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Russia Sanctions Getting on Senate September Calendar is ‘Pretty Slim,’ McConnell Says
Farm bill and spending bundles highlight work before Supreme Court debate

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a busy September planned for the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outlined an aggressive September calendar Tuesday, though he conceded it probably won’t include debate on a new round of Russia sanctions.

“September’s pretty crowded already. I’m personally very interested in a Russia sanctions bill,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday. “I hope there can be a bipartisan coming together with something we can pass.”

Trump to Become Campaigner-in-Chief as Crucial Midterms Near
President tells staff he wants to be on trail ‘as many days as possible’

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally for Ohio Republican Troy Balderson earlier this month. He plans to campaign in at least seven states in September — with more stops to come in October and November. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump will hit at least seven states in September to campaign for Republican candidates with control of the House and Senate up for grabs in November’s midterm elections. But aides are busily managing expectations — especially for House races.

Trump and White House officials plan to “deploy the president” to Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee — and potentially others — next month, according to an official familiar with the president’s plans.

Bills Filed to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin
Bipartisan sentiment in both chambers to honor ‘Queen of Soul’

Lawmakers want to honor “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin with a Congressional Gold Medal. (CQ Roll Call file photo).

A bipartisan group of four senators have introduced legislation to posthumously award Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal for her contribution to arts and culture. The “Queen of Soul” died August 16 at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

There are both House and Senate versions of the legislation, which is sponsored by Michigan Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters and Rep. Brenda Lawrence, who represents Franklin’s adopted hometown of Detroit. The legislation is also backed by Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga. 

Brett Kavanaugh? Meet Senate Democrats. Senate Democrats? Meet Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court nominee meetings with minority party pick up steam

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh makes his way to a meeting with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in Hart Building on August 15, 2018. The judge has more meetings with Democrats scheduled this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was back on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a day of meetings headlined by sit-downs with a key Republican, as well as with the Senate minority leader and other high-profile Senate Democrats.

President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy met with Sen. Susan Collins Tuesday morning. The Maine Republican spent a significant amount of time reviewing the judge’s record in the weeks ahead of the meeting.

Democrats Pledge CRA to Kill EPA’s Clean Power Plan Replacement
Trump hopes to gut Obama-era regulations at the center of Paris climate agreement pledges

Donald Trump had made the rollback of Obama-era carbon emission regulations a central talking point at his rallies. (Justin Merriman/Getty Images file photo)

Updated 2:35 p.m. | Democrats are already promising a Congressional Review Act challenge to the Trump administration’s proposal Tuesday to replace an Obama-era regulation curbing climate-warming carbon emissions from the electric power sector.

For President Donald Trump and Capitol Hill Republicans, the draft proposal marks the culmination of a three-year battle to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a rulemaking finalized in 2015 that required states to devise plans to cut carbon emissions from existing coal-powered electricity plants and other high carbon-emitting energy sources.

Manafort Jury Indicates Discord on One of 18 Counts
Note to judge asked for instructions in the event of being stuck on a single charge

Jurors are in their fourth day of deliberations at the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, in the bank fraud and tax evasion case against former Donald Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The jury in the tax evasion and bank loan fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort appears stuck on one count, they indicated Tuesday in a note to the judge around 11 a.m.

The note included Tuesday’s date and the following message:

Democratic Internal Poll Shows Dead Heat In Georgia’s 7th District
Carolyn Bourdeaux’s slight lead against Rob Woodall within margin of error

Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., is trailing his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux, according to a poll from her campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An internal poll from Rep. Rob Woodall’s Democratic challenger shows the Republican incumbent could be losing in Georgia’s 7th District.

The poll from Carolyn Bourdeaux’s campaign conducted by Tulchin Research between August 9 and August 13 surveyed 400 likely voters from landlines and cell phones.

2020 Contender Elizabeth Warren Unveils Her Plan to Drain the Swamp
Massachusetts Democrat takes aim at Donald Trump with wide-ranging anti-corruption plan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., outlined a broad anti-corruption plan on Tuesday at the National Press Club. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential Democratic candidate for president in 2020, took a page from Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign playbook Tuesday and unveiled a wide-ranging anti-corruption package that targets Washington’s swampiest activity — lobbying. 

But in doing so, the Massachusetts Democrat did not speak of “draining the swamp” — one of Trump’s 2016 campaign slogans — and she scoffed at the notion that the president has changed Washington for the better.

Rand Paul Suggests Talking to Russia About the Size of NATO
Comments follow travels to Russia and golf with Trump

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky suggested the possibility of easing some sanctions on Russia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul floated the possibility of a dialogue with Russia about keeping NATO from further expanding its umbrella into Eastern Europe.

The Kentucky Republican, who recently returned from a trip to Russia for meetings with Russian lawmakers, suggested that the country’s leaders may have fears of NATO seeking to go as far as expanding into Georgia and Ukraine.