The Dingell-est Things John Dingell Said in His #AMA
Longest-serving member of Congress pulls no punches

Former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., hosted a Reddit AMA session Thursday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-ever serving member of Congress, is known for his frankness and wit.

The former Michigan lawmaker lived up to that reputation in a refreshingly honest Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session Thursday, dishing on President Donald Trump, the inanity of term limits, and how the Senate and Electoral College are inherently undemocratic institutions.

Progressive Groups Crash Historic Harvard Bipartisanship Forum for New Members
Groups are holding an ‘alternative orientation’ outside to challenge ‘middle of the road’ policymaking

Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., promised to push forward “unprecedented legislation” in a speech outside Harvard University on Tuesday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A prestigious orientation at Harvard University that has for 50 years coached incoming members of Congress on the values of civility and compromise has for the first time gotten some counter programming from the left. 

Most incoming freshman congressman attend the storied Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress hosted by the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. Sessions began Tuesday and run through Thursday. Since 1972, Harvard has hosted more than 700 current and former representatives, according to the school’s website.

Trump, China’s Xi Agree to End Trade and Tariff Standoff
Lawmakers have been split on how tough Trump should be on Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the Capitol in September 2015. He and President Trump agreed to a trade cease-fire Saturday after months of tensions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday agreed to what amounts to a cease-fire on a monthslong trade tiff.

“President Trump has agreed that on January 1, 2019, he will leave the tariffs on $200 billion worth of product at the 10 percent rate, and not raise it to 25 percent at this time,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Trump Gets Needed Win With Trade Pact, But Fight With Congress Looms
‘I don’t expect to have much of a problem,’ president says alongside Mexican and Canadian leaders

President Donald Trump greets the media as Argentine President Mauricio Macri shows the way to their meeting before the G20 Leaders’ Summit on Friday in Buenos Aires. (Ricardo Ceppi/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump notched a needed political win Friday when he and his Canadian and Mexican counterparts signed a new trade pact, and he predicted Congress would approve the North American Free Trade Agreement-replacing deal.

Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat at a table in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of a G-20 summit in the Argentine capital and each signed three copies — one for each country — of the agreement. On his last day in office, Pena Nieto joined Trump in holding up a copy showing all three signatures. Notably, however Trudeau did not, leaving the version he signed closed on the table.

Trump Retweets Supporter’s Call for GM to Return Bailout Funds
President is angry with U.S. automaker for cutting jobs in key battleground states

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House earlier this month. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump retweeted a supporter’s call for General Motors to repay billions to the federal government it received as part of last decade’s auto industry bailout. He also warned GM the White House is studying moves he can take using his executive powers to punish the company.

The president shared with his 56 million Twitter followers a tweet by an account with the handle @The_Trump_Train that criticized GM for cutting jobs and production at facilities in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. It also suggested the automaker return over $10 billion in federal monies it received in the late 2000s to stay afloat.

Trump Firm on $5 Billion Border Wall Demand as Deadline Nears, Scalise Says
‘There’s a way to get this resolved,’ House majority whip says

GOP lawmakers say President Trump would veto any must-pass Homeland Security spending bill that would provide less than $5 billion for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump will only accept $5 billion of border wall funding in a must-pass spending bill due next week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said after a meeting with the president.

That is the amount needed to “properly secure the border,” the Louisiana Republican said outside the West Wing, reiterating GOP senators’ contention that the President will accept nothing less than $5 billion.

Trump Threatens GM: Floats Turning off Federal Subsidies
President feels betrayed by U.S. automaker, Kudlow says

President Donald Trump is angry with General Motors executives over job cuts in three U.S. states. White House aide Lawrence Kudlow, right, says Trump feels betrayed after pushing for pro-automaker language in a new trade deal. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump escalated his budding feud with General Motors by suggesting he might end all federal subsidies to the U.S. automaker a day after it cuts jobs at factories in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland.

Trump tweeted that he is “Very disappointed” with GM for ceasing work at facilities in those states but “Nothing being closed in Mexico & China.”

White House Presses China’s Xi Before Trade Talks With Trump
Leaders will break bread amid impasse, tensions Saturday night at G20 summit

U.S. and Chinese flags on a table during a meeting of military leaders in 2014. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi will meet on Saturday night in Argentina. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)

The White House wants to pressure Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of a high-stakes dinner with President Donald Trump during which the two leaders will attempt to make some progress on long-stalled trade talks.

Lawrence Kudlow, Trump’s chief economic adviser, dismissed Wall Street talk of a coming recession at home. In fact, he said Trump administration officials view the state of the American economy as a major leverage point going into the Saturday Trump-Xi meeting.

Trump Hails ‘Nasty Looking’ Border Wire in Stump for Hyde-Smith
President tries to keep Mississippi Senate seat in GOP hands

President Donald Trump, here at a rally in Kentucky in March 2017, was back on the midterms campaign trail Monday night in Mississippi. (George LeVines/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump fired up a Mississippi rally crowd Monday by referring to barbed-wire fences erected by military troops along the U.S.-Mexico border as “pretty nasty.”

He also ignored General Motors announcing it intends to stop production of several models of automobiles in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland, instead claiming “many” companies are “negotiating to come back in.” He also contended, despite the GM news, that jobs are “coming into Mississippi — and everywhere else, by the way.”

General Motors News From Ohio, Michigan Could Hurt Trump 2020 Bid
President won both states with promises of manufacturing jobs to come

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was among the lawmakers criticizing General Motors for its decision to close plants in the Midwest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 3:20 p.m. | General Motors’ decision to halt production in two states that were key to Donald Trump’s 2016 victory could complicate the president’s re-election bid.

The U.S. automobile manufacturer announced Monday it plans to cease work on the Chevrolet Cruze at a Lordstown, Ohio, plant and on three Chevy, Buick and Cadillac models at a Detroit-Hamtramck facility in Michigan. The company said those moves, along with another at a Canada-based factory, are aimed at cutting costs.