Washington (CNN) – Ask any Georgetown University Law Center professor how to beat the best basketball players Congress has to offer, and they might quote the Beatles: All you need is Love. Reggie Love, that is.
The former Duke University player and personal aide to President Obama took to the court Wednesday night in a surprise appearance to help the "Hoya Lawyas" faculty team defeat a congressional squad, 49-42, in the 23rd annual "Home Court" charity basketball game in Washington.
The members of Congress, dubbed the "Hill's Angels," ended the first half with a 10-point lead, but the tide quickly turned when Love rotated in for the Georgetown team shortly before halftime.
Love was the faculty team's second-highest scorer, with 8 points for the night. Mervyn Jones, son of the late Ohio congresswoman and longtime Hill's Angels coach Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, was the leading scorer for the congressional team with 16 points, the most for any player in the game.
Other top congressional scorers were Democratic Reps. Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania with 7 points and Michael Arcuri of New York with 6 points. Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona scored 4 points, all of them in free throws. Also scoring for the Hill's Angels were Democratic Reps. Gene Green of Texas, Frank Kratovil of Maryland, Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, and John Boccieri of Ohio.
(CNN) – A national Tea Party group is firing away at what it calls a "phony" Tea Party candidate running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this year in Nevada.
Tea Party Express calls Scott Ashjian, a candidate for Senate for the Tea Party of Nevada, a "phony and a fraud" in a new Web video.
"We at the Tea Party Express have a message for Scott Ashjian, who has been trying to pretend that he's part of the Tea Party movement - get lost!" says Mark Williams, chairman of the Tea Party Express, in the video. "None of us have ever heard of you or seen you at a Tea Party rally. Nothing. We think you are a fraud who's trying to split the vote and help re-elect Harry Reid."
The video is available on the group's Web site, and a Tea Party Express spokesman tells CNN that the video has been sent out to the organization's 400,000-strong e-mail distribution list.
Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's team is fighting back against some Democratic claims that the former Alaska governor is encouraging threats of violence against members of Congress who voted in favor of health care reform.
Democratic officials and liberal Web sites are upset that Palin used an image of crosshairs in a Facebook post this week listing 20 vulnerable Democrats who voted for the legislation. She plans to target them this election year with money from her political action committee.
One House member mentioned the Facebook posting during a Wednesday meeting on safety concerns, a Democratic source told CNN's Dana Bash. Mention of the map brought audible groans to the room, the source said.
Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, is the House Minority Whip.
(CNN) – Police in Richmond, Virginia have released more details about a bullet that hit an office used by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.
Cantor revealed to reporters Thursday that his office had been hit by a bullet. He accused top Democrats of "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons."
Read the full police report on the incident after the jump:
Washington (CNN) – President Obama's political arm sent a fundraising solicitation Thursday highlighting several death threats against congressional Democrats in the days following Sunday's health care reform vote.
"The attacks are fierce. Deceptive ads are hitting the airwaves in swing districts. GOP lawmakers are pushing to repeal reform – and preventing the Senate from performing basic functions," Organizing for America Director Mitch Stewart writes in the e-mail to supporters. "A few Republican attorneys general have launched a baseless attack to overturn the legislation. But that's not even the worst of it.
He added, "A conservative blogger posted the home address of Congressman Tom Perriello, urging tea partiers to 'drop by.' Other members have had death threats. Democratic offices have been vandalized."
Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) - President Barack Obama hit the road Thursday to sell the merits of the newly enacted health care law, telling an enthusiastic Iowa crowd that the measure will lead to greater economic security for most Americans.
"This is your victory," Obama told an enthusiastic crowd at the University of Iowa. Health care reform "was about the future of our country.
And today ... that future looks stronger and more hopeful and brighter than it has in some time."
The crowd, in turn, repeatedly chanted Obama's campaign theme: "Yes, we can."
Obama held the campaign-style rally as the Senate passed a package of changes to the health care law. Congressional Democrats have promised to approve the changes before the end of the week. Top Republicans, meanwhile, are promising to push for a repeal of the measure.
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said Thursday that a bullet had been fired through a window at his campaign office in Richmond, Virginia.
A Richmond police spokeswoman confirmed to CNN that a bullet was fired at the congressman's office. "We are investigating the circumstance surrounding it," spokeswoman Karla Peters said.
Cantor also said that he had received threatening messages but that he would not publicly release the messages out of concern that doing so would only incite further violence.
He also accused Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland - a member of the Democratic House leadership - of "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons."
(CNN) - As the Senate finished its "vote-a-rama" dealing with a number of Republican amendments to the health care bill "fixes," senators have had to stay close to the chamber. The votes were coming in short intervals, meaning that meetings with constituents and interest advocates were sometimes held in the Capitol hallways.
That's where we caught up with Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, whose take on the rat-a-tat nature of the votes is mixed. "You can still get work done," Casey said, noting that during budget reconciliation time, there are also a quick series of votes. "One of the benefits of it is you spend a lot more time with your colleagues than you do" in normal days.
Casey thinks it is a good way to learn more about fellow senators than times as "ships passing in the night."
Washington (CNN) - The Senate passed the slightly altered health care "fixes" bill Thursday, sending it back to the House of Representatives.
Two minor provisions removed due to a Republican challenge will not affect the new health care law signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
The vote was 56-43.