Justin Amash

Rep. Justin Amash considers Libertarian challenge to Trump
‘The tea party is largely gone. It was replaced with ... the general philosophy of the party now under Trump’

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., has expressed disenchantment with the Freedom Caucus he helped found. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Libertarian Party has urged Rep. Justin Amash to consider mounting a third-party challenge to President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

The Michigan Republican told his hometown paper that while he would not “rule out” a bid, he has not completely “thought through” his plans.

‘We are either a team or we’re not’ — Democrats struggle with Republican messaging votes
Pelosi wants Democrats to stay unified against GOP moves but moderates worry about political attacks

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wants her party to stay unified on minority procedural tools that can be used to divide the majority party. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The new House Democratic majority is having its first major family disagreement as the caucus struggles to stay united against Republican messaging votes, which the minority is deploying through a procedural move known as a motion to recommit. 

Republicans in their first two months in the minority have already won two motions to recommit because of Democratic defections. Not once during the past eight years in which Republicans held the majority did Democrats win a motion to recommit. 

Michael Cohen proves that a bad person can be a good witness
Trump’s former fixer dropped more breadcrumbs than Hansel and Gretel

Michael Cohen came across as weak, lost lapdog. But he was also a convincing witness, Shapiro writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

OPINION — There was something sad and delusional about Michael Cohen’s insistence during a riveting day of testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee that he remains, despite it all, a “good person.”

During his 30-minute opening statement, Cohen declared, in a passage that came close to defying the internal logic of the English language, “I have lied. But I am not a liar. And I have done bad things, but I am not a bad man. I have fixed things, but I am no longer your fixer, Mr. Trump.”

House disapproves of Trump’s emergency declaration on border
But the vote was far from a veto-proof supermajority

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro introduced the resolution of disapproval and helped shepherd its passage. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House passed legislation Tuesday disapproving of President Donald Trump’s border security emergency declaration but came up well short of the two-thirds margin that would be needed to overcome a Trump veto.

The 245-182 vote sends the joint resolution to the Senate, where it should get expedited consideration.

Here are the 13 Republicans who rebuked Trump over his national emergency
President wants to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border

Democrats are targeting Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in 2020. The congresswoman was among 13 Republicans who voted for the Democrats’ disapproval resolution Tuesday evening. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Thirteen Republicans rebuked President Donald Trump on Tuesday, supporting a Democratic effort to block his national emergency declaration to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

A resolution of disapproval to overturn Trump’s move passed the House by a vote of 245-182, with almost every Democrat and 13 Republicans supporting the measure. Trump declared a national emergency earlier this month when Congress failed to meet his request of $8 billion for a barrier along the southern border. Lawmakers allocated nearly $1.4 billion for 55 miles of barriers in a recent government funding bill.

Border wall technology: Better than concrete, or Big Brother of the borderlands?
As defense startups peddle their wares, privacy activists worry

A fence marking the U.S.-Mexico border is seen at sunset on July 22, 2018, in Nogales, Arizona. Defense startups are betting that demand for a “technological wall” will only grow. (John Moore/Getty Images file photo)

Democratic support for installing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of surveillance technology on the U.S.-Mexico border, billed by party leaders as a 21st-century alternative to President Donald Trump’s medieval wall, is worrying privacy activists at the same time that it excites nascent defense startups.

Amid staunch opposition by Democrats, the fiscal 2019 omnibus package signed into law by Trump earlier this month contained only $1.4 billion for wall and barrier construction. That’s compared with about $100 million for sensor towers and remote video surveillance systems, plus an additional $564 million for nonintrusive scanning equipment at border entry points, which was also included.

Road Ahead: Michael Cohen returns amid disapproval, gun votes
Senate will also continue work on key presidential nominations, as House takes up gun legislation

Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, leaves the Monocle restaurant on Capitol Hill on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Three days of congressional testimony by President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney round out what could be a crazy week on Capitol Hill — even by recent standards.

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate will have their chance to grill Michael Cohen this week. The former Trump fixer is scheduled to talk to the Senate Intelligence panel Tuesday behind closed doors for a deposition-style interview, ahead of long-awaited public testimony Wednesday before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Brume from domestic storms hangs over Trump’s second Kim summit
Mueller report, Cohen testimony hang over second summit with North Korean leader

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un participate in a signing ceremony during a meeting on Sentosa Islan on June 12 in Singapore. They are scheduled to meet again this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Evan Vucci/AP file photo)

Two metaphorical clouds will hang ominously over President Donald Trump’s second nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Vietnam — one of the mushroom variety and one a thick brume of political scandal back home.

Among the most-pressing issues when the two leaders meet in Hanoi on  Wednesday and Thursday will be Trump trying to arrive at a “shared understanding of what denuclearization is,” a senior administration official said last week. Back home, Democratic and Republican lawmakers will be haggling over the definitions of a national emergency and collusion with Russians in a series of high-profile votes and hearings that could prove politically damaging to Trump while he is on foreign soil.

Democrats introduce disapproval of Trump’s border emergency declaration
Rep. Joaquin Castro told reporters there was one Republican cosponsor — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is leading the resolution of disapproval. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An effort to disapprove of President Donald Trump’s border security national emergency declaration is on the fast track through the House of Representatives.

Rep. Joaquin Castro told reporters that he filed the joint resolution of disapproval on Friday.

Washington mourns former Rep. John Dingell
Former presidents, colleagues in Congress share tributes to the Detroit Democrat

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center in 2011 to recognize the 46th anniversary of Medicare. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

The longest-serving member of Congress in history, Rep. John Dingell made an indelible impact on Capitol Hill, the nation’s laws and those who served with him. 

“John Dingell's life reminds us that change does not always come in a flash, but instead with a steady, determined effort,” former President Barack Obama said.