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DFL Endorsee for Ellison’s Seat Would Be First Muslim Congresswoman
Ilhan Omar is vying for the open seat in Minnesota’s 5th District

Ilhan Omar, left, and filmmaker Norah Shapiro attend the premiere of “Time For Ilhan,” which tells her story of running for office in Minnesota, during the Tribeca Film Festival in April. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images file photo)

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsed Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar at a special convention Sunday in her bid to succeed Rep. Keith Ellison. After Ellison abruptly announced two weeks ago he would run for state attorney general, five DFL candidates are vying for the open 5th District seat.

Omar won the endorsement with 68 percent of the vote, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.

Time Running Out in Ryan’s Quest to Overhaul Welfare Programs
Speaker returns to Jack Kemp roots as he targets SNAP and TANF

In his remaining months as speaker, Paul D. Ryan is making one last push on poverty. Above, Bishop Shirley Holloway helps Ryan unveil his plan for “A Better Way” in Anacostia in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has spent his 20-year congressional career primarily focused on two issues, taxes and poverty. The Wisconsin Republican led a major rewrite of the tax code last year, but when he retires at the end of this term he won’t have many accomplishments to tout on poverty.

The last big win for conservatives in the so-called War on Poverty was the 1996 welfare overhaul, Ryan acknowledged on PBS’ “Firing Line” earlier this month.

Softball, the Hill’s Social Lubricant
House and Senate softball league players share what they get out of the games

A member of the House softball league runs to second base during the Tax Dodgers versus Immaculate Innings game next to the Washington Monument on Tuesday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

June in D.C. for congressional staffers means creeping humidity and long working hours. For some it also means reliving their Little League days.

The Senate and House softball leagues are staples of summer on Capitol Hill. Members and staffers say they play for the fun of it, to meet new people, and to foster relationships both within and outside their offices.

New Court Documents Reveal Details of Yard Dispute That Hospitalized Rand Paul
Kentucky senator repeatedly stacked branches by property line, angering neighbor

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., broke six ribs in an altercation with his neighbor last November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 2:55 p.m. | New court documents in Kentucky shed more light on details from the yard dispute that landed Sen. Rand Paul in the hospital with six broken ribs, among other thoracic complications, and could land his neighbor in prison.

Rene Boucher, 60, didn’t like where his neighbor of 17 years, Paul, was putting his yard debris.

Opinion: Veterans Helping Veterans — Why Peer Support Should Be Expanded
A familiar face makes a world of difference in caring for veterans

A Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix. The department’s peer specialists bring humanity to the care veterans receive, Peters and Coffman write. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images file photo)

“You mean it gets better?” a female veteran asks Olga, a certified peer specialist working at the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the last decade, Olga has served as an integral part of the VA’s peer specialist program in Dallas. After going through the dizzying process herself as an Army veteran, she wondered how other veterans experiencing severe mental health episodes were managing to get the care they needed.

Now, Olga spends her time connecting with other veterans to help steer them through the VA’s web of mental health care services. She is part of a workforce of more than 1,100 peer specialists who help veterans in department facilities across the country, including 25 VA primary care sites. This program provides veterans with a trusted guide to navigate the system: a fellow veteran who has gone through the same journey to wellness. Peer specialists supplement traditional care practices, such as counseling or group therapy, and work in patient-aligned care teams to meet the needs of each veteran.

Conway: Trump to Target Red-State Dems Like Donnelly, Tester
White House counselor acknowledges president's ‘friends’ influence his decisions

White House counseor Kellyanne Conway speaks during a breakfast event with reporters Wednesday morning. (Photo provided by The Monitor)

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday said Donald Trump plans to target vulnerable red-state Democrats as the midterm election campaign heats up and denied the president is “serially untruthful.”

She also disagreed with former Speaker John A. Boehner’s stance that the Republican Party is “taking a nap” that allowed Trump to take control of it, predicted more West Wing staff upheaval and offered a window into efforts to plug a series of leaks during a breakfast event with reporters. Conway insisted the president is busily preparing for his summit with his North Korean counterpart, but struggled to provide specifics on that preparation.

Dozens Arrested as Poor People’s Campaign Rallies at Capitol
Protesters hoisted a casket to represent poor Americans killed by ecological disasters and lack of health care

Protesters carry a coffin to the East Front of the Capitol as environmental activist groups joined forces Monday with the Poor People’’s Campaign to demand the right to health care and a healthy environment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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Capitol Police arrested 28 protesters in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday following a march and rally organized by the Poor People’s Campaign, a grass-roots group calling for a national “moral revival” to address social inequality.

Court Rules for Baker in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case, Avoids Key Issue
Colorado failed to apply law with neutrality toward religion, 7-2 court decision finds

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington on Thursday, April 12, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:50 p.m. | The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Colorado baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding because of his religious views, ruling that the state’s civil rights commission violated his rights when it did not decide the matter with religious neutrality.

The justices, in a 7-2 opinion, took a narrow approach that avoided the big question — where to draw a line between religious liberty and anti-discrimination laws — that had made it a potentially landmark case on a hotly contested social issue.

Green Peeved at Pelosi for ‘Trivializing’ Democrats’ Impeachment Pleas
Texas congressman and some colleagues want to impeach Trump over policies ‘based on his bigotry’

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, took issue with what he saw as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “reducing the President’s harmful bigotry to his ‘being a jerk.’” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Al Green took issue with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for downplaying some Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump.

Green and at least a few dozen of his other House Democratic colleagues have spearheaded an effort to impeach the president over policies “based on his bigotry,” such as a ban on entry to the United States for citizens of majority-Muslim countries and the rollback of a program to protect immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children but who have grown up here.

Administration Denies Notion Jerusalem Embassy Isolates U.S. in Region
Trump to address Monday’s opening ceremony via video, official says

President Donald Trump listens to introductions as he waits to speak to supporters at a rally on Friday in Elkhart, Indiana. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Senior administration officials on Friday dismissed the notion that President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has isolated the United States in the region.

The officials also told reporters on a morning conference call that an ample number of U.S. lawmakers are expected to attend a Monday afternoon event at the Jerusalem facility to mark its official opening. They did not, however, name names.