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February 11, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Shkreli’s Lawyer: Congress Tried to Humiliate Him

Shkreli (left) stands with Brafman (right) at the House Oversight and Government Reform hearing. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Shkreli (left) stands with Brafman (right) at last week’s House Oversight and Government Reform hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Benjamin Brafman, the criminal defense attorney for former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, is claiming the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s reason for compelling his client to testify last week was to humiliate him.

Brafman gave the committee advance knowledge that if Shkreli appeared before them, he would invoke the Fifth Amendment, he wrote in the New York Law Journal on Wednesday.

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February 4, 2016

Martin Shkreli Invokes Attitude — and the Fifth

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 04: Martin Shkreli, right, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Rayburn Building on "methods and reasoning behind recent drug price increases," February 04, 2016. Turing had raised the price of Daraprim, a drug used by AIDS and cancer patients, from $13.50 to $750 a pill. Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, appears on the monitor. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Shkreli laughs during his appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Martin Shkreli giggled and smiled his way through his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday and at times seemed distracted. And members of the committee called him out on it.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked Shkreli, “Do you think you’ve done anything wrong?” Shkreli giggled.

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January 29, 2016

Clinton Adviser: Schumer Was ‘So Happy’ She Left the Senate

Schumer and Clinton served together as senators from New York. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Schumer and Clinton served together as senators from New York. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A longtime Hillary Clinton adviser seemed to think Sen. Charles E. Schumer was happy to see the current Democratic presidential candidate leave the world’s greatest deliberative body.

In an internal State Department email released Friday as part of the latest dump of Clinton emails from her time as secretary of State, Philippe Reines called Schumer “a good man who is just so happy she left the Senate.”

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 25, 2016

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate spent a week shortened by snow slapping podiums, retracting poor jokes and inhaling blackberries.

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January 21, 2016

Martin Shkreli Trolls Congress About Subpoenas

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hope to see Shkreli next week. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hopes to see Shkreli next week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former pharmaceuticals executive Martin Shkreli is poking back at House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., regarding a committee subpoena to testify on Jan. 26. Full story

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Lieberman, Kyl Don’t Recognize Their Parties

Lieberman and Kyl hold a news conference in support of the administration's new sanction against Iran in 2007 (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Lieberman and Kyl had harsh words for their former political parties. (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

According to former Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., the Democratic and Republican parties are not the same parties they originally joined.

After watching former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., debate for the primary, Lieberman says he fears for his party’s future. Full story

January 20, 2016

Martin Shkreli Subpoenaed to Testify Next Week

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to welcome Shkreli next week (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will welcome Shkreli next week (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Former pharmaceuticals executive and hedge fund honcho Martin Shkreli has been ordered to testify on Capitol Hill next week.

The 32-year-old notoriously flamboyant tweeter shared a subpoena requesting his testimony on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

In December, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals was arrested of securities fraud charges in a ponzi-like scheme but was freed on a $5 million bond. The committee’s note is dated Jan. 11. On Wednesday, Shkreli fired his lawyers on the case. Shkreli knows a thing or two about politics, though. He tweeted at the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings D-Md., about what he calls his upcoming “chit chat.”

According to The New York Times, others scheduled to testify at the hearing are Howard B. Schiller, Valeant Pharmaceuticals interim chief executive officer, and Nancy Retzlaff, Turing Pharmaceuticals chief commercial officer. Shkreli resigned as CEO of Turing last month.

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Snow or Shine, Roe v. Wade Events to Continue

Sunny and snowless day on Jan. 22, 2015 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Sunny and snowless day on Jan. 22, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Despite the snowpocalypse expected to hit the East Coast on Friday, leaders on both sides of the issue are gearing up to mark another anniversary of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision.

Since the year after Roe v. Wade in 1973, anti-abortion advocates have been protesting every year on the anniversary at the March for Life, the organizers say that despite the forecast, this year’s March for Life will not be canceled  on Friday.

Meanwhile, abortion rights advocates appear to be following a similar course. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign has scheduled a Roe v. Wade event on Friday that is also expected to go forward. Full story

January 8, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 4, 2016

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer after a signing ceremony. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer after a signing ceremony. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers kicked off the new year with nachos, green beans and crabs, while saving time for some recreational swimming.

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January 7, 2016

McCain Promotes #AmericasMostWasted Report

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 10: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., boards an elevator after the Senate luncheons in the Capitol, November 10, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

This report is the fourth in McCain’s America’s Most Wasted series (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., went on a Twitter jaunt on Thursday to explain his top 12 examples of what he considers government waste.

He released his report, America’s Most Wasted: Runaway Spending.

The fourth in a series, in the end of this report introduction, he writes, “If Washington refuses to reign-in spending, future generations will bear the burden for Washington’s spending addiction.”

The Arizona Republicans’ wittiest tweets include, “Miles Davis would be rolling in his grave over DOD spending $2.3M to build jazz playing robots #AmericasMostWasted” and “Ever wanted to read a book on Hello Kitty? Me neither, but Ed Dep’t wasted $5K on #HelloKitty research #AmericasMostWasted.”

The roughly list ended with, “#Pentagon wasted $1M on doggy MRIs – that’s ruff!  #AmericasMostWasted.” But, he added one more: “Bonus #AmericasMostWasted project: NIH awarded $51K to find out if Zebra finches slur their birdsongs when drunk. What’s next? Bird rehab?”

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Adele Dragged Into the Presidential Election

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 3: Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., arrives for the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio was mocked by Christie, Adele style. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie used Adele’s “Hello” to mock Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday over some of the Florida Republican’s past statements supporting Christie. Full story

January 1, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2015

Congressional leaders attend a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in July. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional leaders attend a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in July. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

From throwing snowballs to threatening constituents to quoting Taylor Swift, Roll Call presents the year’s best moments from Capitol Hill you just had to see one more time.

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December 25, 2015

Onward Christmas Warriors …

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 18: Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, arrives for his media availability with Santa Claus before his rally at the Life Church in Mechanicsville, Va., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Does Cruz have Santa’s back? Survey results suggest voters are skeptical (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the War on Christmas, at least for culture warriors alert to any signs of an anti-Santa strain. Lucky for them, Donald Trump is around.

In the latest example of pollsters having fun, the folks at Public Policy Polling have surveyed the land and, after checking it twice, found out that among voters who believe there is an assault on yuletide cheer, the billionaire developer is the 2016 presidential candidate they most trust to protect America from the War on Christmas. Full story

December 24, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of the Rules Committee

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 2 - Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, speaks during a House Rules Committee meeting on "Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, November 2, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sessions likes to thank the committee’s “awesome stenographers.” (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HOH pays tribute to the House Rules Committee and its proclivity for tangents, broken microphones and heaping praise on its “awesome stenographers.”

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December 15, 2015

Paul Ryan Keeping the Beard — For Now

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 - House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, December 10, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan is not a fan of the warmth. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Yes, Speaker Paul D. Ryan likes to hunt and is a fan of P90X workouts, but he revealed a few other things about himself Tuesday that are not widely known: Full story

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