Just as we're recovering from our Mark Souder hangover, a South Carolina blogger says he did "inappropriate" things with Nikki Haley. That vision will be cold showered by the upcoming televised conference committee... nothing kills your bill quite like points of order over conjugation of derivatives regulation. Elsewhere, the Marxists in Congress will try to piece together an unemployment extension package on the backs of the beleaguered investor class, and gay rights activists will lobby bipartisan-curious lawmakers on Thursday's expected DADT vote... and we're guessing Rand Paul will say inflammatory things about the 19th amendment. This is HUFFPOST HILL for May 24th, 2010:
EXCLUSIVE: PELOSI, REID WANT BANK REFORM CONFERENCE NEGOTIATIONS TELEVISED - Speaker Nancy Pelosi, through a spokesperson, tells HuffPost Hill she "definitely" will push to televise and webcast talks between House and Senate conferees, a blow to Wall Street lobbyists, who work much more effectively in the dark. "This is something that he would support," Jim Manley, senior communications adviser to Harry Reid, told HuffPost Hill. The move has added significance because the Senate bill is, broadly speaking, stronger than the House version, though the more progressive Democratic House conferees will often be happy to accede to tougher Senate language. The C-SPAN cameras may catch the odd sight of House negotiators fighting for Senate provisions. Barney Frank has already called for the negotiations to be televised and Chris Dodd, who confirmed on the floor today that he'd be a conferee, has said he wouldn't oppose it. Before popping the corks, however: This doesn't mean there will be no discussions that go on in private. But the more attention paid to the negotiations, and the more transparency, the harder it'll be to weaken the bill, if the last several weeks of public debate are any guide.
VOLCKER RULE NOT DEAD YET - Jeff Merkley and other Dems will try to resurrect in conference a proposal that would prohibit banks from trading for their own gain with taxpayer funds. "Our Democratic leadership has said they would aggressively pursue the ideas that are in Merkley-Levin in conference," Merkley told HuffPost Hill and local Oregon reporters after the amendment failed to get a vote on the Senate floor. "The process is not done."
SENATE PUSHES AUTO-DEALER LOOPHOLE - If leadership is working for Merkley-Levin, they're not doing it with much muscle: The Senate approved two motions to instruct Wall Street conferees Monday evening -- one, from Sam Brownback, to benefit auto dealers, and the second, from Kay Bailey Hutchison, to protect insurers (such as her homestate's USAA) from the prop-trading restrictions that are in the bill. No vote on Merkley-Levin instructions, even though their amendment was killed when Brownback withdrew his on Thursday. This evening, Brownback's passed 60-30. Which is the majority party again?
The House has delayed its vote on the tax extenders bill until Wednesday, according to a Democratic aide. The plan had been to hold the vote Tuesday so the Senate could get it done in time for recess. Democrats will be meeting this evening to discuss the bill.
SUMMERS: "FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, THE ECONOMIC EMERGENCY GRINDS ON" - WH adviser Larry Summers spoke to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies today: "[T]he observation that the economy is again ascending does not mean that we are out of a very deep valley. Far from it when we are nearly 8 million jobs short of normal employment and about $1 trillion - or $10,000 per family - short of the economy's potential output and income and when recent events in Europe have introduced uncertainty into the prospects for global growth. Shortfalls in output and employment stunt the economy's future potential as investment projects are put off and as the skills and work habits of the unemployed atrophy. This last point is especially important when for the first time since the Second World War the typical unemployed worker has already been out of work for more than six months. And behind these statistics lie millions of stories of Americans who have seen the basic foundations of their economic security erode. Beyond the economic projections and equations we economists make lie the struggles of communities devastated by the impact of this recession.Whatever the judgments of groups of economists about the official parameters of the recession and the growing signs of recovery, for millions of Americans the economic emergency grinds on."
GRINDING ON: CONGRESS DEBATES UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THIS WEEK - Arthur Delaney with the lookahead and what the legislation being considered is missing: "Hundreds of thousands of people have exhausted their extended unemployment benefits. In some states, laid-off workers can receive checks for 99 weeks, and that's all they're going to get. This bill isn't for the "99ers," and there's no proposal on deck to give them additional weeks of benefits." http://huff.to/bBJGPy
SCOOP: BP RESPONSE PLAN WAS LAUGHABLY BAD - HuffPost's Dan Froomkin: "BP's official response plan for oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico doesn't actually say anything about how the company would stop a blowout, wildly underestimates the worst-case scenario, and lists walruses among the Gulf's 'Sensitive Biological Resources' -- leading an environmental group to suggest Monday that no regulator could possibly have seriously examined it. ... Meanwhile, it gives a website for a Japanese home shopping site as the link to one of the 'primary equipment providers for BP in the Gulf of Mexico Region [for] rapid deployment of spill response resources on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis.'" http://huff.to/cyOeKv
Mary Landrieu's stunning promise to Gulf coast residents during today's press conference: "If you made $50,000 last year, and you can't work this year, BP is going to write you a check for $50,000. If you made $1 million last year, and you can't work this year, BP is going to make your business whole." Ed Schultz this evening on Landrieu's comment: "We checked with the White House twice today and they could not confirm that."
The administration's biggest Gulf Coast PR headache may turn out to be Billy Nungesser -- the fiery TV-friendly Louisiana parish president who is outraged at the oil blowout response from BP and the feds. "Absolutely nothing is being done," he shouted out this evening on MSNBC. "There is no plan. They have dropped the ball tremendously and they continue to do it. They're passing the buck."
SESSIONS THREATENS TO HOLD UP KAGAN NOMINATION AP: "The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee warned Monday that he would seek to slow Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's path to confirmation unless senators get full access to her files as a Clinton administration aide... Sessions doesn't have a veto over the hearing schedule, but his threat set the stage for a potential partisan showdown over the documents and the pace of Kagan's confirmation process." http://bit.ly/9V0DLy
TOMORROW'S PAPERS TODAY - The Hill's Alexander Bolton on how immigration reform is straining Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin's already complicated relationship: "Schumer is spearheading the effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. But Durbin has long championed a scaled-down version of reform, called the Dream Act, that activists believe has a better chance of passing. Durbin has had to tread lightly to avoid the appearance that he is endangering Schumer's effort to pass comprehensive reform."
Roll Call's Jackie Kucinich on the effort to craft the new House Republican agenda: "[It] begins Tuesday with the launch of AmericaSpeakingOut.com, which will ask Americans for policy guidance for the remainder of the 111th Congress. With this step, the GOP will find itself navigating the ethical minefield of unveiling a legislative agenda during campaign season, which Democrats encountered in 2006."
CASE WON'T QUIT HAWAII RACE - Despite finishing third and splitting the Democratic vote in Saturday's special election, the DCCC's quietly favored candidate -- former Rep. Ed Case -- says he will seek his party's nomination for November. Politico: "His comments make clear that the bad blood between Case and Hanabusa during the special election has not subsided, and that both are headed towards a repeat of their divisive special election feud, which led to Republican Charles Djou winning Hawaii's traditionally Democratic 1st District this past weekend... For now, the White House and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are staying on the sidelines and aren't expected to take sides in the primary battle, while labor, EMILY's List and the state's two sitting senators continue to advocate for Hanabusa." http://politi.co/9p8UTe
ROSSI TO ENTER RACE AGAINST MURRAY IN WA. STATE - AP: "A Republican official says Dino Rossi plans to enter the Washington state race against Democratic Sen. Patty Murray this week. The official said Monday that Rossi -- a two-time candidate for governor -- is hiring staff and is preparing to make his widely anticipated campaign official on Wednesday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private campaign plans. Republicans had been courting Rossi and national Democrats have been criticizing him in hopes of keeping him out of the Senate race or rough him up by the time he's officially in." http://yhoo.it/b8FU8h
ANGRY BUNNING EMAILER GETS AN FBI VISIT - A Philadelphia man will be heading to federal court in Covington, Ky. this Friday to answer for the felony of sending a harassing email to Jim Bunning's office. The man told HuffPost Hill the FBI visited him after he emailed Bunning's office several times back in February when the Kentucky Republican blocked a reauthorization of unemployment benefits. The indictment doesn't reveal exactly what was in that problem email, but the man, who is unemployed, shared one letter he sent to Bunning staffers on Feb. 26. "ARE you'all insane," it said. "NO checks equal no food for me. DO YOU GET IT??" They got it. Possible penalties include up to two years in jail and a $250,000 fine. Full story from Arthur Delaney tomorrow.
Qu'est-ce que c'est? David Byrne is suing Charlie Crist for using the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" in campaign media without permission. http://bit.ly/bE3elf
The White House will honor Paul McCartney in a June 2nd ceremony. From the White House release: "[T]he President and First Lady will host a concert in the East Room honoring Paul McCartney, who will be awarded the 3rd Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress... The concert will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM EDT." http://bit.ly/cDdfM6
KISSINGER TO TESTIFY ABOUT START TREATY TOMORROW - Henry Kissinger, who curtails his travel to a wide variety of nations so as not to be locked up for war crimes, will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee tomorrow to weigh in on the role of arms reduction in a post Cold War environment.
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OBAMA INTRODUCES BUDGET-TRIMMING LEGISLATION - The president today sent a bill to Congress that would grant current and future presidents the ability to review passed legislation and send a trimmed version back to Capitol Hill for an up-or-down vote. The AP: "Senate Democrats filibustered the idea to death just three years ago, and so Obama's move would seem like a long shot. But the plan could pick up traction in the current anti-Washington political environment in which lawmakers are desperate to demonstrate they are tough on spending...The White House says Obama would use the new power to try to weed out earmarks such as water and sewer grants and road projects not requested by the administration." http://huff.to/cYezRH
A similar measure adopted by President Bill Clinton was later overturned by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. Russ Feingold, a key line-item proponent, supports the initiative: "I welcome the administration's line-item veto proposal," Feingold said in a statement. "The administration's proposal appears to be constitutional and would be a useful tool to help eliminate wasteful spending." http://politi.co/aPC0is
Two new reports from the Congressional Research Service and Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction call into question several claims made by the Obama administration in defense of its massive war supplemental bill. Dan Froomkin: "Just for starters, there's the lack of an exit strategy, signs of a slipping timeframe for troop drawdowns and the mixed results thus far of the troop 'surge.' There's also the matter of seemingly unrealistic goals for training Afghan security forces, poor planning of infrastructure projects, pervasive corruption within the Afghan government and the lack of contracting oversight. Finally there's the concern that some of the individual funding requests seem inflated, in certain areas the Pentagon isn't spending the money it already has and billions of dollars in requests don't appear to genuinely qualify as emergency spending -- the only thing Obama vowed he would ever use an emergency spending bill for again." http://huff.to/a2x7ux
This as the number of troops in Afghanistan has surpassed the number in Iraq for the first time since the 2003 invasion. http://bit.ly/acID2F
WHITE HOUSE IN DADT TALKS - With both chambers likely voting this week on a defense authorization amendment that would abolish DADT, White House officials confirmed that they met with LGBT advocates and Pentagon officials today. http://politi.co/a30iJM
LGBT groups are also targeting moderate lawmakers who they see as crucial to this week's votes. From The Hill: "HRC said Monday that it expects the amendment to come up for a vote concurrently on Thursday, one time on the House floor and one time in the Senate Armed Services Committee. The group is focusing on six key centrists -- five Democrats and one Republican -- who sit on the Senate committee ahead of the vote. The target senators are Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Jim Webb (D-Va.), and Scott Brown (R-Mass.)." http://bit.ly/aY8X3f
Please direct all kudos to Tony Romm who is moving to Politico after writing for The Hill's Briefing Room. FishbowlDC has the departure drama: "He gave his two-weeks notice, but apparently that didn't go over so well. Romm, we're told, was asked to leave by close of business today. ... (A Hill employee remarked over e-mail, 'Happy hour may not happen.')" http://bit.ly/aqjhkU
WAPO: MMS INCENTIVIZED TO DO SHODDY WORK - From Juliet Eilperin: "The federal agency responsible for regulating offshore oil drilling repeatedly ignored warnings from government scientists about environmental risks in its push to approve energy exploration activities quickly, according to numerous documents and interviews. Minerals Management Service officials, who receive cash bonuses for meeting federal deadlines on leasing offshore oil and gas exploration, frequently altered their own documents and bypassed legal requirements aimed at ensuring drilling does not imperil the marine environment, the documents show. This has dramatically weakened the scientific checks on offshore drilling that were established under landmark laws such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, according to those who have worked with MMS, which is part of the Interior Department." http://bit.ly/dhiqPQ
Ken Salazar defended Interior's response to the oil slick today, taking aim at BP in the process. "Under the law, BP is the responsible party. BP is charged with capping the leaking oil well and paying for the response and for the recovery without limitation," Salazar, flanked by local and federal officials, said at a press conference in Louisiana. From E2 Wire: http://bit.ly/ae2rH5
Congrats to Megan Smith who has signed onto CAP as its new Associate Director for Press Relations.
TODAY IN DUH: RAND PAUL DENOUNCES MEDIA - Kentucky Senate candidate Ran Paul Friday lambasted the press for its coverage of his Civil Rights Act comments: "I need to be very careful about going on certain networks that seem to have a bias," Rand said. "Because it really wasn't the interview so much that was unfair. The interview, I think, was fair. But they went on a whole day repeating something over and over again and it makes me less inclined to go on a network." Sam Stein with the details and a video of Paul's interview: http://huff.to/9WqtFd
Greg Sargent picks apart Paul's less-than-orthodox foreign policy positions: "Paul has suggested deporting terrorists to Afghanistan and has said that it's not a threat if Iran has a nuke -- both views that smack of his father's staunch isolationism. Paul's vanquished GOP primary opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, tried to make issues of these views but they attracted virtually no national notice. For instance, the Grayson campaign pointed out that Paul said this in May of 2009 in a discussion of Guantanamo: 'If you're not going to convict them and you can't convict them and you're unclear, drop them back off in Afghanistan; it'll take them a while to get back over here.'" http://bit.ly/bWsBul
New York polling news: A new Siena poll finds Kirsten Gillibrand earning 50% of the vote against her top Republican challengers, Bruce Blakeman, Joe DioGuadia and David Malpass, besting all three by over 25 points.
That same Siena poll has recent gubenatorial candidate and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo winning his contest by 40 points. http://bit.ly/9D8JsA
HAWAII 5-DOH - Kos faults the DCCC for lazy work in the Hawaii-01 election that went to Republican Charles Djou after the Democratic vote was split between the local establishment-backed Colleen Hanabusa and DCCC darling Ed Case: "[T]he DCCC was singularly obsessed with its polling, ignoring the district's cultural trends, its ideological makeup (Case was a carpetbagger grossly out-of-step with this liberal district), and the knowledge of local power brokers. As if that wasn't bad enough, the DCCC then engaged in a clumsy public effort to get Hanabusa out of the race, circulating anti-Hanabusa opposition research as eagerly as if she were the GOP candidate in the race...After trashing Hanabusa and supporting Case, turns out that Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka knew better than the DCCC what the voters of the district wanted. And picking the wrong horse in the contest undoubtedly aided Djou's plurality victory." http://bit.ly/auxRnX
Out in California, Chuck DeVore has a new web video attacking Barbara Boxer for not being Jack Bauer enough, literally. "Would Bauer support Boxer -- a Guantanamo-closing, tax-raising, big-government-growing ultra-liberal who reads Miranda rights to foreign terrorists?" A voice asks. http://bit.ly/bZUwL5
Mother Jones's Andy Kroll thinks financial reform could be Harry Reid's best hope for reelection: "His top Democratic counterpart, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who's retiring this year, did much of the party's back-room dealing and absorbed most of the Democratic-directed criticism. That left Reid, a former amateur boxer, to bash his two favorite punching bags--Republicans and big banks... Given his state's abysmal economic condition, Reid couldn't ask for a better bill to tout on the campaign trail, experts say. In Nevada, unemployment is 13.7 percent, second only to Michigan among all 50 states. In 2009, Nevada's foreclosure rate -- one foreclosure filing for every ten houses, or 112,000 filings overall -- was the highest in the US, according to RealtyTrac." http://bit.ly/8Yk4eB
S.C. GOV CANDIDATE MIRED IN SEX SCANDAL, DONTCHA KNOW - Another day, another pol dealing with accusations of trail hiking: South Carolina political blogger Will Folks announced this morning he was involved with Nikki Haley, the Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate for governor. "I refuse to have someone hold the political equivalent of a switch-blade in front of my face and just sit there and watch as they cut me to pieces," he wrote on his blog."The truth in this case is what it is. Several years ago, prior to my marriage, I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki. That's it."
Haley strongly denied the accusation in a statement: "I have been 100 percent faithful to my husband throughout our 13 years of marriage. This claim against me is categorically and totally false," she said. "It is quite simply South Carolina politics at its worst." http://huff.to/c2aaOI
RedState and CNN guy Erick Erickson is inclined to believe her: "This violates the very basic laws of nature: hot women do not have affairs with ugly guys unless those guys are rich. The self-admitted adulterer is decidedly not rich, but decidedly wants to reinsert himself into the process as a player." http://bit.ly/cLynDk
Commencing the "Nikki Haley abstinence video watch"...NOW.
Speaking of abstinence videos, Mark Souder gave an interview to his local paper, the Fort Wayne Journal, this weekend, defending the no-sex-'til-marriage video that has made him a national punchline. "The truth is that ... it's funny," Souder said. "You'll go crazy if you don't have some sense of irony." However Souder added, "The ideas aren't proven right or wrong whether an individual fails. The whole Old Testament, from an evangelical perspective, is to show that man can't be perfect. And the whole point of the New Testament is to show that Christ sacrifices for it." http://bit.ly/dpdhOG
While we're on the topic of disgraced lawmakers and the outlets who profile them, Eric Massa is in the news again. Esquire's piece on the ex-New York congressman was posted today and it ain't pretty. The article claims Massa twice attempted suicide in the leadup to his resignation, completely alienated his wife, was building a treason case against David Petraeus and made a drunken, early morning, Ambien-infused trip to the Washington Monument. Fun! http://huff.to/agkruA
From GQ, the 25 greatest philanders in political history: http://bit.ly/9zfFye
SCOTT BROWN: "VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO SATISFY A WOMAN I AM WITH" - Elsewhere in the randy world of Republican politics, Boston Magazine uncovered a feature on wicked haht Scott Brown from Norma Nathan's 1982 book of Boston's Most Eligible Bachelors. All gold: http://huff.to/aKG9NH
Politico's Kasie Hunt is celebrating the big 2-5 tonight at Top of the Hill.
ARIZONA IMMIGRATION TIDBITS - A new PPP poll shows Hispanics in Colorado and Arizona are flocking to the Democratic party in the wake of Arizona's immigration bill. From PPP: "The big question then becomes whether there are white voters who are going to go Republican this fall who wouldn't have if that bill hadn't been passed. We don't see any evidence of that happening yet - Bennet and Glassman are both doing better with white voters than they were before as well, although not to the same degree that they've improved with Hispanics. A majority of Americans may support the bill but it could still end up working to Democrats' benefit this fall if most of the voters who care enough about it for it be a determining factor in how they vote- or whether they vote- go in their direction." http://bit.ly/d0HV1l
In Slate, Jeffrey Fagan and Tracey Meares suggest Arizona officials implement checkpoints to avoid the racial profiling implicit in the Arizona legislation: "Formal rules and actions that apply to everyone can signal fairness in a way that highly discretionary tactics, like the ones in the state's new law, do not... Checkpoints promote the virtue of evenhandedness. They spread the burden of law enforcement more widely, so that one group does not bear the brunt of it alone. And they tend to attenuate the connection between a police stop and wrongdoing. In the end, checkpoints allow law enforcement agencies to enforce the law in a way that, if done well, keeps us all safer." http://bit.ly/97jEax
@repmikecoffman Tweets this morning: "My wife & I will be vacationing in Arizona this August recess. I encourage all Americans to do the same." Props to Politico's "On Congress" blog for the heads up: http://politi.co/9wlfS3
As if the NBA and some of the largest municipalities in the country weren't enough, the American Anthropological Association, the world's leading anthropological organization, has denounced Arizona's immigration legislation. http://bit.ly/dj6shB
If you haven't already, here is the puppet-centric ad released Friday by Jan Brewer's reelection campaign attacking Democrats for what the campaign insists is their unfamiliarity with the bill: http://bit.ly/ckS2Rx
- A recap of the last episode of "Lost" for those of us who gave up after it got really weird. http://huff.to/dbFluR
- Speaking of, here's a where-are-they-now? recap of the series' most beloved characters. http://bit.ly/dDlfsO
- Some redonk watches. http://bit.ly/bTuHpH
- If you ever feel inclined to trash Oprah in and around the Chicago area, best to refer to her as "Mary." http://huff.to/aCeJfs
- As if Red Sox fans needed more fodder, A-Rod is dating Cameron Diaz. http://huff.to/aET7lU
- Some unorthodox ideas for alternative energy. Most involve poop or us being less fatass-y. http://huff.to/a2AZAN
- Britney Spears has overtaken Ashton Kutcher as Twitter's top star. http://huff.to/c4BI4Y
@lizzieohreally: Admiral Mary Landry is the on-scene coordinator for the #oilspill command. Because that won't be confusing at all. http://bit.ly/9IiRU6
@ChuckGrassley: I'm now on ubertwitter. http://bit.ly/c783jR
@kingsthings: "Be the change you want to see in the world." - Gandhi http://bit.ly/bHkwK1
Loretta Sanchez talks DADT and Andrew Romanof discusses his primary challenge to Michael Bennet on "Hardball". Byron Dorgan weighs in on the oil slick on Ed Schultz. Our own Dan Froomkin is on Olbermann. Steven Chu is on Maddow.
...and Joy Behar has Bill Press, Ann Coulter and that boy who won't say the Pledge of Allegiance until gay people have full civil rights.
Kevin McCarthy is on Morning Joe AND Daily Rundown
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm: Reason magazine celebrates "New Threats to Freedom." Hooray! [Reason Magazine DC, 1747 Connecticut Avenue NW].
6:30 pm: Once again, Dollar Movie Night at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. This time, the watering hole will be screening Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" [Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington].
8:00 am - 9:00 am: Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) convenes a breakfast fundraiser to benefit his Leadership for Today and Tomorrow PAC [National Democratic Club Townhouse, 40 Ivy Street].
8:30 am - 9:30 am: Harry Teague (D-N.M.) welcomes labor allies to a breakfast fundraiser. Nothing says blue-collar living like an event at a place called Monocle [The Monocle Restaurant, 107 D Street NE].
8:30 am: Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) does his own breakfast thing at a wine bar. HuffPost Hill's eternal gratitude to anyone who snaps a picture of a congressman stuffing his or her face with $10 tapas [Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, 223 Pennsylvania Ave SE].
8:30 am - 9:30 am: Word of advice to Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.): If you're running for the Senate in the same state that produced John Mellencamp, probably best not to host wine bar fundraisers [Bistro Bis, 15 E Street NW].
8:30 am - 9:30 am: Usually, lawmakers downplay their connection to lobbyists and other corner office, white collar types. When Upper East Side representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) hosts a fundraiser in the offices of a major lobbying firm, she's simply playing to her base [Offices of Porterfield, Lowenthal and Fettig, LLC, 415 2nd St. NE Suite 200].
12:00 pm - 1:30: Facing a tough reelection climb, Frank Kratovil (D-Md.) takes a break from the day and adds to his war chest [National Democratic Club Townhouse, 40 Ivy Street SE].
12:00 pm: Lamar Smith (R-Texas) shies away from the petrol-infused seafood currently on the menu back home [Johnny's Half Shell, 400 North Capitol Street NW #175].
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Apparently Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is too good for PRBs at Hawk and Dove. He hosts his happy hour fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club [Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE].
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