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The Latest: Senate Judiciary head wants Trump Jr. to testify

Chuck GrassleyThe chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he's sending a letter to Donald Trump Jr. to ask him to testify.

Sen. Chuck Grassley says he'd subpoena the president's eldest son if necessary. The Iowa Republican says he wants Trump Jr. to appear "pretty soon," and it could be as early as next week.

Trump Jr. released emails this week from 2016 in which he appeared eager to accept information from the Russian government that could have damaged Hillary Clinton's campaign.


McConnell: Senate to delay recess

Senate to delay recessSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that the Senate will delay the August recess as they scramble to pass catch up with a GOP agenda that is months behind schedule.

“In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August," he said.



Republican Congressman Jimmy Duncan’s Campaign Paid His Son Nearly $300,000

Duncan paid son $300K during capaignForget questions about the Trumps—a Tennessee politician has been lavishing the funds from his campaign coffers on family members long before the first family moved into the White House.

Rep. Jimmy Duncan Jr., a Republican congressman who represents Knoxville, has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars of campaign money into his family members and their businesses since at least 2013, campaign finance filings first reported by the Knoxville News-Sentinel reveal.

The payments included hundreds of thousands to an apparently non-existent company registered to Duncan’s son, who previously pleaded guilty to a felony relating to the alleged misappropriation of government funds.


Graham unloads on Trump: Blind spot on Russia 'undermining his entire presidency'

Llindsey Graham unloads on TrumpA senior Senate Republican on Sunday said President Trump’s plan to work with Russia on cybersecurity is “pretty close” to the “dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Trump’s Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin “disastrous” and said the president has a “blind spot” on Russia.

“When it comes to Russia I am dumbfounded, I am disappointed, and at the end of the day he’s hurting his presidency by not embracing the fact that Putin is a bad guy,” Graham said on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.”


Rep. Scalise being treated at hospital with one of worst safety ratings in D.C. area

Scalise in poorly related hospitalThe Washington hospital where Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise was taken for his gunshot wounds last month has scored extremely low in safety ratings, including for infections which the House majority whip is now being treated for.

Medstar Washington Hospital Center scored a D in hospital safety ratings by Leapfrog Group and just two out of five stars in the ratings done by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.


Scalise back in intensive care, condition listed as 'serious'

Scalise back in intensive careHouse majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise, is back in intensive care after suffering bullet wounds during a shooting last month.

"Congressman Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to new concerns for infection. His condition is listed as serious," the hospital said in a statement Wednesday night.

The hospital said that another update on Scalise's condition will be released Thursday.


House panel approves repeal of U.S. military powers enacted in wake of 9/11

House panel approves repeal of war powersA House committee on Thursday passed an amendment to repeal broad war-making powers approved by Congress in the aftermath of 9/11 that have allowed the U.S. military to take various actions overseas in the years since.

The House Appropriations Committee, led by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., passed the repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force. Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the measure when it was introduced in September 2001.


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