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Senators Trigger Investigation Into Missing Saudi Journalist Who May Have Been Murdered
Jamal Khashoggi went missing after visiting Saudi consulate in Turkey

Protesters hold posters of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi  at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday. Fears are growing over his fate after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Senators on Wednesday triggered a U.S. government investigation into what happened to a prominent missing Saudi journalist, who is suspected to have been murdered last week in Turkey.

The lawmakers said they expect the investigation to look into the actions of the “highest-ranking officials in the government of Saudi Arabia,” a move that signals lawmakers on both sides of aisle are willing to confront the staunch ally.

Marsha Blackburn Strikes Back at Taylor Swift
Senate candidate touts her push to end violence against women and unequal pay

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is running against popular former Gov. Phil Bredesen to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running for Senate in Tennessee, snapped back at music superstar Taylor Swift for criticizing her record on women’s and LGBT issues.

The congresswoman went on “Fox  & Friends First” Wednesday to outline the ways that she has worked for women after Swift said Blackburn’s “voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies” her.

Brett Kavanaugh to Be Rare Beneficiary of Senate Paired Voting
Votes of Republicans Lisa Murkowski and Steve Daines will be offset

Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and  Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, will pair their votes on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday, enabling Daines to attend his daughter’s wedding and Murkowski to voice her position. Also pictured above, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When the Senate votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday, two senators will engage in a practice that’s all but died out.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the only member of the Republican Conference opposed to elevating the current D.C. Circuit Court judge to the high court, announced Friday that ordinarily she would vote “no.”

How a ‘Card-Carrying National Security Nerd’ Got to Congress
Mike Gallagher applies the ‘lance corporal test’ to everything he does

On working on Syria issues, "you peer behind the witness curtain and no one’s there. It’s just you," Gallagher said. (Courtesy of Gallagher)

Mike Gallagher preferred to be locked in a room, away from the cameras, writing white papers.

After the Wisconsin Republican got out of the military, he went to work for the Senate Foreign Relations panel, handling Middle East, North Africa and counterterrorism issues under Chairman Bob Corker.

Tim Kaine Sounds Alarm About Trump’s View of ‘Collective Self-Defense’ Powers
Writes to Defense Secretary Mattis about latest legal interpretation

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is expressing new concerns about the scope of authorizations to use military force. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic senator who has long called for Congress to take a more active role in decisions to authorize U.S. military action around the world is expressing concern about the Trump administration’s view of “collective self-defense.”

Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine released a letter Wednesday to Defense Secretary James Mattis indicating that there are very few limits on the scope of self-defense under interpretations of current law.

Trump: Democrats in ‘Blind Rage’ to ‘Destroy’ Brett Kavanaugh
President tries to stave off major Democratic upset in Tennessee

Supporters of President Donald Trump wait in line before a Monday campaign rally in Johnson City, Tenn. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of being in a “blind rage” over his election that has left them willing to torch anything, including the reputation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“They’ve been trying to destroy him from the very first second he was announced,” Trump told a friendly campaign rally crowd Monday in Johnson City, Tennessee. “They’re trying to destroy a fine man. We can’t let that happen.

Latest Kavanaugh Allegations Send Senate Into Chaos
Reactions vary from unwillingness to engage to angry defiance from GOP

Dozens of protesters, including many sexual assault survivors, demonstrate against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

As the latest allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh swept through the Capitol, the Senate Judiciary Committee said it was reviewing the claims, even on the eve of a historic hearing on which the fate of his confirmation hangs.

Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley told a horde of reporters that staff attorneys are reviewing the latest allegations, outlined in a graphic declaration sent to the panel from Julie Swetnick, who says Kavanaugh was present while she was gang raped at a high school party in 1982.

When Sen. Mark Warner Stuffed Shrimp in His Pockets
Take Five: Warner shares earliest Senate memories, says he and Tim Kaine are ‘yin and yang’

Sen. Mark Warner's, D-Va., mantra for graduation speeches is “Be Concise. And be seated.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of the first times Mark Warner commuted to the Senate, he wore a green polyester suit.

He had to wring it out after riding his bike from George Washington University. On the upside, it had pretty spacious pockets — large enough for some shrimp.

Senate GOP Effort to Rebuke Trump on Trade Has Died a Quiet Death
Effort to assert tariff authority not included in FAA reauthorization bill

Sen. Bob Corker has little hope for his trade legislation. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bob Corker appears resigned to the fact that the Senate won’t be acting to rebut President Donald Trump on trade policy before voters go to the polls in November.

The Tennessee Republican had previously talked up the possibility of attaching legislation drafted with Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey to a must-pass reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

56 Arrested Demonstrating Support for Christine Blasey Ford
Protesters rally against nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Capitol Police arrested 56 protesters who were demonstrating support for Christine Blasey Ford.(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police arrested 56 protesters Thursday who flooded Senate office buildings  to voice opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and express support for his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Thirty-three protesters were arrested outside of Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley’s office in the Hart Building on Thursday afternoon. The demonstrators were charged with “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.” Earlier in the day, Capitol Police arrested 23 protesters outside the Dirksen Building office of Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker for “unlawful demonstration activities.” They faced the same charges.