Opinion: In a Culture War, American Values Lose
Nation’s top leaders have already picked a side

Vice President Mike Pence’s staged walkout at a Colts-49ers NFL game in Indianapolis was a political stunt that disrespected several players’ support of equality, justice and police accountability, Mary C. Curtis writes. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Over the weekend, a group of white nationalists returned to Charlottesville, Virginia, faces proudly uncovered and tiki torches in hand, with a message of division.

White supremacist leader Richard Spencer said to applause, “You are going to have to get used to white identity” — and warned of more to come.

Hawley Announces Bid Against McCaskill
Incumbent’s campaign responds: ‘He broke his promise not to climb the political ladder’

Missouri Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday he will run against Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in 2018. (Hawley Campaign via YouTube)

In a highly anticipated move, Missouri Republican Josh Hawley released a video Tuesday to announce his run for Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s seat.

The 37-year-old Missouri attorney general is just 10 months into his first year holding elected office but has been in contact with an all-star roster of GOP officials and officeholders about challenging McCaskill.

As Messer and Rokita Squabble, Third GOP Indiana Senate Hopeful Sees Opening
Self-funded state representative looks to sneak around infighting en route to nomination

Indiana state Rep. Mike Braun, who owns an automotive supply business, said if you’re not willing to spend big, it doesn’t “matter how well people might like you.”  (Mike Braun for Indiana)

With Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita trading insults in the Indiana Senate Republican primary, a third candidate seeks to quietly bypass the kerfuffle en route to the GOP nod.

State Rep. Mike Braun has flooded his war chest with nearly $800,000 of his own money and raised $200,000 more, mostly from business associates of his automotive supply business. The GOP primary winner will face vulnerable Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly

Mike Pence Showered With Praise Despite Stalled Agenda
Members in both chambers say they’re still big fans of Veep

Vice President Mike Pence and Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey talk in the Capitol before the Senate Policy luncheons on Sept. 19. Pence has not been able to help secure 50 Republican votes on a health care overhaul bill this year. But GOP lawmakers don’t blame him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Mike Pence has spent countless hours behind closed doors with congressional Republicans negotiating on health care and other issues, yet the GOP legislative agenda has largely stalled. But Republican lawmakers are not blaming President Donald Trump’s Capitol Hill “insider” — quite the contrary, in fact.

Pence, once part of the House GOP leadership team, was billed as Trump’s get-things-done guy. So far, the vice president’s appreciable legislative accomplishments are scant. He broke several ties in his capacity as president of the Senate and worked with fellow Republicans on unsuccessful efforts to pass a health care overhaul measure that would get rid of Barack Obama’s 2010 law.

Pence Gets New Communications Team From the Capitol
Farah, Mandreucci start at the beginning of October

Vice President Mike Pence is bringing on communications staffers with experience on both sides of the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Vice President Mike Pence has poached the Capitol for a new communications team.

The departure of Pence’s longtime spokesman Marc Lotter from the White House, which was announced last week, created an opening for two communicators from Capitol Hill to move in.

Flight 93 Passenger Heroism, in Personal Terms
Vice President Mike Pence says passengers likely saved his life

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, tour the Flight 93 National Memorial at a ceremony marking the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks near Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 crashed with 40 passengers and 4 hijackers aboard on Sept. 11, 2001. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence’s voice cracked as he spoke Monday in the Pennsylvania field where United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. The only reason he was standing there, he said, was because of a group of passengers on board the airliner 16 years ago.

The typically upbeat former member of the House Republican leadership grew noticeably emotional at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony near Shanksville, at the site where Flight 93 crashed after a group of passengers forced the al-Qaida hijackers to end their mission early.

White House Could Send $5.9B Harvey Request to Hill Friday
GOP aide: Leadership expects initial emergency plan could arrive soon

People take shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the city on Aug. 29 in Houston. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Updated at 11:43 a.m. Trump administration officials have informed congressional Republican leaders to expect an initial Hurricane Harvey emergency spending request perhaps as soon as Friday, according to administration and congressional sources.

The White House expects to ask Congress for about $6 billion dollars in its first disaster supplemental request for Hurricane Harvey recovery, an administration official told CQ Roll Call.

White House on Harvey Relief Bill Talk: Pump the Brakes
Trump official does not dismiss Rep. Jackson Lee’s call for $150B in federal help

People take shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the city. The evacuation center is over capacity with more evacuees arriving. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The White House has a message for those speculating on how much hurricane-ravaged Texas might need from the federal government and how a relief package might move through Congress: Pump the brakes.

Just how much Texas and Louisiana will need from Washington in Hurricane Harvey’s wake is still being determined by local, state and federal authorities, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday evening.

Trump Takes Tax Pitch on the Road
Expect a why, not how, address

President Donald Trump will travel to Springfield, Missouri, Wednesday for a major speech to kick off his sales pitch for a coming GOP tax plan. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Don’t expect President Donald Trump to lay out his specific demands for an emerging Republican tax overhaul plan when he delivers his first major speech on the subject Wednesday.

Senior White House officials made clear Tuesday that the president is traveling to Springfield, Mo., not to talk policy — but to take his “optimistic” case for simplifying the federal tax code and lowering rates for businesses and middle-class taxpayers.

Trump Predicts 'Rapid Action' From Congress on Harvey Aid
President pardoned Arpaio Friday night hopeful of storm-fueled ratings spike

A boy rides a pool float in his front yard after severe flooding following Hurricane Harvey in the Cypresswood Creek subdivision in north Houston August 28, 2017. The White House expects a supplemental aid package for the flooding to be needed. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump expects the damage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana will require additional funding from Congress — and says he wants lawmakers to send him an aid bill “quickly.”

Trump echoed Vice President Mike Pence by saying he believes FEMA and other federal entities involved in immediate response efforts have ample funding. During an earlier television interview, Pence left the door open to needing extra funds — but Trump went much further.