Aide to Bob Brady Faces More Charges
Ken Smukler is accused of hiding donations to former congresswoman’s campaign

An aide to Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., is facing additional charges related to former Rep. Marjorie Margolies’ 2014 campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An aide to Pennsylvania Rep. Robert A. Brady, already facing charges from Brady’s 2012 campaign, is facing additional charges of obstructing a federal investigation of former Rep. Marjorie Margolies.

Ken Smukler was charged last year in relation to a scheme to pay off one of Brady’s Democratic primary opponents in 2012.

Prosecutor: Stockman Ran a ‘Massive Scam’
Defense emphasizes Stockman’s humble living and says he just lost track of finances

Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, seated, is accused of funneling charitable donations for personal use. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman was accused by a federal prosecutor in his corruption trial of running a “massive scam” in which he funneled charitable donations for his campaign and personal use and lied about it.

The former Texas Republican congressman’s trial began on Monday.

Joe Kennedy III to Give State of the Union Response
Grandson of Robert Kennedy

Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., will deliver the response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address.

“While President Trump has consistently broken his promises to the middle class, Congressman Kennedy profoundly understands the challenges facing hard-working men and women across the country,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in announcing Kennedy’s selection.

Brady Aide Pleads Guilty in Payoff Scheme
Agreed to cooperate with federal investigation into Pennsylvania Democrat

An aide to Rep. Robert Brady pleaded guilty to a scheme to pay off a primary opponent to drop out of the race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A strategist for Rep. Robert A. Brady of Pennsylvania admitted his role in covering up a $90,000 payment to a Democratic primary opponent to drop out of the race. 

Donald “D.A.” Jones pleaded guilty to charges of lying to federal agents and agreed to cooperate in the investigation, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. 

Investigators Accuse Brady of Concealing Bribe to Primary Challenger
FBI officials combed through Pennsylvania Democrat’s emails to assess his role in payoff scheme

Pennsylvania Rep. Robert A. Brady has been accused by the FBI of leading a scheme to conceal a bribe payment to a onetime Democratic challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The FBI is combing through Pennsylvania Rep. Robert A. Brady’s emails to see if he led a conspiracy to pay off a challenger to drop out of the Democratic primary in his district in 2012.

The bureau has accused the longtime lawmaker of leading a scheme to conceal a $90,000 payment to Jimmie Moore, a former Philadelphia Municipal Court judge. Moore has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities. The email search marks the first time Brady himself has been personally investigated.

Brady Aides Charged In Payoff Scheme
Part of a larger investigation into campaign paying 2012 primary challenger to drop out of race

Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., walks down the House steps following a series of votes on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two aides to Pennsylvania Rep. Robert A. Brady were charged as part of a larger federal probe of his campaign paying a 2012 primary challenger $90,000 to drop out of the race.

Ken Smukler and Donald “D.A.” Jones are charged with making illegal campaign contributions on Brady’s behalf. The two were also charged with conspiring to hide money in the campaign finance reports of primary challenger Jimmie Moore, a former Philadelphia Municipal Court judge, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Shea-Porter Passes on Running for Another Term
New Hampshire Democrat says she ‘felt the tug of family’ in announcing decision

New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is not seeking a fifth term to the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mandel Staffer Accused of Getting Physical With Tracker
Tracker was trying to ask Ohio Senate candidate about endorsement from white nationalist figure

An aide to Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel blocks a Ohio Democratic Party tracker’s camera as Mandel arrives for a roundtable meeting. (Jake Strassberger via YouTube)

A staffer for Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is running against Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, is accused of getting physical with a campaign tracker who was shooting video of Mandel.


Drama Awaits Senate Debate on Pentagon Policy
No lack of substantive, high-profile issues for defense authorization measure

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and ranking member Jack Reed, D-R.I., will manage a sprawling floor debate on the Pentagon policy bill starting this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate will take up the massive Pentagon policy bill this week, providing a stage for high-profile debate on simmering national security issues ranging from transgender troops to the growing North Korea nuclear threat.

Senators have already filed hundreds of amendments to the defense bill, among them language to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military, establish a North Korea strategy, limit arms sales to U.S. allies, define U.S. objectives in Afghanistan and block the creation of a new military service.

Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer Gets Democratic Challenger
Jane Raybould hit Fischer for her vote to confirm Betsy DeVos

Democrat Jane Raybould cited her experience in running a business and local government in announcing her challenge to Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb Fischer. (Jane Raybould for U.S. Senate via Facebook)

Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer received a Democratic challenger as Lincoln City Council member Jane Raybould announced she would challenge the Republican incumbent.

Raybould criticized Fischer on both health care and for her vote to confirm Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Omaha World-Herald reported.