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Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters Swarm Susan Collins’ Office, 46 Arrested
 

Updated 5:42 p.m. | Chants of “hell no, Kavanaugh” and “we believe Dr. Ford” echoed through the halls outside Sen. Susan Collins’ Capitol Hill office, where hundreds of protesters gathered Monday to call for the Maine Republican to vote against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

“We came down here to say that she needs to listen to women,” said Marie Follayttar, executive director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership. 

 Collins: If Kavanaugh Lied to Committee That Would Be “Disqualifying”
 

Eyes are on Republican Sen. Susan Collins as sexual assault allegations roil Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. Collins’s vote was already considered pivotal for the nominee, as the moderate Maine senator has bucked her party and President Donald Trump on big ticket issues before. Collins said Monday that both Kavanaugh and the accuser, California professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, should testify under oath about the incident. 

“Obviously if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying,” Collins told reporters.

Watch Hoyer Whip, Beto’s Mom’s Photos and Fashionable Interruptions: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Sept. 10, 2018

Observances of Rosh Hashanah and fear of inclement weather made for another short week on Capitol Hill, but House members still found time to appear on the Late Show, complain about press events in the Rayburn Room and, in the case of Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, entertain rap-based marketing suggestions to the tune of Silentó’s “Watch Me.”

Paul Ryan Says “Entitlement Reform” Will Continue in 2019
 

At an event hosted by WisPolitics president Jeff Mayers, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he thinks Republican will retain control of the House. 

The Butler Did It, Auctioning in Committee and Kavanaugh the Good Husband: Congressional Hits and Misses
 

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faced the Senate Judiciary Committee all week, while Rep. Billy Long relived his auctioneer days and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wondered if it could have been the butler who wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed blasting President Donald Trump.

Trump’s Border Wall Shutdown Threats Continue, But Still Not Convincing Many Hill Republicans
 

President Donald Trump has made multiple threats to shut down the government over border wall funding, but some Republicans in Congress including leaders don’t see that as a likely scenario. 

“We have a very good understanding with the president that we want to get our appropriations done,” Speaker Paul D. Ryan said at a news conference on Thursday when asked about a possible shutdown. 

Watch: 38 Former Members Who Died This Past Year Honored at Capitol
 

The Association of Former Members of Congress hosted its annual memorial service in Statuary Hall on Wednesday to honor the 38 former members of Congress who died in the last year, including Rep. Louise Slaughter, Sens. Daniel Akaka, Jim Bunning, Pete Domenici and John McCain.

Jon Kyl Sworn In to Senate, Again
 

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey selected Jon Kyl to replace the late Sen. John McCain, bringing the longtime former senator back to Congress at least through the end of this year. Kyl served alongside McCain in the Senate from 1995 to 2012, and has agreed to serve through the end of the 115th Congress, although his appointment from the governor allows him to stay on until 2020, when a special election would be held to fill the remainder of McCain’s term through 2022.