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Congress is back in town after its summer recess (six weeks for the U.S. House of Representatives, five weeks for the U.S. Senate). The hallway lights are back on, and business casual dress is no longer appropriate.

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You may have heard that we are in the midst of an election season. It is not just a congressional election cycle, but it is also a presidential election cycle as well.

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This year, two political figures in American agriculture announced their retirement.

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Well, folks, it’s fair season. This year, lucky Iowans had their state fair infiltrated with 2020 presidential hopefuls. That’s because Iowa is the first state to caucus.

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It’s no surprise that President Donald Trump loves America. He also loves products made in America.

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An effort to educate consumers on how the American farmer feeds the world is underway on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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It never fails that the hottest—and most humid—day of the year in Washington falls on the North American Meat Institute Annual Hot Dog Lunch. This year was no different.

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The federal government is here to tell you what to eat and how much of it. What could go wrong, right?

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President Donald Trump kicked off his week with an event at the White House celebrating strides in environmental stewardship taken during his presidency.

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Since 1909, Republican and Democratic congressmen and senators have gathered annually to compete in a congressional baseball game.

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The Democratic field of candidates running for president keeps growing. As of press time, that number has reached 24.

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Capitol Hill sees its share of celebrities from time to time. Most travel to Washington to testify before a congressional committee, join a protest or hold a press conference.

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A little over a year ago, French President Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte visited the United States for President Donald Trump’s first state visit. Among the pomp and circumstance that comes with an official State visit at the White House, the two “first couples” planted a tree on the Sou…

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There’s a new creature in the United States Capitol. No, it’s not from the swamp. It’s our national mammal—a bison from South Dakota.

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The temperature and humidity are rising in Washington. That means that it is almost time for the Congressional softball game, where female members of Congress and Washington-area news reporters duke it out on the softball field for the Young Survival Coalition, a charity that supports young …

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The United States Senate has a slim 53 to 47 Republican majority, with a minority of 45 Democrats and two independents (who are, for all intents and purposes, Democrats).

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The U.S. Capitol is going to see a couple new faces, albeit in stone form. Last month, the Arkansas 92nd General Assembly decided to donate two new statues to the U.S. Capitol to replace the statues of two Arkansans—lawyer Uriah Milton Rose and Gov. James Paul Clarke, both of which have been…

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Washington’s journalists who cover the White House recently descended on the Washington Hilton ballroom to have their annual pat-on-the-back White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

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Though the halls of Congress were silent and still this past week, the South Lawn of the White House was hopping—literally!

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The Democrats swept the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 election and many of those newly elected members of Congress won in districts where President Donald Trump won just two years prior.

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This past week was one for the tastebuds on Capitol Hill.

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This past week, the U.S. Senate voted on a $13 billion disaster supplemental funding bill. It failed.

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This past week, the U.S. Senate voted on the highly controversial, pie in the sky, “socialist” wishlist, the Green New Deal.

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Well, folks. It’s that time again. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are just around the corner. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are in the beginning phases of the process, which are set to be released in 2020.

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This past week, President Donald Trump unveiled his fiscal year 2020 budget proposal. It was similar to his previous budgets, so folks weren’t too surprised.

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As the sun rises on most Fridays, representatives and senators are usually out of town, waking up back in their home districts and states.

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Surely you’ve heard of the Green New Deal, the ambitious (to say the least) plan for the United States to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

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Well, the environmental groups are at it again. But then again, when are they not complaining?

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Well folks, the floodgates have opened, and the pool of 2020 presidential candidates is growing by the day.

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In Washington these days, it’s all about power and winning, which is why I was pleasantly surprised to learn of several veteran congressmen’s decision to give up their seats on the House Agriculture Committee to make room for new faces.

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As I’m sure you’re aware, the federal government is in a partial shutdown. No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, we can all agree that the government needs to reopen, but that’s about all we agree on.

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With a new Congress comes new lawmakers and new committee rosters, including new chairmen and ranking members.

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When I was a kid, the outfit I picked out to wear on the first day of school was a really big deal. I would imagine that same sentiment rings true for newly elected members of Congress on their first day.

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As I write this week’s column, the federal government remains in a partial shutdown.

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In case you’ve been living under a rock the past couple years, America just had a midterm election, and the outcome will have a large impact on the way our country will be governed for at least the next couple of years.

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On Dec. 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rolled out its updated “Waters of the United States” rule. Before you roll your eyes, let me explain.

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As I write this week’s column, Washington was wrapping up the public-facing events celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s honorable and incredible life. He embodied what it means to be an American patriot and public servant.

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Opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue received their beautiful Christmas trees recently. The White House was the first recipient.

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There are a few turkeys who made their way to Washington recently and I’m not talking about the ones who won the midterm election.

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Newly elected members of Congress were in town for their orientation on how things work in Washington.

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Well folks, it’s official. The U.S. Senate will stay under Republican control, and the U.S. House of Representatives will flip to Democratic control.

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The halls of Congress are dim and quiet, at least for another week, as the action is outside of Washington. America has midterm elections coming up, and politicians are back in their home states and districts campaigning for their political lives.

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You may have heard that we have a new trade agreement with our northern and southern neighbors. It’ll take time to get used to the new name, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA, for short).

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I want to brag on Washington for a few minutes. Before you roll your eyes, hear me out.

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Just like a bad rash, Hillary Clinton will not go away.

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In the midst of several days of rain here in the Washington area, the rain clouds briefly parted to clear the sky for the release of dozens of monarch butterflies.

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I was raised in a household, as I’m sure many of you folks were too, where you ate what was on your dinner plate. I mean, you had to eat everything on your plate, because there were starving children in other parts of the world.

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If you thought Washington was a town full of stuffy suits, Missouri Congressman Billy Long just may have proved you wrong.