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House Freedom Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus unite on infrastructure

Jim Jordan and Elijah Cummings
Reps. Jim Jordan and Elijah Cummings. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Today in strange bedfellows: The ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus share enthusiasm for the same bill — an infrastructure package with bipartisan and pan-ideological enthusiasm.

What's more, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is onboard. The Intercept's Ryan Grim summed up these unusual political dynamics in a tweet: "Here's Breitbart writing about Kevin McCarthy endorsing the use of a CBC-backed bill to make an infrastructure deal happen. Worlds are colliding."

House Republican embroiled in North Carolina corruption case

North Carolina Congressman Mark Walker
Rep. Mark Walker on Capitol Hill. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) is the latest GOP official linked to a federal corruption case in North Carolina in which businessman Greg Lindberg, who was indicted early Tuesday, asked officials to convince North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey to dismiss his deputy, Politico reports.

Details: FEC records show that Lindberg donated $150,000 to Walker's campaign during the 2018 midterm elections after Lindberg had already donated more than $78,000 to another Walker-affiliated campaign. Walker told Politico that he has not been charged in the investigation.

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