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Trump targets 2020 Democrats as energy speech turns into campaign stop
A six-pack of eyebrow-raising POTUS quotes, just in time for happy hour

President Donald Trump turned an event in Louisiana into a chance to knock several potential 2020 rivals. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ANALYSIS | President Donald Trump went to Louisiana to talk about his energy policies, but as frequently happens, an official White House event at times sounded a lot like a campaign stump speech.

Trump used parts of his speech to describe a booming economy with low unemployment — weeks after acknowledging to reporters he intends to run on the state of the economy. Of course, Trump did not bring up his trade “squabble” with China, which Democratic lawmakers and economists warn could help spawn an economic slowdown just as he revs up his reelection bid.

Trump’s federal judge pace matches recent presidents — but with a big twist
Incumbent has stressed putting conservatives in legal realm’s ‘big leagues,’ expert says

At federal judicial buildings like Washington’s E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse, Trump-nominated judges have given the federal judiciary a conservative bent. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In what the White House, Republican senators and right-leaning organizations hailed as a major milestone, President Donald Trump last week saw his 100th judicial nominee confirmed by the Senate.

But his record of getting federal judges confirmed is largely in line with his most recent predecessors, even if he’s been more successful in elevating nominees to the influential appellate courts.

3 things to watch when Trump, GOP senators discuss immigration
Jared Kushner has been WH point person — but Stephen Miller has been Trump’s voice

Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., will meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss immigration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Perhaps sensing momentum in the post-Mueller report realm, President Donald Trump has summoned a group of Senate Republicans to the White House to talk about overhauling the immigration system.

A small group of GOP senators will meet Tuesday afternoon with Trump and senior White House aides to hear details of a plan administration officials have been cobbling together. Presidential son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner has been the point person in crafting the proposal.

Tiger’s Rose Garden moment ignores bogeys on his personal scorecard
‘I tried to hang in there,’ golf legend says of many struggles before fifth Masters win

President Donald Trump places the Presidential Medal of Freedom around the neck of professional golfer Tiger Woods at the White House on Monday. (John T. Bennett/CQ Roll Call)

Personal hardship and scandals? What hardship and scandals?

The scene in the Rose Garden Monday evening, when President Donald Trump lavished praise on Tiger Woods before placing the Presidential Medal of Freedom around his neck, focused only on the eagles and birdies on the golf legend’s scorecard. But the many bogeys from his personal life — to use a golf analogy only seems apt — hung over the event.

Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, foreign policy giant, dies
Lugar sat for decades on the Senate Relations Committee, which he led twice as chairman

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., seen here attending a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for former Sen. Bob Dole in January 2018, died Sunday at age 87. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican foreign policy leader, died Sunday. He was 87.

Lugar’s career focused on foreign policy and national security issues, including efforts to secure and dismantle nuclear arsenals of former Soviet states following the Cold War.

Biden’s nascent campaign racks up congressional endorsements
Backing from senators, House members likely to raise tensions with progressives seeking fresh leadership

Former Vice President Joe Biden reacts in front of a Stop & Shop following a speech in support of striking union workers earlier this month. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images file photo)

Within hours of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s long-awaited announcement early Thursday that he would wage his third presidential campaign, he had already received endorsements from a raft of members of Congress.

By early afternoon, nods had come from Sens. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania and Doug Jones of Alabama, as well as Reps. Tom Suozzi of New York and Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania.  

In 2020, Biden experience could turn out to be baggage
Former vice president may have to answer for positions now out of favor in party moving further left

Former Vice President Joe Biden announced he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

Joe Biden entered the 2020 race for president Thursday at the top of the polls, with universal name recognition and the still-fresh sheen of his time as a popular vice president to Barack Obama.

In a video posted to his social media platforms, Biden characterized the race as a “battle for the soul of this nation.”

‘Renovation, what’s that all about?’ Trump asks about burning Notre Dame
Highlights of president’s most-eyebrow raising lines at economic roundtable in Minnesota

President Donald Trump greets supporters during a rally last month in Grand Rapids, Mich. On Monday, he was in another Upper Midwest state, Minnesota. (Scott Olson/Getty Images file photo)

ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump lingered on Air Force One in Minnesota on Monday, later telling workers at Nuss Truck and Equipment in Burnsville that he and others were watching coverage of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris engulfed in flames.

Trump said he had been briefed on the blaze, adding that it looked like “one of the great treasures of the world” was “burning to the ground. … That puts a damper on what we are about to say.”

Trump will give Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods after dramatic win
Golfer has recovered from scandal and demons, won fifth Masters on Sunday

President Donald Trump said he will present 2019 Masters champion Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom not only for his comeback on the PGA Tour, but “more importantly, LIFE.” (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he will present professional golfer — and his sometimes-golfing partner — Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom one day after he won his fifth Masters championship.

Trump said he would put the medal around Woods’ neck not merely for his career on the course, but for his “incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE.”

Trump tries to revive North Korea talks in meeting with South Korea’s Moon
Experts see Moon urging U.S. leader to pursue ‘small deal’ with Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on Thursday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump will try to revive his push to strip North Korea of its nuclear weapons when he hosts South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday. The visit comes as lawmakers worry about Kim Jong Un’s arsenal, with experts encouraging talks in hopes of even a “small deal.”

Trump’s second nuclear disarmament summit was cut short in late February after he and Kim reached an impasse over several issues, including the latter’s demand for some sanctions to be lifted before he started dismantling his atomic arms and long-range missile programs. Trump has signaled he was at least partially distracted during the meetings in Vietnam by his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony before a House panel at the same time.