2020

No-Alias: Smith & Jones Will Alter the Senate in ’18
Two newest Democrats will join as powerful a minority as possible, whether they skew left or to the center

The Senate will be a very different place after the arrival of two new Democratic senators: Doug Jones, the winner of Tuesday’s stunning upset in Alabama, and Tina Smith, who was tapped on Wednesday to fill the pending vacancy in Minnesota. (CQ Roll Call file photos)

Turns out, the Senate is going to be quite a different place next year even without Roy Moore — and that’s not only because senators named Smith and Jones will be serving together for the first time in 86 years.

The chamber will have its closest partisan split in a decade, and the narrowest divide in favor of the Republicans since the spring of 2001. The roster of women will expand to a record 22, and for the first time a pair of women will comprise the Senate delegations of four states. The Deep South will be represented by a Democrat for the first time in four years.

Trump Lambastes Dems Over Tax Bill, Steinle Murder Verdict
President contends GOP bill getting ‘better’ despite $1 trillion hurdle

President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump attend the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Ellipse in on Thursday. On Friday Trump lashed out at congressional Democrats over their opposition to a Senate tax bill and their immigration stances. (Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is pinning blame for the acquittal of an undocumented man who was accused of killing a California woman on “weak” congressional Democrats and panning them for “trying to block” a GOP tax bill that ran into a $1 trillion iceberg late Thursday.

His public skewering of congressional Democrats comes just weeks before he will need some of their help to avoid a government shutdown during the first year of his presidency.

Former Hillary Clinton Aide Blasts Gillibrand Over Bill Clinton Comments
Former president should have resigned over Lewinsky episode, NY senator said

New York Sen. Kristin Gillibrand said Thursday she thought it would have been "appropriate" for President Bill Clinton to step down after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A former Hillary Clinton State Department aide had harsh words for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who said Thursday that President Bill Clinton should have resigned after an inappropriate sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton’s deputy assistant secretary of state for strategic communications, called Gillibrand a “hypocrite” for the comments.

Opinion: The Politics of Tax Cuts Are as Complex as the IRS Code
Republicans are rolling the dice on the political outcome

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is touting the House Republican tax bill as a boon for middle-class families. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a political world filled with bizarre surprises like a high-decibel public debate over the causes of the Civil War, there was something reassuring about the predictable partisan reaction to Thursday’s unveiling of the House Republican tax bill.

This was, in short, not a moment when Capitol Hill speechwriters spent anguished hours hunched over their computers searching for the right metaphors.

Amid Impeachment Ad Campaign, Trump Attacks Billionaire Steyer
President dubs potential Senate candidate ‘Wacky & totally unhinged’

President Trump lashed out Friday at California billionaire Tom Steyer, who is running a $10 million ad campaign calling for impeachment while he mulls a Senate bid. (Tom Steyer via YouTube)

California billionaire Tom Steyer’s $10 billion campaign pushing for Donald Trump’s impeachment has apparently gotten under the president’s skin.

Trump lashed out at Steyer Friday morning, calling him “Wacky & totally unhinged” in an early morning tweet that came four days after the Farallon Capital founder released an ad that calls on lawmakers to kick Trump out of the Oval Office because he is mentally unstable.

Does Iowa Still Matter to Democrats?
Democrats in Iowa and other rural states worry the national party will abandon them

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton speaks during the Polk County Democrats’ Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 30. (Charlie Neibergal/AP file photo)

DES MOINES, Iowa — As Democrats try to find a way to win back the White House and control of Congress, party members in Iowa and other rural states are worried about being abandoned by the national party.

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price was in Las Vegas last week for the Democratic National Committee’s fall meeting and said Democrats cannot take Midwestern states like Iowa for granted.

Trump, McConnell All Smiles, All the Time
President, majority leader say they are on the same page, despite tension

President Donald Trump, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., say their relationship is A-OK. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is ready to cancel Christmas recess to get a tax bill done, but President Donald Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled the effort could slip into next year.

Trump on Monday called his relationship with McConnell “very good” amid reports of tension between the two leaders. During a remarkable and rowdy midday joint press conference in the Rose Garden, Trump declared he and McConnell “are probably now … closer than ever before.

Trump Pounces on Democrats over Iran Deal, Tax Overhaul
President says he hopes Hillary Clinton runs again in 2020

President Donald Trump criticized Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other congressional Democrats on a host of issues. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump spent early Monday morning slamming congressional Democrats for not supporting a proposed tax overhaul and then sent a personal message to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over the Iran deal.

“Dem Senator Schumer hated the Iran deal made by President Obama, but now that I am involved, he is OK with it,” Trump tweeted to his more than 40 million followers. “Tell that to Israel, Chuck!”

Susan Collins Passes on Gubernatorial Bid
Maine Republican senator announces she’ll stay in the Senate instead

Sen. Susan Collins talks with reporters in the basement of the Capitol before the Senate Policy luncheons last week. (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced Friday morning that she will not run for governor and will instead remain in the Senate.

“I am a congenital optimist, and I continue to believe that Congress can — and will — be more productive,” Collins said at a Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Rockport.

Grassley to Corker and Trump: ‘Cool It’
Trump ups the ante on Tuesday, saying ‘Liddle’ Bob Corker’ was set up by the New York Times

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker traded Twitter barbs with President Donald Trump over the weekend. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Charles E. Grassley told both retiring Sen. Bob Corker and President Donald Trump to ease up on their feud.

Grassley said he didn’t see how the conflict between the two Republicans was productive, “And I think it would help if the president would be the first to cool it,” the Iowa Republican told The Associated Press, which attempted to contact all 52 Republican senators for their take on the war of words.