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Despite New Tariffs, China Still Not Budging on Trade Tactics, White House Says
Senior official indicates Canada no closer to joining Mexico trade deal than it was when talks started

U.S. and Chinese flags on a table where military leaders from the two countries met in 2014. Four year later, the economic giants are in the midst of a bitter trade dispute. Depsite President Trump’s tariff's little progress has been made, an official said Friday. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle)

The Trump administration is not aiming to “cleve off” the U.S. economy from China’s, but it intends to continue pressuring the Asian giant even though tough moves like repeated rounds of tariffs have yet to bring the fundamental changes President Donald Trump is demanding.

“Our goal is not to totally divorce our economies from each other,” said a senior official who briefed reporters Friday at the White House about trade matters. “Our goal is for China to stop behaving unfairly.”

Congressional Schedule Shows a Light Week Ahead
Agenda abbreviated by Rosh Hashanah on Monday and Tuesday

The congressional schedule is slightly abbreviated next year because of Rosh Hashanah. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Both chambers of Congress will have abbreviated schedules this coming week, largely due to Rosh Hashanah, which begins in the evening on Sept. 9 and ends on the evening on Tuesday, Sept. 11. 

On Monday and Tuesday, no votes are expected in either chamber. 

Big Sky Trip Highlights Trump’s Focus on Senate Races
President also involved in gubernatorial races, Pence takes House contests

President Donald Trump at the White House in July. He will spend part of Thursday and Friday in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota campaigning and raising funds for GOP Senate and gubernatorial candidates. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump will return to Montana on Thursday night for another political rally aimed at ousting incumbent Democrat Jon Tester, part of the president’s midterm focus on keeping the Senate under Republican control.

White House and Trump campaign officials have signaled Trump will hit as many as eight states this month alone before picking up the pace in October as the midterm campaign enters its final sprint. Trump will continue to publicly stump for Republican Senate and gubernatorial incumbents and candidates, while Vice President Mike Pence primarily focuses on competitive House races.

Road Ahead: The House Is Back, Looking for Deals on Spending and Farm Bill
Lawmakers return with hearings headlined by Supreme Court nomination, social media

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and the rest of the members of the House are returning from August recess. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Most of the cameras will be focused on President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, but he’s far from the only attraction this week on Capitol Hill.

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s week of confirmation hearings with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and outside witnesses kicks off Tuesday morning, but House members are arriving back in Washington, D.C., this week after more than a month back in their districts.

Trade Talks With Canada Stall, but White House Hopeful of Deal
‘The Senate will make it’s own decisions,’ a senior administration official said

U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House July 31, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Trump administration’s trade talks with Canada stalled Friday without a pact, but the White House told Congress it still intends to include America’s northern neighbor in a preliminary U.S.-Mexico deal. Lawmakers have been firm the White House should only send them a three-way agreement.

President Donald Trump intends to finalize a deal with Mexico “and Canada, if it is willing” in 90 days, a senior administration official said Friday. “With respect to Canada … we believe we made progress. We continue to work toward an agreement.”

Trump: DeSantis’ Democratic Foe a ‘Failed Socialist Mayor’
Andrew Gillum shocked establishment by winning Florida governor Democratic primary

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally last week in West Virginia. He and Vice President Mike Pence are taking a Twitter victory lap after Tuesday night’s primaries saw candidates they backed secure nominations. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday celebrated Rep. Ron DeSantis capturing the Florida GOP gubernatorial nomination, and labeled his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum a “a failed Socialist Mayor.”

Trump backed the conservative congressman over former Rep. Adam Putnam, the state’s agriculture commissioner, in a move that irked some Republican Party officials. But with 91 percent of precincts reporting, DeSantis was up by a wide margin, 56 percent to 37 percent, according to The Associated Press.

Trump Announces Trade Pact with Mexico
Deal comes amid efforts to update NAFTA but excludes Canada

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn to Marine One on July 27. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:24 p.m. | President Donald Trump on Monday announced a trade deal with Mexico aimed at revamping parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but Canadian officials still must sign off on the pact.

The president hailed the preliminary pact as a “big deal” in a Monday morning tweet, but — at least for now — it does not include Canada. Trump said during an Oval Office announcement that the new pact would not be called NAFTA.

Russia Sanctions Getting on Senate September Calendar is ‘Pretty Slim,’ McConnell Says
Farm bill and spending bundles highlight work before Supreme Court debate

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a busy September planned for the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outlined an aggressive September calendar Tuesday, though he conceded it probably won’t include debate on a new round of Russia sanctions.

“September’s pretty crowded already. I’m personally very interested in a Russia sanctions bill,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday. “I hope there can be a bipartisan coming together with something we can pass.”

Longtime Ag Committee Member Boswell’s Funeral Services Set
Iowa livestock farmer who served 16 years in the House suffered complications from a rare form of cancer

Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, talks with fairgoers at the Iowa Pork Producers Association pavilion at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2011. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

Funeral services for Leonard Boswell, a livestock farmer and Vietnam veteran who served for 16 years in the House, will be held Saturday in his native Iowa, according to local media reports. 

Boswell died August 17 at a Des Moines hospital after suffering complications from a rare form of cancer, according to media reports. He was 84. 

Trump Takes Post-Election Victory Lap Despite Close Races
Experts still forecasting tough races ahead for Republicans

Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson celebrates after giving his victory speech Tuesday night in Newark, Ohio. He holds a lead, but the race with Democrat Danny O'Connor remains too close to call. (Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Donald Trump is taking a victory lap after Tuesday’s congressional and gubernatorial elections, but the president’s football-spiking might be premature.

Trump first tweeted Wednesday morning that Republicans went “5 for 5!” In another tweet about 45 minutes later, the president declared GOP candidates “have now won 8 out of 9 House Seats” that have been up for grabs since he took office. He also slammed the “Fake News Media,” contending its coverage would make “you would think we are being clobbered.”