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Trump Endorses Higgins While Giuliani Campaigns for Challenger
Giuliani’s girlfriend works for Louisiana Republican’s primary opponent

President Donald Trump and his lawyer are split on the Republican primary for Louisiana’s 3rd District.

The president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, who serves as a senior adviser to his campaign, announced Trump’s endorsement of incumbent Rep. Clay Higgins in a statement on Thursday.

Trump Backs Roby After Initial Icy Relationship
Roby said Trump should drop out in 2016, faces runoff for House seat

President Donald Trump endorsed Alabama Rep. Martha Roby ahead of her primary runoff in the latest twist in their fraught relationship.

Trump tweeted his support for the 2nd District congresswoman on Friday morning, calling her a “consistent and reliable vote for our Make America Great Again agenda.”

Rep. Scott Taylor Behind $11,842 in Property Taxes
Spokesman says Virginia Republican rep was distracted by campaigning and House business

Virginia Rep. Scott Taylor is $11,842 behind in property taxes, interests and penalty charges for his rental properties in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

An analysis of city and property tax records by The Virginian-Pilot found that Taylor, who is a real estate investor, was delinquent for six rental houses, a duplex and a vacant lot in Norfolk and a townhouse in Virginia Beach.

Rep. Lee Wants UN to Investigate Family Separation
Calls Trump’s executive order reversing policy ‘a sham’

California Rep. Barbara Lee has asked the United Nations to investigate the impact of President Donald Trump’s policy of separating families at the U.S-Mexico border.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Lee asked the organization to send humanitarian observers to the border, ABC7 reported.

Hawaii House Candidate Fined $15,000 for Spending Violations
Filed 23 false reports, used money for personal expenses, commission finds

Hawaii House candidate state Rep. Kaniela Ing has been fined $15,000 for multiple campaign finance violations after an investigation by the state Spending Commission.

Ing, a state representative, is one of seven candidates running for the Democratic nomination for Hawaii’s 1st District, which came open after Rep. Colleen Hanabusa announced her run for governor.

Clark Says She Would ‘Politely Decline’ Help From Bill Clinton
Massachusetts congresswoman she hopes other Democrats will follow suit

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Katherine M. Clark said she would say thanks, but no thanks if she was offered help on the campaign trail by former President Bill Clinton.

Speaking on Boston Public Radio, Clark said “I would politely decline” if she were asked.

Man Arrested for Threatening Mast’s Kids Over Immigration Policy
‘If you’re going to separate kids at the border, I’m going to kill his kids,’ caller to congressman’s office says

A man from Stuart, Florida, has been arrested after threatening to kill Republican Rep. Brian Mast’s children over President Donald Trump’s family separation policy.

Lawrence Key was arrested after allegedly making a threatening call to Mast’s Washington office on Monday, WPTV reported.

Congressional Campaigns Weaponize Family Separation Policy
Democrats hope to bludgeon GOP while vulnerable Republicans try to distance themselves

Candidates in both parties who are running in tight races want to weaponize the policy of separating child migrants from their parents at the U.S-Mexico border.

In Texas’ Senate race, Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, whose district includes El Paso, staged a march to the border crossing in Tornillo, where children of migrant families from Central America are being held. He was joined by Texas' Democratic candidate for governor Lupe Valdez.

Steve King Defends Child Detention Centers
Says kids were playing soccer and the facility was air-conditioned when he visited in 2014

Republican Rep. Steve King defended the detention facilities where child migrants are being held at the border after being separated from their parents.

The Iowa congressman was asked by TMZ about Democrats calling detention facilities “concentration camps” and said he had been down to one of the facilities in 2014 that was a retrofitted warehouse.

Burgess Heckled At Town Hall About Children at the Border
Responds by blaming countries that migrants are leaving

Republican Rep. Michael Burgess was confronted by constituents in a town hall meeting in his North Texas district Monday about the Trump administration’s policy of separating child migrants from their parents at the border.

Speaking at Denton High School, constituents asked him about his stance on undocumented immigrants being separated from their children while they await prosecution, NBC5 reported.

Rand Paul Neighbor Sentenced to 30 Days
Will also pay $10,000 fine for assaulting the senator

Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor Rene Boucher will serve 30 days in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for assaulting the Kentucky Republican.

Boucher pled guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. He is also not allowed any intentional contact with Paul’s family and will also have to perform 100 hours of community service, WKYT reported.

Grimm and Donovan Go Nasty at Second Debate
Donovan hits Grimm for criminal record; Grimm hits Donovan for office dorm

Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Michael Grimm’s second debate led to intense attacks and barbs not dissimilar from their first debate.

Grimm is challenging Donovan in the Republican primary to win back the seat for New York’s 11th District.

Pittenger Sues Would-Be Neighbors
Says house next door to his is too big

North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger has filed a lawsuit against a would-be neighbor over the size of the home he’s building next door to Pittenger’s.

The outgoing congressman, who lost in his re-election primary last month,  and his wife are suing Doug Lebda, CEO of Lending Tree, who is building a home near the Quail Hollow golf course, WSOC TV reported.

Bank Seizes Valadao’s Family Farm
California congressman blames ‘burdensome government regulations’

A bank seized a farm owned by California Rep. David Valadao and his family after they failed to repay $8.3 million in loans.

Court documents show that in November, agriculture lender Rabobank sued Triple V Dairy in Fresno Superior Court for failing to repay the loans, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Corker Unloads on Republicans for Being Afraid of Trump
Tennessee Republican said Republicans fear upsetting POTUS before midterms

Watch: Corker Chastises Fellow Republicans for Blocking His Tariff Amendment

 Sen. Bob Corker unloaded on his fellow Republicans for cowering from President Donald Trump.

Rep. Estes Gets to Be ‘Rep. Estes’ on Kansas Primary Ballot
Estes faces a GOP primary challenger also named Ron Estes

Kansas Rep. Ron Estes will get to use his representative title on the ballot for the state’s Republican primary in August.

But if the congressman wins, he will not be allowed to use “Rep.” on the general election ballot, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Scalise to Release Memoir in November
‘Back in the Game’ will be released the week after Election Day

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is set to release a memoir discussing his shooting last year.

“Back in the Game” will be released Nov. 13 through Center Street publishing.

Warren Says Democrats Lack Guts to Take on ‘Billionaire Class’
Comes after she criticized other Democrats during Dodd-Frank fight

Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticized fellow Democrats who voted for interests of the “billionaire class” over those of most Americans.

“Until we have all of the Democrats who are willing to take on the billionaire class, until we have all of the Democrats who are willing to fight for the American people and not for a handful of billionaires and giant corporations, then it’s going to stay an uphill fight,” she said on The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan’s “Deconstructed” podcast released Friday.

Intelligence Committee Staffer Indicted
James Wolfe, former director of staff security, is accused of lying to investigators about contact with reporters

The Justice Department indicted and arrested a longtime staffer for the Senate Intelligence Committee for lying to the FBI about his contacts with reporters.

The department announced on Thursday evening that James Wolfe, who served as director of staff security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts.

Cruz Opens Line of Attack on O’Rourke’s Mother
Texas senator criticizes Democratic challenger over tax penalties for mother’s furniture store

The race between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke got intensely personal as the Republican incumbent criticized his Democratic challenger’s mother’s business.

Cruz’s campaign released a press statement with the headline “Hypocrite Alert: Beto O’Rourke Pushes for More Taxes but Ignores Mom’s Tax Fraud,” which refers to Melissa O’Rourke’s furniture store being fined for manipulating records to avoid paying taxes.