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Flynn Memo ‘Good News’ for Trump: House Conservatives Spin Mueller Latest
Former national security adviser sat for 19 interviews, provided ‘substantial’ cooperation with special counsel

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows defended President Donald Trump from criticism that could stem from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's sentencing recommendation memo for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After special counsel Robert S. Mueller III recommended no prison time for former Donald Trump official Michael Flynn on Tuesday, House conservatives chalked up the latest episode in the Russia investigation as a win for the president.

“I think it’s good news for President Trump tonight, that this is what it’s come down to,” Rep. Mark Meadows told Fox News’ Sean Hannity about the heavily redacted sentencing recommendation memorandum the special counsel filed Tuesday night.

Chuck Schumer and Fellow Democrats Want to Stop ‘Grinch Bots’ From Stealing Christmas Toys
Latest effort with Sen. Richard Blumenthal and others seeks to curtail gift-buying bots

Democrats Want to Stop “Grinch Bots’ from stealing Christmas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

On Black Friday, a group of Democratic lawmakers want to stop “Grinch bots” from scooping up all the inventory of the year’s hottest Christmas presents.

“Grinch bots cannot be allowed to steal Christmas, or dollars, from the wallets of countless consumers,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said in a statement. “Middle class folks save up — a little here, a little there — working to afford the hottest gifts of the season for their kids but ever-changing technology and its challenges are making that very difficult. It’s time we help restore an even playing field by blocking the bots.”

Schumer Asks if Acting AG Talked to White House About Russia Probe Details
Senate Democratic leader requests review by Justice Department inspector general

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., has  questions about contacts between the White House and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker about the Russia investigation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer wants to know if the acting attorney general talked to the White House about the special counsel investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Specifically, the New York Democrat is asking Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz about contacts between Matthew G. Whitaker and other parts of the Donald Trump administration about the work of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team.

Democratic Senators Sue Trump Over Whitaker Appointment
Blumenthal, Whitehouse, Hirono say move violates Appointments Clause

Matt Whitaker was appointed acting attorney general by President Donald Trump after Jeff Sessions was asked to stepped down. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, asking a federal court to stop him from leading the Justice Department.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii argue in the case that President Donald Trump’s move to name Whitaker temporarily as the nation’s top law enforcement official violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.

Trump Largely Focuses on Own Re-Election at Iowa Rally for GOP Incumbents
President wants to find out if Elizabeth Warren really ‘has Indian blood’

President Donald Trump, here in July, was in Iowa on Tuesday night for a campaign rally for two vulnerable House Republicans. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Very much in re-election mode even before next month’s midterms, President Donald Trump took jabs at potential Democratic candidates at an Iowa rally Tuesday night, calling their party “an angry mob.”

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonists. And you don’t hand power to an angry mob,” he told rallygoers in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “If you want to defeat the swamp, you’ll have to elect Republicans.”

Sen. Jeff Flake Calls Trump’s Mockery of Ford ‘Appalling’
President ridiculed Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser at campaign rally in Mississippi

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting about the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Jeff Flake called President Donald Trump’s comments at a Mississippi campaign rally mocking a woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “appalling.”

Christine Blasey Ford testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a pool party when they were in high school. Kavanaugh denied the claims in follow-up testimony of his own.

Trump Mocks Kavanaugh Accuser, Takes Ownership of Midterms
President ostensibly in Mississippi to stump for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., talks with Vice President Mike Pence at her swearing-in ceremony in April. President Trump was in Mississippi Tuesday night to campaign for her. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump mocked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser and took ownership of whatever happens to Republican control of the House and Senate after November’s midterm elections Tuesday night.

Trump defended the federal appellate judge amid sexual assault allegations and questions about whether he lied under oath last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his drinking habits and other actions as a younger man. 

2020 Watch: Trump Trots Out ‘One Percent Biden’ and ‘Da Nang Blumenthal’
Democrats ‘got some real beauties going,’ president says mockingly

President Donald Trump and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn, her party’s nominee in a tight Senate race, during a campaign rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Monday night. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

“One Percent Biden” and “Da Nang Blumenthal” were introduced. “Pocahontas” was dropped, as usual, to the delight of an arena packed with “Make America Great Again” merchandise-sporting supporters.

President Donald Trump trotted out some new nicknames Monday night at a rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, mocking and criticizing several potential 2020 Democratic presidential nominees during another raucous campaign stop.

The Senate Already Went Nuclear. This Must Be Nuclear Plus
Mitch McConnell may have said it best: ‘You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think’

Back in 2013, then-Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Senate Democrats not to blow up the filibuster. “You’ll regret this,” he said. More prophetic words were never spoken, Murphy writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

OPINION — Of all of the questions left unanswered after the Judiciary Committee hearings for Brett Kavanaugh ended last week, the hardest one to know for sure might also be the most important for the long-term health of the country — can the Senate be saved after everything that happened last week?

Can the Senate function again after Sen. Lindsey Graham looked across the hearing room at his Democratic colleagues on Thursday and yelled in rage, “Boy, you all want power. God, I hope you never get it!”

Trump Pressures FBI to Wrap Up Kavanaugh Probe Quickly
White House press event about NAFTA circles back to Supreme Court issue

The FBI should wrap up its probe of Judge Brett Kavanaugh quickly, President Donald Trump said Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)

The FBI should wrap up its new investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, “quickly,” President Donald Trump said Monday, saying the bureau needs to “do what it has to do” in probing sexual assault allegations against someone up for a lifetime appointment to the high court.

Speaking at the White House at an event to tout a revised North American Free Trade Agreement, the president said he wants the bureau to complete the probe, prompted by demands from key Senate Republicans last week, because of Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters.