Politics

Blumenauer Goes on Twitter Rant Against ‘#LiarInChief’ Trump
Oregon Democratic congressman calls out president on falsehoods since taking office

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., quoted former presidents, authors and intellectuals such as Abraham Lincoln, Khaled Hosseini and George Washington on lying. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., slammed President Donald Trump on the president’s favorite social media platform, Twitter on Monday night.

Blumenauer sent out 35 tweets using the hashtag #LiarInChief, responding to falsehoods the White House has released since taking office. 

Becerra, Pompeo Prepare to Leave House
Appointments bring the number of the House down by two

California Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra  will become his state’s attorney general Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Xavier Becerra is expected to be sworn-in as the next attorney general of California Tuesday after he formally resigns from Congress.

The California Democrat had been handpicked for the position by Gov. Jerry Brown shortly after the November election. The state Senate voted to approve his nomination Monday.

Cabinet Votes Possible as Senate Hearings Continue
Committees will vote on 5 nominees on Tuesday

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senators could potentially vote on more of President Donald Trump’s executive nominees Tuesday before leaving town for the rest of the week, though it’s not clear which of their nominations will come up on the floor.

The Senate adjourned Monday night without locking in votes for the next day, though GOP leaders have expressed interest in confirming the less divisive nominees as soon as possible. The Senate will not be in after Tuesday for the rest of the week due to the joint Republican retreat in Philadelphia.

Nomination Fights Challenge Alexander-Murray Relationship
HELP Committee leaders have forged a productive way of doing things

From left, Washington Sen. Patty Murray Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander and Wyoming Sen. Michael B. Enzi arrive to hear secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos testify during her confirmation hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee met last week, the proceedings got a little, well, tense.

“I am not going to change the rules of the game,” HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said 30 minutes into the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos to be the next Education secretary.

Trump Executive Actions Put Leaders on the Spot
In twist, Democrats cheer TPP-killing move as Republicans squirm

Donald Trump greets President Barack Obama moments before Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. Three days later, Trump set up conflicts with his own party’s leaders by killing Obama’s Asian trade pact. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump began unraveling major parts of his predecessor’s legacy on Monday, but some of his first proclamations and actions as president immediately put him at odds with his own party’s congressional leaders.

The new president mingled Monday evening with Republican and Democratic leaders in the White House’s ornate State Dining Room, the kind of social event Barack Obama rarely hosted at the executive mansion.

Poll: Most Americans Expect Major Scandal in Trump Era
Majority also concerned about president’s potential conflicts of interests

President Donald Trump hugs his family after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Most Americans say they have set low expectations for President Donald Trump’s ethical standards, with a majority predicting at least one major scandal, and perhaps many, will rock his administration.

As ethics watchdogs have blasted the next president for his plans to continue ownership of his private business, 39 percent of adults said they believed the Trump administration will have “many major scandals” while another 24 percent said it would have “a major scandal or two,” according to a new Economist/YouGov poll conducted Jan. 14-17.

Schumer, Immigration Groups Brace for Trump Actions
Top Senate Democrat warns White House of targeting children

Schumer is signaling support for legislation to protect children of undocumented immigrants from deportation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate’s top Democrat says he and his colleagues are standing “shoulder-to-shoulder with the immigrant community” in anticipation of a potential executive action by President Donald Trump targeting that community.

“I’m here to stand and tell you that Senate Democrats will fight tooth and nail against any and all anti-immigration measures that President Trump and Republicans put forth,” New York Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer said at an event organized by the progressive immigration group America’s Voice.

Walker Wants GOP to Lead on Criminal Justice, Immigration
Head of Republican Study Committee says new approach warranted

Walker thinks Republicans need to move beyond talking points on simply securing the border when discussing immigration policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker wants Republicans to take the lead on issues where they’ve been timid in the past, like overhauling the criminal justice and immigration systems.

“There are communities that are hurting, that are suffering,” the North Carolina Republican told a group of reporters Monday. “And that should be important to both parties, to all the parties.”

David Jolly Hires Charlie Crist Staffer for 2018
Jolly has not decided whether to run for office again

Former GOP Rep. David Jolly has hired the district director of the man who defeated him, Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, to advise him for the 2018 political cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. David Jolly, ousted by Democrat Charlie Crist just two and half months ago, hasn’t yet decided to run for office again. But in a sign that the Florida Republican may be gearing up for a rematch in the 13th District, Jolly has hired a Crist staffer as a senior adviser for the 2018 cycle. 

Vito Sheeley worked as campaign outreach director for Crist’s congressional campaign and district director for the congressman for the 115th Congress, which has only been in session for about three weeks. 

Women’s March on Washington in Photos
Citizens flock to nation’s capital to voice everything from outrage to empathy

(George LeVines/CQ Roll Call)

Under an ominous sky that never made good on its threat, turnout estimates for the Women’s March on Washington more than doubled expectations. Organizers of the protest — held to object to the inauguration of President Donald Trump — could no longer organize, but maybe they didn’t need to. Of the hundreds of thousands that descended on Washington, D.C., law enforcement reported no arrests. The crowd on Jan. 21 seemed to organize itself. The newly minted Trump addressed the intelligence community to mixed reviews that same day, but knit pink “pussy hats” around the globe dominated the news.

[Democratic Lawmakers Feel Boost from Women’s March]

George H.W. Bush Moved Out of ICU
Former first lady Barbara Bush discharged from hospital Monday

Former President George H. W. Bush, shown here with former President Barack Obama, could be released from the hospital by the end of the week, his doctors said. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

Former President George H.W. Bush is expected to be moved from intensive care on Monday and could be out of the hospital by the end of the week, his doctors said.

Former first lady Barbara Bush, who had been hospitalized with her husband, was discharged on Monday, physicians from Houston Methodist Hospital said in a news conference.

Kaine Spent Inauguration Night Presiding Over Same-Sex Wedding
Couple wanted to cement union as they felt new administration puts LGBT rights in peril

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., right, presided over the wedding of Dea Jones, center, and Shannon McLeod on Friday. (Courtesy Dea Jones and Sharon McLeod).

If he had his way, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., would have been the one taking the oath of office to become vice president on Friday.

However, after attending the inauguration to watch his opponent Mike Pence become vice president, Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton's running mate, presided over the wedding of Dea Jones and Sharon McLeod — his first of a same-sex couple.

Trump’s First Memos Set Up Conflict With GOP
McCain calls TPP withdrawal a ‘serious mistake’ that will benefit China

Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, are greeted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama upon arriving at the White House on Inauguration Day. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Monday signed several memoranda that begin rolling back his predecessor’s legacy, including one withdrawing the United States from a massive Asian-Pacific trade pact. It also sets up a conflict with congressional Republicans on policy priorities.

Trump, before taking office, said Monday would be his administration’s first full day of work. His signature essentially makes good on a campaign promise to withdraw from former President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal “on Day One.” During the campaign, candidate Trump had dubbed the TPP “a potential disaster for our country.”

Fleischer’s Advice for Spicer: If it’s Wrong, ‘Walk it Back’
Bush’s press secretary has some advice for Trump’s

Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s press secretary, chastised the media for what he said were false reports about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In the wake of his highly contested news conference over the weekend, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer offered some words of wisdom to the man who now holds the job: Sean Spicer.

“My advice to Sean today is if he used a statistic that is wrong, correct it today. There’s no harm done if you’re press secretary saying ‘I got a statistic wrong’ and walk it back,” Fleischer said in an interview on “CBS This Morning” on Monday.

Rubio Backs Tillerson for Secretary of State
Trump nominee appears poised for confirmation

Sen. Marco Rubio sits on the Foreign Relations Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio announced Monday morning he’ll back Rex Tillerson for secretary of State, essentially putting an end to questions about Tillerson’s confirmation prospects.

The Florida Republican announced his support for Tillerson in a Facebook post. But Rubio noted he still had concerns about Tillerson’s position on Russian aggression and human rights violations.