Politics

Mattis and West Could Be in Same Chain of Command
Trump’s defense chief pick had said West ‘watched too many Hollywood movies’ after Iraq incident

Former Rep. Allen West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, met Monday with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Former Rep. Allen West is eyeing a job that might put him in the same chain of command as Gen. James Mattis, who once chastised West for an incident in Iraq.

West met Monday with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser appointee, and K.T. McFarland, who Trump has chosen as deputy national security adviser, McClatchy reported.

Trump: Cancel New Air Force One
The President-elect tweets ‘costs are out of control’

President-elect Donald Trump on the cost of the Air Force One program: “We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.” (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday his intent to cancel a Defense Department contract that would provide new Air Force Once planes for future presidents. 

Trump cited the rising cost of the Boeing contract in his tweet, and doubled down on his decision later in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, according to Politico.  

Rouhani Warns Trump Not to Rip Up Iran Deal
Iranian president says the nuclear pact should stand

President-elect Donald Trump called the Iran nuclear agreement a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated,” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States of repercussions should President-elect Donald Trump follow through on his promise to rip up the global nuclear deal.

During a televised speech at the University of Tehran on Tuesday, Rouhani referred to Trump and President Barack Obama explicitly, promising to act if the U.S. pulls out of the nuclear pact or tries to extend the Iran Sanction Act, Reuters reported.

Hudson Proposes National Concealed Carry Bill
North Carolina congressman is member of Trump's Second Amendment Coaliton

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, is a member of President-elect Donald Trump's Second Amendment Coalition. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, says he is preparing legislation that would allow those with concealed carry permits in their state to cross state lines.

According to the Daily Caller, Hudson's legislation would allow people with a state-issued concealed carry license to carry a handgun to any other state that allows concealed carry if the person is not banned from possessing or transporting a firearm by federal law.

Trump Continues ‘Thank You’ Tour With Mattis
Defense secretary nominee to speak at rally

President-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd after speaking at his first post-election rally last week in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Ty Wright/Getty Images)

President Elect Donald Trump will continue his “Thank You” tour on Tuesday in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he he's expected to introduce his Defense secretary nominee, Gen. James Mattis.

Trump campaigned in Fayetteville on multiple occasions, visiting in both the primary and general elections and winning the state both times.

House Democrats Round Out Leadership Posts
Minority party picks heads of campaign, messaging arms

House Democrats didn’t seem to put the blame for a disappointing Election Day on Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Ben Ray Luján, electing him unanimously to a post that had been appointed. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats on Monday chose who will fill out the additional leadership posts created by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in an effort to overhaul how the caucus conducts its business.

The Democrats re-elected Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Lujan's position had been appointed and, despite disappointing results on Election Day which saw the party pick up far fewer seats than projected, he ran uncontested and was elected by unanimous consent, according to a source in the room.

Former Louisiana Democrat Poised to Become Anti-Establishment GOP Senator
Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy is favored to win Saturday runoff

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy, left, greets a fan at a tailgate party before a football game between Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 5. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Louisiana state Treasurer John Kennedy has a distinct advantage over 2016’s other Republican Senate candidates.

As the front-runner in the Louisiana Senate runoff this Saturday — the last Senate election of the year — Kennedy knows who’s going to occupy the White House in January. And that’s freed him up to wrap his arms around President-elect Donald Trump. 

Some Democrats Plan Slowdown as Senate Wraps Up Year
Chamber races to wrap up several broad bills by Friday

California Sen. Barbara Boxer has vowed to block a water infrastructure bill over a drought provision. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Some Senate Democrats are planning to block or slow down legislation as Republicans try to whittle down what’s left of their to-do list for the 114th Congress this week.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor Monday that he plans to complete work on a spending measure to keep the government funded and a conference report authorizing defense programs. McConnell added that work continues on water infrastructure legislation and an energy policy bill.

Vote on Giving Mattis a Waiver Seen for Next Congress
Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon needs congressional exemption to serve

Retired Gen. James Mattis will be formally nominated for Defense secretary by President-elect Donald Trump as an event in North Carolina on Tuesday. (Courtesy Department of Defense)

The decision on whether to give former Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis an exemption to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of Defense will fall to the next Congress, if some defense-minded lawmakers have their way.

House Armed Services Committee spokesman Claude H. Chafin told Roll Call on Monday that Chairman Mac Thornberry of Texas is among those negotiating standalone legislation that would exempt Mattis from a law that prevents members of the military from taking one of the Pentagon’s top three civilian posts if they have actively served in the past seven years. 

Incumbent McCrory Concedes in North Carolina Governor’s Race
Comes nearly four weeks after Election Day

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in the state's governor's race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday conceded to challenger Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, ending a weeks-long battle over recounts.

McCrory had previously expressed concerns about voter fraud and discrepancies, but on Monday he released a video saying it was time to move on.

Trump considers Jets Owner for UK ambassadorship
Woody Johnson is a longtime GOP donor

Woody Johnson, center, shown here talking to New York Jets coach Todd Bowles, would be the second NFL owner to become an ambassador. (New York Jets)

Woody Johnson, Republican megadonor and owner of the NFL’s New York Jets, is reportedly being considered for a top foreign ambassador post in the new year.

Johnson is the most recent in a long line of Trump financial backers to be tapped for possible high-level government positions, and, according to the New York Post’s Page Six , is in the running to be named U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to Meet with Trump
Trump has in the past cited conflict of interest on D.C. statehood

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, shown here with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, right, is in her first term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser will go to New York on Tuesday to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. 

Bowser did not attend the opening of Trump's new hotel, but, according to Fox5 Reporter Matt Acklund, Bowser will meet with the incoming president to discuss infrastructure and statehood.

Kennedy Likely Bet in Louisiana Senate Runoff
But cash flows for Democrat Campbell as Saturday vote nears

Louisiana Republican Senate candidate John Kennedy greets a guest at his election night party in Baton Rouge on Nov. 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Though increased national attention and a late cash influx has buoyed Foster Campbell’s bid for Louisiana's open Senate seat, experts say Republican rival John Kennedy has the race all but locked up.

Campbell, a longtime Public Service Commissioner and self-proclaimed "pro-gun, pro-life" Democrat," will face off against State Treasurer John Kennedy in a Saturday runoff election.

Senators Line up on Either Side of Pipeline Standoff
Standing Rock protesters celebrate decision to explore alternative route

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, thanked Obama for listening to the Dakota Access pipeline protesters. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators on both sides of the aisle responded quickly to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir.

This newest development in the months-long Standing Rock saga has left protesters optimistic about pushing for an alternative pipeline route, but they remain wary of a policy reversal once Donald Trump takes office in January, according to The Associated Press.

Manchin Among Trump’s Expanded Secretary of State List
Rohrabacher also in the running

Joe Manchin of West Virginia, at podium, is reportedly being considered for secretary of State in a Trump administration despite being a Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump’s pool of potential picks for secretary of State doubled since the last reports of how short was his short list.

Trump aides last week said he had whittled down the selection process to four, but ABC News reports Trump is now considering five more people including a retired admiral who Hillary Clinton considered for her running mate, another former presidential candidate, and a senator from the other side of the aisle.