Elijah E Cummings

GOP members confirm Bernhardt met with group tied to ex-client
Democrats might be focusing on meetings and calls kept off Interior secretary’s official calendar

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt testifies during his Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee confirmation hearing on March 28, 2019. (File photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans on two House committees probing Interior Secretary David Bernhardt acknowledged in a report Thursday that the attorney and former energy lobbyist appeared to have met with the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, a trade group affiliated with a former Bernhardt client.

The joint report from Republican staff on the House Oversight and Reform, and Natural Resources committees also said ethics officials at the Interior Department approved the meeting with the trade group. The report, by acknowledging the meeting, may also indicate where the majority Democrats are focusing their examination into whether Bernhardt kept phone calls and meetings with industry representatives and groups off his public calendar.

Democratic voters just want to beat Trump. Why are their leaders making it so hard?
Biden’s mix-ups aren’t great, but they’re nothing compared to Trump. The man just tried to buy Greenland

Democratic candidates should stop cudgeling each other and keep their eye on the presidential prize, Murphy writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

OPINION — Paging all Democratic candidates, campaign staffers and activists: Do yourselves a favor before it’s too late. Repeat after me: “But that’s nothing compared to Donald Trump.” Use this simple phrase every time you feel the need to criticize another Democratic candidate, or even your own candidate (you know who you are) in the press.

Because lately, two standards for 2020 contenders have emerged in the narratives that dominate campaign coverage. First, there’s the higher, tougher, almost impossible-to-meet standard used for Democrats. And then there’s the lower, he-always-does-that-so-what-do-you-expect measurement saved for the president they’re all trying to replace. If you’re not careful, your critiques of each other’s unfitness for office will send each other’s negatives soaring before Trump even has to get started on the job.

Oversight blasts DOJ for siding with Trump in subpoena fight
The filing pushes back on a strategy to stymie congressional probes by limiting what can be sought from the executive branch

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., is seen on a monitor as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., talks with an aide during a committee meeting on July 12, 2019. A new Oversight filing in D.C. court pushes back on a Trump administration strategy to stymie congressional investigations by limiting the scope of what they can seek from the White House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Oversight and Reform Committee criticized the Justice Department for proposing “astounding and novel” limits on congressional investigations Tuesday as a means to win a lawsuit over a subpoena for eight years of President Donald Trump’s financial records.

Oversight’s filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit pushes back on a Trump administration strategy to stymie congressional investigations by limiting the scope of what they can seek from the executive branch.

Undeterred Trump to tout economy in ‘toss-up’ New Hampshire despite stock tumble
It’s not ‘guaranteed’ every Clinton state will remain blue in 2020, analyst says

President Donald Trump greets Blake Marnell of San Diego during a rally at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, Pa., on May 20. He will hold another rally Thursday night in New Hampshire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A White House official grimaced slightly Wednesday as a cable news chyron showed stocks plummeting, potentially undercutting President Donald Trump’s Thursday plans to say his stewardship of a strong economy should help earn him a second term.

Trump will make another campaign-trail pitch to voters Thursday evening in what his aides see as a likely 2020 battleground state that could be a photo finish next November: New Hampshire.

Twitter seeks to identify ‘hat’ involved in Elijah Cummings burglary
One sleuth suggests bringing in Chrissy Teigen to crack the case

Rep. Elijah Cummings said he scared a burglar away before he could enter his Baltimore home in July. His wife is trying to crowdsource information to identify a suspect. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

People often say “don’t read the comments,” but in Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’ case, that’s precisely what she wants to do.

The wife of Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings took to Twitter over the weekend in hopes of identifying the man who broke into their West Baltimore home in July.

Trump says McConnell ‘totally on board’ with background checks
President dismisses possibility of NRA opposition to legislation

President Donald Trump says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “totally on board” with “intelligent background checks,” but a Senate aide says McConnell hasn’t endorsed “anything specific.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump on Friday gave perhaps his strongest endorsement yet of a background checks overhaul bill for firearms purchases, and predicted Republican lawmakers would “lead” on the issue despite opposition from the National Rifle Association.

“Frankly, we need intelligent background checks. This isn’t a question of NRA, Republican or Democrat. I spoke to [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell yesterday. ... He is totally on board,” the president told reporters as he left the White House for a 10-day working vacation.

Cummings says he’d like to invite Trump to Baltimore but can’t reach him
Maryland Democrat addresses president’s recent attacks on his home city

House Oversight Chairman Elijah E. Cummings wants the president to see “all the wonderful things that are happening” in his Maryland district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Wednesday that he’d like President Donald Trump, who recently attacked him and his hometown of Baltimore, to visit his district, but he’s been unable to reach Trump to personally invite him.

“Ah God, I want him to come,” the Democratic congressman said at a Wednesday luncheon at the National Press Club, as he addressed Trump’s recent tweetstorm disparaging Baltimore.

After Dayton and El Paso killings, here are 3 things Trump could call for
President could endorse House-passed bill or call for quick vote on Manchin-Toomey

President Donald Trump stops to briefly talk with journalists as he tours his 'Made In America' product showcase at the White House on July 15. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is calling for Congress to pass “strong” legislation on firearms background checks following deadly weekend shootings in Ohio and Texas, but just what he wants lawmakers to send him remains vague.

He even used a pair of Monday morning tweets, posted hours before he is slated to address the country at 10 a.m., to address the latest mass shootings during his tenure. The suspect in Saturday’s El Paso shooting posted a manifesto that echoed Trump’s previous statements about an “invasion” of the United States by undocumented migrants from Central and South America.

No property was stolen from Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore residence, debunking Trump’s claim
Maryland Democrat confronted and yelled at intruder, causing him to flee on bicycle

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings confronted and yelled at an intruder in his Baltimore residence on the morning of July 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings confronted and yelled at an intruder attempting to break into his Baltimore residence last week, causing the man to flee on a bicycle, an incident that President Donald Trump incorrectly tweeted about in a disparaging manner.

A report from the Baltimore Police Department debunked Trump’s claim that the Maryland Democrat’s house had been robbed. The report noted that no property was stolen. 

Trump gloats over burglary of Rep. Cummings’ house in Baltimore
‘Too bad!’ president tweets, capping a full week of attacks on the Maryland Democrat

President Donald Trump appeared to gloat Friday that a house owned by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was broken into last weekend. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump appeared to gloat Friday on Twitter over reports that a property in West Baltimore owned by Rep. Elijah Cummings and his wife was burglarized last weekend.

The president has singled out Cummings — a Maryland Democrat and chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is conducting multiple investigations into the Trump administration — and his native Baltimore for criticism this week in what Democrats and some Republicans have said is an overtly racist volley of insults.