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Brett Kavanaugh? Meet Senate Democrats. Senate Democrats? Meet Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court nominee meetings with minority party pick up steam

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh makes his way to a meeting with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in Hart Building on August 15, 2018. The judge has more meetings with Democrats scheduled this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was back on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a day of meetings headlined by sit-downs with a key Republican, as well as with the Senate minority leader and other high-profile Senate Democrats.

President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy met with Sen. Susan Collins Tuesday morning. The Maine Republican spent a significant amount of time reviewing the judge’s record in the weeks ahead of the meeting.

2020 Contender Elizabeth Warren Unveils Her Plan to Drain the Swamp
Massachusetts Democrat takes aim at Donald Trump with wide-ranging anti-corruption plan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., outlined a broad anti-corruption plan on Tuesday at the National Press Club. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential Democratic candidate for president in 2020, took a page from Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign playbook Tuesday and unveiled a wide-ranging anti-corruption package that targets Washington’s swampiest activity — lobbying. 

But in doing so, the Massachusetts Democrat did not speak of “draining the swamp” — one of Trump’s 2016 campaign slogans — and she scoffed at the notion that the president has changed Washington for the better.

Coming Soon: A House Wellness Center for Employees
Omnibus spending bill allocated money to establish program

Coming to a House wellness program near you? The chief administrative officer is establishing a House wellness program as soon as this year. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A wellness program for House employees is ramping up, including a search for a full-time coordinator and plans for a “wellness center” storefront in the Capitol complex. 

“Having worked on the Hill for several decades, I know how rewarding it can be, but I also know how stressful it is and how it impacts you professionally and personally,” said House Chief Administrative Officer Philip G. Kiko.

House Committee Pledges to Roll Back More Medicare Regulations
Regulatory burdens now come at expense of patient care, Roskam says

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., says regulatory burdens placed on health care providers by Medicare is compromising patient care. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House Ways and Means Committee said it would continue exploring ways to reduce regulations in Medicare, after issuing a report last week on its conversations with health care providers.

While light on specifics, the committee said it is engaging in “ongoing dialogue” with the Trump administration over where legislative solutions are needed to reduce what it deems unnecessary regulations.

Rep. Jim Himes: Top 3 Democratic Leaders in Late 70s Is ‘A Problem’
New Democrat Coalition chairman won‘t say whether he‘ll back Pelosi for speaker

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., says it’s “a problem” that the top three House Democratic leaders are in their late 70s. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The chairman of the centrist New Democrat Coalition wouldn’t say Friday whether he would back Nancy Pelosi for House Democratic leader but he did vocalize an issue with the current leadership team.

“The fact that our top three leaders are in their late 70s — I don’t care who those leaders are — that is in fact a problem,” Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes told CNN.

Lawmakers Wary of Potential Trump Cuts to Foreign Aid
Corker, Menendez doubt legality of reported plan

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left, and ranking member Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., doubt the administration has the legal authority to impound funds in the way they are reportedly planning. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sources close to Capitol Hill and within the foreign aid community say that Trump administration officials are preparing a potential foreign aid “rescission” package that could cut between $2 billion and $4 billion in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018 funds from the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Some $200 million intended to benefit Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is thought to be on the chopping block as part of the request, sources said.

EMILY’s List Latest to Back Katko Challenger
After fractious primary, Democrat-aligned groups coalescing behind Dana Balter in ‘key’ fight against GOP incumbent

Democrat-aligned groups are coalescing behind the challenge to Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., in upstate New York's 24th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

EMILY's list on Friday endorsed Dana Balter, Rep. John Katko’s challenger in upstate New York 24th District seat, the latest Democrat-aligned group to throw their weight behind her after months of internal party squabbles threatened to derail efforts to flip the seat. 

1 in 7 Americans Lose Sleep Over Politics, Survey Finds
Younger baby boomers are the most likely age group to toss and turn over political worries

Weary guests wait for President Donald Trump to address the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 23. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Suffering from insomnia? Here’s a quick cure: stop caring about politics so much. 

A new study shows that one in seven Americans are so riled up about politics that they’re losing sleep over it, according to a survey conducted for Bankrate.com. That adds up to 34 million people, more than those who lose sleep over health care costs or paying rent.

Unions Line Up Behind Republican Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania House Race
Incumbent’s labor support complicates Democrats’ hopes of flipping seat

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., here at a 2017 town hall meeting in Bensalem, Pa., has the financial support of high-powered labor groups as he runs for a second term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a sign of trouble for Democrats’ hopes of flipping a Pennsylvania House seat, high-powered unions are pledging support for the Republican incumbent in the 1st District in suburban Philadelphia. 

Freshman Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has raised more than $200,000 from labor groups, dwarfing the $3,000 collected by his Democratic opponent, multimillionaire philanthropist Scott Wallace, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, attributing the numbers to OpenSecrets.org.

Meghan McCain Calls McSally’s Snub of Her Father ‘Disgraceful’
McSally, like Trump, omitted mention of John McCain in remarks about bill named in his honor

Megan McCain is seen with her father, Sen. John McCain, at the 100th Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2014. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images file photo)

Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, lambasted Rep. Martha McSally on Wednesday for joining in the president’s snub of her father.

Like President Donald Trump, McSally omitted mention of the elder McCain when she touted her support for  the National Defense Authorization Act, named in John McCain’s honor.