Florida’s Midterms Loom Large in ‘March for Our Lives’ Saturday
Feb. 14 mass shooting pushes gun violence to forefront in campaigns

Catherine Monroe, 19, who drove all night from Gainesville, Fla., rests near the Capitol Reflecting Pool before joining the student-led March for Our Lives rally on Pennsylvania Avenue to call for action to prevent gun violence on Saturday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 Todd Foote came to Saturday’s March for Lives because of his son Austin.

Austin was is a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman killed 17 people last month.  Scott Beigel, his cross-country coach,  was among the victims. So were four of his friends. His best friend’s sister was in the hospital for two weeks.

Report: Costello Not Running for Re-Election
Pennsylvania Republican changes mind after initially filing for third term

Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan A. Costello is reportedly not running for re-election in the 6th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan A. Costello has decided against seeking re-election, despite recently filing to run for a third term, according to a report from City & State PA.

The news site reported that the Republican lawmaker met Friday with party officials, including state GOP chairman Val DiGiorgio and former Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach, whom he succeeded in 2015, and informed them he would drop out of the race before the May 15 primary

While Demonstrators Call for Action on Gun Violence, Nobody’s Home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Trump has “no public events scheduled” at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office to the Marine One helicopter as he departs for Mar-A-Lago from the White House on Friday. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

One notable resident on Pennsylvania Avenue — the nexus in Washington, D.C., for perhaps some 500,000 demonstrators who want action on gun violence — was out of town Saturday.

President Donald Trump left Washington on Friday after a news conference that featured testy and sometimes disjointed remarks on the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package, promising never to sign “another bill like this.”

The Winding Tale of One Senate Desk's Very Long History
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

March for Our Lives in Washington: What You Need to Know
Congress passed its first gun measure in years as part of omnibus, but Democrats want more

The March For Our Lives crowd fills Pensylvania Avenue in Washington on Saturday morning. The protest held in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting in February called for an end gun violence and mass shootings in schools. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Millions of demonstrators across the U.S. will take to the streets Saturday to call for action from Congress to prevent gun violence.

City officials in Washington, D.C., where the main March For Our Lives event kicks off at noon, estimate the rally will attract roughly 500,000 visitors to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Podcast: Trump Now Managing His Own Show
CQ on Congress, Episode 96

President Donald Trump is reshaping the White House and U.S policy. (Win McNamee/Getty Images file photo)

With a shakeup in administration staffing, President Donald Trump has purged aides who tried to manage him, replacing them with aides whose hardline instincts he may have to manage, says Roll Call’s White House reporter John T. Bennett.


Who Is Cecil Andrus?
How the late Idaho governor almost derailed the omnibus

Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus speaks during the National Audubon Society Gala Dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on March 31, 2015. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The National Audubon Society)

Cecil who?

The spirit of the late Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus graced the political stage this week when a provision in the omnibus spending package naming the Gem State’s White Clouds Wilderness after the Democrat snarled progress on the legislation, which was needed to fund the government past Friday.

Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Rep. Scott Taylor
If convicted Wallace Grove Godwin of Virginia Beach faces up to 10 years in prison

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., was the target of a murder threat by one of his constituents. The man was arrested Friday and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A 69-year-old Virginia Beach resident was arrested Friday for threatening to murder his congressman, GOP Rep. Scott Taylor

Wallace Grove Godwin is being charged with threatening to murder and assault a U.S. official, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison if convicted, Tracy Doherty-McCormick, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Matthew R. Verderosa, the U.S. Capitol Police chief, announced Friday. 

Roll Call’s 2018 March Madness — Weekend Update

The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are at the halftime point, and Roll Call’s congressional version of the March Madness bracketology has been updated. 

After Self-Created Drama, Trump Signs Omnibus
After grousing about deal, president asks for line-item veto

President Donald Trump on Friday first threatened to veto a massive government funding bill only to later sign it into law. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Updated at 2:24 p.m. | President Donald Trump on Friday backed down from a seemingly out-of-the-blue veto threat when he signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package that averts a government shutdown he nearly triggered after lawmakers left town.

The double presidential about-face came on yet another chaotic day at Trump’s White House. Aides, Secret Service agents and journalists scurried about for hours, with the dramatics culminating with Trump announcing a 1 p.m. press conference for which his staff was clearly not prepared.