Defense

D.C. National Guard deployment extended through end of March

The new orders suggest that law enforcement agencies in the nation’s capital are preparing for potential unrest in the coming days and weeks, as former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial kicks off and his supporters issue threats to lawmakers. POLITICO previously reported that the upcoming Senate trial poses a security concern that federal law enforcement […]

Congress

McCarthy claws his way back to Trump’s good side

And McCarthy’s campaign appears to be working, at least to some degree. While Trump is still disappointed with the California Republican’s initial response and even reportedly called McCarthy a vulgarity, one Trump adviser said the pair remains on good terms despite their “fits and starts,” adding that Trump appreciated McCarthy’s comments chastising Cheney. Another source […]

Congress

McConnell agrees to allow Senate power-sharing to move forward

Schumer had refused to make a commitment that would tie Democrats’ hands and many in the caucus were growing angry with McConnell’s resistance. “We’re glad Senator McConnell threw in the towel and gave up on his ridiculous demand,” said Justin Goodman, a spokesperson for Schumer. “We look forward to organizing the Senate under Democratic control […]

Defense

Biden repeals Trump-era ban on transgender military service

“I truly believe … that if you’re fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve,” Austin told lawmakers during his confirmation hearing. The order provides immediate protection for all transgender service members. It stops all involuntary separations or discharges based on gender identity, and directs […]

Congress

Rob Portman won’t seek reelection

Portman joins Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in retirement next year in key swing states. Democrats currently hold a narrow majority in an evenly split Senate due to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote. Portman easily won reelection in 2016 alongside former President Donald Trump, but could not be a more different […]

Congress

Bipartisan group of senators pushes back on Biden Covid plan

The 75-minute call, set up by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), is one of the first big calls the Biden administration has held as it works to build cross-party support for the $1.9 trillion plan. Senators asked for more data on how the White House filled out its plan. The senators told the White House officials […]

Congress

Impeachment trial to keep National Guard troops at Capitol

“Quite frankly this is not a ‘combat zone,’ so combat conditions shouldn’t apply,” said one Guard member on the ground in D.C. who has deployed twice to Afghanistan. Several National Guard units have been seen their deployments extended involuntarily, though a majority of Guardsmen remaining in Washington will do so on a volunteer basis. Around […]

Congress

McCarthy voices ‘concerns’ with Cheney after impeachment vote

McCarthy said the Wyoming Republican would have some explaining to do before House Republicans for her decision to join nine House GOP members in voting to impeach Trump for inciting a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. “She can have a difference of opinion, but the one thing if we’re going to […]

Defense

Several governors order National Guard troops out of D.C.

The majority of the troops staying in D.C. will be on a volunteer basis, but several groups have been involuntarily extended through Feb. 6, according to two Guard members, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the topic. On Thursday, Guard members were abruptly called to leave the Dirksen […]