Trump, McConnell All Smiles, All the Time
President, majority leader say they are on the same page, despite tension

President Donald Trump, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., say their relationship is A-OK. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is ready to cancel Christmas recess to get a tax bill done, but President Donald Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled the effort could slip into next year.

Trump on Monday called his relationship with McConnell “very good” amid reports of tension between the two leaders. During a remarkable and rowdy midday joint press conference in the Rose Garden, Trump declared he and McConnell “are probably now … closer than ever before.

Rick Perry Defends Private Travel Costs at House Energy Hearing
Some sites are too remote to be accessed by commercial airlines, secretary says

Energy Secretary Rick Perry testifies during a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce’s Energy Subcommittee on Thursday. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)


Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday that his use of private aircraft for work travel is sometimes justified because his department’s national laboratories and some sites he has to visit are too remote to be accessed by commercial airlines.

White House Aide Nielsen Picked for Homeland Secretary
Nominee previously served as John F. Kelly’s chief of staff at DHS

Kirstjen Nielsen, deputy White House chief of staff, speaks with John Kelly, White House chief of staff in August 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he has chosen Kirstjen Nielsen, a top aide to White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Nielsen, 45, previously served as Kelly’s chief of staff at DHS when he led the department before taking the White House job in July. Nielsen would be leaving her role at the White House after having served as a top aide to Kelly for just a little over a month.

Amid Corker Feud, Trump Dismisses Senator’s WWIII Warning
President says U.S. was on ‘wrong path before’ in North Korea standoff

President Donald Trump doubts his feud with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker will prevent a tax overhaul bill from reaching his desk. (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissed Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker’s warning that his brash and unsteady style could put the United States “on the path to World War III.” Instead, Trump said the country was “on the wrong path before” on the North Korea threat.

“All you have to do is have to take a look. If you look over the last 25 years, through numerous administrations, we were on the path to a very big problem, a problem like this world has never seen,” Trump said. “We’re on the right path right now, believe me.”

Tillerson Doesn’t Deny Calling Trump a ‘Moron’
Oil exec-turned-top diplomat describes president as ’smart’

President DOnald Trump (second from right) watches as Vice President Mike Pence delivers a ceremonious oath of office to Secretary of State Tillerson on Feb. 1 in the Oval Office. Amid reports of tensions with Trump, Tillerson reaffirmed his loyalty Wednesday morning. (John T. Bennett/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a loyalty pledge to President Donald Trump Wednesday morning following a report that he considered quitting this summer and called the president a “moron” after a Pentagon meeting in July.

Tillerson lavished Trump with praise at several points during his brief remarks from the State Department, describing the president as “smart” and praising him for holding people accountable. The former ExxonMobil boss also credited Trump for his handling of North Korea. Tillerson denied ever considering stepping down — but did not directly deny calling Trump a moron.

Price Resigns as HHS Secretary, Trump Accepts
‘I certainly don’t like the optics,’ president said Friday

President Donald Trump and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price arrive in the Capitol to meet with House Republicans on March 21. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated at 5:33 p.m. | Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday afternoon amid a scandal stemming from his use of taxpayer funds for private charter flights, according to the White House press secretary.

Price reportedly spent as much as $400,000 of taxpayer monies on chartered flights, including one to the tune of $25,000 to fly between Washington and Philadelphia.

Analysis: As Hurricane Irma Churns, Trump Touts His Team Again
President uses tweets to laud administration, hype storm — but not warn Floridians

A radar image shows Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, making its way through the Atlantic Ocean. Projections have it affecting Florida this weekend. (NOAA image via Wikimedia Commons)

Donald Trump’s message to Floridians likely in the path of Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful recorded Atlantic storms, is not one urging them to get to safety. Rather, the president used the hurricane Wednesday morning to laud his own team’s response to another major storm.

In short, the coming crisis is allowing the president to market his administration as disaster response experts — with him at the helm — for the second time in a few weeks.

Mattis Warns U.S. Could Bring ‘Total Annihilation’ to North Korea
President won’t rule out preemptive strike after nuclear test

President Donald Trump, shown here while signing a proclamation to declare Sunday as a National Day of Prayer for victims of  Hurricane Harvey, won’t rule out attacking North Korea after its regime conducted another nuclear test. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)



On Venezuela, White House Opts for Further Sanctions
Trump continues to follow pattern of his predecessor, Obama

President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One on Aug. 18. On Friday, he sanctioned Venezuela’s Maduro regime. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Democrats Tell Trump to Withdraw Clovis Nomination for USDA
Schumer, Schatz cite nominee’s “extremist views” on race, homosexuality

Sam Clovis Jr. is President Donald Trump’s nominee for undersecretary for research, education and economics at the Agriculture Department. (Courtesy Alex Hanson/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0)

Senate Democrats said Wednesday they would “vehemently oppose” the appointment of Sam Clovis Jr., President Donald Trump’s nominee for a top scientific post at the Department of Agriculture, potentially dovetailing with unrelated reservations already expressed by a key Senate Republican.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York and Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii cited Clovis’ rejection of climate science and his “extremist views” on race and homosexuality in a press release. They called for the immediate withdrawal of his nomination as USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics.