Mark Warner

U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Election Interference, Energy Attacks
‘Russia’s behavior or lack thereof on the world stage is continuing to trouble us’

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at a G-20 summit in Germany. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Trump administration announced Thursday sanctions slapped on two dozen Russian individuals and entities — including its top two security and intelligence agencies — it says were involved in meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and an ongoing attack on the American energy sector.

Senior administration officials said the penalties on five Russian entities and 19 individuals are intended to punish Russia for “malicious cyber activity” and the “reckless and irresponsible conduct of its government,” a rare public rebuke of the Vladimir Putin-led Kremlin by the Trump administration. Those actions include a U.S.-backed finding by the U.K. government that Moscow is linked to the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil.

Photos of the Week: Graham Lies in Honor, Gun Control Bills and #Windmageddon
The week of Feb. 26 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

A Secret Service uniformed officer uses his foot to stop a trash can lid as it blows down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House during the high winds warning in Washington on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A powerful storm hit the East Coast on Friday causing wind advisories and debris to fly around the White House and the Capitol Building.

Earlier in the week, the House canceled votes on Wednesday and Thursday as Rev. Billy Graham, a prominent religious leader and adviser to 12 consecutive U.S. presidents, was lying in honor. He died Feb. 21 at the age of 99. 

Mark Warner Warns of New Cold War With Russia
Top Democrat on Intelligence panel says West is falling behind

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., warned on Thursday that the U.S. and its allies are engaged in a new Cold War, and the West isn't holding its own. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the United States and its allies are in a new Cold War with Russia that he calls a “shadow war” every bit as serious as the 20th-century struggle, but one using new indirect and amorphous tools and weapons.

America, Warner said Thursday, needs to bring this new war into the open and use all the new tools of technology to fight back hard.

Opinion: If Nothing Else, the Budget Act Is a Win for Chronic Care
Deficit hawks might not like the recent budget deal, but it brings hope to people living with disabilities and chronic illness

Disability rights advocates gather in the atrium of the Hart Building on July 25, 2017. This year’s bipartisan deal may have alarmed deficit hawks, but it contains provisions that give hope to people living with disabilities and chronic conditions, Hayes writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

While the recent passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 caused alarm for deficit hawks, one piece of it has given hope to those working to address the needs of people living with disabilities or chronic illness. By reshaping coverage and payment under Medicare, the CHRONIC Care Act could accomplish what decades of federal policy have not.

Now all we have to do is make sure the new law is implemented to create meaningful change.

Senate Intel Leaders Look for Better Security Before 2018 Primaries
DNI testifies about importance of public information on Russian election meddling

FBI Director Christopher Wray, left, shakes hands with Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr before a Tuesday hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee hope to make their findings public on improving election security before primary contests get underway.

That’s what panel Chairman Richard M. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said Tuesday in wrapping up the open portion of the annual hearing on “Worldwide Threats.”

Trump Lashes Out, Alleges Schiff ‘Illegally’ Leaks Classified Info
President acknowledges morning ‘Fox & Friends’ habit after harsh SNL skit

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing the White House on Marine One in December. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

Updated at 10:14 a.m. | President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam B. Schiff, tweeting the California Democrat is “one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington.”

The volley came three days after Schiff slammed Trump for releasing a memo compiled by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and his staff that alleged misconduct by senior law enforcement officials early in the Russia election meddling probe.

Maryland, Virginia Senators Want More Money for Metro in Infrastructure Plan
Trump announced his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan in his State of the Union

WMATA is still making improvements to the safety of its trains. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After President Donald Trump called for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan in his State of the Union address, senators from states surrounding Washington, D.C., said it should include money for the city’s public transportation system.

Four Democratic senators — Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia, and Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland — wrote a letter to the administration on Friday asking it not only to maintain the funding already in place for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, known locally as Metro, but to add more for improvements.

Trump Formally Clears Release of Nunes Memo
President ignores FBI director’s objections as Democrats howl

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., makes his way from the panel's office to a news conference at the Capitol in March. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ignoring warnings from his hand-picked FBI director, President Donald Trump on Friday cleared the release of a classified memo compiled by House Intelligence Committee Republicans alleging the bureau overstepped its authorities early in the Russia election meddling probe.

President Donald Trump confirmed he cleared the Nunes memo for release, telling reporters on Friday that its contents amount to a “disgrace.”

FCC’s Pai, Industry Criticize Prospect of Federal Control of 5G
‘I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network’

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and a trade group for wireless providers said Monday they opposed federal control of the technology that drives the next generation of wireless service, known as 5G. 

“I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network,” Pai said in a statement responding to a report that the National Security Council is considering such an option. The news outlet Axios reported the thinking, citing a PowerPoint document. The report said the administration is considering a single national network. 

Trump On Claim He Wanted to Fire Mueller: ‘Fake News’
‘Typical New York Times. Fake stories,’ president says in Davos

President Trump denied  a New York Times report that he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump on Friday denied that he ordered Donald McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller in June, only to drop the demand when the top White House lawyer threatened to quit.

Trump dubbed a New York Times report that posted online Thursday night “fake news” when he was asked about it at the World Economic Council Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.