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Republican senators started to abandon Alabama Senate GOP nominee Roy Moore after the Washington Post published allegations of a sexual encounter with a minor. Moore visited the Capitol on Oct. 31. Read the Roll Call story. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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This week… Voters went to the polls, Martha McSally discussed her Senate run, three Republicans retired and Utah got a new congressman. Here’s what happened At the Races:

Rep. Ted Poe to Retire From Texas’ 2nd District

Texas Rep. Ted Poe was first elected in 2004. (Bill Clarke/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ted Poe announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election in Texas’ 2nd District.

“I am grateful for the honor and privilege to represent the best people in America, Texas’s Second Congressional District,” the Texas Republican said in a statement.

Word on the Hill: Highest Congressional Honor for Dole
Historical society lectures, cancer advocates, and former member updates

Legislation to give former Sen. Bob Dole the Congressional Gold Medal is headed for the president’s desk. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Amid all the action in Congress this week, you might have missed a vote honoring former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan.

The House approved on Tuesday a bill, introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., to present Dole with the Congressional Gold Medal. It had already passed in the Senate, where it was introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. The measure now moves to President Donald Trump’s desk.

Congressmen Might Join Protesters Outside Turkish Embassy
And they might need some bail money

Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, left, and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., right, shown here talking to then-Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., proposed recessing from the House Foreign Affairs markup to protest at the Turkish Embassy.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressmen encouraged protesters who were attacked by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security detail in Washington last week to keep on protesting, and said they might join them.

“Do it again, keep protesting and stay out there because no foreign tyrant has the right or the ability to drive them away,” Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, said at a House Foreign Affairs markup on Thursday. “You might find Mr. Meeks out there with them and myself as well.”

Word on the Hill: The Week Ahead
Your social calendar for the week

Another busy week ahead. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Happy May! Hope you enjoyed your White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend in Washington.

Here are some highlights from the weekend. 

Trump Travel Ban Crashes Texas Wedding Plans
Texas native with Iranian roots presses lawmakers on executive order

Shervin Taheran is concerned that some of her relatives from Iran would be unable to attend her April wedding in Texas if President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration is reinstated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said his approach to preventing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil won’t always be tidy. That’s especially true when it affects things like the already delicate task of compiling a wedding guest list. Just ask Shervin Taheran. 

If reinstated by the judicial branch, Trump’s travel ban may prevent many family members and friends from entering the United States to celebrate personal milestones with their loved ones.

Poe Announces Remission From Leukemia
Texas Republican revealed diagnosis in July

Texas Rep. Ted Poe was first elected to the House in 2004. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ted Poe said Thursday that his leukemia is in remission.

The Texas Republican, 68, announced his diagnosis in July. He was sworn in this week for a seventh term in Congress, representing the Lone Star State’s 2nd District.

Word on the Hill: Team Poe
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(Courtesy Rep. David Cicilline via Twitter)

No matter the party, members of Congress will root for their colleagues in times of need.

#TeamPoe bracelets are making their way through the Capitol. The office of Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, is handing them out to members to show their support for the congressman who has leukemia.

House Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia
White House has previously issued veiled veto threat

Names of victims carved at Ground Zero memorial or September 11 Memorial pool at the site of previous World Trade Centre in New York City. (Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images file photo)

Congress cleared a bill Friday that would allow family members of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, setting up a potential clash with the White House, which has suggested it could veto the measure.

The Obama administration opposes the bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, over concerns that it could harm relations with Saudi Arabia, a key counterterrorism partner. Administration officials also have warned the legislation could weaken the global norm of sovereign immunity and encourage other countries to allow lawsuits by their citizens against the United States and its allies.

Word on the Hill: Trump in Town
So is Clooney; and exhibit in Rayburn shows hunger in all 50 states

The Values Voter Summit is this weekend in D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

This afternoon, presidential candidate Donald Trump is addressing the 11th annual Values Voter Summit in the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. On Saturday, vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will speak. This is the first time a Republican presidential ticket has addressed the event.

Senators Tim Scott, R-S.C., James Lankford, R-Okla., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., are also slated to speak along with Reps. John Fleming, R-La., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.