Adam Kinzinger

North Carolina runoff becomes proxy war for D.C. interests
GOP ‘will never be a majority party’ without more women, Kevin McCarthy says

Joan Perry, who's running in the Republican primary runoff for the special election in North Carolina’s 3rd District, talks with potential voters Saturday at the “The Birth Place of Pepsi-Cola” in New Bern, N.C. (Simone Pathé/CQ Roll Call file photo)

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. — The Republican candidate who has the best chance of adding to the party’s dwindling ranks of women in the House insists she’s running on her own merits, not her gender.

But in the GOP primary runoff for the special election in North Carolina’s 3rd District, pediatrician Joan Perry subtly argues that her gender is an important part of why she’s the real outsider candidate running for Congress. 

Together on the front lines: How the US and UN are promoting stability in Lebanon
The Lebanese Armed Forces have made notable progress in size, strength and capability

U.S. lawmakers and military officials observe joint training involving the Lebanon Armed Forces and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon during a recent trip to the Middle East. (Courtesy Office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger)

OPINION — Certain things become clear when you fly over the “Blue Line” — which separates Lebanon from Israel — in an open helicopter.

As the first members of Congress to visit this contentious stretch of land in over a decade, we realized that even though we come from different political parties, we have much more in common than we might have thought. Between the three of us, we share a strong support for a safe and secure Israel, a desire to counter ISIS and Hezbollah, and an understanding that Lebanon needs international help to manage the next phase of the Syrian conflict and the more than 1 million refugees currently living in the country.

After Iran briefings, Democrats in Congress want to know more, sooner
Republicans generally on board with Trump administration moves

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was among the Trump administration officials briefing lawmakers on Iran on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Intelligence briefings on U.S. relations with Iran Tuesday left Democrats in both the Senate and the House unsure of what the Trump administration’s objectives are following recent heightened tensions in the Middle East.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, along with acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, briefed lawmakers on their strategic campaign to push back against what he called “Iran’s malign activity” and described the country as participating in 40 years of terrorist activity.

Trump wants to defund the arts. Will Republicans defy him for a third time?
‘Maybe I’m a sucker, but I don’t believe they were lying to us,‘ says ‘Rent’ star Anthony Rapp

“Barry” star Anthony Carrigan, here in 2018, was one of several actors on the Hill this week to lobby for NEA funding. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images file photo)

Anthony Carrigan was a shy kid whose hair kept falling out. He had trouble making eye contact with others and wore hats to cover his bald spots. That’s because Carrigan suffers from a disease known as alopecia, which causes body hair to fall off in clumps. The disease was tremendously damaging to his fragile self-confidence. That is, until Carrigan began acting in a children’s community theatre.

“I was a pretty poor student,” says Carrigan, who now stars in HBO’s “Barry,” playing an affable Chechen gangster named NoHo Hank. “But once I found my love for acting and the arts, it made me a better student. It gave me more confidence. My social life became better. It affected me in such a drastic way across so many different arenas.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger throws hat into the ring for Air Force secretary
Kinzinger is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a defense hawk

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., walks down the House steps of the Capitol following the final votes of the week on Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, once a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, said this weekend he would be honored to work under the commander-in-chief. 

Kinzinger, who serves in the Air National Guard, said if the president wanted him for the position of U.S. Secretary of the Air Force, he would consider the role. 

GOP Rep. writes 407-word Fox News op-ed defending McCain — doesn’t mention Trump once
Kinzinger’s apparent hesitation to explicitly invoke Trump’s name has been a trend among many GOP lawmakers

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., has criticized President Donald Trump in the past for some of his words and actions, but he declined to name the president when defending the late Sen. John McCain. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger penned a Fox News op-ed Friday defending the late Sen. John McCain as a bipartisan “maverick,” a man who stuck to his convictions in a civil manner and a rare politician who was “first to say he wasn’t always right.”

The Illinois Republican, who counted the longtime Arizona Republican as a friend and mentor, did not explicitly mention the reason McCain’s legacy emerged in the news cycle seven months after his death: President Donald Trump has re-upped his criticism of the longtime lawmaker this week.

Senators unveil new plan to counter Vladimir Putin’s energy influence in Eastern Europe
Chris Murphy and Ron Johnson leading bipartisan effort to improve energy infrastructure

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy is introducing a new effort to counter Vladimir Putin’s influence in Eastern Europe. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Bipartisan lawmakers are unveiling Thursday the latest Capitol Hill effort to counter Vladimir Putin’s energy activities in Eastern Europe.

This time, a contingent of senators led by Democratic Sen. Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is introducing a bill that would authorize as much as $1 billion in financing for the next few years for energy sector projects in Europe.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s criticism of Wisconsin governor spurs Guard ‘review’
Illinois Republican criticized Wisconsin governor for withdrawing National Guard troops from southern border

The Wisconsin National Guard is reviewing comments made by one of its airmen, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger is facing a review from the Wisconsin National Guard after he publicly criticized Gov. Tony Evers over previously undisclosed troop withdrawals from the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who is part of a Madison, Wisconsin, unit, criticized Evers in tweets and a Fox News appearance earlier this week. The Wisconsin National Guard is looking into whether those comments may have violated the law.

House disapproves of Trump’s emergency declaration on border
But the vote was far from a veto-proof supermajority

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro introduced the resolution of disapproval and helped shepherd its passage. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House passed legislation Tuesday disapproving of President Donald Trump’s border security emergency declaration but came up well short of the two-thirds margin that would be needed to overcome a Trump veto.

The 245-182 vote sends the joint resolution to the Senate, where it should get expedited consideration.

Republicans bullish that veto of disapproval resolution would be upheld
Minority Whip Steve Scalise still hopes a disapproval measure gets stopped in the Senate

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, speaks during the House Democrats' news conference on a disapproval resolution on President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration. The House vote is on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans are increasingly bullish they can block Congress from formally disapproving of President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the southern border in order to redirect spending as he sees fit — although they still might have to go through the process of a veto by Trump and the fallout from that. 

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Tuesday that while he hoped the Senate would block disapproval of Trump’s declaration, it would in any case have no chance of a veto override in the House. The House will vote Tuesday on the resolution of disapproval, and it is expected to pass easily, although the margin is unclear at this point.