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Happy Birthday to C-SPAN and Pelosi, from swamp monsters and velociraptors: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of March 25, 2019

The creature from the Black Lagoon paid Capitol Hill a visit this week, as D.C. institutions like C-SPAN and Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated their birthdays. Plus, Sen. Mike Lee roasted the Green New Deal resolution with a poster of Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor, and Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Ann McLane Kuster clashed over a certain word that starts with the letter “S.”

Also, while it was technically last week during recess, Roll Call is thrilled to wish the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN) a happy 40th birthday! Thanks for letting us borrow your footage to make dumb congressional blooper reels.

Watch: Trump calls on Rep. Ilhan Omar to resign
 

President Donald Trump called for the resignation of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday, following days of controversy over a tweet from the congresswoman that was panned as anti-Semitic by both Republicans and Democrats. Omar apologized for the tweet Monday.

“What she said is so deep-seated in her heart that her lame apology … was just not appropriate,” Trump said at a cabinet meeting.

Roske on Politics: Jeb Bush in Iowa

Brent Roske speaks with 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush in Iowa about his call to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Earnest: Two-State Solution 'Unlikely' Under Obama
 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that it is unlikely a two-state solution in Israel will be adopted while Obama is still in office, and that diplomatic talks between Israel and Palestine on the subject are still far-off.

“However, if there is an opportunity for us to try to move the process in that direction, short of talks, that's something that the United States remains committed to,” Earnest said.

Boehner Rebuts Susan Rice on Netanyahu Visit
 

Speaker John A. Boehner fired back at the Obama administration Thursday after National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice earlier in the week called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress next week "destructive." Boehner said he "couldn't disagree more."

Boehner 'Not Aware' of Israel Leaking Intel to Derail Iran Talks
 

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Speaker John A. Boehner said he was “baffled” by a Wall Street Journal report that Israel spied on U.S.-Iranian negotiations and leaked intelligence to members of Congress with the intent of derailing the talks.