Here are some of our favorite political stories from the Press Pool with Julie Mason this week:

A Republican congressman from the Tea Party got arrested by the feds buying coke in Washington’s Dupont Circle. Marc Caputo, political reporter for the Miami Herald, puzzles out the strange case of Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL):

Famed author Kitty Kelley was so fun when she visited our studios! No entourage, no attitude, just as charming and dishy as you could ever want. Kitty’s coffee table picture book, Capturing Camelot, is a tribute to her good friend, the late photographer Stanley Tretick who left Kitty a trove of unpublished Kennedy family photos in a locked trunk that he told her contained naked pictures.

Dan Bongino was a Secret Service agent assigned to the elite Presidential Protection Detail when he finally got fed up with government and decided to do something about it. After an unsuccessful run for the Senate last year as a Republican in Maryland, Dan wrote a memoir, Life Inside the Bubble, in addition to his recent campaign for a seat in the House.

Longtime Texas journalist and author Bill Minutaglio joined us for a discussion of his new book, Dallas 1963, co-authored with Steven L. Davis. The book describes in stark, often chilling detail the tense political atmosphere in Dallas leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are going scary crackers over the disastrous roll-out of the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s squandering of the party’s political advantage after the government shutdown. Amie Parnes, White House correspondent for the Hill, spent some time listening to Democratic hill staffers venting.

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