Gowdy to Headline Ernst’s Roast and Ride
GOP presidential candidates have attended event in the past, but few think Gowdy aspires to that

Sen. Joni Ernst, left, announced Rep. Trey Gowdy’s appearance at her annual event in a video posted Thursday. (Sen. Joni Ernst via YouTube)

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst announced outgoing South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy will be the headlining guest at her annual Roast and Ride in Iowa.

Ernst made the announcement in a video posted on Thursday.

Trey Gowdy, the Reluctant Congressman
Reclusive yet often in the limelight, retiring S.C. lawmaker is eyeing his next move

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy has been talking about leaving Congress ever since he arrived seven years ago. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Trey Gowdy has been talking about leaving Congress since he arrived seven years ago.

It’s what came to his mind when he ran into an old friend in the weeks after he was first sworn into office in 2011: “I hate this place,” he told Republican strategist Luke Byars that January. “I want to go home.”

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, Through the Years, in Photos
The first chairwoman of the House Rules Committee is dead at 88

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter is dead at 88. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call 2015 file photo)

Rep. Louise M. Slaughterdied early Friday morning at age 88. The oldest member of Congress and first chairwoman of the powerful House Rules Committee leaves behind a legacy of three decades in Congress.

She fell at her home last week and suffered a concussion, according to her office.

Brat’s Office Removes ‘Likes’ of Controversial Parkland Tweets
Tweets speculated that Parkland shooting survivors appearing on cable shows were paid actors

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., has come under criticism for his campaign account's social media activity. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After public criticism for “liking” multiple controversial tweets, Virginia Rep. Dave Brat’s staff removed the likes from his campaign Twitter account.

Brat, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, had come under criticism after his account liked tweets implying that one of the students who survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida, was an actor, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Revealing Tales from the Election Interference Indictment
Russians Used Americans for ‘Discord’

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s ongoing investigation produced indictments Friday alleging election interference by Russian nationals. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Russian operatives allegedly kept an internal list of more than 100 real Americans, their political views and activities that they had been asked to perform by the Russians pretending to be grassroots political organizers.

The Justice Department used an indictment Friday to tell the story of some of those requests and the social media campaigns that the Russian operatives put together, enabling them to grow hundreds of thousands of online followers.

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South Carolina’s Trey Gowdy Won’t Seek Re-Election
Oversight chairman plans to leave politics for justice system

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy is not running for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy announced Wednesday he will not be running for re-election and intends to leave politics after this term is over.

The Republican lawmaker, first elected to the 4th District in 2010, chairs the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Rating Update: Race for Issa’s Open Seat Remains a Toss-Up for Now
California’s 49th District rejected Trump in 2016

California Rep. Darrell Issa is not be seeking a tenth term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new day, a new Republican retirement, but a similar story. On Wednesday, GOP Rep. Darrell Issa announced he will not seek re-election to his Southern California district, leaving Republicans to defend another open seat that Hillary Clinton carried.

Similar to California’s 39th District, where GOP Rep. Ed Royce just announced his retirement, Issa’s 49th District has in recent history usually voted for Republican candidates but rejected Donald Trump for president in 2016. Voters there also nearly threw out Issa, who had become known for his Benghazi investigations.

Trump’s Tweets Again Spark Courtroom Questions on Travel Ban
“Do we just ignore reality?” one judge asked

President Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim tweets came up in court Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos last week, just as two appeals courts prepared to hear arguments on challenges to the latest version of his travel ban. 

The tweets were bound to come up in court — and they did in a big way Friday, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit grilled a Justice Department attorney on whether the tweets taint the restrictions on immigration from eight countries, including six that are majority-Muslim. 

Analysis: Trump Opts for Campaign Rally Over Tax Bill Hard Sell
President mentions Clinton, election win and 'Little Rocket Man' during remarks

President Donald Trump arrives with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for the Republicans’ policy luncheon on Tuesday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump went to Missouri on Wednesday ostensibly to use his bully pulpit to gin up public support for a Republican tax plan, but he turned the event into a wildly vacillating campaign-style rally.

Trump did talk taxes, urging Senate Republicans to seize a “moment of truth” later this week when they are expected to vote on an overhaul bill.”