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Trump: ‘We’re fighting all the subpoenas’
 

A GOP sea change on climate? Not quite
 

The GOP has long been known as the party of climate change denial, but some Republican lawmakers have been coming around to the idea that climate change is caused by human activity.

“I don’t think it’s a sign of weakness to evaluate new science, new information and new tech, and come to different conclusions,” said Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of a handful of Republican lawmakers hoping to push their party in the direction of addressing climate change.

Barr on Mueller report ahead of release: ‘No collusion’
 

Attorney General William P. Barr said at a press briefing Thursday morning that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report found no collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian operatives. This declaration echoes the statements Barr made in a March 24 letter to members of Congress that many Democrats criticized, demanding instead to see the full report.

Banging gravel, pseudoscience and texts from mom: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 8, 2019

The House had a short week on the Hill due to the Democratic legislative retreat, but that didn’t stop several committee hearings from going off the rails. Squabbles erupted about political science degrees being pseudoscience, and a witness needing to leave for a planned meeting. Meanwhile in the Senate, Sen. Edward J. Markey busted out his Wheel of Fortune impression to roast Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Sen. Debbie Stabenow got snubbed on the floor.

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Swamp monsters return to the Hill to protest Interior secretary nominee
 

There has been an uptick in monster sightings on Capitol Hill in recent weeks. Protesters from Public Citizen, a liberal think tank, and Clean Water Action, an environmental advocacy group, wore in swamp creature masks on various occasions to protest the nomination of acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

“Donald Trump often talked about wanting to drain the swamp, but really with a choice like David Bernhardt he is filling D.C. with more swamp monsters,” Madeline Page, a campaign coordinator with Public Citizen, told Roll Call.

Lieu: ‘Of all the people that Republicans could have selected, they pick Candace Owens’
 

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism. Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu took a moment to play a clip of controversial remarks on Adolf Hitler made by conservative commentator Candace Owens, who testified before the panel.

Climate debate heats up Oversight Committee
 

“Mr. Chairman,” said former Secretary of State John Kerry in front of the committee, “this is just not a serious conversation.”

Grassley: Congress has given too much trade authority to the president
 

Sen. Charles E. Grassley sat down with CQ policy editor Peter Cohn and discussed President Donald Trump’s use of tariffs in negotiating trade deals, and whether the White House has too much authority in that realm.

“We’ve delegated too much to the president, we’ve got to recoup some of that,” Grassley said.

‘Roll Call’s not printed by the Koch brothers’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 1, 2019

Two lawmakers praised Roll Call stories this week, but the real excitement on the Hill came from the hordes of staffers chasing after the “Queer Eye” guys and some members still struggling to pronounce their colleagues’ names. All that, plus nose-picking, belabored Final Four chants and questionable brownies. 

Watch: Matt Gaetz unveils ‘Green Real Deal’
 

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz unveiled the so-called Green Real Deal, a conservative resolution to combat climate change, named to mimic the often-derided Green New Deal heralded by many Democrats. The plan calls for investment in alternative energy technology, including solar and nuclear.