defense

Analysis: Chances for Budget Through Regular Order Shaky
Shell budget may be needed to set up reconciliation process for tax overhaul

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has few viable paths to passing a budget resolution needed to set up the reconciliation process for a tax overhaul. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans are readying for a possible floor vote on a fiscal 2018 budget resolution as soon as next week, but with support for the plan currently shy of the 218 votes needed, action could be delayed weeks or even months.

After more than a month of negotiations, the House Budget Committee will mark up the fiscal blueprint on Wednesday. Floor action before the August recess appears to be the goal, and with several conservatives and moderates withholding support, that’s a target leaders will likely miss.

Tiptoes on the Hill Back Into War Debate
A bipartisan push for Trump to seek fresh authority to combat terrorism

Soldiers with the New York Army National Guard patrol in New York City’s Penn Station in June following a terrorist attack in London. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sixteen years on, Congress seems to be getting genuinely close to forcing itself into a fresh debate on how to prescribe the use of military force against terrorism.

Writing a new war authorization will not happen before the end of the year, meaning those deliberations would be influenced by the dynamics of the midterm election campaign. But proposals to force the issue onto the agenda have the potential to blossom into sleeper hits on this summer’s remarkably blockbuster-deprived roster of consequential legislation.

White House, Schumer Clash Over Confirmation Votes
Administration raises scepter of special session for nomination votes

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (left), D-N.Y., discusses Senate Republicans’ health care bill with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in the Capitol on June 22. On Monday, he fired back after the White House accused him of unjustly blocking its nominations. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House and Senate Democratic leaders clashed on Monday about what Trump administration officials are calling “unprecedented” blocking tactics of nominees from Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer — a charge the Senate Democratic leader scoffed at. 

Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, accused Senate Democrats of “conducting the slowest confirmation process in American history” and Schumer of running “an unprecedented campaign of obstruction.”

Jones Still Pushing to Change Department of Navy’s Name
Wants to include Marine Corps, but some marines don’t see the need

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., has been pushing to include the Marine Corps in the Department of the Navy’s name since 2001. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones continued his quest to rename the Department of the Navy to include the Marine Corps by getting an amendment in the annual defense spending bill.

Jones’ amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 would change the name to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. He has been pushing for the change since 2001.

Trump Calls Out Putin Over Election Meddling, Putin Denies It
Tillerson says U.S. and Russia work out cease-fire in Syria

President Donald Trump arrives for the first day of the G-20 summit Friday in Hamburg, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Updated 9:27 p.m. President Donald Trump pressed Vladimir Putin over Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election on Friday, but the Russian president denied involvement each time, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

“They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject,” Tillerson said from Hamburg, Germany, where Trump and 19 other world leaders are attending the G-20 summit. “The president pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement.”

Trump Blasts DNC, Podesta as ‘Disgraceful’ Ahead of Putin Meeting
Despite being on foreign soil, president lambasts Democrats over election email hacking

President Donald Trump talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron as they arrive for the first working session of the G-20 Nations Summit on Friday in Hamburg, Germany. (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

For the second consecutive day, Donald Trump shunned longstanding protocol by criticizing fellow Americans on foreign soil when he lambasted the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief.

On Thursday while in Warsaw, the president criticized America’s intelligence agencies, a former U.S. president (Barack Obama) and his country’s news media. A day later, before departing the house where he is staying in Hamburg, Germany, for the G-20 summit, Trump went after the DNC and John Podesta.

Analysis: Trump Sets Tone for Putin Meeting
In Poland, president talks tough on Russian ‘destabilizing activities’

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday. (Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump on Thursday set the tone for his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, using his most direct rhetoric yet toward Moscow when he urged the Kremlin to “cease its destabilizing activities.”

When Trump and Putin hold a formal meeting Friday during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, it will be one of the most anticipated meetings between an American and a Russian leader in some time. The U.S. president used a Thursday speech to the Polish people in Warsaw to set the tone, making clear he wants Putin to alter course while stating clearly his commitment to NATO’s mutual defense pact, established in large part to deter Soviet, and later Russian, aggression.

Trump Blames Russia — And Others — for Meddling in U.S. Election
President warns of ‘severe’ response if North Korea continues nuke, missile programs

President Donald Trump said he is considering “severe” action against North Korea, and hoped that U.S. natural gas could break Russia’s “monopoly” in Europe. (Scott Olson/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump on Thursday pointed a finger of blame at Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and warned North Korea he is considering “severe” actions in response to its nuclear arms and long-range missile programs.

In a wide-ranging joint news conference with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw, Trump also lambasted CNN and other American media outlets he again dubbed “fake news” and announced — though in a slightly veiled manner — the United States will seek to undermine Moscow’s leverage in Europe by challenging its natural gas “monopoly” there.

3 Things to Watch as Trump Heads to Poland, Germany
First one-on-one with Putin will headline G-20 summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in October. The two will be among the G-20 leaders President Donald Trump will join for a summit Friday in Hamburg, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump landed in Warsaw, Poland, under the cover of darkness Wednesday but there will be no hiding from the spotlight during his two-day European visit that will include a much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump is slated to deliver what national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster described last week as a “major speech” to the Polish people on Thursday. A day later, the president will be in Hamburg, Germany, for a meeting of the leaders of 20 rich and developing countries.

Trump Suggests He’s Done Working With China on North Korea
President appears to pressure Japan and South Korea to do more

Chinese President Xi Jingping second from left with President Donald Trump and their wives pose during their 24-hour summit in Florida in April. Trump suggested Wednesday that he’s lost patience with Xi's efforts over North Korea. (Courtesy D. Myles Cullen/Wikimedia Commons)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to abandon working with China to address North Korea’s nuclear arms and long-range missile programs.

In a tweet posted just a few days before he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a G20 summit in Germany, Trump criticized China for increasing its trade with Pyongyang.