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Auction off Pelosi’s ripped speech? Only he would think of it
Billy Long isn’t the only former professional auctioneer in Congress, but lately he’s been the most creative

Rep. Billy Long, the proud owner of verified Twitter handle “auctnr1,” reminded us again this week why his colleagues call him Congress’ “auctioneer in residence.”

As President Donald Trump finished his third State of the Union speech Tuesday night and Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore her copy in half, Long was stationed in the center-right aisle of the chamber to get the president to sign his tie.

Soldier reunited with family during State of the Union
Army sergeant surprises his wife and two children

President Donald Trump used part of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to surprise Amy Williams, a Fort Bragg-based wife of a deployed Army sergeant, and her two young children.

While the president highlighted her volunteer work, he invited Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams down to the gallery to be reunited with his family.

Barr's call for law enforcement access to commercial encryption

Attorney General William Barr cited widespread access to “military grade encryption” as a key challenge in fighting human trafficking. “We have to do something about this” he said Friday morning.

The cabinet official told attendees at the White House human trafficking summit that he recently met with his counterparts in the “Five Eyes” — a group of five countries the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, that share intelligence.

Wonky Watch: Dershowitz's ‘public interest’ defense

A line of questioning that senators kept circling back to in Thursday’s session of the Senate court of impeachment was an argument made by President Donald Trump's attorney Alan Dershowitz more than 24 hours earlier.

The lawyer was answering a question from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, when he told the lawmakers-turned-jurors that a quid pro quo, by the president, is not impeachable if the president believes it “will help him get elected, in the public interest.” Shortly after, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., was given the opportunity to respond directly to the preceding arguments.

Roberts blocks Rand Paul's attempt to name alleged whistleblower

Sen. Rand Paul submitted a question to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Thursday afternoon that included the possible name of the intelligence community whistleblower. Roberts passed on reading the question to the chamber. Immediately after, Paul left the chamber and held a news conference reading the question in front of the TV cameras.

Paul read the question aloud, pertaining to the contact between a staffer for House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff and a person who has been speculated by other parties to be the whistleblower.

Senate's electronic-device ban bars Parnas from chamber

Parnas’ Wednesday morning visit coincided with the first day of the trial’s question-and-answer phase and included a trip to Sen. Chuck Schumer‘s office in the Hart  building.

Parnas once intended to spend time in the Senate Visitors’ Gallery to watch part of the impeachment trial proceedings. However, Senate rules bar the use of electronic devices in the chamber and Parnas is under court order to wear a GPS tracking device.

‘Love of the game’: Congress honors Kobe
Moment of silence lasts 33 seconds

The House paused briefly Tuesday to honor NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday alongside his daughter and seven others. California Reps. Maxine Waters and Harley Rouda were joined in the well of the House by 16 other members for the moment of silence, which lasted 33 seconds.

Before the remembrance, Rouda read the names of all nine people who died in a crash he called “horrific.” Those who lost their lives “were all connected by the love of the game,” he said.

Hakeem Jeffries responds to protester disrupting Senate impeachment trial

A protester in the Senate gallery interrupted Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., shortly before the Senate Court of Impeachment’s dinner break at 6:30 p.m., by yelling comments at the senators seated a floor below.

The comments were not audible in their in entirety, but the protester could be heard yelling “Jesus Christ” and “Schumer is the devil” before being removed.

Reporter’s Notebook: Precedent, the reason Senate rules feel ‘made up’

CQ Roll Call reporter Niels Lesniewski took a deep dive into the history of impeachment ahead of the Senate trial for President Donald Trump. He found some pertinent parallels in a 1936 impeachment case of a federal judge from Florida that involved the House adding articles of impeachment after a Senate trial began.

Watch as he takes us through the weird rabbit hole he jumped down for this archived story.

Watch: Chief Justice Roberts swears in senators, starts impeachment trial
Full swearing in ceremony for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. officially began the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history Thursday. Shortly after arriving at the Capitol, Senate President Pro Tempore Charles E. Grassley swore in the justice on the Senate rostrum.

Roberts then administered the oath to lawmakers. Alphabetically and in groups of four, the senators’ names were read by the clerk and the senators approached the Republican desk — normally used by Republican floor staff — to sign the impeachment oath book.

Rep. Billy Long fractures shoulder chasing daughter’s poodle
‘I fought the dog and the dog won,’ the congressman joked

Rep. Billy Long returned to Capitol Hill last week with a new accessory — a sling. While he was in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, for the holidays, the congressman fractured his shoulder while “wrangling” the family puppy.

The incident occurred on Dec. 20, while Long was dog-sitting his daughter’s 6-month-old poodle named Tex. In an email exchange with Heard on the Hill, the congressman remembers picking the canine up from “doggy daycare” and sitting “with him for over an hour, and within two minutes of picking him up to go inside, he bolted under the gate” and into the middle of the street.

Watch President Trump's full statement on Iran

President Trump threatened new sanctions against Iran and called on several countries to leave the international agreement known as the JCPOA or “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” Wednesday morning in a televised address from the White House. It comes less than 24 hours after  Tehran struck U.S. military targets inside Iraq. The president said that those attacks caused “minimal damage” and no loss of life.

Hawley proposes Senate rule change forcing House to deliver impeachment articles

Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley unveiled text of a resolution seeking to change the Senate rules to make it in order to dismiss articles of impeachment starting 25 calendar days after their adoption in the House, even if the House does not appoint managers and send over the paperwork. ...
McConnell, Schumer respond to killing of Iranian Quds commander
Senate leaders spar on congressional notification of the Baghdad airstrike

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., joined senators from both parties Friday in addressing the recent killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. While the senior senators agreed they would not mourn Soleimani’s death, they differed on process. McConnell pointed to congressional briefings in the coming hours and weeks while Schumer said he received no prior notification about the operation and questioned the president’s authority to significantly increase troop levels.

‘The kids are watching’: Democrats’ impeachment message geared to future generations

It didn’t take long for a theme to emerge in the House floor debate on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The theme was simply summed up by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.: “The kids are watching.” ...
McConnell: ‘I’m not an impartial juror’ on impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that he is “not at all impartial” on impeachment and that it is a “political process,” not a judicial process. The comments follow a call from Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, for the Kentucky senator to recuse himself from the likely impeachment trial. McConnell went on to predict that the outcome of a trial would fall along party lines.

Watch: Rules Committee takes up articles of impeachment
Members of the House Rules Committee are meeting to consider the rules governing the floor debate for H Res 755, “Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump.” The committee is made up of nine Democrats and four Republicans. ...
Gaetz's 2008 DUI resurfaces during impeachment debate

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., cited a New Yorker profile of Hunter Biden during amendment debate Thursday during the House Judiciary Committee’s markup on articles of impeachment. The profile alleged crack cocaine use by Hunter Biden, which Gaetz read out loud to the panel.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., was quick to respond, saying, “The pot calling the kettle black is not something we should do.” The idiom was a nod to Gaetz’s 2008 arrest for driving under the influence.

Livestream: Articles of impeachment markup
The House Judiciary Committee meets to debate the language in articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Opening statements of the markup began Wednesday night. ...