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State of the Union Will Be Used to Prod on Immigration, Infrastructure
Address will take place under cloud of collusion, obstruction investigations

Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., applaud as President Donald Trump delivers an address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017. He will deliver his first official State of the Union address on Tuesday night. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In his first official State of the Union address, President Donald Trump will tell the country how the “roaring” economy is “lifting up” folks of all backgrounds and ask Congress to pass sweeping immigration and infrastructure legislation, says a senior administration official.

Trump will speak from the well of the House chamber shortly after 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening in an address the senior official described as crafted with a “bipartisan” and “unifying” message. But the address will come under a black cloud: the ongoing Justice Department and congressional probes into potential ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia, as well as whether he obstructed justice with some of his actions since taking office.

At Davos, Trump Will Cast Self As Global Trade Sheriff
Official: Administration is ‘enforcing the rules of the road’

President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony last Wednesday for former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is expected to use a much-anticipated address Friday at an economic conference to put the world on notice that there is a new sheriff in town when it comes to global trade: Himself.

The president’s address at the World Economic Conference Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is expected to focus on several themes, including urging other world leaders and corporate executives to invest in America and Trump’s insistence that America put itself first in trade talks and broker better deals, a senior administration official said Friday.

Trump Message at Davos: Invest in America
Despite rhetoric, economic adviser says U.S. is not pulling back from world

Gary Cohn, White House Economic Advisor, left, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster brief reporters on President Donald Trump's upcoming trip to the World Economic Forum later this week in Davos Switzerland, at the White House on January 23, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Senior White House officials denied that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the United States from the worldwide trade scene on the eve of his departure for a major global economic forum.

“The U.S. is pulling back from nothing,” said Gary Cohn, chief White House economic adviser when asked about worries around the globe that the Trump administration is turning inward.

Pentagon Strategy Outstrips Its Budget Process
After slow staff-up, Defense Department is trying to make up for lost time

The Pentagon will be waiting another budget year to fully match its strategy to its fiscal requests.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Pentagon is churning out a frenzy of strategy documents that bolster President Donald Trump’s calls for a massive — and pricey — military buildup that includes new weaponry and more troops. The department’s own budget process, however, has not yet caught up.

On Friday, the Defense Department rolled out the National Defense Strategy, coming on the heels of the National Security Strategy and a leaked draft of the Nuclear Posture Review. These documents detail policies that come with hefty price tags, such as surpassing China and Russia in fiercely competitive areas like cyberspace and outer space.

Trump Again Waives Iran Sanctions — But With a Threat
President has vowed to kill what he calls 'the worst deal ever'

Donald Trump, then president-elect, talks after a meeting with then-President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Nov. 10, 2016. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Despite Donald Trump’s vows to kill it, Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal lives. The 45th U.S. president on Friday again gave a reprieve to the 44th's pact despite his longheld stance that it is “the worst deal ever.”

Trump is again waiving sanctions on Iran that would jeopardize the nuclear pact between Tehran and world powers, according to senior administration officials. But it is the final time he plans to do so, they warned, adding Trump wants to negotiate a new pact with European allies that would re-impose sanctions on Iran if its government violates terms produced by those desired talks.

Royce Retirement Prompts Foreign Affairs Successor Questions
Potential successors, Smith and Rohrabacher, have histories of bucking party

With Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, left, retiring at the end of this term, fellow California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a potential successor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce announced his retirement Monday, joining a wave of fellow senior Republicans in the House and Senate declining to seek re-election in a tough political environment.

The 13-term California lawmaker had only one year remaining on his term as committee chairman, but his retirement announcement nonetheless casts a spotlight on his potential successors, two of whom have histories of bucking the party.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce Announces Retirement
Royce was Democratic target in midterm elections

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ed Royce announced Monday he will not be running for re-election. The California Republican is in his final term as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including: the brutal, corrupt and dangerous regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran, Vladimir Putin’s continued efforts to weaponize information to fracture western democracies, and growing terrorist threats in Africa and Central Asia,” Royce said in a statement.

Analysis: Five Ways Trump Dimmed the Tax Bill Glow
Chaos returns to White House, overshadowing legislative agenda

President Trump walks along the White House's West Colonnade of the White House on Wednesday evening. (White House photo via Flickr)

President Donald Trump was excited, beaming behind the storied Resolute Desk three days before Christmas. He joked with reporters and offered camera operators presidential ink pens. And he boasted that, after a year with more downs than ups, he was starting to figure out how to be president.

“So, you know, it’s been a process,” he said after securing his first major legislative win by signing a GOP tax bill into law — and terminating the Obama-era health law’s individual mandate at the same time. “It’s been a great process. Really beautiful.” In the days that followed, he assured members of his Mar-a-Lago club in South Florida his administration was about to have a “great” second year.

McCain to Return in January
‘We need his voice now more than ever,’ Lindsey Graham says

Arizona Sen. John McCain and staff make their way from the Capitol Visitor Center to the Capitol last month before he returned home to Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Arizona Sen. John McCain will return to Washington this month after missing time in December to recover from an infection that arose from his cancer treatment, his friend Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted.

“Sen. McCain is in rehab. He’s coming back in January,” the South Carolina Republican said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” in response to a question about his GOP colleague’s health. “We need his voice now more than ever.”

Trump: ‘Deep State’ DOJ ‘Must Finally Act’ Against Abedin, Comey
President begins new year with tweets attacking domestic, global foes

Long-time Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is seen backstage before a Clinton campaign rally at North Carolina State University in November 2016. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

The Justice Department “must finally act” against a longtime senior aide to Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump tweeted, his latest fiery social media post to kick off 2018.

Trump and his team have an ambitious agenda for the new year, especially considering more than 400 House seats and 30 Senate seats are up for grabs in just 11 months. But the president on Tuesday focused his morning tweets at his domestic political and geopolitical foes.