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Critics Pan Plan to Publish Congressional Research
Transparency advocates say thousands of documents would be left off of website

The Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building is pictured from the observation area at the top of U.S. Capitol Dome. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Government transparency advocates were thrilled last spring when Congress ordered its in-house thank tank to publicly release its reports.

Now, groups that lobbied for years to end the secrecy surrounding the Congressional Research Service say the website scheduled to launch in September would leave out crucial documents and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more than it should.

Trump Takes Putin’s Word for it on Russian Meddling in Elections
Putin says charges against Russians wouldn’t have a ‘fighting chance’ in U.S. courts

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin answer questions about the possible Russian meddling in the 2016 elections during a joint news conference after their summit on Monday in Helsinki, Finland. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump said Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling into U.S. elections has hurt relations between the U.S. and Russia and has been a “disaster for our country.”

Taking questions from reporters, Putin denied his country had engaged in “so-called interference” and said it had no plans to do so in the future.

House Greets MLB All-Star Game Week by Naming Post Office for Harmon Killebrew
House scheduled to debate bill designating an Idaho post office on Monday

Major League Baseball's All Star Game is taking place in Washington this year, and the House is kicking off the week by naming a Post Office after perennial all star and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House is catching baseball fever as the All Star Game arrives in the nation’s capital.

One of the smaller pieces of legislation on the floor agenda for the week would name a post office in Payette, Idaho, for Washington Senators (and Minnesota Twins) legend and perennial All Star Harmon Killebrew.

Proposals Would Help Homeowners, Make Ex-Presidents Pay for Office Supplies
Financial Services spending bill amendments also could affect local post offices

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., wants to bar the U.S. Postal Service for expanding its offering of financial services. Other proposed amendments to the Financial Services spending bill would help homeowners with bad foundations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Local post offices would be barred from offering most banking services, homeowners with crumbling foundations would get some help and ex-presidents would have to pay for their own office supplies under proposals to amend the House’s fiscal 2019 Financial Services spending bill.

Proposed amendments also include some of the usual suspects: keeping the District of Columbia from enforcing certain local laws, allowing federally insured banks to take deposits from companies in the marijuana industry, and barring federal funds from being spent at properties owned by President Donald Trump.

Republican John Chrin Launches Opening Ad in GOP Targeted District
Chrin is challenging Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright

Republican John Chrin is challenging Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright in Pennsylvania's 8th District. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call)

Republican John Chrin launched his opening argument in his campaign against Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright on Monday. Republicans are largely on defense this cycle, but the 8th District is one of the areas they view as a pickup opportunity. 

Republicans hoping to stave off potential losses in the House are looking to win districts like Pennsylvania’s 8th, which is one of a dozen held by a Democratic lawmaker that President Donald Trump won in 2016.  

Lawmakers Condemn Trump Over News Conference With Putin
Republican calls it ‘shameful’ while Democrat says trip was ‘one giant middle finger... to his own country’

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Helsinki International Airport on Sunday ahead of Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

As President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged for a press conference in Monday in Helsinki, Finland, lawmakers back home in Washington watched closely and offered their thoughts on the two leaders’ high-stakes summit.

Trump and Putin talked alone behind closed doors for more than two hours, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. The one-on-one with Putin was “a very good start for everybody,” Trump told reporters at a working lunch after the initial meeting.

Podcast: New Costs for Veterans Health Slow Spending Bill Progress
CQ Budget, Episode 69

A Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images file photo)

Schumer ‘Blowing a Lifeguard Whistle’ on Increased Kids’ Drowning Rates
Democratic senator says rate of drownings for youngest children is increasing

Sen. Charles E. Schumer wants the CDC to investigate drowning risks to young children. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer wants answers about an uptick in drowning rates for children under the age of 5.

“When it comes to the dangers of drowning, who is playing the lifeguard? Not the federal government,” Schumer said Sunday. “I’m blowing a lifeguard whistle on the dangerous trend.”

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Beatty goes #InMyFeelings, MacArthur takes on costs of care packages, and Sasse with the dad joke

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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