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Wisconsin’s Sean Duffy Will Forgo Senate Bid
Other potential candidates had been waiting on congressman’s decision

Rep. Sean Duffy announced he’s passing on a challenge to Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 9:35 a.m. Feb. 16 with Duffy announcement

Wisconsin Rep. Sean P. Duffy announced Thursday he will pass on a run for Senate in 2018.

Harward, Petraeus and Kellogg Emerge as Flynn Replacements
All three have distinguished military careers but each has his own baggage

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is among the potential replacements for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three former military officers are on the shortlist to replace former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn after his resignation, according to news reports.

Lt. Gen. Keith KelloggBackground: Kellogg is currently the interim national security adviser. The retired three-star general served as chief of staff of the National Security Council under Flynn. 

Tim Kaine on the Constitution’s ‘230-Year Checkup’
Virginia senator says Trump presidency is ‘living experiment’ on overreach

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said last Friday that the Constitution is being tested under Donald Trump’s presidency. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

FAIRFAX, Va. — Sen. Tim Kaine says that with President Donald Trump in office, Americans are in a “living experiment” to see whether or not the Constitution still works to check executive power. 

Given the roles that sons of the commonwealth played in crafting the Constitution, perhaps it is no surprise that a Virginia senator would make the case that the relevancy of the document itself will be tested by the 45th president.

Appeals Court Refuses to Restore Trump’s Travel Ban
9th Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision

A four-year-old girl gathers with protesters and members of the Congress in front of the Supreme Court on Jan. 30 to voice opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A federal appeals court on Thursday declined to revive President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order that temporarily bans all refugees as well as foreign travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously upheld a lower court’s order that has temporarily stopped the Trump administration from implementing the travel ban.

Air Force‘s Top General Emphasizes Need for Apolitical Military

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter briefs the official announcement of Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, center, who was nominated to become the 21st Air Force chief of staff, in the Pentagon on April 29, 2016. With them is Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

The Air Force’s top general told reporters Tuesday that wars should be fought as humanely as possible and the military is apolitical — statements that, in tone if not substance, are at odds with the president’s.

Gen. David Goldfein, the service’s chief of staff since last July, did not directly say he takes issue with President Donald Trump. And the four-star general explicitly said that he was not referring particularly to Trump’s recent statements contending that the U.S. military supported his candidacy in the election.

Trump Suggests Courts Mulling His Travel Ban are ‘Biased’
President suggests law means he ‘can do whatever’ he wants on national security

President Donald Trump said he “heard things I cannot believe” while listening to oral arguments over his executive order barring immigrants from some countries from entering the country. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday went directly after the appellate court judges mulling whether to revive his controversial order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

In a remarkable scene, the new president used words like “biased” and “political” to describe any court that disagrees with the executive order he signed on Jan. 29. His sharpest comments were directed right at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit judges who expressed deep skepticism of the order on Tuesday night.

Defeat or Pyrrhic Victory? The Democrats’ Dismal Choices on Gorsuch
Part of the blame — dismal Democratic candidates in 2016

President Donald Trump and Judge Neil Gorsuch in the East Room of the White House. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In the best of all possible worlds, Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch would both soon grace the Supreme Court. But, alas, someone like Henry Clay is no longer in Congress to negotiate the Compromise of 2017.

So, dispirited Democrats are left with their choice of frustrating outcomes as they rage against the success of Mitch McConnell’s scorched-earth strategy to deprive Garland of a vote all through 2016.

Democrats Try to Reconcile Positions on Travel Ban, 2015 Measure
2015 legislation would have strengthened the vetting process

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., was one of the members of Congress who voted for the SAFE Act but says President Donald Trump’s order goes further. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Virginia Democrat Gerald Connolly was among many elected officials at Washington Dulles International Airport who wanted to speak to detainees after President Donald Trump issued an executive order that severely restricted travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.

Connolly tweeted numerous photos of himself, along with fellow Democratic Reps. Don Beyer Jr. of Virginia and Jamie Raskin and John Delaney of Maryland.

With Tweets, Trump Escalates Saber Rattling Toward Iran
New president to Tehran: You have been ‘formally PUT ON NOTICE’

President Donald Trump delivers remarks in the Oval Office Wednesday night, just hours after his national security adviser put Iran “on notice.” Also pictured, from left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his wife Renda St. Clair and Vice President Mike Pence. (John T. Bennett/CQ Roll Call)

The Trump administration escalated its sudden saber rattling toward Iran when President Donald Trump directly criticized Tehran in a series of tweets Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Hours after his top national security adviser put Iran “on notice” and other senior administration officials refused to rule out U.S. military action against the Islamic Republic, Trump himself appeared to threaten the Middle Eastern power in a series of tweets — and the words of U.S. presidents carry far more weight than career bureaucrats briefing behind the veil of anonymity.

Democrats Take Protests to High Court
Rally against Trump travel ban picks up where weekend left off

From left, Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Terri A. Sewell of Alabama, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin and Val Demings of Florida join other members of the House and Senate in front of the Supreme Court on Monday to voice opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees, and nationals from certain countries from entering the U.S. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats continued their protests of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration on Monday evening, marching down the East Front Capitol steps holding candles and singing “This Land Is Your Land,” heading to the Supreme Court to rally against the executive action.

“This cannot be the America that we know,” said California Rep. Judy Chu, one of several lawmakers who spoke during the demonstration.