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What’s next for James Comey? Maybe law, corporate work, politics

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So what’s next for James Comey? The former FBI director boldly challenged the president who fired him, accused the Trump administration of lying and supplied material that could be used to build a case against President Donald Trump. But after stepping away from the Capitol Hill spotlight, where he’s always seemed comfortable, the 56-year-old veteran lawman now confronts the same question long faced by Washington officials after their government service. His dry quip at a riveting Senate hearing that he…

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Personnel note: Charlie Crist taps Hill veteran Erin Moffet as Communications Director

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Congressman-elect Charlie Crist is naming Erin Moffet as Communications Director for his Capitol Hill office. Moffet has spent nearly seven years running the press operations for Florida members serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Erin will be a strong addition to our team given her years of experience working with the Florida press corps,” Crist, the former Governor who now represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District, said in a statement Monday. “Her passion and understanding of the issues impacting Floridians will…

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Senate passes stopgap spending bill with $1.1 billion to fight Zika

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Averting an election-year crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus. The House was poised to act on the measure before day’s end. The sweeping 72-26 vote came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to help Flint, Michigan, address its water crisis. Democratic advocates for Flint are now satisfied with Republican assurances that money for Flint…

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Marco Rubio’s Capitol Hill fundraiser to draw wave of new supporters

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Taking advantage of a surge in popularity after several strong Republican Party debate appearances, Marco Rubio expects to draw a new crop of supporters with a Capitol Hill fundraiser Monday. As reported by Alex Isenstadt of POLITICO, the event invitation names about 70 financial backers for the Florida senator’s presidential campaign — more than half came on board after Rubio’s debate performance in Boulder, supporters say. Originally, the event was to be held at a town house in Washington D.C.,…

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Uber political caucus grows, as does popularity on Capitol Hill

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As Uber grows in popularity, so does scrutiny of the ridesharing phenomenon, especially among those in Washington, D.C. But that scrutiny has not stopped many on Capitol Hill from taking advantage of the emerging on-demand service. Despite concerns raised by some lawmakers over Uber’s handling of private customer data, the Center for Public Integrity found that 275 federal politicians and political committees spent more than $278,000 combined on a minimum of 7,625 Uber rides during 2013-2014. According to reporter Dave…

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Gyrocopter pilot is frustrated message not getting through

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The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message isn’t getting through. Doug Hughes had hoped to raise awareness about the influence of big money in politics by deliberately breaking the law to deliver 535 letters, one for each member of Congress. Instead, the overwhelming focus of news coverage has been about the gaps he exposed in national security. “We’ve…

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Kendrick Meek talked bid with Joe Lieberman

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Prepping for a three-way general election with Republican Marco Rubio and independent Charlie Crist, Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek met earlier this month with Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent who’s one of the country’s most prominent Jewish politicians and a potentially valuable supporter for any statewide candidate in Florida. They sat down on Capitol Hill on May 6, following a reported April conversation between Lieberman and Crist, and Meek spoke with the senator about Homeland Security Committee and Armed…

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