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Three Men Sentenced in 2015 Killing of Intern for Rob Portman
Matthew Shlonsky was caught in crossfire shooting

Three men who pleaded guilty to killing Matthew Shlonsky were sentenced in D.C. Superior Court on Monday. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The three men who pleaded guilty to the 2015 killing of 23-year-old Matthew Shlonsky, a former Sen. Rob Portman intern, were sentenced in D.C. Superior Court on Monday.

Andre Dudley, 22, Marcus King, 22, and Christopher Proctor, 28, each were sentenced for single counts of voluntary manslaughter while armed and two counts each of assault with a dangerous weapon. The sentences carry 18.5 years, 15-20 years and 12-14 years, respectively.

Maryland Democrat Pushes for Answers on Trump Role in FBI Headquarters Project
Sen. Chris Van Hollen said the GSA has not been fully forthcoming

The front of the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Maryland Democratic senator wants to know how involved President Donald Trump has been in the development of a new FBI headquarters building.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen has written to General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy to give her an opportunity to expand on answers she gave in response to written questions for the record following a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing back in February.

Foreign Influence Peddlers Show Face in Wake of Manafort Woes
Foreign Agent registrations have spiked since former Trump aide indictment

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse after a court hearing in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It will be months before we know the full extent of Paul Manafort’s impact on the culture of Washington influence peddling. 

But as Manafort’s trial continues this week, this much is already clear: the former Trump aide’s legal woes have made the world of D.C. lobbyists who work for foreign governments slightly less murky.

Why Rick Gates Was Always Going to Testify Against Manafort
Former righthand man expected to say Manafort directed him to directed him to conceal foreign bank accounts and lie on bank loan applications

President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort arrives court in Washington, D.C., in June for a hearing on whether his bail should be revoked. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Prosecutors in the Paul Manafort trial affirmed Thursday that they have “every intention” to call the former political consulting titan’s righthand man, Rick Gates, to testify against him.

The prosecution was probably always going to call Rick Gates to testify against Paul Manafort — even though U.S. attorney Uzo Asonye threw that plan into question the day before.

Manafort’s Defense: Gates Is Your Man, Not Me
Trump’s former campaign manager faces 30 years on each count of bank fraud and tax evasion

Media set up microphones in front of the United States District Court in Alexandria, Virginia where President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort stands trial July 31, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

The defense team for Paul Manafort made its message to the jury loud and clear in its opening statement Tuesday: Paul Manafort isn’t your man — Rick Gates, his longtime right-hand man, is the culprit.

“We’re primarily here because of one man: that man is Rick Gates,” Thomas Zehnle, one of Manafort’s attorneys, said Tuesday afternoon.

National Mall Softball Reprieve Was Example of D.C.-Federal Communication
D.C. delegate to Congress praises National Park Service for listening

A member of “The Branch” softball team jumps up to catch the ball while warming up before a game against “Torthogs” on the grass of the National Mall on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

In November, the National Park Service stunned many when it announced that it would be closing wide swaths of the National Mall to organized sports and would be raising fees elsewhere.

But in a partial victory for sports on the Mall, the park service now says it is withdrawing that proposed ban and will instead conduct a formal study to come up with a “comprehensive” new plan.

House Backs Plan for John Adams Memorial
Previous attempts to honor Adams have stalled

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., spoke of the need for a John Adams memorial in the nation's capital. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new memorial could be coming to Washington, placing Founding Father John Adams alongside his colleagues George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. 

House members passed a bill that would establish a commission to plan, fundraise and build a memorial to the country’s second president, picking up where a previous entity fell short.

Road Ahead: House Ready for Recess. Senate? Not So Much
Defense authorization, more spending bills among the week's highlights

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hopes to get the defense authorization wrapped up this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

This is the last week the House is in session before members depart for the August recess — expect senators to be grumbling about that.

But the House does have a fairly sizable legislative agenda before heading home through Labor Day. The highlighted legislation includes Republican-led efforts to expand and update health savings accounts and to roll back some of the taxes levied under the 2010 health care law.

Can You Tell August Recess (Kinda Sorta) Is Almost Here?
Messaging votes, floods in the Capitol, stinky gas and boatloads of cash

Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., leaves the House after the last votes of the week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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It’s almost time for the kinda-sorta August recess (with the House leaving after next week for a month, and the Senate, not so much) and that means there will be no shortage of messaging votes set up by Republican leaders so their members can head back to the hustings and brandish their votes before November’s midterm elections. 

Rand Paul Retweeted PizzaGate Conspiracy Theorist
Jack Posobiec has spread rumors about slain DNC staffer’s role in email leak

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was one of the few Republicans who has defended President Donald Trump’s performance at his news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul twice retweeted an Islamophobic conspiracy theorist who has propagated conspiracy theories like Pizzagate.

On Sunday, Jack Prosobiec praised Paul for an interview on Fox News in which the senator defended Trump for engaging with Russian President Vladimir Putin.