Executive Branch

Trump Issues Revised Travel Restrictions on Eight Countries
Targeted nations are not satisfying new vetting standards, president says

The new restrictions on travelers from eight countries go into effect Oct. 18. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a revised travel ban targeting citizens of eight countries, adding North Korea, Venezuela and Chad to a list of nations the administration says pose a threat to national security.

Restrictions will remain on the majority-Muslim countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Sudan was dropped from the list of countries originally targeted by sections of a March 6 executive order that expired Sunday.

Trump Pledges to Campaign for Moore if Strange Loses
Strange was originally a ‘no’ on repeal-and-replace efforts, president says

President Donald Trump is backing Alabama Sen. Luther Strange in the Senate GOP runoff. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Donald Trump traveled south Friday night to urge Alabamians to vote for Sen. Luther Strange in next week’s Senate Republican primary runoff. But he said he would campaign for Strange’s opponent if Strange loses.

Strange, who was appointed to the seat, faces former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore on Tuesday to serve out the rest of former Sen. Jeff Sessions’ term. Sessions is now Trump’s attorney general. Moore has been leading in public polls, and Strange’s allies hoped Trump’s visit to the state could boost turnout in the senator’s favor.

Carson Praises Moore, Breaking With Trump on Alabama Senate Race
Stops short of a formal endorsement

HUD Secretary Ben Carson praised Judge Roy Moore in a statement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A member of President Donald Trump’s own Cabinet appears to be breaking with him in the GOP runoff in the Alabama Senate Race.

Hours before Trump travels to the state to headline a rally for Sen. Luther Strange, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson praised former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is vying for the GOP nomination. Trump has backed Strange, Moore’s opponent. Strange was appointed to the seat after former Sen. Jeff Sessions became the U.S. attorney general.

Trump Considering New Travel Restrictions as Ban Expires
DHS has notified numerous countries that their vetting standards are inadequate

President Donald Trump received a list from the Homeland Security Department of countries that have indicated they will not comply with new screening procedures (Alex Wong/Getty Images File Photo)

President Donald Trump is weighing whether to place travel restrictions on visitors from countries considered noncompliant with new vetting procedures established by the Homeland Security Department, officials said Friday.

Trump’s temporary travel ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen expires Sunday.

McCain a ‘No’ on Latest Senate Health Care Bill
Arizona Republican says there is not enough time for debate

Arizona Sen. John McCain talks with reporters in the basement of the Capitol on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona Sen. John McCain said Friday that given the truncated timeline, he cannot vote for the health care repeal proposal floated by fellow Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana next week.

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it,” McCain said. “Without a full [Congressional Budget Office] score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.”

House Eyes Overhaul of Defense Intelligence Agency
Handful of offices and missions targeted for elimination

Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, could see his agency change if the House Intelligence Committee gets its way. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency is in the cross hairs of the House Intelligence Committee, which is aiming for a radical overhaul of the military’s spy arm.

The committee sees it as bloated and ineffective. But how far such an effort would go remains to be seen as several other congressional oversight panels that would have a say are waiting for a fuller assessment to emerge before they sign off on major changes.

Former Governor, Senate Candidate Announces Bid for Reichert’s Seat
Washington Republican Dino Rossi lost three statewide races in six-year stretch

Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi announced Thursday he will run for the open 8th District House seat. (Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images File Photo)

Dino Rossi at first did not succeed. So he tried … and tried … and tried again.

And now, the Washington Republican state senator, who lost two races for governor (2004, 2008) and one for the U.S. Senate (2010), is giving national politics another shot.

State Medicaid Directors Say Graham-Cassidy ‘Fails to Deliver’
Group that represents Medicaid directors in all 50 states says bill shouldn’t be rushed

From left, Sens. Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller, Ron Johnson and Lindsey Graham hold a news conference to discuss block grant funding for health care Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

State Medicaid directors voiced their opposition Thursday to the latest effort in the Senate to repeal the 2010 health care law.

The National Association of Medicaid Directors, a group that represents the directors of all 50 states, urged Senate Republicans to reconsider their support of the new repeal bill sponsored by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy.

Kimmel Slams Kennedy as ‘Inbred’ Over Health Care Bill
Late-night host also says Trump doesn’t understand health policy

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy was a target of late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s ire of the latest GOP health care repeal effort. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kimmel said he did not claim to be a health care expert.

“I should not be the guy you go to for information about health care, and if these guys — like inbred John Kennedy — would tell the truth for a change, I wouldn’t have to,” he said.

Trump: Facebook Turning Over Ads Part of ‘Russia Hoax’
President blames ‘biased and dishonest’ coverage of Clinton

President Donald Trump took shots at Facebook, Hillary Clinton, “fake news,” Kim Jong Un, and Rand Paul in a Friday morning tweetstorm. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted he believed Facebook’s intent to turn Kremlin-linked ads over to congressional committees investigating influence over the 2016 presidential election to be part of what he considered the “Russia hoax.”

The social media site’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday it would turn over 3,000 Russia-linked ads after two weeks on the defensive amid growing pressure from Congress for it to expose Russian propaganda in which fictional people posed as American activists, The New York Times reported.