Barrasso Easily Wins Primary for Wyoming Senate Race
Republican Policy Committee chairman will face Democrat Gary Trauner

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., defeated primary challengers on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Sen. John Barrasso, a member of Republican leadership, fended off a primary challenge Tuesday night in Wyoming. 

Barrasso had garnered 65 percent of the vote while Dave Dodson, his next closest primary opponent, had won 29 percent when the Associated Press called the race with 21 percent of precincts reporting. 

Paul Ryan Strips Duncan Hunter of Committee Assignments
Speaker calls charges against Hunter ‘deeply serious’ but does not call on him to resign

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has booted an indicted GOP congressman off three House committees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Tuesday night that he has removed Rep. Duncan Hunter from the three House committees he serves on after the California Republican was indicted for misuse of campaign funds

Hunter will be at least temporarily stripped of his assignments to the House Armed Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Education and the Workforce Committees. 

Duncan Hunter in Indictment: ‘Tell the Navy to Go F*** Themselves’
Prosecutors allege California Republican also falsely claimed expenditures for ‘wounded warriors’

The federal indictment of Rep. Duncan Hunter. R-Calif., center, includes details of his cursing the Navy and misrepresenting funds for wounded warriors. He is shown here in a 2012 photo with former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., left, who resigned in October 2017 after admitting to an extramarital affair, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A federal indictment alleges that House Armed Services member Duncan Hunter was not happy when he didn’t get a tour of a military base in Italy and had this to say: “Tell the Navy to go f--- themselves.”

Prosecutors also accused the California Republican of falsely claiming that personal expenditures were for “wounded warriors.”

Hunter Indictment Shakes Up Race in GOP District
Hunter was indicted Tuesday for misuse of campaign funds

Ammar Campa-Najjar is challenging GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter’s indictment is likely to shake up the race for his southern California seat, even though his district is traditionally Republican.

Hunter was indicted Tuesday for misusing campaign funds, which has some Democrats optimistic the seat his seat is in play.

State Department Hedges on Proposed New Russia Sanctions
Trump administration “needs discretion”

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., questioned a senior State Department official Tuesday about sanctions against Russia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A senior State Department official on Tuesday urged senators to give the Trump administration considerable leeway as lawmakers contemplate new punitive sanctions against Russia.

“We need discretion with those sanctions,” testified Wess Mitchell, assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing on relations with Russia. “Sanctions without discretion, in my mind, is the antithesis of diplomacy.”

Now It’s Trump Adviser Larry Kudlow Rubbing Elbows With a White Nationalist
Top economic aide invited founder to a birthday party

Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow talks to journalists outside the White House West Wing on Aug. 16. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The White House last week likely unknowingly put itself in a difficult predicament by firing a speechwriter who spoke on a panel in 2016 with a publisher of white nationalist views.

On Tuesday evening, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser hosted that same publisher at his home the day after the speechwriter was fired.

Duncan Hunter Indicted for Misuse of Campaign Funds
Charges allege California Republican and wife used money for dental work, personal travel

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and his wife were indicted for misuse of campaign funds. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Republican Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret, have been indicted for allegedly using $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses, including dental work and trips to Italy and Hawaii. 

To conceal their purchases, the Hunters misclassified purchases in their campaign finance records, labeling expenses as “campaign travel” or “dinner with volunteers” in submissions to the Federal Election Commission.

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What Michael Cohen’s Guilty Plea Means for Donald Trump
Here are 3 takeaways from the former fixer’s admission he broke the law

President Donald Trump enters the Capitol for a meeting with House Republicans in June. His former attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to a list of charges on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

ANALYSIS — By striking a plea deal, Michael Cohen essentially signed a disloyalty pledge to his former boss: Donald Trump. And it should give the president ample reasons to sweat.

Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday in a surprise hearing in New York to multiple campaign finance, bank fraud and tax fraud charges. The hearing culminated several weeks of the former “fixer” and his team publicly criticizing Trump — and the president firing back.

Paul Manafort Convicted on Eight of 18 Federal Counts
Trump’s former campaign manager a key figure in Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, faced bank fraud and tax evasion charges. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty on eight counts of tax evasion and bank fraud, a jury in Virginia declared Tuesday.

Manafort faces up to 80 years in prison pending a sentencing hearing with Judge T.S. Ellis III.