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Congress: The empty chair is back

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell responded to President Obama’s jab at the White House Correspondents Dinner with a photo of himself at a bar with a beer next to an empty seat with a glass of red wine in front of it.

“House Republicans are targeting popular "mommy blog" websites in a digital ad campaign beginning Tuesday as part of an ongoing effort to repair the GOP's image with certain voting blocs — in this case swing female voters — who have sided decisively with Democrats in recent elections,” USA Today writes. “The banner ads will be featured on over 100 websites popular among women and geo-targeted to be viewed by residents in 20 Democratic-held congressional districts targeted by the GOP for 2014.”

More: “The $20,000 ad buy, running on sites including Ikeafans.com and MarthaStewart.com through Friday, will call on Democrats to vote with House Republicans next week on a bill to give hourly private sector workers more flexibility to choose between compensatory time and cash payment for overtime work. … the legislation is part of an umbrella effort outlined earlier this year by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to provide conservative alternatives to everyday problems facing American families — in this case, increasing parents' ability to choose between extra pay or extra time off.”

Ted Cruz to Republicans: Don’t be “squishes.”

“Republicans want to limit the number of bullets federal agencies can purchase so American gun owners can buy more,” The Hill reports.

Said Sen. Jim Inhofe, who introduced legislation on the matter: "President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights. One way the Obama Administration is able to do this is by limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition.”

Democrats and even the NRA dismissed the effort as pandering to conspiracy theories.