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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

Photos: Ailsa Chang/NPR

Fake News

CNN is literally a joke. They insult journalism, and everything journalists stand for. How can you claim that calling a news organization as ‘fake news’ is just as bad as calling an African American the 'N’ word? They’re going on the defensive because Trump has labeled them as fake news, and rightfully so. If you read Tucker Carlson’s book 'Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites’ he goes through what it was like to work for CNN. They favored the more liberal guests than they did their own conservative host. If he made a remark about a democrat, he was told on an earpiece whilst on air, to tell the audience he was joking. And when he didn’t do as he was told, they showed it on the TelePrompTer. CNN is a partisan news organization that spreads fake news, there’s nothing bipartisan about the.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s furious tweetstorm on Michael Flynn

Top Republican investigators on Capitol Hill say they don’t have plans to investigate Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, or his conversations with President Donald Trump — and Sen. Elizabeth Warren is furious, previewing an attack line Democrats are likely to deploy frequently in the days to come.

“Congress must pull its head out of the sand and launch a real, bipartisan, transparent inquiry into Russia. Our natl security is at stake,” Warren wrote Tuesday in a series of condemning tweets aimed at Trump’s administration after Flynn resigned from his post as national security adviser late Monday night.

Flynn stepped down after a series of leaks revealed he had lied to top White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the extent of his conversations with a Russian envoy prior to Trump’s inauguration.

Warren raised the concerns many in Washington have long had about Flynn’s role in the White House and his alleged close ties to Russian officials.

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Trump is 'eliminating arts funding programs'. It will save him 0.0625% of the federal budget
'It’s sad in a way because those programs aren’t causing the deficit. These programs don’t amount to a hill of beans'

It emerged over the weekend that Donald Trump is moving forward with his plans to axe the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities (which partially funds NPR and PBS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other programs as he looks to prune public spending.

The White House budget office has drafted a “hit list” of programs, according to The New York Times, all of which cost under $500 million a year to run. In fact, they total approximately $2.5 billion - just 0.0625% of the projected $4 trillion budget.

“It’s sad in a way because those programs aren’t causing the deficit,” Steve Bell of the Bipartisan Policy Center told the Times. “These programs don’t amount to a hill of beans.”

Administration officials are apparently aware of the comparatively minuscule cuts, but want to make examples of the programs as ‘wastes of taxpayer money’.

Robert L. Lynch, head of Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit, sees it differently.

“The public wants to see agencies like the N.E.A. continue,” he added to the Times.

“There is always a debate, but there has been agreement among Republicans and Democrats that funding for the arts is a good thing, and it has been kept in place.”

Concurrently, Trump’s weekend Mar-a-Lago getaways are costing taxpayers an estimated $3 million.

I’m beautiful but also ugly so the bipartisan government must be dismantled and replaced by one that is fully independent and ran by the people

politico.com
Gorsuch confirmation hearing set for March 20
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's Senate confirmation hearing date has been scheduled to begin March 20.

Seung Min Kim at Politico:

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee has been scheduled for March 20.

The hearing for President Donald Trump’s most high-profile and consequential nominee this year is expected to last three to four days. Opening statements from senators on the committee and Gorsuch will be on March 20, and questioning of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge will be held on March 21. Senators will also hear testimony from outside experts.

“Judge Gorsuch has met every demand placed on him by the minority,” committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a statement announcing the hearings. “He’s a mainstream judge. He’s displayed independence. He’s met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say. He is well-qualified and respected. He worked diligently to return the bipartisan questionnaire. It’s time for him to have the opportunity to speak for himself before the Judiciary Committee.”

Gorsuch has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill as he courts senators, particularly Democrats whose support he would need to win confirmation to fill the seat of deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. The judge has met with roughly 50 senators so far, and he has a full slate of sit-downs on Thursday, including Washington Sen. Patty Murray, a member of Democratic leadership; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.); and two Senate Democrats up for reelection in swing states next year, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.

The Judiciary Committee said the confirmation timeline for Gorsuch is similar to that for now-Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan by a Democratic-controlled Senate for President Barack Obama. Gorsuch’s hearing is scheduled 48 days after he was nominated by Trump — the same timeline for Sotomayor. Kagan had her hearing 49 days after she was unveiled as the nominee.