The Donald vs. Very Fake News
The president’s solo news conference went exactly the way he wanted

President Donald Trump, seen here during his press conference Thursday, has the media right where he wants them, Wetherbee writes. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s first solo press conference as president was a disaster. The 77-minute ramblings of an elderly man has both sides of the aisle worried. Reporters and pundits and supporters and the opposition are confused. What was that? 

It was what the president wanted.

Castro Takes Round 1 in Twitter War with Cruz
Texas congressman has hinted at running against Republican senator

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, took a swipe at Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Twitter for how he was treated by Donald Trump in the presidential race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, decides to run against Sen. Ted Cruz next year, he might already have a leg up on Twitter.

Castro has been hinting at a run against Cruz, who has faced the possibility of a primary challenge after he waffled on his support for President Donald Trump, possibly making him a weakened general election candidate.

Rohrabacher Staffer Injured in Protest at District Office
Congressman says protesters engaged in ‘political thuggery’

Activists were trying to get Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., to hold a town hall meeting in his district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A tussle at California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s Huntington Beach office led to his district director being hospitalized and a the daughter of a protester being hit on the head.

Activists showed up at the Republican congressman’s office to deliver Valentine's Day cards that requested Rohrabacher hold a town hall meeting, the Orange County Register reported. When they found the doors locked, they shoved the cards under the door. When the 2-year-old daughter of one protester was adding a card, the door opened and hit her on the head.

For the GOP, a Dangerous Gamble on the All-Important Town Hall
Old-school constituent connections work best, but the anger is proving tough to withstand

Police escort California Rep. Tom McClintock through a town-hall audience in Roseville, California, last Saturday. (Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Consider 10 and 19 as two more figures that help illustrate the risky congressional Republican strategies of passivity, defensiveness and avoidance during the first month of the Trump administration.

Ten is the total number of GOP lawmakers who have town hall meetings scheduled next week, the longest period Congress will be back home since the inauguration.  

Cummings and Pelosi Cite Fake Flynn Twitter Account
Came at press conference

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., mistakenly quoted a fake Twitter account in their remarks of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both cited a parody Twitter account claiming to be Michael Flynn.

The incident came in a Tuesday news conference after the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Both Cummings quoted tweets from a fake account under the handle @GenMikeFlynn.

Russians Blame ‘Russophobia’ for Flynn’s Resignation
Claim exit was ‘not just paranoia but something even worse’

Michael Flynn, left, resigned on Monday, just 25 days into President Donald Trump’s administration. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Russian lawmakers came to the defense of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, saying Russia was his critics’ ultimate target.

Flynn resigned after it was revealed he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his phone calls with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and the Justice Department told the White House that he might be subject to blackmail.

Mar-a-Lago Member Posts Photo with ‘Nuclear Football’ Aide
Who thought this was a good idea?

Richard DeAgazio posted a photo with a man he said was responsible for carrying President Donald Trump's nuclear launch codes. (Facebook)

A member of President Donald Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago club posted a photo of himself with the military aide who carries the nuclear codes for the president.

Richard DeAgazio, who was at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night when Trump hosted a dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, posted photos on his Facebook with a man identified as “Rick,” who carries the President's Emergency Satchel, which has launch codes for nuclear missiles.

Sensenbrenner Admonishes Town Hall Audience To Be Respectful
Also hints at possible punishment for national security adviser

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., told one angry woman that she could go out in the hallway if she wouldn't be respectful. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Rep. Jim Sensnenbrenner, R-Wis., urged his constituents to be respectful during heated exchanges at town hall meetings in Pewaukee and Elm Grove over the weekend.

Sensenbrenner frequently scolded the audience that included Democratic activists, and banged a gavel to bring the town hall to order, WITI-TV in Milwaukee reported.

Appeals Court Refuses to Restore Trump’s Travel Ban
9th Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision

A four-year-old girl gathers with protesters and members of the Congress in front of the Supreme Court on Jan. 30 to voice opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A federal appeals court on Thursday declined to revive President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order that temporarily bans all refugees as well as foreign travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously upheld a lower court’s order that has temporarily stopped the Trump administration from implementing the travel ban.

Did McConnell Put Warren Right Where He Wants Her?
Senate GOP boss elevates left‘s hero, maybe because she‘s not strongest 2020 Democratic option

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may be hoping that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren becomes the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sure, he’s a really buttoned-down guy working to prevent the Senate from getting totally bottled-up, but there are solid reasons to suspect Mitch McConnell wants a “Nevertheless, she persisted” hoodie as much as anyone.

The majority leader is obviously much more Brooks Brothers than Raygun. Still, he may well realize that his latest grandmaster move in the never-ending game of electoral chess requires ditching the rep stripe tie in favor of some printed-on-demand slogan swag.