Trump White House Goes With Saudi Story in Jamal Khashoggi Murder
CIA reportedly said Mohammad bin Salman was responsible

President Donald Trump is siding with Saudi royal family. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump again broke with U.S. intelligence Tuesday, this time siding with senior Saudi leaders and their denials they ordered the killing of a Washington Post journalist.

It came in a most unusual written statement from the White House, issued as the press corps on duty ahead of Thanksgiving gathered in the Rose Garden for the generally light-hearted turkey pardoning.

Senate Appropriators Cast Doubt on Mueller Protections Making It Into Spending Deal
Chairman wants to keep December spending deal as clean as possible, despite interests of Pelosi, House Democrats

Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., does not favor attaching protections for Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III to a December spending package. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby thinks trying to attach language designed to shield Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III to a big December spending package would be ill-advised.

Asked ahead of a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump about the interest of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to use the must-pass spending measure as the vehicle for such a bill, Shelby said, “She’s not talking about putting it in an appropriations bill?”

Republicans Missed Opportunities to Retain House Majority, Jim Jordan Says
‘If we’d handled the past two years differently, we would still be the majority party in the House’

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, waits to do a television news interview in Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, the day after Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan, who is running for minority leader, has a tough message for his colleagues: If House Republicans had done more to change Washington and deliver on their campaign promises, they would still be in the majority.

“This might be a tough pill to swallow, but I believe that if we’d handled the past two years differently, we would still be the majority party in the House of Representatives,” the Ohio Republican wrote in a dear colleague letter first obtained by Roll Call.

Bill Nelson, Down Less than 35,000 Votes in Florida, Waiting for Recount
GOP opponent Rick Scott characterizes effort as ‘a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career’

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is waiting for a state law-mandated recount in his race against Florida Gov. Rick Scott. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, who reportedly conceded defeat just after midnight in his re-election bid against GOP Gov. Rick Scott, is now awaiting a recount.

“We are proceeding to a recount,” Nelson, the Democrat who is seeking a fourth term, said in a statement Wednesday.

Democratic House Means More Time for Senate Nominations — And Another Trump SCOTUS Pick?
The Senate will still have plenty to do, even as legislation languishes with divided government

Unlike the House Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,of Kentucky will have reason to smile after Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is fond of saying that unlike the House, the Senate is in the “personnel business.”

That is only going to be more true in the 116th Congress, with Democrats taking control of the House and chances for legislating likely becoming fewer and further between.

DOJ Civil Rights Division to Monitor Polls in 35 Counties on Election Day
Arizona, Nevada, Florida, North Dakota, and Texas among 19 states where DOJ personnel will monitor polling places

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has deployed Civil Rights Division personnel to monitor polling locations in 35 counties in 19 different states on Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When Americans head to the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections, voters in 35 counties — from Las Vegas to Dallas to Tampa — will head to precincts that are being closely monitored by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for “compliance with the federal voting rights laws,” the DOJ announced Monday.

“Voting rights are constitutional rights, and they’re part of what it means to be an American,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Trump Signals Cabinet, Staff Changes After Midterms
President says he plans to ‘take a look’ at allegations of wrongdoing against Zinke

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he likes his cabinet “for the most part,” but changes might be coming after the midterms. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump signaled Monday he expects Cabinet and staff changes after Tuesday’s midterms, but stopped short of saying embattled Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might be ousted amid corruption charges.

He also said he intends to name a nominee to replace Nikki Haley as UN ambassador by the end of the week. (He leaves Friday for a Armistice Day visit to Paris.)

Kavanaugh Defense Makes Lindsey Graham a GOP Star on Florida Campaign Trail
South Carolina senator finishing up his cross country tour backing GOP candidates

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., gets a "kiss for Kavanaugh" from Cyndi Frump during a rally with Florida governor candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., at the Hillsborough County Republican Party office in Tampa. Frump was appreciative of Graham's support for Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

ORLANDO, Fla. — There was a time when Sen. Lindsey Graham wasn’t attracting a crowd for his own 2016 presidential bid. Now he’s a bit of a rock star to the Republican faithful.

The South Carolina Republican is nearing the end of a cross-country tour that will bring him to a dozen states on behalf of Republican House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates — and yes, under the auspices of the Republican National Committee, President Donald Trump.

Trump Wavers on Ending Birthright Citizenship With Executive Order
Now says he’s prepared to send 15,000 troops to border

Dreamers and supporters march to the U.S. Capitol on Monday, March 5, 2018, to call on Congress to act to pass the Dream Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump said he “very well may” sign an executive order attempting to end birthright citizenship, citing former President Barack Obama’s order setting up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as adequate legal precedent.

As two caravans of Central American migrants head toward the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump said he is prepared to order up to 10,000 to 15,000 American military troops to assist law enforcement entities to prevent illegal crossings. And he said he plans to erect tent cities along the southern border to house undocumented migrants who enter the country illegally, again criticizing the so-called catch-and-release program that he contends let tens of millions of “illegal” immigrants into the United States.

New York Democrat, Republican Call for Hearings on Holocaust Education Bill
Letter to Education Committee leaders comes less than week after most deadly killing of Jews in U.S. history

Mourners leave roses next to one of the many plaques detailing transports of Berlin Jews to concentration camps in Berlin, Germany. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images file photo)

A bipartisan duo of New York lawmakers asked Wednesday for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to hold hearings on their bill that would provide resources to public and private schools to more adequately teach students about the Holocaust in World War II in Nazi Germany.

The request from Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney and GOP Rep. Dan Donovan comes less than a week after a gunman entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 Jews celebrating Shabbat.