOP is confirming Trump judicial nominees it stalled under Obama
Judges couldn’t get a vote when Obama was president. They’re getting on the bench under Trump

At least 10 judicial nominees who couldn’t even get a confirmation vote in the final years of President Barack Obama’s administration ended up on the bench after Donald Trump’s election.  

Those nominees, blocked by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans while Obama was in the White House, got a second chance. Rather than blocking them under Trump, McConnell sought to speed up the confirmation process. Thanks to the shift in political priorities, Republicans confirmed them with bipartisan support.

Matt Gaetz says Florida Bar finds ‘no probable cause’ he violated rules with Cohen tweet
Florida Republican had appeared to intimidate ex-Trump lawyer with February tweet

Rep. Matt Gaetz announced Wednesday that the Florida Bar had found “no probable cause” that he violated the rules of his profession over a tweet that appeared to intimidate President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

“They are taking no disciplinary action against me & are sending a letter of advice,” the Florida Republican tweeted. Gaetz is licensed to practice law in the Sunshine State.

Access DNI’d: Trump tweets that Ratcliffe will not be director of national intelligence
Dan Coats is leaving the post on Aug. 15

In a pair of tweets Friday, President Donald Trump said Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe had withdrawn his name from consideration for director of national intelligence after facing questions about his qualifications. 

Trump said over the weekend that the current director, Dan Coats, would be leaving on Aug. 15 and that he’d picked Ratcliffe, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, to replace him. Ratcliffe has less experience than Coats, a former Indiana Republican senator, or previous national intelligence directors, and his confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate was in question.

D.C. statehood hearing rescheduled for September
Hearing on bill introduced by Holmes Norton had been postponed to accommodate Mueller testimony

A hearing on a bill to make the District of Columbia the 51st state has been rescheduled for September. 

A bill introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton had been scheduled for July but was postponed to accommodate testimony from former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.  The hearing on Norton’s statehood bill — aptly named H.R. 51 — will be held by the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Sept. 19 at 10 a.m.

Trump: US shoots down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz
‘The drone was immediately destroyed,’ the president said

President Trump said U.S. forces shot down an Iranian drone that was operating too close to an American vessel.

Trump said the drone was shot down in the Strait of Hormuz, an important shipping lane that provides the only access to open ocean from the Persian Gulf. He called on other countries to condemn Iran and protect their own ships.

Del. Holmes Norton ‘sees good news’ in a poll finding a majority reject D.C. statehood
Gallup found 64 percent of Americans oppose making Washington, D.C., a separate state.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton “sees good news” in a new Gallup poll that found a majority of Americans reject D.C. statehood.

The Gallup poll, conducted in June and released Monday, found 64 percent of Americans oppose making Washington a separate state. It was released to coincide with a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Holmes Norton’s statehood bill, which has been postponed to accommodate testimony from Robert S. Mueller III.  

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sued over Twitter blocking after judge rules against Trump
Plaintiffs are former New York assemblyman and a House candidate using the handle @joeysalads

Days after a federal court said President Donald Trump could not block his critics from commenting on his tweets, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being sued by two people she blocked on Twitter.

Ocasio-Cortez, who tweets from the handle @AOC, was sued by Democratic former New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind and YouTube personality and New York District 11 Republican candidate Joey “Salads” Saladino. A summons was filed in Friday in Hikind’s lawsuit.

Flyovers, military bands … and tanks? Here’s what we know about the July Fourth celebrations in D.C.
Trump’s presence will be felt this year, but some details on what will happen remain murky

President Donald Trump’s presence will be felt at this year’s July Fourth celebrations in Washington, D.C., but some of the details on exactly what will happen and how he will participate remain murky.

Trump plans to make a speech from the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday evening — the first time a president has spoken during the festivities since 1951 — before the Capitol Fourth concert on the West Lawn and fireworks show. There will also be a flyover by the Blue Angels and Air Force One, and did someone say tanks?

Lawmakers and a lawsuit bring new life to giving D.C. a vote in Congress
The bill would make D.C. the 51st state, and it calls for the election of two senators and one House representative

Lawmakers and a lawsuit with high-profile support are bringing renewed attention to something long sought by Washington, D.C., residents — a vote for the District in Congress. 

A lawsuit filed in federal district court in Washington last year offering a new legal theory for why voting rights should be granted has earned recent support from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the League of Women Voters. 

Sen. King calls out drugmakers suing to keep drug list prices out of TV ads
Drug pricing transparency is one area where Trump administration is imposing new regulations

Sen. Angus King called out drugmakers suing to prevent a Trump administration rule requiring them to include list prices in their TV ads.

Drug manufacturers Amgen, Merck and Eli Lilly teamed up with the Association of National Advertisers to challenge the rule making drugmakers put list prices in ads. The suit was filed Friday in federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Sponsor drops baseball team over video calling AOC ‘enemy of freedom’
Raisin company Sun-Maid cuts ties with the Fresno Grizzlies after an unvetted Memorial Day video sparks controversy

Raisin company Sun-Maid cut ties with a minor league baseball team after it played a video at its Memorial Day game drawing comparisons between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and controversial figures including despots Fidel Castro and Kim Jong Un.

The company has been a part of the San Joaquin Valley for many years, where the Fresno Grizzlies play, but on Wednesday Sun-Maid issued a statement saying it was “disappointed” and terminating sponsorship of the team, the Fresno Bee reported.

These 8 Republicans voted for the Equality Act
3 House Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination did not vote

Eight House Republicans voted Friday with their Democratic counterparts for the Equality Act, which would broaden the definition of protected classes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill, a Democratic priority, passed 236-173 amid passionate speeches from both Republicans and Democrats. Debate over the bill was partisan, and at times, tense. 

Grasswho? Members raised hundreds of thousands, almost none from small donors
Democrats tout small-dollar contributions as grassroots support, but several raised less than $400 that way

Democrats have long touted the importance of raising small amounts of money from a large number of donors as a sign of political strength on the campaign trail and in Congress.

But recent campaign finance disclosures show some lawmakers — from both parties — raised next to no money from so-called small donors in the first three months of 2019 for their campaign accounts. The names of contributors giving less than $200 in the aggregate do not have to be included in reports to the Federal Election Commission, but the total received from all those “unitemized” contributions is disclosed.

Florida Bar moves forward on investigating Matt Gaetz over Cohen tweet
Congressman sent tweet that seemed to intimidate Trump’s former lawyer

The Florida Bar is moving forward with an investigation of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz over a tweet that appeared to be an attempt to intimidate President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Gaetz sent the tweet a day before Cohen testified at a House committee hearing against his old boss in February.

Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings, South Carolina senator and WWII veteran, has died
Longtime statesman known for his quick wit died Saturday at the age of 97

Ernest Frederick “Fritz” Hollings, a longtime statesman with a rumbling baritone known for a quick wit and as a champion of environmental and social policy, has died at the age of 97.

The South Carolina Democrat, who ran for president in 1984 and served in the Senate for nearly 40 years — most of his tenure as the junior senator to Republican Strom Thurmond — died Saturday after a period of failing health, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported

Cherry blossoms in winter? Global warming could make it happen
Peak bloom — and cherry blossom gawking — coming earlier and earlier

Washington’s iconic white wreath of cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin has reached its fullest, following a trend of earlier and earlier blooms.

Despite some chilly days in March, the National Weather Service announced Monday that the trees were at peak bloom — meaning 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry trees were in blossom. Researchers found the average timing of peak bloom had shifted nearly a week since the trees were planted in 1912, and believe peak blooms could one day occur during the tail end of winter, not the beginning of spring.

Trump reverses Treasury sanctions on North Korea
President says he would go against his own department to rescind sanctions

President Donald Trump announced Friday he would go against the order of his own Treasury Department and remove additional sanctions imposed on North Korea. 

Trump, via Twitter, said he would not add to existing sanctions on the country, aimed at slowing its nuclear ambitions. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced Thursday it would impose sanctions on two Chinese-based shipping companies that helped North Korea evade sanctions.

O’Rourke gets early backing from former colleagues in Congress
Texas Democrat hits the campaign trail at Keokuk, Iowa, coffee shop

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke gave a speech and took questions from supporters for the first time as a presidential candidate on Thursday in Keokuk, Iowa.

The 46-year-old Democrat spoke to supporters at a coffee shop just hours after he announced that he is seeking the party’s presidential nomination. His White House bid brings the number of Democrats running for the party’s nomination to a baker’s dozen.