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A Crippling Blow to Obamacare Looms in SCOTUS Ruling

wonkwire.rollcall.com — National Journal: "If the Supreme Court tears apart Obamacare this summer, the president won't be able to put it back together all by himself ... The high court is expected to rule this summer in a lawsuit over Obamacare's insurance subsidies, which more than 80 percent of enrollees are receiving.

The U.S. Fracking Explosion

wonkwire.rollcall.com — Inside Climate News has compiled a map of the nation's fracking activity. There are "22 states, from California to Texas, Michigan to West Virginia, currently employing this high-intensity form of energy extraction, and five others may soon follow." "Fracking is used differently in each state, depending on the available fossil fuels.

What Happened to America's Middle Class?

wonkwire.rollcall.com — New York Times: "The middle class that President Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century." "In the late 1960s, more than half of the households in the United States were squarely in the middle, earning, in ...

Acquisition Overhaul, Benghazi, Bobby Three Sticks in the Week Ahead

blogs.rollcall.com — Busy, busy week. Monday Central Intelligence Agency chief John O. Brennan conducts a webcast interview at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Tuesday So many committees: Senate Armed Services, on global challenges/national security strategy, with top former military leaders; House Select Benghazi Committee, on "Status Review of Outstanding Requests"; three House Foreign Affairs Committee (or subcommittee) hearings, on Iran, Nigeria and the Charlie Hebdo attack; and two House Veterans Affairs hearings.
Jan 26, 2015

Acquisition Overhaul, Benghazi, Bobby Three Sticks in the Week Ahead cqnow.co/1z1AkUS @rollcall @cqnow

Week Ahead: The State Of Freight Rail, Boeing's Future

blogs.rollcall.com — Freight rail efficiency and the resilience of the nation's infrastructure will be getting attention this week as will the continuing saga of falling oil prices. Monday Norfolk Southern, which serves 22 states mostly east of the Mississippi, announces its quarterly earnings.
Jan 26, 2015

Freight rail efficiency & resilience of the nation’s infrastructure will be getting attention this week @CQNow cqnow.co/1CrNLjc

Harry Reid Surgery Crucial Moment in Storied Career

blogs.rollcall.com — This is one of the most pivotal weeks in Harry Reid's personal life, not to mention his congressional career. How he handles Monday's complex surgery to rebuild a crushed orbital socket and remove pools of blood behind and in front of his right eyeball will not only determine whether the Nevadan regains the vision he lost earlier this month in a freakish exercising mishap.
Jan 25, 2015

Grassley says of Reid: "He’ll be back. He always comes back" roll.cl/1t85V7M

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Grassley to Ramp Up Oversight at Judiciary

blogs.rollcall.com — By Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski When Loretta Lynch paid Sen. Charles E. Grassley a visit last month, the new Judiciary Committee chairman handed her a book - of all the unanswered letters he's sent to the administration.

Congressional Delegation Gets Dramatic Story Behind the Cuba News

blogs.rollcall.com — A relationship forged on Sen. Patrick J. Leahy's first visit to Cuba some 15 years ago helped the Vermont Democrat take an unexpected step in support of the White House's efforts to bring home Alan Gross and re-establish diplomatic relations with the island nation.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @CQnow: Sen.Leahy tells @rollcall about a clandestine visit and message-passing ahead of Cuba opening cqnow.co/1yUKecy @KyleTrygstad

Pumpernickel Stout + Hot Chicken = You Are Warm

blogs.rollcall.com — Winter does not stand a chance, not against the forces of Atlas Brew Works' new Pumpernickel Stout and Maison Dixon's Hot Chicken. On Saturday, Capitol Lounge at 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE will turn over its taps to Atlas for the launch of its newest brew, Pumpernickel Stout.

Chilling Out Is What It’s All About at the Dolcezza Factory

blogs.rollcall.com — The little, local gelato maker that could has come a long way from solely dishing scoops of handmade refreshment to college kids and thrusting samples in the faces of those perusing different stalls at the farmers market. The decade-long trek to the top of the frozen dessert heap in D.C.

Several Democrats Consider Ohio Senate Race

atr.rollcall.com — Ohio Democrats are expecting a crowded primary to challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016, and the recent announcement by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld may have accelerated its formation. The 30-year-old Sittenfeld announced Thursday that he would get into the race.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @rollcall: MT @Beckgale: .@RepTimRyan undecided on #OHSEN due to “7-month-old baby at home that I’m completely enamored with.” roll.cl/1wsMbXy

Jan 23, 2015

.@RepTimRyan undecided on #OHSEN due to “7-month-old baby at home that I’m completely enamored with.” Aww. atr.rollcall.com/ohio-senate-ra…

McConnell Shows He's the Boss

blogs.rollcall.com — The honeymoon may be over for Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican's open process experiment took a turn Thursday night when the newly minted majority leader showed his patience has its limits, as he forced a series of votes to table Democratic amendments and refused to allow their sponsors a minute to explain them.

Standing Committee of Correspondents Election Decided By Coin Toss

blogs.rollcall.com — The late-night Senate votes weren't the only drama on Capitol Hill Thursday. Up in the Senate Daily Press Gallery, an election to fill a spot on the Standing Committee of Correspondents for the Daily Press came down to a coin toss.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @bridgetbhc: There was some unusual drama in the Standing Committee of Correspondents for the Daily Press elections last night blogs.rollcall.com/hill-blotter/s…

Jan 23, 2015

.@bridgetbhc recaps the dramatic coin-toss election for the Standing Committee of Correspondents: ow.ly/HQLQ2

Jan 23, 2015

There was some unusual drama in the Standing Committee of Correspondents for the Daily Press elections last night blogs.rollcall.com/hill-blotter/s…

First Race Ratings for Gubernatorial Contests Revealed

blogs.rollcall.com — With a wide-open race for the White House and the Senate majority in play in 2016, it can be hard to make the case to donors that gubernatorial races belong in the conversation. But that's not dissuading some partisan strategists - or the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, which revealed its first race ratings for these contests Friday.

Dates Announced for DNC 2016

atr.rollcall.com — The Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016, Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Friday. Democrats have not yet chosen the city where the convention will take place, but DNC officials have narrowed the list down to three cities: Columbus, New York, or Philadelphia.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @cyram: Dems set convention date for 2016, congressional reporters fear for August recess roll.cl/1CKfbid via @alexis_levinson

Jan 23, 2015

RT @cyram: Dems set convention date for 2016, congressional reporters fear for August recess roll.cl/1CKfbid via @alexis_levinson

Robin Kelly Interest in Illinois Senate Race

atr.rollcall.com — Democrats are driving toward a primary collision course in Illinois, where the party could endure a multi-million dollar slugfest in a race essential to capturing Senate control in 2016. A fourth House Democrat, Rep. Robin Kelly, told CQ Roll Call Wednesday she is weighing a bid against GOP Sen. Mark S.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @rollcall: Illinois Democrats are driving toward a primary collision course: roll.cl/1E9Cu9u via @CahnEmily

Jan 23, 2015

RT @ha_nah_nah: Drama in the Land of Lincoln RT @alexis_levinson: Pretty much everyone wants to challenge Mark Kirk in 2016 rollcall.com/news/democrats…

Jan 23, 2015

Drama in the Land of Lincoln RT @alexis_levinson: Pretty much everyone wants to challenge Mark Kirk in 2016 rollcall.com/news/democrats…

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Driver in SOTU Police Chase Had No Driver's License, Police Say

blogs.rollcall.com — An officer on the scene of the State of the Union night car chase through Capitol Police jurisdiction say the man briefly handcuffed by police, then allowed to drive away, did not have a driver's license.
Jan 24, 2015

RT @rollcall: "I don’t understand how you can let someone who should have been arrested for ... reckless driving [go].” roll.cl/1t8ifVK

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