Rating Change: Dent Retirement Puts Seat in Play
Pennsylvania Republican says seventh term will be his last

Just days ago, it looked like Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Charlie Dent was preparing to fight it out for an eighth term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent capped a tumultuous week for Republicans on the Hill by announcing he would not seek re-election in 2018, leaving his 15th District open and vulnerable to a Democratic takeover.

Dent’s decision is the biggest news to come out of Allentown since earlier this summer when Philadelphia Phillies rookie slugger Rhys Hoskins was called up to the major leagues and hit home runs at a faster initial pace than any player in history, after batting 29 home runs with 91 RBIs for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Democrats See Eye to Eye With Trump on Debt Limit and Harvey Aid
Ryan called Schumer and Pelosi proposal ‘unworkable’ before Trump took their side

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement that they believed their proposal “…offers a bipartisan path forward to ensure prompt delivery of Harvey aid as well as avoiding a default.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House and Senate Democratic leaders seem to have gotten their way after President Donald Trump agreed to tacking on a three-month extension of borrowing authorities to a Hurricane Harvey aid bill.

Trump told reporters on Air Force One Wednesday that he and congressional leaders agreed to a three-month extension of the debt ceiling and a three-month government spending bill. Those will be tacked on to a Hurricane Harvey relief bill, which he said will likely be inflated by an unspecified amount to address the approaching Hurricane Irma.

McCarthy Predicts Three-Month Spending Bill, Delayed Wall Debate
Harvey supplemental aid vote on Wednesday

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy outlined a 3-month spending measure in a Tuesday morning interview. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that the chamber would be taking up a roughly three-month stopgap spending measure this month that would push off the debate over funding the wall along the Mexican border until near the end of the calendar year.

“We have to deal with Harvey, we have the debt ceiling, we have a continuing resolution which will be just about a three-month continuing resolution, so you will deal with the wall a little later in the year,” McCarthy said. “We’ve got the budget to get done this month, as well. The budget is the beginning of tax reform because it allows us to go to reconciliation to start tax reform.”

Judge: Menendez No Different Than a Cab Driver
Says he won't alter trial schedule for key Senate votes

Sen. Robert Menendez has lost a bid to alter his trial schedule. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In the eyes of the law, being a U.S. senator should be no different than being a taxi cab driver in the city of Newark, New Jersey.

That’s the underlying justification for the decision by a federal judge to deny a request by Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez to allow for an altered trial schedule in Newark when he needs to be in Washington for what are described as “critical” Senate votes.

White House Could Send $5.9B Harvey Request to Hill Friday
GOP aide: Leadership expects initial emergency plan could arrive soon

People take shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the city on Aug. 29 in Houston. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Updated at 11:43 a.m. Trump administration officials have informed congressional Republican leaders to expect an initial Hurricane Harvey emergency spending request perhaps as soon as Friday, according to administration and congressional sources.

The White House expects to ask Congress for about $6 billion dollars in its first disaster supplemental request for Hurricane Harvey recovery, an administration official told CQ Roll Call.

Trump’s Tax Speech Shows Entire Agenda Rests on Overhaul Push
President: ‘Foundation of our job-creation agenda’ is tax rate, code changes

President Donald Trump arrives to give remarks during an appearance at the Loren Cook Company Wednesday in Springfield, Missouri. President Trump spoke about  his plans for tax reform. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)



On Venezuela, White House Opts for Further Sanctions
Trump continues to follow pattern of his predecessor, Obama

President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One on Aug. 18. On Friday, he sanctioned Venezuela’s Maduro regime. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Senator Warns Trump Not to Repeat Mistakes of Katrina With Harvey
FEMA says it has enough funding for response activities — for now

A Friday morning satellite image shows the development of Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico. (NOAA-NASA GOES)

A senior senator warned President Donald Trump on Friday not to underestimate Hurricane Harvey or have the same kind of lackluster federal response experienced during Hurricane Katrina.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, advised Trump not to make “the same mistake Pres Bush made w Katrina.”

White House: Steve Bannon Is Out
President’s chief strategist increasingly a lightning rod for criticism

Steve Bannon is out as  chief strategist to President Donald Trump. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump has decided to part ways with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. The former Breitbart executive infused his campaign and presidency with nationalist rhetoric and policies.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”

Trump: Military ‘Locked and Loaded’ for North Korea
President escalates threats against Kim Jong-un

President Donald Trump speaks during a security briefing on Thursday at his Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump escalated the war of words between the U.S. and North Korea early Friday, tweeting that the military was “locked and loaded” should Pyongyang make good on its threats to strike U.S. targets.

“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” the president tweeted. “Hopefully [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un will find another path!”