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Scalise Won’t Speculate About What Leadership Position He’d Seek In Minority
Majority whip confident that Republicans will defy odds and hold House majority

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., won’t speculate what he’d be doing if the GOP loses the House. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Confident that Republicans will defy historical midterm odds and hold onto their House majority, Steve Scalise won’t even speculate about where he sees himself in leadership if the GOP ends up in the minority next year. 

The current House majority whip has ruled out a direct challenge to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for speaker if Republicans hold onto the majority. Retiring Speaker Paul D. Ryan has endorsed McCarthy to succeed him. 

Ryan, Barr Lament but Defend Trump’s Tariff Strategy at Toyota Visit
Speaker campaigns for vulnerable GOP incumbent in Kentucky

Kentucky Republican Rep. Andy Barr says the general objectives of the Trump administration’s trade policies were “right on.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr and Speaker Paul D. Ryan navigated a sensitive trade issue on the campaign trail Tuesday as they both lamented and defended President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs during a joint appearance at Toyota Tsusho America in Georgetown, Kentucky.

“Obviously, this is a very trade sensitive industry,” Barr said to the auto manufacturer’s employees, before launching into a defense of Trump’s trade inclinations.

With New Hampshire Visit, Cory Booker Checks Another Box for 2020 Bid
NJ Democrat will headline events for Young Democrats

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., will visit New Hampshire this weekend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Cory Booker can cross another item off his checklist for a 2020 presidential bid this weekend after his scheduled trip to New Hampshire, where he’ll headline at least two get-out-the-vote events for Democrats less than two weeks before the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

The Granite State is the last of four early primary/caucus-voting states that the New Jersey Democrat, widely seen as one of a handful of front-runners for the party’s nomination for president in 2020, has yet to visit.

Trump to Headline Rally for Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas Ahead of Midterms
Dem opponent O’Rourke is mounting one of most expensive campaigns in history to unseat Cruz

President Donald Trump will rally for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, next Monday, Oct. 22. (George LeVines/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump will rally Texans for Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston next Monday, Oct. 22, as Cruz’s race with Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke enters the home stretch before the Nov. 6 midterm elections there.

Trump had promised in August to campaign on Cruz’s behalf, a promise Cruz heartily welcomed.

Trump Jr., Top Trump PAC Helping Vulnerable GOP Rep. Pete Sessions
Trump political machine trying to stave off top Dem pickup opportunity in Texas’ 32nd District

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, is receiving a boost from the Trump political machine as he looks to stave off Democratic challenger Colin Allred in the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 6. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Trump political machine is out in full force in Texas’ 32nd District to boost GOP Rep. Pete Sessions as his race against Democratic challenger Colin Allred tightens.

First, Vice President Mike Pence stumped for Sessions there on Monday. Then, the top Trump-aligned super PAC shelled out millions of dollars on airtime for a new ad attacking Allred. And on Wednesday, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., announced he will host a fundraiser in the district for Sessions later this month.

Sen. Jeff Flake Calls Trump’s Mockery of Ford ‘Appalling’
President ridiculed Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser at campaign rally in Mississippi

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting about the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Jeff Flake called President Donald Trump’s comments at a Mississippi campaign rally mocking a woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “appalling.”

Christine Blasey Ford testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a pool party when they were in high school. Kavanaugh denied the claims in follow-up testimony of his own.

Scary Moment for Rep. Chris Stewart at Debate
‘Vaccines cause autism!’ man shouts into Utah rep’s microphone

Utah's 2nd District candidates for Congress Shireen Ghorbani and U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart participate in a debate on Monday in St. George, Utah. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum via AP, Pool)

Police arrested a man Monday after he walked onstage and interrupted GOP Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah at a debate with Democratic opponent Shireen Ghorbani.

Law enforcement arrested Corbin Cox McMillen and charged him with disorderly conduct and interrupting a political meeting, a Class B misdemeanor, for leaning into Stewart’s microphone during his closing statement and loudly stating a conspiracy theory about a connection between vaccines and autism, according to KUTV in Utah.

Paul Ryan Swan Song Tour Continues At Reagan Institute Launch
Retiring speaker has been giving speeches that highlight themes of his 20-year career

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., speaks at the Summer Intern Lecture Series in the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium on July 25, one of several appearances he’s made in his final months in office to highlight themes of his speakership. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s final few months in office will likely be shaped by his handling of a looming government funding battle and his party’s performance in the midterm elections, but he has a different message he’d like to send as he departs. 

“Most days, we tend to lurch from crisis to crisis, whether real or manufactured. But we need to have the ability to look around the corner, and plan for what’s ahead,” Ryan plans to say Thursday during a speech at the launch of the Reagan Institute in Washington, according to prepared remarks shared with Roll Call. 

Paying Respects to McCain at the Capitol? Here’s What You Need to Know
Expect road closures and long lines

The public can pay its respects to the late Sen. John McCain in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday, Aug. 31. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The public can pay its respects as Sen. John McCain lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda Friday, Aug. 31, between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Public viewing will follow a private ceremony at 11 a.m.

Visitors must enter through the Capitol Visitor Center on the East Front of the Capitol. Attendees can start lining up Friday morning on First Street Northwest and Southwest, between Constitution and Independence avenues, or on Second Street Northeast and Southeast, between East Capitol Street and Independence Avenue Southeast.

Ivanka Trump Rarely Breaks With Father in Public, Here’s Where She Does
President’s daughter voiced criticism on media attacks, family separation

Ivanka Trump has made rare public breaks with the president over contentious issues, but largely kept her disagreements private. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ivanka Trump’s public disagreement Thursday with two of her father’s recent controversies were a rare public rebuke from the president’s daughter and senior adviser, who has said she is “very candid” with her father in private but has largely avoided public criticism.

In response to questions at an Axios event Thursday, Trump said she does not agree the media is the “enemy of the people” and called the aftermath of the administration’s child separation policy a “low point.”