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Hoyer Heads to Rust Belt on Second ‘Listening Tour’
House minority whip will stop in Pittsburgh, Toledo and Indianapolis

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is going on a listening tour this weekend to talk about entrepreneurship, education and infrastructure. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Democrats try to fine tune their economic message heading into this year’s midterms, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is hitting the road this weekend for his second “Make It in America” listening tour.

Starting Saturday and continuing through Tuesday, the Maryland Democrat will travel to Pittsburgh, followed by Toledo, Ohio, and finally Indianapolis with members of his House caucus. He’ll be meeting with small groups to talk about entrepreneurship, infrastructure and education.

Senate Banking Panel Advances Fed, Two Other Financial Nominees
Economics professor Marvin Goodfriend endorsed for Federal Reserve Board

The Senate Banking Committee has narrowly endorsed the nomination of Marvin Goodfriend to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Banking Committee narrowly endorsed Thursday the nomination of Marvin Goodfriend to the Federal Reserve Board as Democrats complained that the economics professor is more focused on fighting inflation than creating jobs.

Goodfriend faced opposition from Democrats because of what they described as a lack of commitment to the Fed’s goal of supporting maximum employment. His nomination advanced on a party-line vote of 13-12.

Mike Pence, Breaking Ties and Maybe a Senate Record
Vice president and his tiebreaking votes might fell a decades-old mark

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell greets Vice President Mike Pence during a dinner at the GOP retreat in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Jan. 31. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When it comes to ties, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows who to turn to. And turn to. And turn to. That would be Vice President Mike Pence, who has already broken more ties in his one year in office than Dick Cheney did in eight years. 

McConnell even joked last week at the Republican retreat in West Virginia — where Pence was the keynote speaker at a dinner — that the vice president was “well on his way to breaking the most tiebreakers in Senate history.”

Rural Areas Feeling Left Behind in Race to Expand Broadband
Lawmakers looking at several options to close digital divide

South Dakota Sen. John Thune talks with reporters Thursday after a news conference at the GOP retreat in West Virginia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Denny Law’s telecommunications company connects phone lines through the plains of western South Dakota and he’s all-in for ending the rural digital divide.

He said President Donald Trump’s promise to level the playing field with a “great, great broadband,” made during a Jan. 8 speech in Nashville, Tennessee, has energized local providers like himself. And, he added, John Thune, the South Dakota Republican who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, had better take note.

What’s Going on With the Missouri Senate Race?
Some have raised questions about GOP candidate Josh Hawley’s campaign

Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner has reportedly been asked to reconsider her decision not to run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Missouri is playing host to one of the year’s most competitive Senate races, and Attorney General Josh Hawley is supposed to be among the top Republican recruits. But some Republicans from the Show-Me State are starting to raise questions about his campaign’s performance so far. 

Republicans are still optimistic about their chances of defeating Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a state President Donald Trump won by 20 points. And they’re generally still confident in Hawley, who garnered more votes than Trump in his run for attorney general in 2016.

Wyden Wants Details on NRA Links to Russian Bank Official
Senator requested documents from Treasury Department, gun group

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., requested documents linking a Russian central banker to the NRA. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Sen. Ron Wyden has questions for the National Rifle Association.

The Oregon Democrat requested any documents showing financial links between the organization and Russia, The Associated Press reported Friday.

More States Jump on Medicaid Work Requirements Bandwagon

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, has signaled openness to approving work requirements for Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A growing number of mostly Republican-led states are rushing to follow Kentucky’s lead in requiring thousands of people on Medicaid to work or lose health coverage.

The governors of South Dakota, Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina have said in recent weeks that they plan to pursue work requirements for their Medicaid programs, following the Trump administration’s release of guidelines for the concept in January.

Train Carrying GOP Lawmakers to Retreat Hits Truck
Reports: At least one dead, others injured

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Wednesday. An Amtrak passenger train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck south of Charlottesville, Va. No lawmakers were believed injured. (Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP)

Updated 2:51 p.m. | A train transporting Republican lawmakers to the GOP retreat in West Virginia was involved in an accident with a truck late Wednesday morning.

Representatives were seen attending to injured people from the truck, according to a source on the train. At least one person was reported dead. 

Russia Will Meddle in U.S. 2018 Midterms, CIA Director Says
U.S. intelligence community unanimous that Russia interfered in 2016 elections

Mike Pompeo testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Building, January 12, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Russia has continued its efforts to interfere in the Western democratic processes since 2016, and it shows no signs of slowing down for the 2018 U.S. midterms, CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the BBC Monday.

The U.S. intelligence community has unanimously agreed that Kremlin-backed groups actively interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections with a misinformation campaign on social media and by hacking high-level political campaign internet communications.

From Ford to Trump, Patrick Leahy Has Seen It All at the State of the Union
Vermont Democrat thinks Obama and Reagan gave best speeches; doesn’t have high hopes for Trump

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., greets President Barack Obama after his 2013 State of the Union address. (Charles Dharapak, Pool via AP file photo)

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy has sat through a lot of State of the Unions.

The Vermont Democrat has seen seven presidents deliver the speech — and Tuesday will make it eight.