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Trump Condemns Domestic Violence a Week Into Porter Scandal
‘I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind,’ POTUS says

President Donald Trump on Wednesday addressed domestic abuse as a scandal involving a former White House aide dragged on. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

One week into a scandal involving a now-former staffer who is accused of abusing his two ex-wives, President Donald Trump finally condemned such actions on Wednesday.

“I am totally opposed to domestic violence, everybody here knows that,” the president told reporters. “I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. ... It almost wouldn’t even have to be said.”

Kelly Should Keep Job Despite Missteps, Pence Says
VP: ‘Talking’ to North Korea ‘is not negotiation’

Vice President Mike Pence says he's all in with John F. Kelly as White House chief of staff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Vice President Mike Pence wants embattled White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to keep his job even as he admits officials mishandled the fallout of the Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal.

“John Kelly has done a remarkable job as chief of staff for the president of the United States,” Pence said Wednesday at an event in Washington sponsored by Axios. “And I look forward to continuing to work with him for many, many months to come.”

Mike Pence, Breaking Ties and Maybe a Senate Record
Vice president and his tiebreaking votes might fell a decades-old mark

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell greets Vice President Mike Pence during a dinner at the GOP retreat in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Jan. 31. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When it comes to ties, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows who to turn to. And turn to. And turn to. That would be Vice President Mike Pence, who has already broken more ties in his one year in office than Dick Cheney did in eight years. 

McConnell even joked last week at the Republican retreat in West Virginia — where Pence was the keynote speaker at a dinner — that the vice president was “well on his way to breaking the most tiebreakers in Senate history.”

Manchin Gets Saltier at Pence: No One Is More Bipartisan Than Me
Vulnerable West Virginia senator ‘shocked’ at VP’s speech to Republican retreat in home state

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has tried to position himself as a Democratic ally of President Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 2:05 p.m. | Sen. Joe Manchin apparently did not vent enough on Wednesday when he responded to Mike Pence’s speech in West Virginia in which the vice president criticized the Mountain State Democrat for voting against the Republican tax code overhaul in December.

So he did what most politicians do now when they’re frustrated: let loose on Twitter.

Pence: Republicans Will Maintain Majorities in House, Senate After 2018
VP notes that ‘conventional wisdom’ didn’t play out in 2016

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Karen Pence, Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul D. Ryan to members during the GOP retreat in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday predicted Republicans would maintain their majorities in the House and Senate after the midterm elections, but urged GOP lawmakers to tout last year’s conservative victories to constituents.

Pence, who was speaking here at the annual Republican retreat said the White House would be with the members “every step of the way in 2018.”

No Shortage of Agenda Items for GOP Retreat
Funding, immigration and 2018 among items to discuss

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his Republican colleagues will have plenty to discuss at this year’s retreat in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House and Senate Republicans head to West Virginia on Wednesday for the annual GOP retreat, leaving Washington even as high-profile negotiations on immigration and government funding remain unresolved.

While those topics are expected to come up during the gathering at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, they could take a back seat to other agenda items such as infrastructure, defense and workforce development.

Highlights From Trump’s State of the Union
Republicans cheer, Democrats sit on their hands as president lays out his vision

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., rides by as technicians set up lighting in Statuary Hall in preparation for President Donald Trumps' first State of the Union Address on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

While he aimed to deliver a unifying speech, President Donald Trump was speaking to half of the House chamber on Tuesday on a number of the goals he carried from his campaign in his first State of the Union address.

The president hit the familiar themes of a wall along the southern U.S. border and making America great again, which got cheers from the Republican side of the room — even eliciting chants of “U-S-A!” from Republicans — but had Democrats sitting on their hands.

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Renacci Says Trump and Pence Will Campaign for Him
Ohio Republican challenging Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown

Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, said President Donald Trump's team convinced him to run for the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Jim Renacci said both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will campaign for him in Ohio in his Senate race.

Renacci, who announced he would challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown, told the Vindicator that he initially did not want to run for Senate and was running for governor.

Why Congress Won’t Touch the 25th Amendment
Authors intended it for total incapacity and vice president needs to lead any move

President Donald Trump isn’t likely to face an attempt to remove him, using the 25th amendment. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Pushing toward the pinnacle of defensive hyperbole by proclaiming himself “a very stable genius” has done more than anything to subject Donald Trump to speculation at the Capitol about how psychologically fit he is for the presidency.

Trump’s first comprehensive medical exam on Friday after a year in office, when his sedentary lifestyle and junk food habits have only been enabled, did not dispel worries by many congressional gym rats about the 71-year-old’s ability to withstand the job’s bodily strain.