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Grand Jury Indicts Russian Nationals for Election Interference
Operatives targeted Clinton, Rubio and Cruz, while largely supporting Trump and Sanders

The office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Friday announced indictments of Russian nationals for election interference. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 3:25 p.m. | The Justice Department charged Russian operatives Friday with a sweeping effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, spending millions of dollars to wage social media campaigns, buy political advertisements and pose as grass-roots organizers to spark political rallies on American soil.

The grand jury criminal indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies landed like a bombshell in Washington, where the debate has raged over the extent of Russia’s influence in the election while President Donald Trump has waged a campaign to quell special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.

The Other Memo Lawmakers Want the Public to See — But Trump Doesn’t
The White House has shrouded a seven-page memo outlining POTUS’ interpretation of war powers

Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., right, and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., conduct a news conference in the Capitol to introduce an authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban in May 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Tim Kaine is demanding that the White House release a secret memo outlining President Donald Trump’s interpretation of his legal basis to wage war.

The Virginia Democrat, a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday requesting that he hand over the seven-page document drafted last spring.

House Democrats Move Retreat to D.C.
Immigration and funding deadlines, 2018 messaging expected to be on agenda

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at a press conference with female House Democrats in the Capitol on Jan. 21. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 10:30 p.m. | With a Thursday government funding deadline looming and negotiations ongoing, House Democrats decided late Tuesday to move their retreat scheduled for Wednesday through Friday from Cambridge, Maryland, to the Capitol complex.

“Given the pressing issues Congress will likely vote on over the next three days, House Democrats will hold their United for A Better Tomorrow Issues Conference at the U.S. Capitol,” Democratic Caucus spokeswoman Lauren French said. “Scheduling updates will be shared as soon as they are available.” 

Pence Talks Stocks, North Korea
Vice president leads delegation to Olympics

Vice President Mike Pence, en route to Asia on Monday, discusses the stock market swoon and North Korea. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Opinion: Crumbs? ‘I’ll Take It!’ And Democrats Should Too
Tax cuts are showing up in paychecks, and that’s definitely not hurting the GOP

Randy Bryce, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’’s 1st District, hammered Speaker Paul D. Ryan for tweeting about a $1.50 raise for a high school secretary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats could not believe their luck this weekend when House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted — and then deleted — a boast about the $1.50 raise a high school secretary received as a result of the GOP tax cut bill that President Donald Trump signed at the end of the year.

“She said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year,” Ryan tweeted.

What’s Going on With the Missouri Senate Race?
Some have raised questions about GOP candidate Josh Hawley’s campaign

Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner has reportedly been asked to reconsider her decision not to run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Missouri is playing host to one of the year’s most competitive Senate races, and Attorney General Josh Hawley is supposed to be among the top Republican recruits. But some Republicans from the Show-Me State are starting to raise questions about his campaign’s performance so far. 

Republicans are still optimistic about their chances of defeating Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a state President Donald Trump won by 20 points. And they’re generally still confident in Hawley, who garnered more votes than Trump in his run for attorney general in 2016.

Opinion: The Schumer Chaos Strategy
Democrats have good reason to be afraid of the economy

It appears that Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has substituted chaos theory for economic theory, Winston writes (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The loss of the House in 2006 and the election of Barack Obama two years later led political pundits, prematurely as we now know, to declare the Republican Party dead, doomed to remain a minority party, perhaps permanently. In the summer of 2009, the weak economy was still the top issue, and Republicans on the Hill found themselves debating strategic options as they looked for a way back from the political wilderness.

There were plenty of opinions among leadership and the rank and file on how to move forward. But one conversation stands out: It not only helped determine the party’s strategic path, but the dynamics at play then are not that different from the political environment we’re seeing unfold today.

Democrats Respond (and Respond) to Trump’s State of the Union
Handful of Democratic responses highlighted by Sanders and a Kennedy

Massachusetts Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III delivered the official Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s speech, but he was joined by others, unofficially. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Before an audience of students at a vocational high school in an old Massachusetts manufacturing city, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III offered the official Democratic response to the State of the Union.

But he had plenty of company in reacting to Trump on camera.

President Pitches ‘Dreamers’ Deal to Skeptical Congress
Signs of the ongoing immigration battle were seen all over the chamber Tuesday night

Supporters of the so-called DREAM Act protest outside the Capitol this month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump used Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to rally a divided Congress behind his unpopular “compromise” plan to grant a path to citizenship for 1.8 million “Dreamers” in return for $25 billion for a border wall and other security measures.

As millions watched the self-described master salesman implore lawmakers who have been at odds for months over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, there were unmistakable reminders of the immigration debate throughout the House chamber.

Reality Check: Trump’s State of the Union Vision Blurred By Congress
‘The state of our union is strong because our people are strong,’ president says

President Donald Trump applauds during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul D. Ryan look on. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump described an ambitious vision of Democratic members joining him and Republicans in overhauling immigration policy and rebuilding the country’s aging infrastructure. Reality, however, shows how difficult it all will be.

Trump, after a year of harsh comments and tweets about Democrats, struck a new tone Tuesday — at least for one night — by describing a country in which “all of us” should come “together, as one team, one people, and one American family.” The president who has yet to pass major legislation with a single Democratic vote said he wants “both parties to come together.”