Macron Denounces Nationalistic Wave That Propelled Trump to White House
Post-WWII order is in jeopardy, French president warns U.S. lawmakers

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, arrives to address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, flanked from left by Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.,and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

French President Emmanuel Macron, addressing a joint meeting of Congress, denounced the wave of nationalistic fervor that helped Donald Trump capture the White House and urged U.S. lawmakers to seek a new and broader deal with Iran.

After spending a day and a half with Trump and first lady Melania Trump that included private meals, cheek kisses, hand-holding and backslapping, the French president broke with his political alter ego on several issues.

Flake Flip on NASA Nominee Followed Senate Tumult
Vote to break filibuster of Bridenstine briefly deadlocked

The nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., to lead NASA faced a brief hiccup on the Senate floor Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A confluence of events put President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead NASA on the verge of an unexpected blockade Wednesday afternoon.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona had initially voted against limiting debate on the nomination of GOP Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, but after almost an hour, he switched his vote.

Pence Office Schedules Dinner with Peru's President — But Which One?
Veep pinch-hits for POTUS south of the border

Vice President Mike Pence will have dinner in Peru Friday night, but with whom caused some confusion, at least according to his schedule. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Mike Pence, pinch-hitting for his boss on a summit in South America, will dine Friday night with Peru’s president. But whether he’ll break bread with the current one or the one who resigned last month was initially unclear.

President Donald Trump announced earlier this week he was skipping the “Summit of the Americas” to remain in Washington to oversee his administration’s response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Three Republicans Vie to Be Next Congressman From Indiana’s 4th District
Morales, Braun and Baird bring their own styles to GOP primary

Army veteran Diego Morales is running for the GOP nomination for Indiana’s 4th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — In many parts of the country, President Donald Trump’s sagging national popularity could be a liability for down-ballot Republicans.

But not here.

Trump Gave Up Nothing In Agreeing to Kim Summit, Pence Says
‘Our resolve is undeterred and our policy remains the same,’ VP says

Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. and its allies have “consistently increased the pressure on the Kim regime.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Trump administration did not agree to any North Korean demands before President Donald Trump agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un, Vice President Mike Pence said Friday.

The North Koreans are coming to the table despite the United States making zero concessions,” Pence said in a statement. 

Trump Condemns Domestic Violence a Week Into Porter Scandal
‘I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind,’ POTUS says

President Donald Trump on Wednesday addressed domestic abuse as a scandal involving a former White House aide dragged on. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

One week into a scandal involving a now-former staffer who is accused of abusing his two ex-wives, President Donald Trump finally condemned such actions on Wednesday.

“I am totally opposed to domestic violence, everybody here knows that,” the president told reporters. “I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. ... It almost wouldn’t even have to be said.”

Kelly Should Keep Job Despite Missteps, Pence Says
VP: ‘Talking’ to North Korea ‘is not negotiation’

Vice President Mike Pence says he's all in with John F. Kelly as White House chief of staff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Vice President Mike Pence wants embattled White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to keep his job even as he admits officials mishandled the fallout of the Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal.

“John Kelly has done a remarkable job as chief of staff for the president of the United States,” Pence said Wednesday at an event in Washington sponsored by Axios. “And I look forward to continuing to work with him for many, many months to come.”

Mike Pence, Breaking Ties and Maybe a Senate Record
Vice president and his tiebreaking votes might fell a decades-old mark

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell greets Vice President Mike Pence during a dinner at the GOP retreat in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Jan. 31. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When it comes to ties, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows who to turn to. And turn to. And turn to. That would be Vice President Mike Pence, who has already broken more ties in his one year in office than Dick Cheney did in eight years. 

McConnell even joked last week at the Republican retreat in West Virginia — where Pence was the keynote speaker at a dinner — that the vice president was “well on his way to breaking the most tiebreakers in Senate history.”

Manchin Gets Saltier at Pence: No One Is More Bipartisan Than Me
Vulnerable West Virginia senator ‘shocked’ at VP’s speech to Republican retreat in home state

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has tried to position himself as a Democratic ally of President Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 2:05 p.m. | Sen. Joe Manchin apparently did not vent enough on Wednesday when he responded to Mike Pence’s speech in West Virginia in which the vice president criticized the Mountain State Democrat for voting against the Republican tax code overhaul in December.

So he did what most politicians do now when they’re frustrated: let loose on Twitter.

Pence: Republicans Will Maintain Majorities in House, Senate After 2018
VP notes that ‘conventional wisdom’ didn’t play out in 2016

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Karen Pence, Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul D. Ryan to members during the GOP retreat in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday predicted Republicans would maintain their majorities in the House and Senate after the midterm elections, but urged GOP lawmakers to tout last year’s conservative victories to constituents.

Pence, who was speaking here at the annual Republican retreat said the White House would be with the members “every step of the way in 2018.”