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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.

Obama’s Customs Chief Says Border Wall ‘Waste of Time and Money’
Kerlikowske criticizes one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises on his way out of office

Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection until Friday, said building the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that President Donald Trump has promised is not “the smartest way to use taxpayer money on infrastructure.” (Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images file photo)

The Obama administration’s Customs director criticized President Donald Trump's proposal for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border as he was leaving office.

Gil Kerlikowske told ABC News in an interview conducted shortly before leaving office on Friday that he did not “think it was feasible” nor “the smartest way to use taxpayer money on infrastructure.”

Rutherford Released from Hospital
Congressman suffered ‘acute digestive flare up’ from reaction to antibiotic

Rep.John Rutherford, R-Fla., was released from the George Washington University Hospital Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., is recovering at his Washington residence after being released over the weekend from the George Washington University Hospital.

Rutherford was taken from the Capitol on a stretcher after suffering “significant discomfort” during House votes outside the floor. Doctors believe the “acute digestive flare up” he suffered was caused by a reaction to an antibiotic he was taking for a cold, Kelly Simpson, Rutherford’s chief of staff, said.

House Fits In Abortion Bill, Even With Short Schedule
Philadephia retreat will help set agenda for GOP

New Jersey Rep. Christopher H. Smith, right, will get a vote on his legislation banning the use of federal funds for abortions. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s a short week for Congress in Washington, with Republicans in both the House and Senate heading out Wednesday for a retreat in Philadelphia, where they will strategize with the new administration about the year’s legislative agenda. Before leaving, though, they’ll wade into abortion politics with legislation in the House — just in time for Friday’s annual March for Life.

Before that, though, the House kicks off its abbreviated week at the Capitol on Monday with its usual 6:30 p.m. vote on a number of suspension measures, which require a two-thirds majority for passage.

Eyes on Foreign Relations Panel Ahead of Rex Tillerson Vote
Chairman Bob Corker says nominee will get to Senate floor no matter what

Rex Tillerson’s nomination for secretary of State will be voted on Monday afternoon in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rex Tillerson will get to the floor (and likely be confirmed as secretary of State) whether Sen. Marco Rubio supports him or not.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker made that clear last week, telling CNN as early as last Tuesday of his intention to work through the procedural gears to get the former Exxon Mobil CEO a floor confirmation vote — even if there’s a deadlock in committee, which would most likely come about if Rubio, a Florida Republican, joined with a potentially united Democratic opposition. 

What Happens After the Women’s March Crowds Go Home?
Democrats look to Saturday’s marches to boost female recruitment

Protesters hold signs along Independence Avenue in Washington during the Women’s March on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Florida Rep. Lois Frankel got married, she couldn’t get a credit card in her own name. She couldn’t take out a mortgage without her husband. 

That’s a struggle today’s young women may have a tough time even imagining. 

Democratic Lawmakers Feel Boost from Women’s March
Minority party hopes movement will help Congress rein in Trump

Protesters march down Independence Avenue in Washington, holding signs during the women’s march on Saturday, the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Dome was more than just a symbolic backdrop for Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. It was the intended target of hundreds of thousands of voices of frustration with President Donald Trump. 

For all of the anti-Trump placards — both crude and shrewd — many marchers descended on the nation’s capital to send a message to the branch of government that, they hope, will be a check on the new president.