Katherine Clark’s Emotional Investment in SXSW

Clark will participate in SXSW's "To Catch a Troll." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass., is set to speak at South by Southwest on Saturday on its Interactive Conference's “To Catch a Troll” panel, and she's bringing a personal story to it.  

Earlier this year, an anonymous call went out to police officers that an active shooter was in Clark’s home. She, her husband and their two children were home the night of Jan. 31.  

'Sharknado 4': Needlessly Confusing Protest?

Protesters think Wasserman Schultz has a career in the Sharknadoverse. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Protesters outside the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday brought out shark costumes and movie posters for a fake "Sharknado" sequel to heckle DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz  

About 50 protestors for Debt Trap, a campaign of National People's Action, the Alliance for a Just Society and U.S. Action, rallied to criticize the Florida Democrat for not supporting legislation by Rep. Dennis A. Ross, R-Fla., that alters parts of the Truth in Lending Act.  

Sanders, Cruz Rank as Least Bipartisan Senators


Two of the least bipartisan senators in 2015 are running for president in 2016, a reflection of the polarized race playing out across the country.  

Calling All Members Who Don’t Want to Get Nuked

Franks is the co-chairman of the Missile Defense Caucus. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Some Republican House members are looking for a few good members -- who don’t want to get nuked.  

Republican Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona and Doug Lamborn of Colorado, leaders of the Missile Defense Caucus, sent a "Dear Colleague" note with this message: “If your boss is fine with being nuked by Iran and North Korea, ignore this e-mail.”  

Texas Abortion Case Draws Hundreds to Supreme Court

Sasse, R-Neb., exits the Supreme Court to speak to anti-abortion protesters Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers braved Wednesday’s heavy winds to stand outside the Supreme Court in solidarity with advocates opposing abortion or arguing for abortion rights.  

The eight-member Supreme Court heard a case on a Texas law that requires abortions to be done in ambulatory surgical centers and requires doctors to have admitting privileges to local hospitals and clinics. Hundreds of protesters rallied in front of the court, while police struggled to keep traffic on First Street moving. “It is probably the most monumental decision that we’re going to see in a very, very long time here,” Rep. Lois Frankel, a Florida Democrat who supports abortion rights, told HOH. “You see the word 'trapped'? It’s called trapped legislation. It’s targeting the regulations of abortion clinics, so they really can’t perform a legal abortion.”  

Maya Angelou: the Latest Partisan Point of Contention

Grothman referred to some harshly worded articles about Angelou. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rarely do the renaming of U.S. post offices receive backlash on the House floor, but the one for the late poet and civil rights leader Maya Angelou did on Tuesday.  

Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., urged members to think before voting on North Carolina Democratic Rep. Alma Adams’ bill to designate the facility of the U.S. States Postal Service at 200 Town Run Lane in Winston Salem, North Carolina, as the "Maya Angelou Memorial Post Office."  

Congressional Hockey Challenge is Back!

From left, Katko, Canadian MP Gord Brown, Tom Emmer, Meehan and Paulsen hold the championship cup after the Lawmakers defeated the Lobbyists 3-2 in last year's Congressional Hockey Challenge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The traditional Congressional Hockey Challenge is here, the annual Lawmakers versus Lobbyists competition to raise money for featured charities.  

Face off is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va. The game will raise money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club, an NHL-sponsored non-profit that encourages local, inner-city youth to participate in ice hockey, and USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, which supports wounded service men and women. The Lawmakers team will be represented by Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and John Katko, R-N.Y., who will be joined by lawmakers from Canada, members of the USA Warriors Hockey team and Capitol Hill staffers.  

Rep. Honda Fundraises to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Honda is chairman emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., is hosting his annual Lunar New Year party on Thursday; the soiree traditionally serves as a fundraiser for his re-election campaign.  

The Lunar New Year marks the first day of the year in several East Asian cultures and is celebrated for the whole month of February.  The Lunar New Year began on Feb. 8.  

At the Corner of Budget Deal and Poverty

Hoyer discussed lessons learned from the past. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“The budget hopefully will be coming up sooner than later,” Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said Wednesday.  

“Or maybe not,” House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., said, laughing.  

Senators Honored for Supporting Public Television

Public broadcasting is especially important in the rural areas of Alaska, where it serves as the only source of news, Murkowski said. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)