2020

McConnell Casts Doubt on Legislation to Restrict Trump’s Trade Authority
Kentucky Republican talked taxes and trade Friday in Louisville

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was talking taxes and trade in his hometown on Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped at a water tank manufacturing company Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, to tout the benefits of the Republican tax overhaul, but the conversation not surprisingly turned to trade.

The Kentucky Republican said it was unlikely Congress could enact restrictions on President Donald Trump’s trade authority, despite some GOP senators’ efforts to reign in the president’s actions.

Young Voters Don’t Like Being Called Millennials, Or Too Much Trump-Bashing
Millennials and Gen Z to make the largest demographic come 2020

Darren Scioneaux, center, and other Dillard University students march to their polling place on campus to vote in New Orleans, La., November 8, 2016. Caroline Fayard, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, walked with the students. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By Election Day 2020 Millennials and Generation Z will make up 40 percent of eligible voters. 

Right now, only 23 percent of that demographic turns out to vote, according to Ben Wessel, director of NextGen Rising. His organization is aiming to change that.

What Midterm Election? Trump Is Already Campaigning for 2020
Penn Ave Report: Connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

Rick Gates, 23 Emails and a Turning Point in the Manafort Trial
Former right-hand man plead guilty earlier this year

Rick Gates, a former business associate of Paul Manafort, is set to testify in Manafort’s trial on corruption charges. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s former right hand man, has been called to testify in the trial the former chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Gates pleaded guilty in February to a bank fraud conspiracy charge in exchange for testifying against his former boss.

Trump May Have Tipped His Hand on 2020 Democratic Foe
President appears leery of facing Biden, GOP operative says

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., watches Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wrap up her speech during a rally in Washington. President Trump revealed he wants to run against one of the liberal senators in the 2020 general election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Already thinking about his 2020 re-election bid, President Donald Trump essentially dared Democratic voters Thursday evening to pick a nominee from that party’s most liberal ranks.

Trump often lets the world know his thoughts on legislation, policy decisions and foreign policy matters — either during free-wheeling political rallies or Twitter rants. That was the case during a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, when he signaled he would prefer to run against “Pocahontas” — his racially tinged nickname for Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren — or “Crazy Bernie” — his dismissive moniker for Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

So... How Does the White House Really Feel About Russia?
Trump undercuts security officials again with ‘the Russian hoax’

President Donald Trump on Thursday dismissed criticism of his Finland summit with Vladimir Putin just hours after his national security team warned Putin is overseeing an ongoing campaign to upend the U.S. political system. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images file photo)

Senior U.S. national security officials were clear Thursday afternoon: The Kremlin was involved in meddling in the 2016 American election and continues to be oversee efforts to do so again. Hours later, however, President Donald Trump described himself and Russian President Vladimir Putin as buddies.

As it often does, the Trump White House on Thursday sent mixed — starkly opposite, really — messages about Moscow’s ongoing hostile actions to upend the American political system and U.S.-Russian relations. The confusion leaves those very officials and lawmakers — including Republicans who have criticized Trump as too weak on Putin — still searching for the official administration stance on election meddling and posture toward America’s Cold War rival.

11 Memorable Moments as Trump Touts DeSantis, Scott in Florida
President again fixates on crowd size, 2016 election win

President Donald Trump waves as he leaves a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump showed again Tuesday evening why he is as much the disruptor in chief as he is the commander in chief, jetting to Florida to weigh in on the Sunshine State’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

Trump called the candidate he has endorsed, Rep. Ron DeSantis, onstage early at a rally in Tampa, even branding him with a compliment he reserves for a select few — a “tough cookie.” Presidents typically have avoided getting involved in primaries for state and and congressional races. But not Trump, who is eager to put candidates who share his nationalist and conservative bona fides into elected office at all levels.

McConnell Embraces ICE, Rejects Democrats’ ‘Foaming Hysteria’
Majority leader thinks Democratic presidential hopefuls are going too far

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., visited an ICE facility on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks Democrats are going too far in pushing to eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he said Tuesday.

The Kentucky Republican opened the Senate by declaring the chamber’s GOP faction stands behind ICE. McConnell spent part of his day Friday visiting the local ICE headquarters in his home of Louisville.

Why Did Tim Ryan Hire Bernie Sanders Iowa Adviser?
Pete D’Allesandro was Iowa coordinator for Sanders’ narrow loss in Iowa in 2016

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, continued to make moves toward a 2020 presidential run, hiring a former Iowa adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt . (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan has hired Sen. Bernie Sanders’ former Iowa campaign coordinator, adding to speculation he is working toward a 2020 presidential run.

Ryan hired veteran Democrative operative Pete D’Alessandro, who worked for the Vermont senator in Iowa in 2016, ABC News reported, but D’Alessandro downplayed his role.

Tim Ryan Announces Support for Legalizing Marijuana Nationwide
Ohio Democrat writes, ‘I find the social and economic injustices of our marijuana policy too big to ignore’

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, announced his support for legalizing marijuana nationwide in an op-ed for CNN. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan announced his support for legalizing marijuana nationwide.

The Ohio Democrat wrote in an op-ed for CNN that as co-chairman of the House Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, he was reluctant to support legalization.