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Rep. Steve Pearce to Run for New Mexico Governor
First Republican to join race, opens up congressional seat

Rep. Steve Pearce is the first Republican to announce his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Steve Pearce on Monday became the first Republican to join the race for governor of New Mexico, opening up the state’s 2nd District seat, which Democrats were already planning to target in 2018.

Pearce is the second New Mexico congressional representative to announce plans seek the state’s highest job. Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham launched her campaign in December and has already outraised her potential competitors.

Ryan on Border Wall: ‘You Have to Have Physical Barriers’
Speaker says he and Trump are ‘on the same page’ on border security

Speaker Paul D. Ryan says he and Donald Trump are “on the same page” with regard to securing the border. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While they may not agree on all aspects of immigration policy, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that he and President-elect Donald Trump are “on the same page” on border security. 

“I’m in favor of securing the border. And I do believe that you have to have physical barriers on the border,” the Wisconsin Republican told Fox News’ Bret Baier, when asked if he supports Trump’s plan to build a wall along the southern border. “I will defer to the experts on the border as to what is the right way to actually secure the border.”

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Ample Shots at Congressional GOP in First Clinton-Obama Rally
Likely Democratic nominee was mum on avoiding federal prosecution

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign together in Charlotte. (Photo credit Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton used their first joint campaign appearance to paint congressional Republicans as an anchor on economic and domestic progress and Donald Trump as unfit to be president.  

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s message to an adoring audience in Charlotte was that Obama laid a foundation on which she is uniquely qualified to build upon. And the outgoing president blamed Republican foes on Capitol Hill for his inability to do more.  

Puerto Rico's Economic Crisis in One Chart
The territory faces another default on a debt payment on July 1

Grammy and Tony award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda of the Broadway show Hamilton, visited the Capitol in March to push to address the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Facing a $72 billion public debt, Puerto Rico defaulted on a $422 million payment last month, stoking fears that the commonwealth's fiscal situation needs drastic intervention. As the territory is facing a $2 billion payment due July 1, Congress is considering a measure to allow Puerto Rico to restructure its debt under the purview of a mediation board or in federal court.  

Many Americans are unaware the territory is part of the U.S. — this is how Puerto Rico compares to the states.  

Hoyer Expands Job Creation Push
Updated ‘Make It In America’ pitch includes tech, start-up tweaks

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md tous Democratic job-creation program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer Monday traveled to Baltimore to unveil the next phase of an evolving job-creation strategy designed to get America working again.  

The Democrat-led program, now six years in the making , has gained some traction over the past few years, the Maryland Democrat said.  

Obama on Trump's Bid: 'This Is Not a Reality Show'
President calls for more scrutiny of presumptive GOP nominee's proposals

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the U.S economy and presidential race from the briefing room of the White House on Friday. ( Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Friday urged voters to judge Republican Donald Trump’s candidacy not as “entertainment” but by asking themselves whether his proposals and pronouncements are plausible and detailed.  

With Trump’s opponents having bowed out of the race for the GOP nomination, Obama seemed to open what could be a six-month conversation with voters by reminding them that “this is not entertainment, this is not a reality show.”  

Ep. 2: Defense Jobs and the Crucial New Hampshire Senate Race
The Big Story
Obama to Trump: 'America is Pretty Darn Great Right Now'

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (L), endorses Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for president during a rally in Madison, Ala., on Sunday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama took a swing at Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Friday, saying continued job growth shows the United States is “pretty darn great right now."  

The Labor Department announced Friday that the economy added 242,000 jobs last month, with the unemployment rate holding steady at an eight-year low of 4.9 percent. What’s more, the data provided added ammunition for a White House eager to craft a legacy for the president and Democratic candidates preaching a need to build on his economic policies.