My cat's name is Rocky. That's probably why you are here. I'm a Correspondent, PBS NewsHour. Happy, grateful nerd. Remains a faithful Chester Arthur fan.

Washington, DC
Joined February 2010
For those not picking up on it: this is an extra weird day on Capitol Hill.
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NEW: Sen. @JeffMerkley has tested positive for COVID. The latest in a string of Senate Dems with health issues that have temporarily kept from having a voting majority in the Senate as they recuperate. Sen. @ChrisVanHollen was released this weekend after a stroke.
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NEW - JAN 6 COMMITTEE: Mark Meadows today filed a 53-page legal doc spelling out large parts of his argument against the Jan. 6 attempts to subpoena him. The filing calls Jan. 6 "abhorrent and unjustified" but says this case is not about that - it is about sep. of branches.
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Meadows, with his attorney George Terwilliger, argues: 1. The J6 committee is arguing using disputed facts, and Meadows has a right to dispute them. 2. Courts have never forced a senior presidential aide to testify before Congress. 2/
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*Interestingly*, Meadows also directly argues: 3. The J6 committee is unauthorized in its composition and 4. Has an investigative purpose here, not legislative. 3/
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Pelosi and counsel for the House argue the opposite. They say the committee was authorized, that House procedure clearly allows for the House to create a select committee and determine its composition. (The House passed a resolution in this case.) 4/
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And the House argues that Congress has a clear authority to investigate a threat to its own ability to conduct business and to its members, as J6 was. It is a case that raises big Constitutional questions, challenges. (As did J6.) 5/5
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NEW: Jan. 6 Committee says @RepLoudermilk led a tour thru the Capitol on Jan. 5, 2021. They want to talk w/ him. Republicans on House admin. committee have said footage shows no tours, but Jan. 6 committee says they've found the opposite. Letter here: january6th.house.gov/sites/d…
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NEW - RESPONSE: @RepLoudermilk says the tour was a constituent family w young children and the family never entered the Capitol + was not on Capitol grounds Jan. 6. He is railing against the J6 committee, charging they are falsely accusing him and leading a “political circus”.
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I've reached out to @RepLoudermilk's office for response. Not a small thing the committee is raising, asserting here. Will tweet what they send.
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The impending clash over abortion is already happening. Here's our story in PA w/ the people on the frontlines from all sides.
The Supreme Court has yet to issue its final opinion on Roe v. Wade, but in the Pennsylvania governor's race the abortion issue is already electric. @LisaDNews reports. to.pbs.org/3G6gOza
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NEW - CAWTHORN CONCESSION: CNN's @DianneG reports that Cawthorn has called Chuck Edwards and conceded the race. Big win for @SenThom Tillis.
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For anyone wondering why Mastriano crushed the PA GOP primary, this is an important overlap in his voters/appeal/message - Christian conservatism.
I've heard Jesus's name dropped at least 100 times so far at the Mastriano watch party.
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CNN, CBS, others have called it for GOP's Doug Mastriano in the PA gov's race. Significant on many fronts. - Next governor will be the deciding factor on abortion in PA. Mastriano would like to ban or nearly ban abortion. - The governor appoints the Sec. of State. 1/
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Mastriano has been a leading force in pushing Trump falsehoods about the 2020 election in PA. Mastriano is a combat vet, Navy. And also has strong appeal in Christian evangelical circles.
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For folks watching PA governor's race and wondering why Melissa Hart is crushing it in Alleghany County so far - she's from there. And PA primary ballots have candidate name and their county underneath.
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MCCONNELL, asked if he should denounce replacement theory said only that the Buffalo shooting is the result of a "completely deranged man".
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He added later, "racism in America is abhorrent and ought to be stood up to by everyone"
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ON BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE. @PressSec: Getting safe baby formula back on the shelves in America is the president's top priority. We are very close to having a path forward to opening a facility - expect an announcement from FDA soon.
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I am a Black, gay, immigrant woman. I am the first of all three of those to stand here. — @PressSec Karine Jean-Pierre in her remarks at the top of today's WH briefing.
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