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After Wednesday, California Will Have Its Own Saint in Capitol

The statue of Junípero Serra overlooks members of Congress and the media in Statuary Hall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Battles over historic symbols can get heated, as Congress learned this summer in the Confederate battle flag fight . But a little controversy isn't stopping Pope Francis from weighing in on the debate over one of California's key historical figures — a frontier-era priest whose statue is prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol.  

On Wednesday, the pope will canonize Junípero Serra, a Franciscan priest — revered by Catholics and reviled by some Native Americans —  who founded nine of the state's 21 missions in the 1700s and brought Catholicism to the new world. To supporters — including the pope — he's a saint, despite the church's subjugation at the time of California's native peoples. Some historians say it's unfair to judge Serra through the lens of modern morals and standards. When indigenous tribes were viewed as subhuman by Spanish settlers, Serra saw their "intrinsic dignity," said one supporter.  

Partisan Activities of Lerner Co-Worker at FEC

The blatant partisan activities  of an employee of the Federal Election Commission  have been detailed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is seeking information relating to a former co-worker, Lois Lerner. The loss of emails has hampered discovery.  

The committee released a letter  from chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to Lee Goodman, the chairman of the Federal Election Commission, asking for records and information about the activities of April Sands. The Inspector General of the Commission reported she could not obtain some of Sands' emails, since the Commission had recycled her computer hard drive. As a result, there was no prosecution.  

Subpoena on Hold: Kerry Won't Appear at May 21 Hearing

Kerry won't appear before Congress on May 21. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A subpoena for John Kerry to testify before Congress next week on Benghazi has been put on hold while the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the State Department negotiate when — or if — the secretary of state will appear.  

Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, said Monday night that Kerry will be in Mexico May 21 on a previously scheduled trip, and that the department is working with the committee to "explore whether there are better means of addressing the Committee’s interests, including through a more appropriate witness." She said there has been no deal on arrangements for an alternative date.  

Timing of 'Uncle Earl' Indictment Questioned on Capitol Hill

Asked about the Jeffrey Thompson indictment, Holder said cases are brought when they are ready "irrespective of what the political fallout is going to be." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

To hear some members of Congress say it, the timing of the Justice Department's plea bargain with D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson -- a.k.a. 'Uncle Earl' -- influenced the outcome of the April 1 mayoral primary.  

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told CQ Roll Call on Tuesday that it was "perhaps too soon" for his committee to look at how federal prosecutors' allegations that Mayor Vincent Gray knew about a shadow campaign scheme in the 2010 election might have contributed to his loss to Muriel Bowser.  

National Capital Planning Commission Rejects Frank Gehry's Design for Eisenhower Memorial

Issa says Gehry's design for the Eisenhower Memorial has an immodesty that is unbefitting of the plainspoken 34th president. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress past and present ventured into the National Capital Planning Commission's headquarters last week to weigh in on the long-delayed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial project.  

Former Rep. Leonard Boswell came from Iowa to encourage planners to move forward. The 80-year-old Democrat and Army veteran said he would like to see the memorial done before he dies, and called the project a “great tribute to veterans.”  

Google Inc. NetPAC Has Record Giving Month

The political action committee of a major Internet services and products company has increased its political contributions to a new high.  

Google Inc. NetPAC reported today it had giving $174,500 to federal candidates and committees during February. Previously, their high month was September 2012, when the PAC gave $165,500 to federal candidates and committees.  

House Votes to Table Resolution Condemning Darrell Issa

Hours after the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus introduced a resolution condemning Rep. Darrell Issa, Republicans shelved it.  

The House on Thursday voted 211-186, on a party line vote, to table the privileged resolution that would have implicated the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee with violating "Clause 1 of Rule XXIII of the Code of Official Conduct, which states that 'A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, Officer or Employee of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House."  

Congressional Black Caucus Brings Resolution Condemning Issa, Asks Boehner to Take His Gavel (Video) (Updated)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:23 p.m. | The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus brought a resolution to the floor Thursday condemning Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and asked Speaker John A. Boehner to take his gavel, after Issa cut off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings' microphone at a hearing Wednesday.