I cover Congress, and one of the coolest secrets about my job is the furry, four-legged friend I get to bring to work everyday.

Mickey Chang is my effervescent, forever loving, black and white Shih Tzu. You may not know this — but the U.S. Capitol is the most dog-friendly workplace you will ever find. And come on — anyone who has to watch Congress all day needs a therapy dog.

And besides, Mickey loves schmoozing with senators.

Lawmakers have been bringing their dogs to the U.S. Capitol since the 1800s, according to the Senate Historian’s Office.

“In the late 19th century and the early 20th century, all the reporting about dogs has to do with dogs fighting or being on the loose in some way,” says Assistant Senate Historian Dan Holt.

Despite Partisan Rancor, Democrats And Republicans Can Agree On Dogs

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The Democrats face up to their Trump problem
The base is eager to protest the president, but elected leaders worry about outrage fatigue. By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE

Democrats don’t know how long they’ll be able to keep up the pace of protests against President Donald Trump — and they’re worried Trump and his team are counting on them to run out of energy before the White House does.

Two weeks into the Trump administration, party leaders have already reached a frantic, fevered pitch, throwing around talk of constitutional crisis and raising the specter of impeachment.

“The thing that we don’t want to do is anesthetize the public with dozens and dozens of press conferences and marquee events,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Then it’ll just become background noise. I’m worried that’s exactly what they’re trying to maneuver us into doing.”

Democrats are having as much trouble defusing Trump now that he’s in the White House as they did all through last year’s campaign. Murray said he’s seen neither a clear understanding among leaders in Washington of how far left their base has careened in just the past few weeks nor the emergence of any infrastructure among progressive groups for turning what’s going on in the streets into concerted opposition.

“The question is: How do we respond beyond that?” Murray said. “I’m a little worried that we’re not there.”

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When he was asked in recent days how he wanted to be remembered, he said: “I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did okay.”

Humble guy. “okay” would be an understatement! Senator Dan Inouye, you did choke for us and you did it like a boss. (check out his war stories, pretty badass).

A HUGE loss for Hawaii. Rest easy Senator Daniel Inouye. (September 7, 1924 - December 17, 2012) 

“Aloha” - His last words according to articles.

From everyone from Hawaii and all over.. Aloha and choke mahalos Senator Daniel Inouye.
In a matter of hours, North Carolina became the most anti-LGBT state in the country
"This is a direct affront to equality, civil rights, and local autonomy."

Yesterday, in the course of one day, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a nondiscrimination bill that bans discrimination based on “biological sex,” but specifically leaves out sexual orientation and gender identity. The governor signed it into law last night.

The law also prohibits transgender people from using the bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, takes away nondiscrimination protections from veterans, and blocks the minimum wage from being raised. 

“This bill essentially repeals 50 years of non-discrimination efforts and gives lawmakers in Raleigh unprecedented control over our city and local governments,” Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue said in a statement. “North Carolina Republicans want to pass what would potentially be the single most discriminatory act in the country. This is a direct affront to equality, civil rights, and local autonomy.”

The single most discriminatory act in the country. And it just passed unbelievably quickly because of the hateful rhetoric that says LGBT people – particularly transgender people – are predatory and do not deserve equal rights. This was a failure, North Carolina. When you go to the polls in a few months, remember how these politicians treated us.