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Trump, ‘Beautiful Ted’ Cruz Unite in Texas to Save Senate Seat
“Ted is leading the charge in Congress for more tax cuts,” president says

Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at a rally in Washington in September 2015 when the two were competing for the Republican presidential nomination. Three years later, President Trump campaigned for his former rival in Houston on Monday night. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As President Donald Trump and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz shared a stage Monday evening in Houston, the former bitter rivals proved that one should never say never in politics.

“We had our little difficulties,” Trump told rallygoers at the Toyota Center, before calling Cruz now a “good friend.”

Trump: 'I Think Beto O'Rourke is Highly Overrated'
 

Anti-Pork Senators Warn of Potential Return of Earmarks
Flake, McCaskill and company again call for action on legislation to formally ban practice

Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., held an event in January to demonstrate that Congress can “eat pork without spending it.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan group of senators critical of pork-barrel spending is again warning about the possible return of congressional earmarks.

The contingent of persistent critics of the earmarking process warned about talk of the return of the practice in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York, Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Vice Chairman Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont.

Trump Backpedals on Timing of Vague Tax Cut Proposal
Lawmakers, staff still not clear on what exactly president was talking about

President Donald Trump is walking back his comments about timing on a vague tax cut proposal he mentioned over the weekend. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump said any vote on a new tax overhaul bill he floated this weekend would come “after the election,” saying a “resolution” would be introduced in the next two weeks.

Trump’s remarks amounted to a presidential clarification of his own vague comments on Saturday, when he told reporters Republicans are “looking at putting in a very major tax cut for middle-income people.”

Trump Still ‘Not Satisfied’ With Saudi Story on Khashoggi
‘We’ll see what happens,’ the president says as he prepares to stump for onetime archrival Cruz

President Donald Trump has remained evasive on the killing of a Saudi journalist. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump says he is still “not satisfied” with the Saudi Arabian government’s explanation of what led to the death of Washington journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling on Trump to punish the Saudi royal family for coaxing the self-exiled Saudi citizen to the Istanbul facility and allegedly killing him before dismembering his corpse.

Democrats Seize on Trump Administration’s Latest Obamacare Move
New administration proposal will lead to more ‘junk’ health plans, minority party says

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer says Republicans “are once again undermining protections for people with pre-existing conditions.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats have seized on a Trump administration proposal to loosen restrictions on some health insurance offerings as the latest way to attack Republicans over protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

“The American people should look at what Republicans are doing, rather than what they’re saying, when it comes to health care. Just weeks before the election, Republicans are once again undermining protections for people with pre-existing conditions and sabotaging our health care system,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said in a statement.

GOP Congressman Floats Passing Border Wall Funding Through Budget Reconciliation
Process would allow for simple-majority vote in the Senate, but both chambers would need to pass a budget first

Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., says his legislation aims to prevent Democrats from continuing to “block our efforts to build a wall along our southern border.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne announced Monday that he has introduced legislation to use the budget reconciliation process to provide for up to $25 billion for President Donald Trump to construct his border wall before the end of his first term.

The bill, co-sponsored by 15 House Republicans, would allow the GOP to pass wall funding with a simple-majority vote in the Senate by using the reconciliation process — if the measure can withstand a “Byrd bath,” the scrubbing of the bill for violations of the Senate’s reconciliation rules. 

Scenes From Early Voting in Nevada
Nevada Democrats make a big push for the crucial early vote

Supporters of Rep. Jacky Rosen, the Democratic Senate nominee in Nevada, wave signs Friday outside KLAS-TV in Las Vegas before the debate between Rosen and GOP Sen. Dean Heller. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Nevada, where early voting began Saturday, is the scene of one of the most contested Senate races this cycle — the only one where a Republican incumbent is defending a seat in a state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Democrats in the Silver State are working hard to on the Latino vote — bolstered by an energetic get-out-the-early-vote effort from the powerful Culinary Worker Union Local 226.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Mike Rounds’ pheasant recipe, dog heaven gets an angel, and a campaign couple ties the knot

(Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

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