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Can You Tell August Recess (Kinda Sorta) Is Almost Here?
Messaging votes, floods in the Capitol, stinky gas and boatloads of cash

Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., leaves the House after the last votes of the week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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It’s almost time for the kinda-sorta August recess (with the House leaving after next week for a month, and the Senate, not so much) and that means there will be no shortage of messaging votes set up by Republican leaders so their members can head back to the hustings and brandish their votes before November’s midterm elections. 

Rand Paul Retweeted PizzaGate Conspiracy Theorist
Jack Posobiec has spread rumors about slain DNC staffer’s role in email leak

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was one of the few Republicans who has defended President Donald Trump’s performance at his news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul twice retweeted an Islamophobic conspiracy theorist who has propagated conspiracy theories like Pizzagate.

On Sunday, Jack Prosobiec praised Paul for an interview on Fox News in which the senator defended Trump for engaging with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump ‘Insults’ District Residents With Unilateral Court Picks, D.C. Delegate Says
Trump administration wants to nominate D.C. prosecutor to supervisory position

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said Monday that the Trump administration has bypassed her on selections of federal law enforcement officials serving the district. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

The District of Columbia’s congressional delegate took the Trump administration to task Monday for “refusing to consult with her” on the nominations of a series of federal law enforcement officials who would serve the district.

“The Trump administration continues to ignore the voice and input of D.C. residents when selecting federal officials to serve them,” Eleanor Holmes Norton said in a press release.

Flags Lowered to Honor Murdered Annapolis Journalists
White House gives order after public pressure mounted following initial denial

The American flag over the White House was quickly lowered after President Trump ordered flags lowered to honor the Capital Gazette staffers shot dead last week. (John T. Bennett/CQ Roll Call)

Amid mounting social pressure, President Donald Trump ordered flags around the Capitol and the country were lowered Tuesday to honor the five journalists murdered last Thursday in a Maryland newsroom.

The GOP president had denied a request made last week by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, a Democrat, via the state’s lawmakers for Trump to order flags across the country to be lowered to honor the Capital Gazette staff members who were shot dead in their Annapolis office.

Rosenstein, Wray in Hot Seat Over Clinton Investigation IG Report
Goodlatte rails against bias while Nadler says there’s no evidence of that

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives in the Capitol for a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the FBI Russia’s Russia investigation in May. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday renewed their grilling of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray on the Department of Justice inspector general’s report on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

The report released earlier this month found officials at the DOJ committed numerous mistakes and failures over the course of the 2016 investigation.

Schweikert Had More Threats Last Year Than Three Terms Combined
Says left is ‘going to get fringier and fringier, louder and louder, angrier and angrier’

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., said he has received more death threats last year than any previous year combined. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert said he received more death threats in 2017 than in the rest of his time in Congress combined.

The fourth-term Republican made the comments on Wisconsin Republican Rep. Sean Duffy’s “Plaidcast” podcast, the Daily Caller reported.

Waters Urges More Protests Like Sanders at Restaurant, Others Plead for Civility
White House press secretary was asked to leave Virginia restaurant after protesters chanted DHS director out of another

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., urged supporters to protest Trump administration officials in public and refuse them service at restaurants and other local businesses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

At least one Democratic lawmaker is encouraging her supporters to rise up in spontaneous protest and refuse service to members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, the way press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was ousted from a Lexington, Virginia, restaurant last week.

But other Democrats decried the episode, urging their constituents not to discriminate against patrons, even if they disagree with their politics.

Congressional Baseball Game Highlights
57th annual Democrats vs. Republicans game for charities at Nationals Park in Washington

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, tags out Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., at third base during the 57th annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on Thursday. The Democrats prevailed 21-5. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic members of Congress beat their Republican counterparts, 21-5, Thursday in the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park in Washington.

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond pitched a complete game for the Democrats, who won 11-2 last year. 

Is Trump Coming to the Congressional Baseball Game?
White House has not said whether president will attend

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., left, will be back on the field for this year's Congressional Baseball Game. But will President Donald Trump be in attendance? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Capitol Hill gears up for this year’s traditional congressional charity baseball game, one invited guest has not yet RSVP'd: President Donald Trump.

Republican Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, the coach of the GOP team, said he invited Trump to attend on a recent visit to the Oval Office, The Associated Press reported.

Curtailed Recess Puts Summer Fundraising, Lobbying in Flux
Senators may seek new campaign events in D.C. if they will be here anyway

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran’s summer retreat fundraiser is slated for Aug. 12-14. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The official Senate calendar isn’t the only agenda in flux after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would cancel much of the chamber’s cherished summer recess.

The change may also disrupt plans for fundraising events outside Washington — as well as the dockets of lobbyists, who typically take their annual respite along with the congressional recess.