On Typically Unifying 9/11, Trump Attacks His Domestic Foes
On somber anniversary, president dubs DOJ, FBI ’so terrible‘

President Donald Trump began the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by lashing out at his own political foes. (Getty Images)

Wreaths were laid and bells tolled Tuesday for the fallen in Manhattan, at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania. Officials spoke, as did Vice President Mike Pence, about “honor and remembrance.” But President Donald Trump started off the 9/11 anniversary by lashing out at his political opponents.

“For the families of the fallen and all those looking on, the cherished final moments with your loved ones … seem like yesterday. Just know that your nation understands,” Pence said at the Pentagon, striking the tone George W. Bush and Barack Obama administration officials did on Sept. 11 anniversaries past.

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.

McCain’s ‘Iron Will’ Saluted as Late Senator Celebrated at Capitol
Arizona senator returns to Washington for services before burial at Annapolis

Cindy McCain pays respects to her late husband Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda on August 31, 2018.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The skies outside the Capitol opened up Friday morning as a military honor guard carried the drenched flag-draped casket of Sen. John McCain up the stairs of the Capitol for the final time before bright sunshine later emerged. Inside, Vice President Mike Pence and congressional leaders feted a man who was a walking force of nature.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the Arizona Republican’s death a “great loss” for the country but told a packed Capitol Rotunda they were gathered to “celebrate a great life” that featured “six decades of devotion to the American idea and the cause of human freedom.”

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.

Space Force: Trump Drives New Partisan Split Over Old Issue
Democrats and Republicans divided on proposal, new poll says

President Donald Trump’s public embrace of the Space Force has driven a deep partisan divide on the effort, a new poll found. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Its cool science-fiction title alone practically oozes nostalgia for the starbound adventures of American astronauts, the spirit of Cold War competition and pride for American dominance in space. So why are most Democrats not on board with the Space Force?

Sixty-nine percent of them disapproved of the White House’s effort to establish a sixth branch of the military focused on defending U.S. interests in space, according to a new poll released Wednesday. And only 12 percent supported it. The reaction from Republicans was almost exactly flipped: 68 percent of Republicans supported the proposal, while only 14 percent opposed it. 

3 Takeaways From the Pence ‘Space Force’ Sales Pitch
Vice president ignores white elephant: a skeptical military and Congress

Space Force was on the mind of Vice President Mike Pence, seen here in the Rotunda last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There’s a new applause line in President Donald Trump’s campaign spiel.

It’s not quite up there with “Crooked Hillary” or demanding professional football players who kneel for the National Anthem to “get the hell out of here.” Crowds react with loud cheers when the president touts his envisioned “Space Force.”

Ohio’s 12th District Race Tightens in Final Stretch of Special Election
Republican Balderson is still favored, but Democrat O’Connor is closing the gap

Democrat Danny O’Connor is waging a surprisingly competitive race in Ohio’s ancestrally Republican 12th District. (Jonathan Quilter/The Columbus Dispatch via AP file photo)

The first week of August isn’t normally for politicking.

But all eyes are on the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, for the next few days ahead of the last special election before the November midterms.

‘Fact Is Russia Meddled’ in 2016 Election, Pence Says
VP sides with U.S. intel community in terms clearer than his boss

Vice President Mike Pence said it was a fact that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday was more clear on Russian election meddling than his boss, President Donald Trump, firmly agreeing with all American spy agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 campaign.

“The fact is Russia meddled in our 2016 elections,” Pence told a cybersecurity conference in New York. “That is the unambiguous judgement of our intelligence community. And, as the president has said, we accept our intelligence community’s conclusion.”

Trump Campaign Org. Backs James in Michigan GOP Senate Primary
African-American Army vet is ‘best candidate’ to unseat Stabenow, Lara Trump says

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is awaiting a GOP challenger as the Trump campaign organization backs John James. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Trump political organization on Monday formally endorsed John James in Michigan’s GOP primary to decide who will try to unseat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in November.

“John James is the embodiment of the American Dream,” Lara Trump, a senior advisor to the Trump campaign organization. “Love of country and hard work have fueled John’s success in life, the military, and business, and have positioned him to be the best candidate to defeat Debbie Stabenow for the Senate this fall. As President Trump said in his endorsement, John James is a ‘spectacular candidate’ who will be a ‘star.’

Mike Pence Senate Campaign Tour Touches Down in Philadelphia
VP uses tax law event to stump for Senate hopeful Lou Barletta

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., left, Sen. Berrnie Sanders, I-Vt., center and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Vice President Mike Pence on Monday tried to fire up Pennsylvania Republicans by comparing Democratic Sen. Bob Casey to one of the most liberal members of the Senate, Bernie Sanders.

Pence flew to the Keystone State for a speech in Philadelphia — followed by a fundraiser for Rep. Lou Barletta — that ostensibly was on the Republican tax law, but at times was a GOP pep rally and others a campaign stop on behalf of Barletta. The 11th District congressman is challenging Casey for his Senate seat.