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‘Coyote Ugly’ Actress Among Those Arrested at Kavanaugh Hearing
Piper Perabo organized with the Women’s March before hearing

Actress Piper Perabo is shown on stage at The United State of Women Summit in May 2018 in Los Angeles. (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images file photo)

Actress Piper Perabo was arrested in the Senate on Tuesday for protesting at the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Brett Kavanaugh.

Perabo, known for her roles in “Coyote Ugly” and the “Cheaper by the Dozen” series said she protested because she doesn’t believe President Donald Trump should be able to nominate a Supreme Court Justice with his administration under a cloud.

Meghan McCain Has Thinly Veiled Criticism for Trump at Father’s Funeral
President not welcome at Saturday’s service

Meghan McCain delivers a eulogy during the funeral service for Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral in Washington on Saturday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Updated 11:10 a.m. | Meghan McCain, the daughter of late Sen. John McCain, issued a rebuke of Donald Trump — without naming him — during remarks at a funeral service in Washington at which the president was not welcome.

“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness. The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege,” she said at the start of the service.

John McCain, Senate Hell-Raiser Whose Independence Cut Both Ways, Dies at 81
Iconoclasm sank his presidential run but buoyed him on the Hill

Sen. John McCain, the iconoclastic lawmaker, veteran and former presidential nominee, has died. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

John McCain, whose wide-ranging independent streak sliced through an era of hardening partisanship and made him an indispensable senator for more than three decades, long before and well after his turn as the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, died Saturday.

He was 81 years old and had been diagnosed in July 2017 with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. His family announced on Aug. 24 that he had decided to stop treatment, saying “the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. ”

Ted Poe’s Final Courtroom Drama
Retiring Texas congressman leaves unfinished fight for victims of crime

Rep. Ted Poe, a retiring Texas Republican, used to be a criminal court judge. His career in Congress shows it. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Within minutes of sitting down behind the desk in his Capitol Hill office, Rep. Ted Poe dashed back out the door for his appointment with an FBI agent down the hall.

The congressional inquiry into Peter Strzok, accused of political bias in investigating ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, was plastered across every screen in the office suite, if not the whole building. 

Dems Had a Lackluster Showing at the Iowa State Fair. That’s a Bad Sign for 2020
And another thing: Where were the women?

Sheep line up for judging at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2011. This year’s fair was decidedly lacking in star power on the Democratic side, Murphy writes. And that spells trouble for 2020. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

OPINION — As a political reporter, it’s hard not to love the Iowa State Fair, the two-week staging ground for some of the biggest names in American politics to make their case alongside a 600-pound butter cow and an epic hog calling contest. The fair is both a thermometer and a road map that tells you how hot a party or candidate is at any given moment, as well as where they’re likely headed next.

In a midterm election year like 2018, when Democratic energy is palpable and first-time candidates are plentiful, you’d think the parade of high-profile national Democrats showing up to claim their time at the Des Moines Register’s famous Soapbox stage would be long and strong.

Sorry Kanye, Black Voters Don’t Buy Celebrity Trump Endorsements
Poll: House votes in competitive districts could hinge on Trump’s racism

An NAACP poll found that ethnic minorities associate President Donald Trump with racism. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Kanye West and Dennis Rodman’s recent endorsements of Donald Trump have not impressed black voters in competitive districts whose deep dissatisfaction with the president could play a “key role” in the midterms, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The poll conducted for the NAACP by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decision is the latest to find that ethnic minorities associate Trump with racism, and that they are mobilized to vote against Republicans in November. That’s in spite of efforts by Trump and his supporters to enlist surrogates to rally support from the black community.

Why West Hollywood Hates Trump’s Walk of Fame Star
Local city council voted Monday to call for the star’s removal

President Donald Trump walks from the West Wing to Marine One on his way to Joint Base Andrews Friday, July 20, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The West Hollywood city council stirred up renewed controversy Monday over President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The star, installed nearly a decade before Trump’s presidential run, has become a target of animus against the president among his detractors in the famously liberal enclave. 

Ryan Reads Mean Tweets
One called him what pleated khakis would look like if they became a person

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released a video of himself reading mean tweets. (Paul Ryan via Twitter)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan took a spin on the celebrity tradition of reading mean tweets about himself in a video posted Wednesday.

Ryan’s video is derived from a segment on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show in which celebrities read insulting posts on social media directed toward them.

Fonda Elevates Voices of Women Farm and Domestic Workers on the Hill
‘I never thought I would live to see a day when women were actually heard,’ 80-year-old actress says

Jane Fonda said she has been talking to women workers since she made the film “9 to 5.” (Alex Gangitano/ Roll Call)

Actress Jane Fonda is using her celebrity to help women farm and domestic workers raise their voices on Capitol Hill.

The 80-year-old actress was in D.C. this week with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Farmworkers Women’s Alliance and the National Women’s Law Center to meet with lawmakers and ask them to pass laws to protect working women.

Taylor Swift Rumor Grips Hill, Congressional Offices Shake It Off
Reports: No official expectation the pop star is visiting the Capitol

A crowd of Hill staffers and interns stand outside of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office due to a rumor of a visit by pop music star Taylor Swift on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rumors of a Taylor Swift sighting on Capitol Hill spread quickly Wednesday afternoon, but congressional offices said they had no reason to believe the pop icon had paid a visit.

The buzz appears to have been started by a reporter for The Hill, who tweeted that sources told her Taylor Swift would be in the Russell Senate office building “at some point” today for a meeting.