Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that she isn't running for president in 2020 and refused to take a DNA test to confirm her Native American heritage claim, saying “I never used it for anything.” President Trump has repeatedly referred to Warren as “Pocahontas.”
VP Mike Pence, who is leading the U.S. delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, announced new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program. He also met with North Korean defectors and South Korean President Moon Jae-in before the opening ceremony.
Faced by families of victims of the recent Florida mass shooting on CNN, Marco Rubio took a new stance on gun laws: The notoriously risk-averse senator endorsed raising the age for buying a rifle and said he was “reconsidering” opposition to limits on high-capacity magazines.
The government shut down early Friday morning thanks to Rand Paul, before Congress passed a bipartisan two-year budget deal hours later. The Kentucky Tea Party senator had demanded a vote on an amendment to keep the budget caps in place in objection to to the bill’s massive spending increases.
Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor for 8 hours, reading personal ‘dreamer’ stories and citing the Bible, to force Republicans into action on immigration. The speech was intended to oppose a 2-year budget deal that fails to address immigration, which the House must pass Thursday to avoid a government shut-down.
Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Army veteran who lost both her legs in the Iraq war, is pregnant at 49 with her second child. When she gives birth, she’ll become the first woman to have a baby in office. Only nine other babies have been born to women serving in Congress, all members of the House.
John McCain, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, has been conspicuously missing from Senate debates on immigration. The absence of the Arizona Senator, who was behind two previous reform attempts to legalize some undocumented immigrants, could hurt the chances of a Dreamers deal passage.
Following a public endorsement of Roy Moore by President Trump, outgoing Republican senator Jeff Flake wrote a check to his democratic opponent. Eight women have accused Moore of pursing them romantically when they were in their teens and he his 30s.
Rep. Senator Tom Cotton disagreed with Dem. Senator Dick Durbin’s account of President Trump calling Haiti and African nations "shithole countries” in an immigration meeting. Trump has denied Durbin’s accusation and said he is “not a racist.”
Former Tea Party presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is considering running for former Sen. Al Franken's Minnesota seat. “There's also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic," she said. "We're trying to be wise."
Following increasing sexual misconduct claims and calls from fellow democrats to step down, Senator Al Franken announced his resignation from the senate. Denying the allegations, he took shots at President Trump and Senator Roy S. Moore.
Joe Biden told Oprah that he regrets not becoming president; he planned to run but was grieving the loss of his son. Later, he also attacked Trump, saying the political climate president Trump has created “is eating at the fabric of this country.”