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Trump’s CPAC Address in Three Minutes
 

President Donald Trump delivered an address to a fired-up crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday morning. His speech hit some familiar notes, here’s Roll Call’s recap.

Congressional Republicans Should Be Afraid of Steve Bannon
Senior White House adviser has no love for the GOP

Steve Bannon, right, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, could pose a threat to some GOP lawmakers, Nathan L. Gonzales writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s no secret that Steve Bannon wants to oversee the demise of the mainstream media, but President Donald Trump’s senior adviser probably wouldn’t mind incapacitating the Republican Party in order to remake it into his own image as well. 

Bannon (and Trump, for that matter) recently referred to the media, as “the opposition party.” That’s a cause congressional Republicans could get behind, but a series of emails last year could foreshadow a big problem for GOP incumbents, particularly those who disagree with the president or his administration.

Bolton Suggests Russian Hacking Could be ‘False Flag’
Deputy secretary of State possibility blames Obama administration for politicizing the issue

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said Russian hacking is too sophisticated to leave fingerprints. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images file photo)

John Bolton, who is rumored to be President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for deputy secretary of state, made waves Sunday when he questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian hacking had influenced the presidential election.

“It is not at all clear to me, just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC and the RNC computers was not a false flag operation,” Bolton said in an interview on Fox News. 

Reports: Trump asked GOP for Backup on Khans, No One Responded
Episode underscores party rift over its nominee's often controversial statements

Trump's reaction to Muslim-Americans Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala Khan, whose son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq, has become a flashpoint of his campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As criticism mounted against Donald Trump Monday for his treatment of an American Muslim couple whose son died in the Iraq war, his campaign sent an appeal to Republicans in Congress to back him up, according to media reports. No one responded.  

Trump's campaign circulated talking points for GOP supporters to spread via press releases, social media and cable news appearances, according to Reuters and CNN .   

At RNC, Portman Keeps Trump at a Distance
But the presumptive GOP nominee, and his campaign, aren't easy to keep at bay

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks to a reporter in his office in the Russell Senate Office Building. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CLEVELAND — Rob Portman is trying to keep the Republican National Convention — and Donald Trump — at arm’s length this week.  

It’s proving easier said than done.  

Flashback Friday Office Space: Mike Pence’s Inner Sanctum
 

The Quest to Recover Lost Gay Histories
'Archive activism' helps group unearth stories from a deleted political past

Charles Francis, president of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., in front of J. Edgar Hoover's grave at Congressional Cemetery. He holds an amicus brief of Obergefell v. Hodges, which found that same-sex marriage is constitutional. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Charles Francis sets three books down on the table. “These are the last three biographies of President Eisenhower,” he says. “Not one of them mentions Executive Order 10450.”

That 1953 presidential order is the subject of a lawsuit brought against the Justice Department by the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., of which Francis, 65, is president.

Iowa State Senator Quits GOP Over Trump
Longtime incumbent slams Trump's 'racist remarks and judicial jihad'

Iowa Republican State Sen. David Johnson said of his party's presumptive presidential nominee, "I will not stand silent if the party of Lincoln and the end of slavery buckles under the racial bias of a bigot." (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

One of Iowa's most senior state senators announced Tuesday he had suspended his membership in the Republican Party in protest of "the racist remarks and judicial jihad" of Donald Trump, The Des Moines Register reported .  

David Johnson, 65, changed his voter registration on Tuesday from Republican to "no party" after 18 years in the state legislature, the paper reported.  

Turns Out Trump Has Always Liked Susana Martinez
In a turnabout, he now seeks New Mexico governor's endorsement

Donald Trump has a new message for Susana Martinez, the Republican New Mexico governor he slammed in front of a home state crowd last month for not doing her job: Actually, he thinks she's pretty great.  

Trump would now like Martinez's endorsement, he said Thursday in a phone interview with a New Mexico newspaper reporter, signaling a truce in a public spat with the country's only Latina governor and chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association that had raised questions about Trump's desire to unify the party.  

McCain Getting Fenced In by Trump
Incumbent can't afford to ignore GOP front-runner

Everything John McCain has to do to win a sixth Senate term is made more difficult by Donald Trump. (CQ Roll Call)

Sen. John McCain was Donald Trump's first head-scratching target in his bid for the White House. At a Republican presidential forum last July, then-long shot Trump dismissed McCain as "a hero because he was captured" in a Q&A with Frank Luntz, referring to McCain's six years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.  

Pundits and much of the public assumed Trump's White House hopes would be over before they had really begun. After all, who trashes POWs and the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nominee in one breath and lives to tell about it?