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Hickenlooper says he’ll give ‘serious thought’ to Senate run after dropping presidential bid
Colorado and national Democrats see former governor as best chance to capture Gardner’s seat

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, and said he will consider a run against Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in a battleground state Democrats need to win to take control of the upper chamber.

“People want to know what comes next for me,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. “I’ve heard from so many Coloradans who want me to run for the United States Senate. They remind me how much is at stake for our country. And our state. I intend to give that some serious thought.”

Hickenlooper still fundraising, despite reports he may drop presidential bid
Colorado Democrats have been lobbying former governor to drop presidential bid and run for Senate against Cory Gardner

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper sent out a fundraising email for his presidential campaign on Tuesday despite reports that he is weighing an end to his bid for the White House in order to run for a GOP-held Senate seat.

Before the Wing Ding dinner at the Iowa State Fair last Friday, Hickenlooper jumped into the passenger seat of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet’s car to talk about his political future, the New York Times reported.

Trump endorses a Curt Schilling bid for Congress in Arizona: ‘Terrific!’
Former MLB all-star and World Series MVP has said he is considering moving back to home state to run for a ‘blue’ seat

Former Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling can count on the endorsement of President Donald Trump if he decides to run for Congress in Arizona.

The former Major League Baseball player turned conservative talk show host is weighing a congressional run in the Copper State, he told the Arizona Republic this week.

Rep. Tim Ryan leads gun control ‘caravan’ to Mitch McConnell's hometown
Presidential candidate is one of hundreds of Democrats calling for McConnell to end recess and address gun violence

Democratic presidential candidate and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is leading a caravan of gun law reform activists 376 miles from his hometown of Niles, Ohio, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

The caravan, co-led by the gun control group Moms Demand Action, will make its sixth and final stop Thursday at City Plaza next to the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville for a rally at 7:30 p.m.

Republican senators target Google’s relationship with Chinese tech giant Huawei
Senators criticized Google for working with Huawei to develop ‘smart speakers’ that may allow China to ‘listen in on Americans’ conversations’

Republican Sens. Josh Hawley, Tom Cotton, and Marco Rubio excoriated Google on Wednesday for downplaying its activity in China despite a report last week that it had been working with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop “smart speaker” technology.

In a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the senators expressed their concern that such devices can “enable untrustworthy companies to listen in on Americans’ conversations.”

Rep. Wexton joins protest outside NRA headquarters in Virginia
Democrats rail against Trump, gun lobby in wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton

Rep. Jennifer Wexton joined hundreds of protesters Monday at a vigil outside the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, to call for more restrictive gun laws and memorialize the victims of two mass shootings over the weekend.

“I’m not supposed to be political … but it’s hard because — is it political to say that I’m tired of coming to this building and the only thing that’s changed is that the body count has gone up?” the freshman Democrat from Northern Virginia asked the crowd.

GOP Rep. King gets rematch against J.D. Scholten, who he narrowly defeated in 2018
King defeated Scholten by 3 percent in 2018 in a district Trump won by 27 points in 2016

Democrat J.D. Scholten announced Monday that he will once again challenge controversial GOP Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s 4th District. He had also been considering entering the Democratic primary to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, who is up for reelection in 2020.

King eeked out a 3-point victory over Scholten in the 2018 midterm elections, even though President Donald Trump carried the 4th District by 27 points in 2016. His reelection prevented Iowa’s entire four-seat House delegation from going blue in 2018, after Republicans controlled all but one seat the previous Congress.

Trump gloats over burglary of Rep. Cummings’ house in Baltimore
‘Too bad!’ president tweets, capping a full week of attacks on the Maryland Democrat

President Donald Trump appeared to gloat Friday on Twitter over reports that a property in West Baltimore owned by Rep. Elijah Cummings and his wife was burglarized last weekend.

The president has singled out Cummings — a Maryland Democrat and chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is conducting multiple investigations into the Trump administration — and his native Baltimore for criticism this week in what Democrats and some Republicans have said is an overtly racist volley of insults.

The Detroit Trump diss track: Debating Democrats blister the president
Trump campaign responds that Democrats showed ‘plenty of socialist stupidity’

From “authoritarian” and “predator” to “socialist” and “white nationalist” — with a whole lot of “racist” thrown in — the leading Democratic presidential candidates debating in Detroit this week lobbed dozens of rhetorical bombs at President Donald Trump as they battled for the nomination to take him on next November.

Trump did not seem impressed by the Democrats’ attempts to paint him as morally and Constitutionally corrupt during debates fearing 10 candidates each on Tuesday and Wednesday. He tweeted during the second debate that the “people on the stage tonight, and last, were not those that will either Make America Great Again or Keep America Great.”

Two GOP groups have tried — and failed — to censure Rep. Riggleman for officiating gay wedding
Virginia freshman Republican was 'happy to officiate' the wedding, he said, earning the ire of some local party leaders

Local GOP leaders in Virginia orchestrated two unsuccessful votes this week to censure Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman for officiating a same-sex wedding for two volunteer campaign staffers.

On July 14, Riggleman oversaw the marriage of two men who worked for his 2018 campaign, the Washington Post reported earlier this month.

Rep. Gottheimer denounces ‘completely untrue’ resignation letter detailing affair
Fake letter, sent to news organizations this week, is ‘disgusting smear campaign,’ New Jersey democrat says

Rep. Josh Gottheimer has denounced as “completely untrue” a forged resignation letter on official congressional letterhead sent to news organizations this week detailing a scandal between the New Jersey Democrat and one of his staffers.

The letter claims Gottheimer had an affair with the staffer and that the congressman would be resigning immediately and “focusing on my family.”

Sanders weighs into Trump tweets of Rep. Cummings, while GOP remains mum
President ropes Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rev. Al Sharpton into his critical comments

In a series of tweets Monday morning resuming his three-day Twitter barrage of civil rights leader Rep. Elijah Cummings, which critics say is a continuation of the president’s recent pattern of overt racism meant to divide the country,  Trump also took shots at 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sanders fired back at the president over Twitter, saying that while he has been “fighting to lift the people of Baltimore and elsewhere out of poverty with good paying jobs, housing and health care,” Trump has been “attacking workers and the poor.”

Rep. Davis operative faked student reporter alias to join opponent’s press call
Illinois GOP congressman has had previous issues with campaign staffer crashing opponent’s events

Updated Aug. 1, 2019, 1:36 p.m. | An unpaid political operative working for Rep. Rodney Davis pretended to be a student reporter for a local university newspaper to join a press call hosted by one of the Illinois Republican’s opponents, Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

Nick Klitzing, a former executive director of the Illinois GOP and campaign staffer for former Gov. Bruce Rauner, created the alias “Jim Sherman,” a (nonexistent) student journalist from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in order to join the call held last Wednesday, July 17, Central Illinois CBS affiliate WCIA reported.

Rep. Ross Spano still hasn’t addressed possibly illegal fundraising debts
Florida Republican’s campaign is still wrangling with possibly illegal fundraising debts from his 2018 election bid

Rep. Ross Spano’s campaign is still wrangling with possibly illegal fundraising debts from his 2018 election bid, more than nine months after the inconsistency was first reported.

The Florida Republican’s second-quarter Federal Elections Commission report has him with $160,428 cash on hand after raising more than $375,000 so far this year — but still $176,857 in debt stemming from a loan he personally contributed to his campaign in the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterms.

Russia wanted Trump to win in 2016, Mueller testifies — challenging Barr
AG has directed agents to investigate CIA’s conclusion that Putin wanted Trump to win

Russia perpetrated a sweeping influence campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections and wanted President Donald Trump to prevail over Democrat Hillary Clinton, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III testified on Wednesday.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, asked Mueller at his hearing on Wednesday if the Russian government “perceived it would benefit from one of the candidates winning.”

House Democrats apologize to India ambassador for Trump’s ‘amateurish’ claim about Kashmir
Trump claimed Indian prime minister asked him to mediate Kashmir dispute between his country and Pakistan

Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee spoke with India’s ambassador to the U.S., Harsh Shringla, on Monday to apologize for President Donald Trump’s claim that he was asked by the Indian prime minister to mediate the Kashmir territorial conflict between his country and Pakistan.

“Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that India consistently opposes third-party mediation [regarding] Kashmir,” Rep. Brad Sherman of California tweeted Monday. “Everyone knows [Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi] would never suggest such a thing. Trump’s statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing,” he wrote.

Conservative websites resurface 2016 video of Rep. Tlaib confronting Trump
President targeted Michigan Democrat and three other female Democrats of color last week

Multiple conservative websites sympathetic to President Donald Trump in his ongoing feud with four Democratic congresswomen of color, put up posts this weekend resurfacing a 2016 video of one of the ‘squad’ members disrupting a Trump event in Detroit.

“You guys are crazy!” Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who was not in Congress at the time, can be heard yelling to attendees as she is being escorted from the event by a security guard leading her by her left arm. The videos that were surfaced over the weekend only show Tlaib being forcibly removed from the event and yelling back at Trump and then other attendees.

Rep. Cleaver: ‘Forget’ Trump's tweets... ‘We can't continue to react to this’
Missouri Democrat abandoned House presiding chair amid partisan bickering over vote to condemn Trump’s racist tweets

A day after Rep. Emanuel Cleaver abandoned his post presiding over House proceedings in frustration over bickering between Republicans and Democrats, the Missouri Democrat urged lawmakers and the American people to ignore President Donald Trump’s online antics as he “tweets away his presidency.”

“We can’t continue to react to this,” Cleaver said Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day” about the chaos that ensued as Democrats tried to hold a vote to condemn racist tweets the president posted over the weekend attacking four minority female congresswomen.

With no evidence, Nunes warns that Democrats are colluding with Mueller to create ‘narrative’
It’s common for committee staff to be in touch with witnesses to schedule hearings, negotiate time limits, set parameters of questioning

Rep. Devin Nunes is raising concerns that Democrats are conspiring with former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to create a “narrative” about his 22-month investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections that paints President Donald Trump and his associates in a bad light.

Nunes, the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that will interview Mueller on July 24, did not provide any evidence to support his claim.

Democrats renew impeachment inquiry calls after Trump’s racist tweets
Reps. Al Green, Madeleine Dean among House Democrats who resumed impeachment chatter on Monday

Rep. Al Green has promised to force a vote "this month" on impeaching President Donald Trump after the president fired off a series of tweets on Sunday, widely condemned as racist, in which he told four minority Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to the countries of their ancestry before trying to fix America’s problems.

Other House Democrats renewed their pleas to party leadership Monday to open a Judiciary Committee impeachment inquiry into Trump.