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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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From left, Democratic Reps. William Lacy Clay of Missouri, John Conyers of Michigan, and Hank Johnson of Georgia speak in front of a painting by Missouri high school student David Pulphus after it was rehung on on Tuesday. The painting had been removed from the Congressional Art Competition display in Cannon tunnel by Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican. (Associated Press)

Painting depicting police officers as pigs sparks tug of war on Capitol Hill

The clash between members of Congress over a painting that depicts police officers as pigs boiled over Tuesday, with GOP lawmakers repeatedly taking matters into their own hands to remove the student artwork from a Capitol complex hallway and Democrats responding by rehanging the piece and defending its display. Published January 10, 2017

In this Jan. 5, 2017, photo, a painting by David Pulphus hangs in a hallway displaying paintings by high school students selected by their member of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has removed a painting that showed a pig in a police uniform, one of hundreds of artworks on display at the Capitol and sponsored by a member of Congress. Joe Kasper, a spokesman for Hunter, says the lawmaker unscrewed the artwork from the display and returned it to the office of Missouri Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

Lacy Clay rehangs controversial 'pigs' painting

Rep. Lacy Clay of Missouri and members of the Black Congressional Caucus rehung a painting in the U.S. Capitol Tuesday that has stirred controversy over its depiction of police officers as pigs. Published January 10, 2017

FILE - In this March 18, 2013 file photo, South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg speaks to reporters about a plane crash in South Bend, Ind. Buttigieg has come out as gay in a newly published essay. The first-term Democratic mayor writes in an essay published Tuesday, June 16, 2015,  in the South Bend Tribune that he was well into adulthood "before I was prepared to acknowledge the simple fact that I am gay." (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, FILE)

Indiana mayor jumps into DNC chair race, promising fresh start

The 34-year-old mayor of an Indiana city announced Thursday he is running to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, saying the solutions to the nation's problems will not come from Washington and that he plans on getting the party back to winning. Published January 5, 2017

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., arrives in Trump Tower, in New York, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) ** FILE **

Manchin shapes centrist image ahead of Trump administration

Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday ditched an all-Democrats meeting with President Obama and then broke bread with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, moving to cement his post-partisan image in the new Congress, where the West Virginia Democrat hopes to play the role of "facilitator" — and boost his chances of re-election in 2018. Published January 4, 2017

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.  Trump has singled out a number of companies individually, including General Motors Co., before and after winning the U.S. presidential election.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Electoral College vote protest sputters

Democrats say there's little to be gained from staging a fight this week over the Electoral College vote count, ignoring calls from activists that want lawmakers to use "any and every" opportunity to let President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans know they will face opposition on Capitol Hill. Published January 3, 2017

Sen. Marco Rubio (left) and Sen. Rand Paul were opponents of President-elect Donald Trump for the Republican nomination, but with the New York billionaire now headed to the White House, the tea party darlings will need to adjust when Mr. Trump takes office. (Associated Press)

Tea party trio seeking their roles in a Trump presidency

They were the toast of the 2010 tea party movement, but Donald Trump's election has left Sens. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Mike Lee searching for new roles as they begin their second terms in office. Published December 29, 2016

Some opponents have begged the courts to step in, saying President Obama's fight against the Islamic State stretches his war powers too far. (Associated Press)

Obama evades Congress, stretches war powers in precedent for Trump

President Obama took office criticizing the expansive wars fought under the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force, but over the past eight years, he has become attached to the two documents and used them to justify expansion of U.S. military action around the globe. Published December 25, 2016

Rep. Keith Ellison says the party needs to empower local activists and parties and drive a progressive agenda that resonates with the working-class voters that ditched Democrats in the 2016 election. (Associated Press)

Keith Ellison's black nationalist past haunts bid to lead DNC

More than a decade after he persuaded Minnesota voters to look beyond his controversial past and reward him with a seat in Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison is now asking national Democrats to do the same as he seeks to lead their party. Published December 21, 2016

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Labor Secretary Tom Perez joins mix of candidates to head DNC

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez announced Thursday that he is running for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, adding another high-profile liberal to the mix of those seeking to rebuild the party after a series of disappointing elections. Published December 15, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to deliver over million petition signatures demanding that President-elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "keep their hands off the American people's earned Medicare benefits." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Bernie Sanders vows Keith Ellison will usher in 'real change' at DNC

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont went to bat Wednesday for Rep. Keith Ellison's bid to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, saying the status quo is not working and saying the Minnesota Democrat has the gumption to move the party in a different direction. Published December 14, 2016