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Barrasso Easily Wins Primary for Wyoming Senate Race
Republican Policy Committee chairman will face Democrat Gary Trauner

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., defeated primary challengers on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Sen. John Barrasso, a member of Republican leadership, fended off a primary challenge Tuesday night in Wyoming. 

Barrasso had garnered 65 percent of the vote while Dave Dodson, his next closest primary opponent, had won 29 percent when the Associated Press called the race with 21 percent of precincts reporting. 

Paul Ryan Strips Duncan Hunter of Committee Assignments
Speaker calls charges against Hunter ‘deeply serious’ but does not call on him to resign

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has booted an indicted GOP congressman off three House committees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Tuesday night that he has removed Rep. Duncan Hunter from the three House committees he serves on after the California Republican was indicted for misuse of campaign funds

Hunter will be at least temporarily stripped of his assignments to the House Armed Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Education and the Workforce Committees. 

Russia Sanctions Getting on Senate September Calendar is ‘Pretty Slim,’ McConnell Says
Farm bill and spending bundles highlight work before Supreme Court debate

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a busy September planned for the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outlined an aggressive September calendar Tuesday, though he conceded it probably won’t include debate on a new round of Russia sanctions.

“September’s pretty crowded already. I’m personally very interested in a Russia sanctions bill,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday. “I hope there can be a bipartisan coming together with something we can pass.”

Democratic Internal Poll Shows Dead Heat In Georgia’s 7th District
Carolyn Bourdeaux’s slight lead against Rob Woodall within margin of error

Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., is trailing his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux, according to a poll from her campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An internal poll from Rep. Rob Woodall’s Democratic challenger shows the Republican incumbent could be losing in Georgia’s 7th District.

The poll from Carolyn Bourdeaux’s campaign conducted by Tulchin Research between August 9 and August 13 surveyed 400 likely voters from landlines and cell phones.

Wyoming, Alaska Hold Primaries Tuesday
A member of GOP Senate leadership is facing a primary

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., has a handful of primary challengers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Voters in Wyoming and Alaska will pick their parties’ nominees on Tuesday, including in one race featuring a member of Senate Republican leadership.

The general election races are not expected to be competitive. But the primaries will set the matchups in one of the few states where Republicans are defending a Senate seat, and in a race involving the most senior House Republican.

Giffords Backing New Jersey Republican Lance’s Re-Election Bid
Former Democratic congresswoman and gun control advocate endorses Lance over stance on guns

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, is greeted by, from left, Reps. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a ceremony in the Capitol in November to name the House Democratic Cloakroom in honor of Giffords and the late Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif., who were victims of gun violence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords is backing Rep. Leonard Lance in his bid for for a sixth term in New Jersey.

It’s a notable endorsement because it crosses party lines: Giffords, one of the nation’s leading gun control advocates and a former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, vacated her seat in 2012 after she was shot in 2011 in an apparent assassination attempt.

FiscalNote Finalizes $180 Million Acquisition of CQ Roll Call
Deal brings together rapidly growing technology company with two of the oldest brands in Washington journalism

CQ Roll Call was acquired Monday by FiscalNote, a rapidly growing Washington-based company that uses technology to track and analyze legislation around the world. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

FiscalNote, a rapidly growing Washington-based company that uses technology to track and analyze legislation around the world, announced Monday that it has finalized its $180 million acquisition of CQ Roll Call.

The deal, originally announced in July, brings together two of the country’s oldest brands in nonpartisan journalism with a young company with big-pocketed investors and a goal of redefining the way information is gathered and shared in Washington and other global capitals.

These GOP Lawmakers Gave Money to California Gas Tax Repeal Push
Party leaders open their campaign committee wallets for an issue that could energize Republican voters

The campaign committee for Mimi Walters and an associated PAC have loaned or contributed $339,000 to Yes on 6. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A handful of Republican House members are among the largest contributors to a campaign to repeal California’s gas tax boost, one that could draw party voters to the polls in competitive congressional districts.

The seven lawmakers include House Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and second-term Rep. Mimi Walters of California. They have contributed or loaned more than $1 million of the $2.2 million received by a group called “Yes on 6, Repeal the Gas Tax,” according to second-quarter state election reports filed July 31.

Brennan Fracas Could Rip Through Senate’s Defense Spending Debate
Security clearances, abortion among amendment topics floated

Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner, here with Chairman Richard Burr, says he plans to introduce an amendment to the 2019 defense spending bill that would block the president from revoking security clearances. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate is ready to start voting on amendments to the fiscal 2019 Defense spending bill, possibly including several that could stir spirited debate.

Senators have only agreed so far to vote on two relatively uncontroversial amendments to the the two-bill package that includes both the $675 billion Defense bill and the $179.3 billion Labor-HHS-Education measure. Those first two votes are scheduled for Monday evening.

Republicans Won’t Probe Influence of Trump Friends at Veterans Department
Dems have questions about trio named in lawsuit

Veterans Affairs Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks during a hearing of Veterans Affairs secretary nominee Robert Wilkie in front of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building Wednesday June 27, 2018. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:31 p.m. | Top Republican lawmakers have no plans to examine the alleged influence that a trio of President Donald Trump’s friends have at the Department of Veterans Affairs, even as Democrats call for an investigation.

The controversy peaked in recent weeks after reports that Marvel Entertainment Chairman Ike Perlmutter, Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskowitz and D.C. lawyer Marc Sherman hold undue sway with VA leadership, including senior adviser Peter O’Rourke, who formerly served as acting secretary. Liberal veterans group VoteVets filed a lawsuit against the administration last week, claiming the VA is violating federal protocol related to private influence in matters of federal policy.