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Duncan Hunter Calls in Backup to Accuse Opponent of Being National Security Risk
Three retired generals who are lobbyists back up Hunter’s allegations against Campa-Najjar

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, imperiled by an indictment over campaign finance law allegations, has circulated a letter in the final weeks of his re-election campaign — signed by three retired generals — asserting his opponent presents a national security risk.

Critics say the letter doubles down on a racist line of attack based on Democratic opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar’s Arab heritage.

Trump Counterterrorism Plan Drops Obama Climate Change Focus
White House buries strategy under Pence’s tough China address

National security adviser John Bolton rolled out a new counterterrorism plan Thursday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has approved a new U.S. counterterrorism strategy, but it drops the Obama administration’s treatment of climate change as a driver of violent Islamic extremist groups.

Asked if the Trump plan identifies climate change as a destabilizing force in the Middle East that fuels extremist groups, national security adviser John Bolton replied: “I don’t think climate change is a cause of international terrorism.”

Duncan Hunter’s Campaign Denies He Called Opponent a ‘Radical Muslim’
Indicted California GOP rep says opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar changed name so he ‘sounds Hispanic’

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., was recorded at a campaign event talking about his own criminal indictment and his Democratic opponent's name change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Duncan Hunter of California appeared to imply to a women’s group in his district Monday that his Democratic opponent is a “radical Muslim” who is part of a group “trying to infiltrate the U.S. government.”

“He changed his name from Ammar Yasser Najjar to Ammar Campa-Najjar so he sounds Hispanic,” Hunter said, according to audio of the event captured by the Times of San Diego.

Keith Ellison Calls for House Ethics Investigation Into Allegations Against Him
“I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved,” Minnesota Democrat says

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., is calling for a House Ethics investigation into domestic abuse allegations against him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Keith Ellison is calling for a House Ethics Committee inquiry into allegations of abuse against him made by a former girlfriend.

“I am taking this step now because I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved,” the Minnesota Democrat said in a statement Wednesday.

Minnesota Democrats Near Issuing Report on Ellison Investigation
Ellison is running forstate attorney general this November

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is close to issuing its report on its investigation into abuse claims against Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said investigators have concluded their investigation into abuse allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison by his former girlfriend, and it will issue its final report soon.

“I’m starting to get a little frustrated because it’s been a long time now, almost two months,” Ken Martin told The Associated Press. “I hope soon. I hope any day here.”

Rep. Paul Gosar Blames Obama for Siblings’ Attack Ads
Says brothers and sisters’ appearance in opponent’s ads ‘does sting’

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., defended himself Monday against four political attack ads in which six of his siblings criticize him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Paul Gosar blamed former president Barack Obama for the feud with six of his siblings rooted in Gosar’s controversial political style.

After appearing defiant over the weekend and touting his mother’s support for his “philosophy and policies,” the Arizona Republican admitted in an interview with KFYI-AM radio in Phoenix that it “does sting” to be rejected by three of his brothers and three of his sisters in a series of four attack ads released by his Democratic opponent’s campaign.

Iowa Republicans Rally Christian Coalition Behind Brett Kavanaugh
Rep. Steve King suggests any man could now be accused of sexual misconduct

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amounted to "character assassination." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Steve King fiercely defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend at an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event, saying that accusations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman who went to high school with him amounted to “character assassination.”

King and other Iowa GOP leaders, including Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. David Young, and Gov. Kim Reynolds, rallied the nearly 700 Christians in the crowd behind Kavanaugh, the Des Moines Register reported, as Iowa’s senior senator, Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, negotiates the conditions of a public hearing this Thursday with the nominee's accuser, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Mom Gets in Between Paul Gosar’s Fight With Siblings
Says she is ‘shocked’ six of her children would repudiate Arizona GOP congressman in ads

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., defended himself against his brothers and sisters' political attack ads for his opponent. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Paul Gosar’s mother defended him against a political attack ad in which six of her other children repudiated the Arizona GOP congressman for his hardline conservative views and conspiracy theories.

Bernadette Gosar, 85, the mother of 10 Gosar children, told The New York Times she was “shocked” and “crushed” that six of her children would agree to appear in, so far, a series of four advertisements condemning their oldest brother for his political beliefs and rhetoric as he seeks a fifth term in Arizona’s 4th District.

Keith Ellison’s Ex-Girlfriend Posts Medical File Alleging Abuse
Karen Monahan told a doctor in 2017 she had suffered ‘emotional and physical’ abuse by Dem congressman

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has denied allegations that he physically or emotionally abused his former girlfriend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Keith Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, who accused him last month of abuse during their relationship in 2016, posted to Twitter a medical memo in which she told her doctor that Ellison had abused her emotionally and physically.

Karen Monahan, 44, the Minnesota Democrat’s former girlfriend, shared the patient progress report on Twitter on Tuesday and again Wednesday.

Louisiana Rep. Johnson Claims California Atheists Are Trying to Spy on Students
Accusation relates to a federal lawsuit against public schools accused of teaching Christianity

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., accused atheist groups in California of spying on a school in his district where officials have been accused of teaching Christianity. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Mike Johnson, who represents a vast swath of Louisiana’s northwestern corner, accused California atheist groups of trying to spy on students at a school in his district by taking covert video.

“WARNING TO OUR FRIENDS IN BOSSIER SCHOOLS (Please share),” Johnson wrote on Facebook Tuesday, referring to Louisiana’s Bossier Parish (the state’s equivalent of a county) that includes parts of Shreveport.