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With Immigration Controversy as Backdrop, GOP Senate Candidates Blast Democrats
Candidates in Missouri, West Virginia and Pennsylvania criticize Democratic bill to address separation policy

Patrick Morrisey, who is running against Sen. Joe Manchin III, is using the current immigration controversy to blast his Democratic opponent. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While senators in both parties said Tuesday they want to solve the crisis of parents and children being separated before immigration cases are adjudicated, some Republican Senate candidates are focusing on criticizing Democratic incumbents who have signed on to a legislative fix.

At least three Senate nominees have come out on the attack against a proposal led by Judiciary ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California that would bar parents and children from being separated by the Homeland Security Department except in unusual cases, such as when the parent does not have custodial rights.

Democratic Senators Ask If CFPB Nominee Worked on Immigration Policy Separating Children and Parents
Kathy Kraninger’s role at OMB involves oversight of DHS and Justice

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wants to know if President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CFPB was involved in drafting the new immigration enforcement policy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Did President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau approve the administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that has led to a wave of families being separated near the Southern border?

That is the question posed by Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to Kathy Kraninger, the program associate director at the Office of Management and Budget whose job includes policy implementation oversight for both the Justice Department and Homeland Security Department, according to the senators.

New Court Documents Reveal Details of Yard Dispute That Hospitalized Rand Paul
Kentucky senator repeatedly stacked branches by property line, angering neighbor

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., broke six ribs in an altercation with his neighbor last November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 2:55 p.m. | New court documents in Kentucky shed more light on details from the yard dispute that landed Sen. Rand Paul in the hospital with six broken ribs, among other thoracic complications, and could land his neighbor in prison.

Rene Boucher, 60, didn’t like where his neighbor of 17 years, Paul, was putting his yard debris.

How the Hill Reacted to the Trump-Kim Summit
Reaction ranges from a ‘huge deal’ to a ‘bi-lateral con job’

President Donald Trump answers a final question while departing a news conference following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday in Singapore. Trump described his meeting with Kim as “better than anyone could have expected.” (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump made history Tuesday in Singapore as the first American president to meet face-to-face with a leader of North Korea since the Kim dynasty sprouted on the peninsula roughly seven decades ago.

At the heart of negotiations was the “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula in exchange for “security guarantees” for the North’s mercurial leader, Kim Jong Un.

Corker Unveils Plan to Give Congress Power to Stop Trump Trade Actions
Bipartisan bill was filed despite opposition from the White House

Sens. Bob Corker and Heidi Heitkamp are among the leaders of an effort to put new constraints on the imposition of tariffs for national security purposes.. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Bob Corker followed through Wednesday on unveiling legislation to increase congressional oversight of tariffs applied in the context of national security.

Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 grants the executive branch authority to impose tariffs to protect vital interests, but Corker and others argue that President Donald Trump is misapplying the law — using it against allies instead of adversaries.

Obama Administration Sidestepped Sanctions to Give Iran Access to Dollars, Report Finds
Senate Republicans reveal Obama Treasury Department issued a license for Iran to use dollars

President Barack Obama conducts a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House November 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Obama administration sidestepped economic sanctions to allow Iran to more easily access some of its foreign assets in accordance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, a new report from Senate Republicans published on Wednesday found.

In February 2016, Obama’s Treasury Department issued a license to Bank Muscat in Oman that would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7 billion in Omani rials into euros by first converting them into U.S. dollars.

Ryan Backs Gowdy in Blow to President Trump’s ‘Spygate’ Claims
FBI agents should ‘run every lead down’

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan backed GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy’s statements last week that the FBI acted properly when it pursued information from an informant in President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign about potential Russian interference in the election, further undercutting Trump’s so-called Spygate theory.

“Chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment is accurate,” Ryan said at the House GOP’s weekly leadership press conference Wednesday. “I want to make sure that we run every lead down and make sure we get final answers to these questions.”

With Eye on Policy, and Politics, McConnell Scraps August Recess
Senate expected to be away the first week in August before returning for the rest of the summer

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced in a Tuesday statement that the Senate would substantially curtail the August recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate will be in session throughout much of August, citing the need to move legislation and nominees. While widely viewed as a gambit to keep Democrats in competitive 2018 races off the trail, the move could have unintended and unpredictable political consequences. 

“Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled,” the Kentucky Republican said in a statement.“Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees.”

Democrats Offer Eagles Alternatives After Trump Uninvites Them
President falsely claims some players knelt during national anthem

Sen. Bob Casey, Jr., D-Pa., invited the Philadelphia Eagles to the Capitol after President Donald Trump pulled their invitation to visit the White House this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic lawmakers from Pennsylvania were quick to extend invitations to the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles to visit the Capitol after President Donald Trump pulled their invitation to the White House over the false notion some members of the team did not stand for the national anthem before games last season.

Contrary to the president’s statement Monday, no members of the Eagles stayed in the locker room or knelt during the national anthem before games last year, CNN anchor and Philadelphia native Jake Tapper reported.

Koch Groups to Spend Millions Against Trump Trade Agenda
Multi-faceted campaign includes calls for withdrawals of tarriffs

Koch-backed groups want President Donald Trump to lift tariffs on products like imported solar panels, seen here near Indianapolis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The network of political organizations associated with the Koch brothers is planning to be even more aggressive in pushing the benefits of free trade, against President Donald Trump’s more protectionist views.

According to a statement of principles accompanying Monday’s announcement of a multimillion dollar campaign, the Koch organizations will be pushing Trump to lift the new steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies, as well as the previous solar panel and washing machine tariffs. They also want Trump’s administration to reverse course on a list of new tariffs to be levied on Chinese imports.